April 17th: Silver Boxes, the gift of encouragement!


A Silver box with a Bow on top will help us understand the importance of “gifting” encouragement toward our families, friends and community. This presentation is an adaption “with a twist” from the book Silver Boxes-The Gift of Encouragement by Florence Littauer. We will review some ideas, techniques, and reminders that will increase our awareness of the power of Encouragement and the results that can occur when “gifting” encouragement doesn’t happen. You won’t want to miss this thought provoking and practical presentation. Come to create your own Silver Box!

Becky Ransome is currently a resident of Batesville. She was born in Stratford Wisconsin, and raised with her parents, 4 sisters and 1 brother on a family dairy farm. She is married with two grown children, a son in law and one grandson. She has lived 9 of the past 15 years in Japan. From this multicultural adventure has come many insightful, practical and humorous experiences that she has woven into a powerful presentation sure to encourage, enhance and energize your daily living. Becky is an animated and passionate speaker whose love for the Lord, her family and others strongly motivates her to purposely seek to empower others. Along with speaking internationally to a few select religious organizations, she has been privileged to present “Armed with Umbrellas” in several different formats and audiences for example: to a Big Brothers and Sisters Chapter, a Nurses Appreciation Breakfast, a Chamber of Commerce event, United Way Kick-OFF event, and others. Becky is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, and doTerra Independent Product Consultant. In her “spare” time sharing adventures with her husband, playing “chase-the-toy” with their two dogs, and an occasional Sudoku challenge fill up her days!


Feb. 20th: “Dare to love your children”


Dick and Sibyl Towner bring over 50 years of combined vocational ministry experience in the areas of church leadership and administration, Christian camping, marriage, children and youth ministry, spiritual direction and life stewardship. Major portions of their ministry experience have been with College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati and Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. They are frequently asked to speak and lead workshops for churches and para-church organizations. The fruit of Sibyl’s work in spiritual direction and Dick’s in biblical stewardship can be found at www.OneLifeMaps.com and www.GoodSenseMovement.org respectively. Dick and Sibyl have felt called to extended household living and have welcomed over 80 folks to share their home over the 50 years of their marriage. They have 2 sons by birth, one son adopted in love and 11 grandchildren.

Sibyl will be sharing with us about the importance of disciplining our children in love within our households.  She is a great asset to  us as moms in this buys season of life.  If you are like me, there are many times in raising my kids that I feel like “it’s just not working”.  I believe Sibyl will bring some great insight and encouragement to us!

February 6th: Respect with Love!

Are you longing for a stronger marriage? Have you ever felt stuck in a rut with your husband? Sometimes it can feel hopeless and you can feel so alone in your journey through your marriage. We are excited about Sandy Spangler coming to share with us about his own marriage and share hope for yours. Sandy accepted the call to FamilyLife in 1995 with his wife Cheryl, who last March went to be with Jesus after an 18 month battle with cancer. After reporting to his assignment with FamilyLife in 1996, Sandy served in the Conference and Events Department of the ministry, giving leadership to between 7 and 10 conference cities in the areas of volunteer team building and event promotion.

Starting in July of 2003 Sandy assumed responsibility to oversee training and coaching of new FamilyLife missionary staff in the area of Ministry Partner Development. That assignment was extended to include all missionary staff, new and already on assignment, as well in 2007.

Sandy also serves on Cru’s (formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ) MPD Executive Team focused on training and development of mid-career new missionary staff. Sandy and Cheryl have 2 married children, Mathew (Stacy) and Michelle (Josh) and five grandchildren Allea, Kaiden, Koleson, Kendalyn and Kinley.

Before accepting the call to FamilyLife staff Sandy was the owner/operator of an electrical construction company in northeast Ohio for over 15 years.

January 23rd: Fearfully & Wonderfully YOU!


Kristen Chakranarayan is the decade-long wife of her college sweetheart, David, and the mama of five beautiful, crazy, “fearfully and wonderfully made” daughters. The Chaks live in St.Leon, Indiana, where David pastors Cross Point Church.

While her formal education was acquired at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Kristen considers the past ten years of marriage, motherhood, and ministry to be her richest opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Kristen is passionate about encouraging women to embrace their God-given uniqueness– personality, giftedness, experiences, their “story”– and to capitalize on their strengths in order to maximize the impact of their lives, for their families and the “circle” that God has placed around them.

Besides homeschooling her girls and doing exorbitant amounts of laundry, Kristen enjoys copying other people’s craftiness from Pinterest, “treasure hunting” at yard sales and thrift stores, writing, and soul-stirring conversation with friends. If she had a million dollars, she would hire a private chef and never cook again. Ever.

Meeting other moms and making new friends is one of her favorite things, and she can’t wait to share what is on her heart!  I know you will be blessed to hear from her!

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


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.



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!


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!


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.