August 29th: Open Discussion Day

Join us this Friday for one of our groups favorite days, Open Discussion group! We ask that you bring questions ahead of time written on a notecard. This enables your question to be discussed as you seek advice on an issue you’re struggling with, all the while remaining anonymous. Otherwise, you can just ask your question openly to the group. Melissa will not be able to be with us (she will be traveling out of state with her family), so Abby Coffey will be leading the group. This is a great time to really get to know the other moms in the group and their heart.
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Kickoff is August 15th: Battling the Pressure to be Perfect

We want to extend a very warm welcome back to Dana James!  This will be her 3rd time speaking to our group here in Batesville.

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Dana’s heart is to connect women with God’s heart through the teaching of His Word. Her passion is to see women know God and glorify Him through their lives. She has spoken at conferences, retreats and events as far away as Africa and as close as her own home town.

Dana gets excited about meaningful, honest conversation, Dr. Pepper, and spending time with her incredible family. She recently learned to drink coffee and loves a cup with peppermint mocha creamer in the morning while sitting at her Lord’s feet.

After being a stay-at-home mom, she taught at colleges in Texas and Tennessee. Currently she works at Pier 1 Imports where she loves to connect with women from all over the world!

She was not raised in a Christian home yet is a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s mother, and a pastor’s mother-in-law…a testament to the grace and mercy of God!  Dana and her husband, Ernie, live in Greenwood, IN where they serve Calvary Baptist Church.

Dana will be speaking to us about battling the pressure to be perfect.  I think we all as women/moms struggle with this very unnecessary pressure in the world today.  I hope that you’ll make time in your schedule to come sip on a cup of coffee while you listen to what Dana has to say.  You won’t leave the same girl!

 

May 2nd: Meal planning for busy families with Tricia Jennewein

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It doesn’t matter if you make up half of a dual-income family, are a single mom, stay at home mom tripping over the little ones at your feet, soccer mom juggling schedules for multiple afterschool activities, or feeding teenage boys…it’s ALWAYS a challenge to get dinner on the table and share a meal together.

After 20 years of marriage, from professional career to SAHM, 4 kids, 5 transcontinental moves and living overseas, Tricia has endured all these stages and changes in her role as wife and mom. She will show you the tips and tools she has learned and use for making that hectic time of day a little easier and squeeze in some quality family time to boot.

Tricia will start by demonstrating freezer meal how-to’s, menu planning and grocery lists by department.   She will also tell you about a couple of websites that she personally uses to make all of this even easier. If that’s not enticing enough…she’s arranged for several amazing give-aways of her favorite things!

ANYONE can do this in their own kitchen regardless of family size, where you shop, what food rules you follow and how you choose to feed your family.

Make sure you don’t miss this very practical and helpful talk!

 

April 4th: Cyber Safety with Kevin McGuire

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Kevin McGuire is the chief operating officer for Enhanced Telecommunications Corp, a diverse telecommunications provider headquartered in Sunman, Indiana. In his role, Kevin is charged with planning and coordinating ETC’s day-to-day operations, including organizational development, technological direction, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining ETC, Kevin was the vice president of business and technology for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) in Arlington, VA. There he was responsible for keeping its 600 telephone company members updated on technological trends, as well as seeking out new revenue generating products and services for the association.

Kevin holds a BA in Electronic Media from Xavier University in Ohio, and an MBA from Indiana University. He and his wife Amber have 2 children- Addison and Ryan, and have lived in Batesville for the past 3 1/2 years.

He will be speaking to our group this Friday about how we can better arm our families and our homes with safe internet practices with our kids.

Spa Day: April 12th

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This will be our 2nd Mom2Mom Spa Day!  This event is intended for “daughters” of all ages:)  The morning will consist of delicious refreshments, live music, a fantastic story with a very important message, mani’s, pedi’s, hair and make-up stations and of course a photo booth to make the memories last longer!!  Please RSVP so we have enough refreshments and bring your own hair products for sanitary reasons!

This Friday, March 14th: “Anxiety” with Becky Rak

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Becky recently moved in to our community and has jumped in whole heartedly to get involved with our Mom2Mom group!  I am so excited that she is willing to share with us about her personal journey with anxiety, a very hard issue to discuss.  Here is a little bit more about Becky:

She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She studied at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and graduated in 2003 with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is now certified to teach in three states!

Becky married the man of her dreams (John Paul Rak) in 2004.  They have lived in Illinois, Wisconsin and currently call Batesville home (now for 14 months)  Becky says “God gave me the greatest blessing by making me a mother in March 2009, to my now 5 year old daughter Lilliana and then blessed us a second time with the arrival of Lincoln John in May 2012″.

Currently Becky is a stay at home mom.  She cherishes this time she has been given to spend with her babies, but looks forward to returning to the classroom someday.  Her personal background in dealing with anxiety began my at the age of 15.  Official diagnoses came at the age of 21, with an additional diagnosis of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).  “In working with special education students, I have encountered many students who share my diagnoses. I have also had the often occasion in working with parents (of my students) who struggle with anxiety as well.  I have worked with school social workers and co-lead many “family meetings” to help my students families that struggle with anxiety.”

We hope that you’ll join us this week as we dig into this issue of anxiety, something I believe that every Mom struggles with in some form or fashion.