Upcoming Events

december 1st:  2:00 PM (PT)

Ditch the Distance Learning: Let’s Go “Old School” Homeschool

  • Are your eyes crossing from all of the online courses your child is taking?
  • Is your computer on overload due to ZOOM classes each and every day?
  • Is your child not thriving in a distance learning setting?
  • Are there other options in this COVID world of homeschooling

YES!  Yes, there is! 

If your child (and you) need a break from distance learning and you are looking for better options, this is a great time of the year to go “old school” homeschool! Join Carrie for her latest Coffee and Conversation Workshop.  

In this workshop, Carrie will share:

  • Ways to learn as a family that do not require outside classes or distance courses
  • How to limit or even eliminate all distance learning in 2021
  • Ways to take the entire month of December off from formal lessons and still get a ton of “school work” done
  • Debunk the “socialization” myth once and for all (even in a COVID world, you don’t need ZOOM to socialize)

“Ditch the Distance Learning” Workshop is FREE but registration is required!

Sign up today!  Space is limited!

September 24th:  6:00 PM (PT)

Coffee & Conversations
Join Carrie for a Coffee Date September 24th, 6:00 PM (PT)

Check In & Catch Up with Carrie after your 1st month of homeschooling!  

  • How is it going?
  • What’s working well?
  • What needs some tweaking?
  • What do you need help with?
  • What questions do you have now?

Join Carrie for a FREE evening of Coffee & Conversation.  Let’s talk about your 1st month of homeschooling in this 2020-2021 School Year.  We are all in different seasons!  This may be your first ever year to homeschool, your first year homeschooling with a toddler, or your first year homeschooling high school. You might be an experienced homeschooling mom who just needs a little extra encouragement this year or who still hasn’t quite settled on what you want this new school year to look like for your family.  Bring your questions and concerns!  Carrie will help you smooth out any rough starts and help you tackle the next couple of months with confidence.

The EVENT is FREE but Space is LIMITED.  Please register below.

AUGUST 1ST:  9:00 AM (PT)

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It’s a Coffee Date Launch Party!  AUGUST 1ST, 9:00 AM (PT)

You are invited to join Carrie and her friends and family to celebrate the release of her new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step With God.  💜

At the LIVE Online Book Release Party,  Carrie will share her new book, play a few games, give away a ton of prizes, do a brief Homeschooling Q & A session, acknowledge some very important people, and hear from a few members of the book launch team. 💞

All are welcome but you do need to RSVP at our EventBrite Page and register to get the special ZOOM link.  CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 💜

You come with your favorite cup of coffee, and we will bring the prizes, the conversation, and the fun!


 ☕️. Copies of Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee) book

 ☕️  Pound of Fresh Coffee Beans & “Saved by Grace & Fueled by Coffee” coffee mug

 ☕️. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Gift Cards and Starbucks Gift Cards

 ☕️. Amazon Gift Cards

All who attend will be entered into the drawing for a FREE copy of the book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God.

Winners of the  Trivia Game and Coffee Mug Selfie Contest will win one of the other Giveaway Prizes.

 ** ☕️. ☕️. To Enter the Coffee Mug Selfie Contest, take a selfie holding your favorite coffee mug or teacup.  Post it on your personal FB page, tag Carrie De Francisco,  use the #justbreathesipcoffee, and mention the book by name in your post.  You know I love coffee humor, so if you have a witty coffee comment, add that too!*** ☕️. ☕️.

BOOK RELEASE DATE:  Saturday, August 1st, 2020

But you can purchase an advance copy at Amazon.com or you can pre-order your Kindle version today.   Check out what others are saying about the book:  CLICK HERE!

We hope you can join us!

fake it make woodJoin me this summer for a little coffee break and let’s talk homeschooling!

Are you intrigued by the idea of homeschooling but have no idea where to start or what to do? If God has placed homeschooling on your heart but you are feeling overwhelmed by the idea, then join us for a 3 Week “How To” Seminar.  I like to call this seminar the “Fake it till you make it” course.


In this seminar, we get down to the nitty gritty!  We will explain the legal requirements and record keeping options, share curriculum choices and different homeschooling methods, discuss ways to balance home and school, and how to teach multiple students at the same time.  The group will meet weekly via Zoom and will have the opportunity to participate in a private Facebook group for discussions, support, and “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) live stream sessions.

TWO different sessions to choose from but space is limited in both!  Register today!  

FIRST 3-WEEK SESSION:  Monday, June 15th, 22nd & 29th (9:00 -10:15 AM Pacific Time)

FULL! SECOND 3-WEEK SESSION:  Thursday, July 16th, 23rd & 30th (6:00-7:15 PM Pacific Time). FULL!!   

FULL!  THIRD SESSION:  3 Consecutive Days August 3rd, 4th, and 5th @ 9:00 -10:15 AM (Pacific Time). FULL!



Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, we had to cancel our Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms.  We will NOT meet in March.




“Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths”  (Ps 25:4).  

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Our 3rd annual special weekend for homeschooling moms will be Friday evening, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at the beautiful Pasadena Courtyard Marriot in Monrovia, CA.  This year’s theme is Homeschooling Adventures:  A Weekend to Rest, Refresh and Rejuvenate. “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths”  (Ps 25:4).  Come journey with us as we explore how to follow God’s path for educating our own at home and how to turn our homeschool calling into an adventure! Pack your bags, take a little stay-cation, and spend the weekend with other homeschooling moms.  It is going to be a weekend of encouragement, fellowship, laughter, and worship.

Doors open and sign in begins at 6:00 PM!

FRIDAY, MARCH 27th:  6:30-9:30 PM  Homeschooling High School **Special Guests Martin & Carolyn Forte**


Our first session will share helpful hints and legal advice on how to successfully send your high school students out into the world!  Yes, homeschooling through high school is not only possible, but it is a gift and a blessing from God.   First, Carrie De Francisco will explain what is needed to meet the CA graduation requirements and then our panel of homeschool graduates will share their individual paths to meeting these requirements.  We will end with a Q & A session. Our panel of homeschool high school graduates will share their high school journey, what they did (traditional and non-traditional) to meet the CA requirements, what they are doing now in the workforce and/or on the college campuses, and how homeschooling through high school helped each of them achieve their goals.    Homeschool graduates and Carrie and Mike De Francisco will share how to get into college, meet some of those UC requirements and how to create a homeschool high school experience that builds on your high schooler’s God-given strengths and talents. Husbands & High School students are welcome to attend our 1st session on Friday night and to ask tons of questions!

SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH:  Worship, Speakers, and Fellowship

8:30   Doors open and Fellowship Time

9:00   Worship


The Jonah Journey:  When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours  (Book of Jonah Study)


Like Jonah, are you traveling this homeschooling journey kicking and screaming or are you running in the opposite direction filled with fear, doubts and down-right apprehension?  Has God called you to homeschool or has He called you to homeschool another year?  Don’t run away!  Accept the call!  In our first session, we will delve deep into the Book of Jonah and learn lessons from the prophet on how to be joyful (and obedient) when God’s homeschooling “itinerary” doesn’t match ours!  If God has called you to homeschool, He will set the course and not only will His plans will be perfect but they will bring joy and blessings. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11).  We will also learn from Jonah how anger, bitterness, unforgiveness and disobedience (even delayed obedience) can turn an adventure and a holy calling into a long, exhausting and even torturous trip.   Carrie De Francisco will share biblical principles from the Book of Jonah that can be applied to your ministry of motherhood and calling to homeschool.

Passport to Learning:  Using Travel, Field Trips and Literature to Learn Just About Everything


Teach what you love!  Carrie De Francisco and Christine Echeverri are partnering up in our 2nd session to share how you can use what you love and what you are good at to teach just about every subject and at any grade level.    Carrie and Christine will share their love of traveling, literature, science, and games as a way to learn history, geography, and economics; appreciate different cultures, art, and music; and enhance science, environmental and global studies.   Using their love for traveling and for California history, they will share how to use geography and travel to learn about California and about countries around the world.

In the first half of the session, Christine will share how she creates her own curriculums to teach what she loves!  Using California as the backdrop, she will share how you can do a year’s worth of science, literature, geography, history, and nature studies.  Christine will also share examples from her curriculum, CA Out of the Box.  In the last half of the session, Carrie will share through stories, tips, games, and books, how to spend a whole school year exploring countries and cultures around the world.  Carrie will even give tips and ideas on how to include your teens while “traveling the world”!  Moms will leave this session with everything they need to use local field trips, family favorite games, literature and so much more to explore California, countries, cultures and God’s creation. They will also leave with confidence to design their own unit studies to teach what they love!  You don’t want to miss this eclectic, how-to session!


12:00  Lunch Break & Fellowship 

1:00   Worship 


One Mom’s Journey:  A Testimony

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Fellow homeschooling mom, Desiree Lang, will share her powerful testimony of how God’s plans were radically different from hers.  However, He led her one step at a time along the path He chose for her and her unborn child.  Desiree’s “Andy Story” is a powerful story of how choosing life and trusting God can bring honor and glory to God while sharing the love of Jesus and His miraculous power with those who don’t believe.  When others told her to give up and move on, Desiree chose to believe in God and his promises.  Seventeen years later, her miracle is not only surviving but thriving and is a walking testament to the power of choosing life and choosing God’s plans for our lives.  Bring your doubts.  Bring your kleenex.  Bring your friends.  If you hear one talk this weekend, make time for this one.  You will leave inspired and ready to walk any path God is calling you to.


10 Essentials for ANY Homeschool Journey:  What to “pack” while on this Adventure

When planning a trip, packing wisely is essential!  Any traveler will tell you how important it is to never leave home without the “ten essentials”.  What are the “ten essentials” you should “pack” on this homeschooling journey so that at the end of it, your children are filled with a love for God, cherished memories, and life-giving relationships?  Our desire is that through our homeschooling and parenting our children will have the confidence and curiosity to leave home but will have the desire and devotion to come back.  We want them to love the Lord, love each other and love learning.   If you are embarking on this adventure we call homeschooling, if your homeschooling travels are taking a different course, or if you are extending your homeschooling journey for another season, you should have these Ten Essentials for the “trip”! “You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.” (Ps 16:5 GNT).   In our final session, Carrie De Francisco will share the ten essential things every homeschooling mom should do or possess in order to make their homeschooling journey God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled, and even fun, memorable and enjoyable! Tons of “how – to’s” and tried and true ideas will be shared so that at the end of the homeschool journey, your Master will say “Well done good and faithful servant.”

3:30  Closing and Fellowship

Plans are in the works and rooms have been reserved for March 2021!  Check back in the summer for details about our 2021 Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms

Online Registration:  $45

Late Registration:  $55

At the Door:  $65 

**Friday Night- Dads and High School students attend FREE but $5 donation Friday evening will humbly be accepted and greatly appreciated.***

Childcare is not provided. We ask this event remains a Mom’s only event. **

Our Mom’s Weekend Event takes place at the Pasadena/ Monrovia Courtyard Marriott:  Address  700 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia, CA


The Marriott is right off of the 210 Freeway (Huntington Blvd Exit).  It has plenty of free parking.  In walking distance directly across the street, there are plenty of places to eat lunch and dinner (Chipotle, Rubio’s, Panera’s, Smash Burgers, Panda Express, Starbucks, etc.)  There are tons of other options within driving distance of the hotel.  Inside the lobby, The Bistro serves breakfast or lunch items as well as Starbucks coffee, frappuccinos, and teas. (We know how important coffee and tea are to homeschooling moms!)

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