LISA HAMEL   Lisa is a pastor's kid whose life is certainly not like she planned it would be. Cancer? Autism? Depression? These were NOT the things she had planned to touch her life in this season of motherhood.  In fact, Lisa was certain the she missed the motherhood gene! But God's ways are higher and here she is...a mother of 2 boys, one with autism.  In all this, Lisa has found a deeper, greater joy than she thought possible. In fact, relational joy has become her passion. Lisa and her husband Mike have lived in a multi-generational home with her parents for 16 years. She had the honor of caring for her father as he fought cancer and went home to Jesus this past June.  Lisa has a degree in Music and Pastor Counseling. She speaks anytime the Lord asks her to and enjoys songwriting and various discipleship groups she leads in her home.  Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

LISA HAMEL

Lisa is a pastor's kid whose life is certainly not like she planned it would be. Cancer? Autism? Depression? These were NOT the things she had planned to touch her life in this season of motherhood.

In fact, Lisa was certain the she missed the motherhood gene! But God's ways are higher and here she is...a mother of 2 boys, one with autism.

In all this, Lisa has found a deeper, greater joy than she thought possible. In fact, relational joy has become her passion. Lisa and her husband Mike have lived in a multi-generational home with her parents for 16 years. She had the honor of caring for her father as he fought cancer and went home to Jesus this past June.

Lisa has a degree in Music and Pastor Counseling. She speaks anytime the Lord asks her to and enjoys songwriting and various discipleship groups she leads in her home.

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

  Sara elsner   Sara and her husband Charlie have been actively involved in ministry as volunteers at Grace Church in Houston, TX through every season of raising their 5 daughters and 3 sons, who are now ages 13 to 26. They are passionate about training the next generations to live wholeheartedly for Christ, and have had a more specific focus of serving in youth ministry for the past 11 years, when God gave them a “perfect love that casts out fear” of teenagers!  A home-schooling mom, Sara now has a “class” of only three remaining, with five high school graduates, three of whom have graduated with honors from universities. In just the past two years, she has been a “mother of the groom” once and a “mother of the bride” twice, and all three of their married children and their spouses serve in some capacity of vocational ministry and teaching. While she is a few years into navigating an “empty-ing” nest, Sara still manages a household that includes an employed adult son with Down’s syndrome, a daughter who is a full-time college student, and three teenagers.  In her journey as a wife and mother, Sara has progressed in her dependence on God, who has carried her through the spectrum of the mountainous and the mundane, including the heartbreak of miscarriages, conquering fear, the weight and the lifting-of-the-weight of depression/anxiety, accepting the life changes that accompany the birth of a special needs child, physical and emotional exhaustion, and the transition of hating laundry to thinking of it as therapeutic.  Sara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences from Texas A&M and is a certified teacher. On an ideal day, she spends the first hours of her morning outside on her front porch prayer-journaling from her One Year Bible with multiple cups of coffee and then a bike ride. She enjoys gardening, bicycling, reading, writing, decorating, canoeing, and serving home-cooked meals to family and friends.  Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

Sara elsner

Sara and her husband Charlie have been actively involved in ministry as volunteers at Grace Church in Houston, TX through every season of raising their 5 daughters and 3 sons, who are now ages 13 to 26. They are passionate about training the next generations to live wholeheartedly for Christ, and have had a more specific focus of serving in youth ministry for the past 11 years, when God gave them a “perfect love that casts out fear” of teenagers!

A home-schooling mom, Sara now has a “class” of only three remaining, with five high school graduates, three of whom have graduated with honors from universities. In just the past two years, she has been a “mother of the groom” once and a “mother of the bride” twice, and all three of their married children and their spouses serve in some capacity of vocational ministry and teaching. While she is a few years into navigating an “empty-ing” nest, Sara still manages a household that includes an employed adult son with Down’s syndrome, a daughter who is a full-time college student, and three teenagers.

In her journey as a wife and mother, Sara has progressed in her dependence on God, who has carried her through the spectrum of the mountainous and the mundane, including the heartbreak of miscarriages, conquering fear, the weight and the lifting-of-the-weight of depression/anxiety, accepting the life changes that accompany the birth of a special needs child, physical and emotional exhaustion, and the transition of hating laundry to thinking of it as therapeutic.

Sara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences from Texas A&M and is a certified teacher. On an ideal day, she spends the first hours of her morning outside on her front porch prayer-journaling from her One Year Bible with multiple cups of coffee and then a bike ride. She enjoys gardening, bicycling, reading, writing, decorating, canoeing, and serving home-cooked meals to family and friends.

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

  Rhonda Ihrig   Rhonda is a Pastors’ wife, mother and grandmother. She lives in Livermore California, but you can also find her on the back of a Harley taking long rides with her husband, Larry. Rhonda loves God, her family, coffee and chocolate. Her passion is to see people serve God to the fullest and to see them receive every blessing that God has promised. Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

Rhonda Ihrig

Rhonda is a Pastors’ wife, mother and grandmother. She lives in Livermore California, but you can also find her on the back of a Harley taking long rides with her husband, Larry. Rhonda loves God, her family, coffee and chocolate. Her passion is to see people serve God to the fullest and to see them receive every blessing that God has promised. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

 
  DIANE HWANG   Diane Hwang and her husband, Davin, have been married for three years and are raising their two young children, Xander Lionheart and Everly Brave, in Seattle, WA. After working full-time in sales for six years, Diane is enjoying this new season as a stay-at-home mom while also adjusting to her husband’s new career as a police officer. Their life looks much different than what they expected (they envisioned several years of marriage before kids and her husband to have a career in full-time ministry), but God has been so faithful every step along the way and His plan has proven to be far better than anything they could have planned for themselves.  Diane is a lover of coffee, fresh mountain air, and quality time with family and friends, which makes the Pacific Northwest the perfect home for their family.  Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

DIANE HWANG

Diane Hwang and her husband, Davin, have been married for three years and are raising their two young children, Xander Lionheart and Everly Brave, in Seattle, WA. After working full-time in sales for six years, Diane is enjoying this new season as a stay-at-home mom while also adjusting to her husband’s new career as a police officer. Their life looks much different than what they expected (they envisioned several years of marriage before kids and her husband to have a career in full-time ministry), but God has been so faithful every step along the way and His plan has proven to be far better than anything they could have planned for themselves.

Diane is a lover of coffee, fresh mountain air, and quality time with family and friends, which makes the Pacific Northwest the perfect home for their family.

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

  katie corrigan   Katie is a mother to two beautiful children, Carter and Kennedy. She is the co-lead Pastor alongside her husband, Todd, of Trinity Church San Diego in Poway, CA. Together, they are called to build the local church and are committed to building and encouraging the community of individuals and families with special needs. Katie enjoys long walks on the beach (seriously), mentoring women, and lives off hot Americanos no matter the weather. Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

katie corrigan

Katie is a mother to two beautiful children, Carter and Kennedy. She is the co-lead Pastor alongside her husband, Todd, of Trinity Church San Diego in Poway, CA. Together, they are called to build the local church and are committed to building and encouraging the community of individuals and families with special needs. Katie enjoys long walks on the beach (seriously), mentoring women, and lives off hot Americanos no matter the weather. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

  Melissa Miller   Melissa Miller is married to her best friend and has three children. She serves alongside her husband at Canvas Church in San Diego, CA. Melissa works for a marriage ministry, and is passionate about helping marriages and families thrive. Melissa and her husband are in the process of adopting a child from the Philippines. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and beach days with her family.  Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller is married to her best friend and has three children. She serves alongside her husband at Canvas Church in San Diego, CA. Melissa works for a marriage ministry, and is passionate about helping marriages and families thrive. Melissa and her husband are in the process of adopting a child from the Philippines. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and beach days with her family.

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

 
  SARAH WOOD   Sarah is a Florida girl living minutes from the ocean. She loves Jesus, local, delicious foodie joints, and embarking on little adventures with her crew. She is a wife to Sam, and a mommy to three awesome kiddos. She spends her days pouring into her church, sipping coffee, reading, jogging (she likes to think of it as running), and finding time to escape to the beach. She is honored to be a part of this life-giving community!Check her out on  Instagram and  Facebook !

SARAH WOOD

Sarah is a Florida girl living minutes from the ocean. She loves Jesus, local, delicious foodie joints, and embarking on little adventures with her crew. She is a wife to Sam, and a mommy to three awesome kiddos. She spends her days pouring into her church, sipping coffee, reading, jogging (she likes to think of it as running), and finding time to escape to the beach. She is honored to be a part of this life-giving community!Check her out on Instagramand Facebook!

  Seana scott   Motherhood has been a struggle for me.  I left working in full-time ministry to care for my first son who had life-threatening medical complications. I wrestled with days full of a crying baby and perpetual laundry when I used to lead teams of people doing “real” ministry work.  As a new mom, I also stressed over homemade organic baby food and trying to have my son read before kindergarten. Ok. Maybe I am a closet perfectionist. I just want to be faithful in this awesome gift called motherhood, don’t you?  But for the first years of my motherhood adventure, I planned and chore charted my way through trying to overcome my fears. Fears of ruining my kids. Fears of wasting my life in a pile of dishes when other people were making real differences in the big world—out there somewhere. I continually covered up the symptoms of a sour heart with pithy Christian sayings and pep-talk.  Then Jesus got a hold of me.  Simple words flushed out the toxins in my soul as God whispered, “I love you. I love you. I love you.”  He didn’t lead me to articles to change me like  5 Steps To Never Ruining Your Kids.   He gave me Himself—through the truths found in Scripture—and reminded me of His unconditional love.  I will never be a perfect mom, but I seek to follow a perfect God.  And I’m still on the journey of learning how Jesus’ truth and love really are enough—and how faithful motherhood looks different in each family and for each child.  I’m also learning, God’s plans are unexpected. In the middle of these crazy years raising three kids and supporting my pastor husband in ministry, God called me to graduate school at Dallas Theological Seminary. I am enjoying studying God’s Word and learning more about systematic theology.  It’s my dream that every woman that I speak to or reads my writing will in some way, find themselves thirsting for a deeper relationship with God. And I hope to help many make the next step.  The world is messy, mamas. And so are our hands with milk spills, dirt-pasted faces, and toy explosions. So, lets walk the crazy journey hand in hand (or screen in screen) and help carry the buckets of sorrows or splash in the moments of joy—together.  Let’s follow Jesus in motherhood.  You can connect with her on  Facebook ,  Instagram ,  Twitter , or on her  blog .

Seana scott

Motherhood has been a struggle for me.

I left working in full-time ministry to care for my first son who had life-threatening medical complications. I wrestled with days full of a crying baby and perpetual laundry when I used to lead teams of people doing “real” ministry work.

As a new mom, I also stressed over homemade organic baby food and trying to have my son read before kindergarten. Ok. Maybe I am a closet perfectionist. I just want to be faithful in this awesome gift called motherhood, don’t you?

But for the first years of my motherhood adventure, I planned and chore charted my way through trying to overcome my fears. Fears of ruining my kids. Fears of wasting my life in a pile of dishes when other people were making real differences in the big world—out there somewhere. I continually covered up the symptoms of a sour heart with pithy Christian sayings and pep-talk.

Then Jesus got a hold of me.

Simple words flushed out the toxins in my soul as God whispered, “I love you. I love you. I love you.”

He didn’t lead me to articles to change me like 5 Steps To Never Ruining Your Kids.

He gave me Himself—through the truths found in Scripture—and reminded me of His unconditional love.

I will never be a perfect mom, but I seek to follow a perfect God.

And I’m still on the journey of learning how Jesus’ truth and love really are enough—and how faithful motherhood looks different in each family and for each child.

I’m also learning, God’s plans are unexpected. In the middle of these crazy years raising three kids and supporting my pastor husband in ministry, God called me to graduate school at Dallas Theological Seminary. I am enjoying studying God’s Word and learning more about systematic theology.

It’s my dream that every woman that I speak to or reads my writing will in some way, find themselves thirsting for a deeper relationship with God. And I hope to help many make the next step.

The world is messy, mamas. And so are our hands with milk spills, dirt-pasted faces, and toy explosions. So, lets walk the crazy journey hand in hand (or screen in screen) and help carry the buckets of sorrows or splash in the moments of joy—together.

Let’s follow Jesus in motherhood.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or on her blog.

  christi stone   Hi, I'm Christi! I recently tuned 40 and absolutely love my life. my greatest passion in life is seeing people set free and empowered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. connecting with people is one of my greatest strengths.  I am the founder of JUST BE YOU Ministries and recently published a book called,   Just Be You  . It is all about finding God in the everyday moments and the greatest calling we have been given is to just be ourselves.  In my life, I have seen divorce and the heart break it causes. I have been that single mom practically homeless with three little ones. I have seen wounded and hurt children. I have been that strayed sheep, the lost daughter, have encountered wrongful things, and viewed death as a way out.  BUT. BUT Jesus said, "NO" and in a moment I encountered the beautiful Savior I had been taught and heard about but never really knew. I encountered a love that I had been searching for my entire life.  I am married to my husband, Shane, for almost 3 years and am a mom to 6 beautiful children. to know them is to know a big piece of my heart.  Our lives will not always look the same, but love has one identity.. Jesus.  Check her out on  Instagram and  Facebook !

christi stone

Hi, I'm Christi! I recently tuned 40 and absolutely love my life. my greatest passion in life is seeing people set free and empowered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. connecting with people is one of my greatest strengths.

I am the founder of JUST BE YOU Ministries and recently published a book called, Just Be You. It is all about finding God in the everyday moments and the greatest calling we have been given is to just be ourselves.

In my life, I have seen divorce and the heart break it causes. I have been that single mom practically homeless with three little ones. I have seen wounded and hurt children. I have been that strayed sheep, the lost daughter, have encountered wrongful things, and viewed death as a way out.

BUT. BUT Jesus said, "NO" and in a moment I encountered the beautiful Savior I had been taught and heard about but never really knew. I encountered a love that I had been searching for my entire life.

I am married to my husband, Shane, for almost 3 years and am a mom to 6 beautiful children. to know them is to know a big piece of my heart.

Our lives will not always look the same, but love has one identity.. Jesus.

Check her out on Instagramand Facebook!

 
 KYLEEN BAPTISTE  Kyleen is a mom to four amazing children and one super spoiled Great Dane in her blended family. She gained her three oldest “covenant” kids through marriage to her awesome husband, and they have one little girl together. Kyleen was a child life therapist for over 10 years and is now a Tippi Toes® Franchise owner, founder of Foreign Soil Ministries, and passionate about helping blended families thrive in light of redemption. She provides coaching calls and online support to help families navigate the tricky stuff in a godly way. A Kentucky address with a Florida born heart, her fav’s are Florida State football, traveling, as well as being home with the roar of her kids and company.  Find her on  Facebook  and  Instagram .

KYLEEN BAPTISTE

Kyleen is a mom to four amazing children and one super spoiled Great Dane in her blended family. She gained her three oldest “covenant” kids through marriage to her awesome husband, and they have one little girl together. Kyleen was a child life therapist for over 10 years and is now a Tippi Toes® Franchise owner, founder of Foreign Soil Ministries, and passionate about helping blended families thrive in light of redemption. She provides coaching calls and online support to help families navigate the tricky stuff in a godly way. A Kentucky address with a Florida born heart, her fav’s are Florida State football, traveling, as well as being home with the roar of her kids and company.

Find her on Facebook and Instagram.

 Jaclyn weidner  Jaclyn is a part-time high school teacher, and full time mom to 3 energetic and talkative little girls. She loves to dive deep in conversation to get to the good stuff. In the words of her 4 year old she’s “just a little bit funny”. Her and her husband Brendan live just outside of Vancouver, Canada.  Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook .

Jaclyn weidner

Jaclyn is a part-time high school teacher, and full time mom to 3 energetic and talkative little girls. She loves to dive deep in conversation to get to the good stuff. In the words of her 4 year old she’s “just a little bit funny”. Her and her husband Brendan live just outside of Vancouver, Canada.

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook.

 Alex green     Alex is a wife to a marine and new mom to a 16-month old daughter. She is a stay at home mom, a mentor to military wives, and serves faithfully with the youth of Grace Church in North County San Diego. She is originally from Kansas City, MO but resides in Oceanside, CA.   Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook !

Alex green

Alex is a wife to a marine and new mom to a 16-month old daughter. She is a stay at home mom, a mentor to military wives, and serves faithfully with the youth of Grace Church in North County San Diego. She is originally from Kansas City, MO but resides in Oceanside, CA. 

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!

 
 Kami Zumwalt  Kami is a forty-year-old pastor's wife, living in a farmhouse, raising two girls under six and an adorable six-month-old baby boy. She's a prophetess, women's pastor, prayer warrior, published freelance writer, and homeschool mom who loves antiques, tea cups, chocolate truffles and empowering women to live free and fulfilled in Christ.  Follow her on  Instagram  and  Facebook .

Kami Zumwalt

Kami is a forty-year-old pastor's wife, living in a farmhouse, raising two girls under six and an adorable six-month-old baby boy. She's a prophetess, women's pastor, prayer warrior, published freelance writer, and homeschool mom who loves antiques, tea cups, chocolate truffles and empowering women to live free and fulfilled in Christ.

Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

  DEDE EWING   Dede Ewing is the proud wife to her amazing husband, John. They reside in beautiful Cedar Hill, TX and share in a loving blended family of three incredible children (2 daughters and 1 son): India (21), Essences (19), John II (8), and 1 dog named Bella. She enjoys coffee anytime of the day, eyeliner with a great mascara, little league sports, travel, good food, and great fellowship.  Check her out on  Instagram  and  Facebook .

DEDE EWING

Dede Ewing is the proud wife to her amazing husband, John. They reside in beautiful Cedar Hill, TX and share in a loving blended family of three incredible children (2 daughters and 1 son): India (21), Essences (19), John II (8), and 1 dog named Bella. She enjoys coffee anytime of the day, eyeliner with a great mascara, little league sports, travel, good food, and great fellowship.

Check her out on Instagram and Facebook.