Mick & Nic Nottke
Dan & Brandi Venard

Dan & Brandi Venard’s Home
18 Highgate Crse
St. Charles, IL 60174

Smart StepfamilyMeets: Thursdays, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (weekly for 8 weeks)
Starts: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ends: Thursday, November 20, 2014

About this Group: This group is intended for couples who are a part of a blended family.  We will be using The Smart Stepfamily DVD curriculum by Ron Deal.  When parenting divides you, The Smart Stepfamily will show parents and step-parents how to build unity and be a team.  When you feel like an outsider in your own home, The Smart Stepfamily will teach you what is happening and how you can become an accepted member of the family.  When you have conflict with the other household, The Smart Stepfamily will help you build a respectful, co-parent relationship.  And when you keep stumbling into the pitfalls of step-parenting: money issues, holiday traditions, loss and grief, legal issues, territorial battles, having a child together, step-sibling conflict, x-mother-in-law issues, and kids who say, “You’re not my parent.  I don’t have to don’t have to do what you say,” The Smart Stepfamily addresses all of those issues and so much more!  There are 67 possible step-family configurations.  And this curriculum speaks to the core issues in all of them!

Curriculum: The Smart Stepfamily by Ron Deal.

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014.

About the Nottkes:
Mick and Nic Nottke have been married for three years and live in St. Charles with their blended family: Gabe & Mia (twins) age 13, Alex age 12, and Emily 9.  The children have decided to call the family The Mannottke Clan because it utilizes both children’s last names (Nottke & Manisco).  They are proud to be a blended family and enjoy activities together such as biking, playing football/soccer/basketball, and family movie night.  Mick and Nic are excited to connect with other couples who also share the blended family dynamic.  They are eager to learn from others’ experiences and grow spiritually together through the Word of the Lord, prayer, and discussion. 

About the Venards:
 Dan and Brandi live in St. Charles and their blended family includes Jordan, age 21, who lives in Lexington, KY with her baby girl Calli, Ian, age 13, and Samuel, age 6.  Brandi married Dan almost 8 years ago and was welcomed into the family by Jordan and Ian.  Samuel then joined the family making their blended family complete.  The Venard’s enjoy travelling to Lexington, attending lacrosse games, and watching football together.  Dan and Brandi are very excited to connect with other blended families to share their experiences and to be encouraged by others who share this family dynamic.