January 9th: “Travel planning for the busy mom”

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Tami Riebel is a life-long resident of New Richmond, OH. She and her husband Rich have been married for 37 years and have two adult children, Erin (Derek) and Nathan (Cristin) along with two grandchildren, Levi and Samuel who are the “apple of their eye.”

Tami was 18 years old when she married Rich and 19 years old when she had Erin, so as a stay-at-home wife and mother, she went to the “School of Hard Knocks” where she received her diploma. She learned to make money with sales in Avon, Tupperware, and assisting her husband with his excavation contracting business. She also was a substitute secretary in the local schools, but none of this was her passion. Her passion was to teach the Bible, write and travel. So she was a women’s ministry leader in her church for over 20 years and learned even more about delegating responsibility, business and working with people, who by the way can be very challenging.

In 1997, her daughter was a senior in High School and moving onto college and her son was a freshman in High School. For the first time in life, she was able to think about “What do I want to do when I grow up” instead of “What can I do to assist my family in their dreams”. It’s ok to have your own dreams ladies and in due time, you will receive them if you don’t give up on them. There is a season and time for everything.

With her passion to travel and assist others in their planning of travel, she called a local Travel Agency to see if they needed a clerical assistant. The answer was no, but they would keep her in mind. A few months later, she received the call that they wanted her. She started part time at this travel agency and was trained on the job for sales. After three years of working at this agency and running their office at $7 an hour, she decided to get her own license and insurance and in 2001, started her own business, Bluewater Destinations was birthed.   Then 9 months later, 9/11 happened, which changed the travel industry forever.   A lot of agencies closed or went home based because of the lack of sales.   Tami & Bluewater Destinations survived the travel industry crash and the development of Online Travel Agencies and today she has 7 outside agents who share the same story as Tami, they have a passion for travel, sales and love their career.   Being a Travel Consultant isn’t a dead occupation; people have found out that they don’t have the time for all of the research it takes to plan a vacation, so they are calling the pro’s. And why not, when there is no service fee?

In recent days, her passion and time is divided between selling travel and writing. She just completed writing her first book on her experience with breast cancer in 2013 and is very excited to see this book get published. Not for her own gain, but to bring encouragement and hope to women who are navigating their own way thru this dark, life experience.  We are so thrilled that Tami is coming to talk to us about how to plan an awesome vacation with our families!

Dec. 5th: Tips for party hosting!

We are so excited about this week’s topic: Tips for party hosting!  We’ve invited two local businesses to help teach us about some creative ways we can decorate and prepare to host our holiday parties this season!  Let me introduce you to Jolene Struewing from Daffodilly’s.

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Jolene was born and raised on a farm here in Batesville.  She has two older sisters, a twin and a younger sister. Creativity and thinking “outside of the box” has always been something she has been drawn to.  After an art class in high school, she got a part time job with a local florist which gave her the opportunity to learn this special art of floral design.

Jolene married an Oldenburg native, Randy Strewing and they have two sons.  They moved back onto the family farm where she grew up and she couldn’t be more happy to be surrounded by everything she loves!  In 2006 she took a leap of faith and opened up her very own flower shop, after being in the industry for 15 years.  Jolene is happy to say that this “leap” has flourished and in 2012 she moved her business to it’s current location downtown Batesville to better serve her great community!

Also, joining us, will be Kate Nobbe of Dotty’s Bulk Foods!

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Kate has always loved baking, some of her first memories were working in the kitchen with her mom. After ten years of taking baking and cake decorating projects to the local 4-H fair, she knew she wanted to make this a career. First,  Kate received a degree in Business Management from Ivy Tech. Then,  she started at Midwest Culinary Institute for a Pastry Arts Degree. After achieving her pastry degree, Kate took her certification for Certified Pastry Chef or C.P.C.. For the two years she was at MCI she worked at the full service bakery on campus in every capacity as well as leaving as the Assistant Manager of Operations. Next, Kate applied for a position in the pastry department at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Kate was the Head Pastry Chef at the Duke Energy Convention Center for the next two years. Towards the end of her two years as the Head Pastry Chef she found out she was pregnant with their daughter Elaina. With this news Kate and her husband knew they needed to make a change with the long drive and the long hours. It was time to then make her Kate’rd Cakes business a reality. Therefore, last September they bought Dotty’s Bulk Food Basket here in Batesville and opened Kate’rd Cakes inside. Kate now makes custom order cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Jolene and Kate will be sharing some practical ideas for us and I know we will be blessed by their expertise!

Nov. 21st: Q & A panel with Batesville and St. Louis School Administrators

 

Next Friday we will have Dr. Jim Roberts, Superintendent of Batesville Schools and Chad Moeller, Principal, of St. Louis Catholic School at Mom2Mom to do a Q and A panel about our communities schools.  We are very excited that these men have taken time out of their busy schedules to come sit down with us and answer our questions about the education that our children are getting here in Batesville!roberts

As Superintendent, Dr. Roberts has been extremely involved in strengthening the health and well-being of the community through his participation in the Coalition of a Drug Free Batesville, Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Community Partners, Team Batesville Running Club, and Girls on the Run Program. Additionally, he has spearheaded efforts to increase postsecondary opportunities for all BCSC students through a cooperative effort with Ivy Tech Community College, initiated a 1:1 technology program for grades K-12, and implemented a Global Immersion Program that allows for student and teacher exchanges with sister schools in other countries.

Dr. Roberts serves on the Board of Directors for Margaret Mary Community Hospital, as the Scholarship Committee Chairperson for the Rural Alliance for the Arts, as the Farm/City Program Director for the Kiwanis Club of Batesville, and as the President of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been a state and national presenter in the area of Coordinated School Health Programs, received an Indiana State Department of Health Wellness Champion Award in 2011, was a Finalist for the 2013 Governor & Cheri Daniels School Health Award, and was the 2013 Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents District VIII Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Roberts received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is married to Diana, a grade 2 teacher at Batesville Primary School, and they have three daughters, Rylie, Regan, and Rashel.

Dr. Roberts has also invited the Batesville Schools IT Director, Jackie Huber, as well so she can answer questions about the new iPads that the students received this year!

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Mr. Moeller received his Bachelor’s from the University of Dayton and his Master’s from Ball State University.  After spending several years as a graphic designer, he has been in the field of education for 21 years and has been St. Louis Schools’ Principal for the past 9 years.  Chad is married to Paulla and has two daughters, Annie (12) and Lizzy (19).

Missy Cooper, Kindergarten teacher at St. Louis, will be accompanying Mr. Moeller on Friday as well.  She was herself a St. Louis student, then attended Oldenburg Academy and went on to degree at Ball State University.  She has 20 years teaching experience in both K and 1st grade.  Missy is married to Tim and has two children: Gabby (17) & Gus (14).  Please bring questions ready for this panel.  It will be a great day!

We also plan to have a discussion group of home school Moms ready to share ideas with each other if these other schools do not apply to you and your family.

Nov. 7th: Art Therapy

Claire Macyauski is a Master’s Level Therapist who received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Psychology from Ball State University in 2008. She went on to receive her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL in 2010. She is currently working toward getting licensed as mental health counselor. Ms. Macyauski is employed at Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and intellectual and developmental disabilities services. She has been working there for the past two years. She helped start the school-based therapy program at the Greensburg Elementary last year and continues to help it grow in the Decatur County schools. She works with children ages 4-18 in the schools and at home. Prior to working at Centerstone she was employed at the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office. Ms. Macyauski resides in Greensburg, IN. She currently has no children of her own, but looks forward to being a mother someday. She has a 1 year golden doodle, Oakley, which keeps her plenty busy. When she isn’t busy with her job or helping people, she enjoys making crafts and different kinds of artwork of her own.

We are so excited to hear what Claire has learned about Art Therapy and how it can help us as Moms as we guide and lead our children.

Oct. 24th: The 5 Love Languages with Dr. Steve McNeil

Steve has been married for to Jeannine for 35 years. They were high school sweethearts who met in Spanish class. She was pep club president and he played varsity basketball. Their spiritual journey began almost immediately as she began to influence him in a personal relationship with Jesus. After dating for 5 years, they were married and a couple of years later, God blessed them with Melissa. Just 3 years after that Michael was born. They enjoy time today with family (kids & grandkids).

They have spent those same 35 years seeking to be in the center of God’s will for their lives and their marriage. Being on staff at two churches and now their present ministry with The State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, they believe they continue to serve God’s purposes for their lives, which is to help people learn how to follow Jesus and how to love each other.

Steve will be sharing experiences from his own marriage and how they are learning to read each other’s “Love Language” to strengthen their marriage.   All of this information is based off of Dr. Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages book.  This will be Steve’s 3rd time to share with our Mom2Mom group.  254Make sure you take the “5 love languages test” beforehand and bring it with you!  You can download a copy of this test here: LoveLanguageTest

September 26th: “Mom-tog”

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These 4 local moms have joined up to share some tips on taking better photos of your families.  Bring your cameras with you to practice the new skills you will learn.  Every mom wants to learn to take great pictures.  These “mom-tographers” are here to help!

Melissa Hanley has always loved taking pictures from a young age.  She began her professional career, Melissa Hanley Photography, in 2006 while she was a stay at home mom.   She then had the opportunity to come on staff with one of Indy’s top wedding photographers’ as she learned the heart of the business.  This job has allowed her to travel to many fun places and meet so many interesting people.  She loves being Patrick’s wife and Maddie, Jack and Mason’s mom.  That is her first love.  Being a photographer allows her to fulfill her passion for people and capturing the happiest of times in their lives.

Jen Saner is a photographer, graphic artist, community volunteer, and mother. After moving to Batesville in 2008 with her family and leaving behind a corporate career, she decided to try her hand at running her own business, Jen Saner Photography.  Since her first pink Le Clic camera in the 1980s, Jen has always had a camera in her hand. Becoming a mother only fueled her passion for photography. She loves documenting favorite moments with her family which include crafting and creating with her two little girls, perfecting their chocolate chip cookie recipe, and camping and exploring in the great outdoors together. Equally important to her are the photos of just simple everyday moments from around their busy home – even the unscripted messy ones. In her opinion, all photographs of family life are special ones to be cherished and she encourages mothers to use whatever camera they have on hand – no matter how simple – to look for the real, honest and beautiful photographs happening around them.  Today Jen specializes in family and wedding photography but also enjoys the challenge of commercial and corporate photography.

Lori Samples story started one night while having one of those frequent warn our mommy moments and her husband encouraged her to get a hobby. She looked at him like he was crazy. Even though she knew he was right, when was she going to have time for a hobby? She had 3 children, was working as a nurse, and was barely staying afloat! At that time, she had a point and shoot camera and had always enjoyed taking pictures but never considered doing any more than that. A few months later, she was asked to take some pictures at a friends’ VERY small private wedding. She loved it! That was the beginning of her new “hobby”. This hobby has been one she can do while the kids are at home and even including her family in it. As she continues to learn and practice, this “hobby” has turned into a SMALL business, Lori Samples Photography. This has been a hobby she don’t feel guilty doing as it has helped preserve so many memories. Lori do not consider herself a professional as she has a lot to learn, but she loves capturing moments that otherwise would be forgotten.

Andrea Gillman has been in the photography business for over 8 years. She has always had a passion for art, so after high school she attended Ball State University to study photography and graphic design. After graduation, Andrea started her career at a local studio. Shortly after her first daughter was born, Andrea and her best friend started their own photography business, Red Aces Photography, specializing in weddings. Andrea moved to Batesville about 8 years ago and married her husband, Curtis. They now have two daughters, Lacey (5) and Lilly (2) who also make good models when she needs to test camera and lighting equipment! :)