Sept. 11th: Seasoned Mom’s Panel

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We are so excited to have these 5 seasoned mom’s with us next Friday, September 11th. They each come from varying backgrounds and I know you will walk away better having learned from them!  Let’s get to know a little bit more about them:

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!

Liz Gratz is a native Californian but now calls herself a Hoosier. She
grew up in Southern California, lived in San Francisco for seven years;
then moved to Batesville in August of 2000 as her husband Jeff was
transferred to the Batesville Casket home office.
Before life as a full time mom and wife she worked in retail management
for the Gap clothing company in Los Angeles. She is convinced that the
craziness of retail helped prepare her for the challenges of motherhood.                          Liz is the mother of 4 girls. Twins; Riley and Samantha are 21and
seniors in college. Clare, 18 is a freshman in college and Georgia, 14
is a freshman at BHS.  While she has worked part time, off and on,                             since having children.  She has been blessed to be able to stay at home with them and be an active participant in their lives- at school, church and as their soccer coach
for many years.  Currently she teaches beginning piano at Miss Shannon’s studio. In her
spare time, which she thought she would have a lot more of by now but is
still curiously absent, she loves to craft, read and exercise.
Liz is also a Children’s leader at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) in
Columbus, IN.

Karla Klenke was first married when she was 20 years old and soon had 3 children, Travis, Abby and Curtis. While the children were very young she was divorced from their father and was a single mom for the next 7 years. In 1990 she married Ron Klenke and they just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. When Ron and Karla married, she also became a stepmother to his son, Aaron. Karla recently retired from a 29 year teaching career. She now enjoys time with her grandchildren by helping daughter, Abby,  with homeschool one day a week, helping in her granddaughter Lacey’s first grade classroom at Batesville Primary occasionally and will soon be watching her newborn grandchild one day a week. Karla and her husband are also very active in their church where they are on the leadership team, prayer teams and have mentored young couples.

Anita Luckhaupt is the mother of six children, five boys and one girl, ranging in ages 10 to 34; five are biological and one through custody. She has an amazing husband, two wonderful daughters-in-law and four beautiful grandchildren. Anita has had children in public school, private school and has home schooled for 25 years. Two of their children graduated from college, two currently attend college, one is in high school and their youngest is in the 5th grade. She has coached soccer, taught classes at their church, been a “guest speaker” at ladies’ conferences, directed a children’s choir, taken care of both of her parents until their passing while continuing to manage their home. Anita enjoy’s music, crafting and playing word games.

Jeannine McNeil serves in ministry alongside her husband, Steve (of 39 years this month), as they work throughout the State with Southern Baptist Churches.  Her passion is connecting with other pastors and wives and planning events to encourage, equip and strengthen their marriages and ministry lives.  She also enjoys traveling around the country networking other ministry opportunities.  Jeannine has two grown children (Melissa and Michael) and three precious grandchildren (Madison, Jackson and Mason).  Being with her family in her heart song!

Please e-mail questions to ask these wonderful ladies to melissa@melissahanley.com

 

 

 

Fall 2015 Kickoff: “Nourish yourself” with Tiffany Vanderpool

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“Nourish Yourself” means more than just feeding your body to live. It means taking care of you! In this busy time of motherhood we need to remember we NEED nourished too! This presentation will provide practical ways and reasons to do just this. Wear comfortable/workout clothes as we will be do a 30 minute workout afterwards.

Tiffany Vanderpool was born and raised in a small village in North Central Ohio. She lived around that area until her and her husband, Eric, moved to Batesville in 2008. She worked in the insurance industry with both individuals and employers for over 10 years. The last 5 years in the insurance industry she specialized in: marketing, home insurance, client reviews and banking. She has always had a passion for helping others.

More recently she has been blessed to be able to stay at home with her now 4 year old daughter, Presley. She finds this time of life the most challenging, but also the most rewarding! With these new changes in her life she knew she needed to remember to take care of herself too which is what led her to become a lifestyle and fitness coach in March. This has pushed her out of her comfort zone, but has been very rewarding as she helps others take back their lives and find a healthy lifestyle!

When she’s not doing the above mentioned Tiffany enjoys talking to her mom on the phone, spending quality time with family and friends, serving her church and finding way too many craft projects for she and her daughter to do together.  We are blessed to have her as part of our Mom2Mom group here in Batesville!

May 15th: Being Mom and dreaming BIG!

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Born and raised in rural Indiana, Stephanie always knew there was a great life to be lived. She was blessed to be raised by parents that instilled in her that with hard work you can do anything and giving to others is essential to living a fulfilled life. She was raised to be a Giving Gal!

Since graduating from Taylor University in 1999, Stephanie has been on an amazing adventure. Her dream of being an Indiana State Trooper was shattered in 2000 when she failed firearms at the Indiana State Police Academy. This failure could have led to a path of disappointment and struggles, but she turned this failure into a great success that would eventually lead her to working for a Fortune 500 company.

From 2000 to present Stephanie has been a private investigator, personnel officer for Indiana State Police, Director of Victim Services for Indiana, public speaker, police officer (yes, she finally made her dream come true), owner of Innovative Organizing and Senior Manager for the Grants Strategy Team at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Through every opportunity Stephanie has worked to make a difference. Outside of her professional life she has looked for opportunities to give. In 2011 she took a journey of giving a gift every day for over 500 days. This journey changed her life forever and open her eyes to her passion of helping others.

In 2012, Stephanie became as Certified Life Coach and started coaching people who wanted to go from an ordinary to an extraordinary life. Stephanie works with her clients to accomplish their goals and dreams.

Stephanie serves her community in many capacities from volunteering for 500 Turkeys to being a member of the Women’s Fund and board member for the United Way of Porter County. Stephanie loves being married to her husband Mike of ten years. They enjoy working on home improvement projects, hanging out with friends and traveling.

Stephanie is dedicated to helping you Be Bold. Dream Big. and Bless Others!  You know how we all had those dreams and things we were passionate about when we were young?  Well, then we started having kids and life just got hectic and busy raising those wonderful children and our personal dreams might have been pushed to the side?  Stephanie is going to help us to re-identify those goals/dreams/passions and work with us to create a plan to make it happen!  This will be our final gathering of the semester.  We hope you’ll make time to come join us!!  Please bring your own scissors, old magazines and markers with you for an activity!!

May 1st: Teaching your kids how to deal with their emotions!

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Sabrina Andonegui was born in Mexico City and lived in Mexico until moving to Batesville three years ago. She earned a degree in psychology from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City. Sabrina worked in human resources in charge of recruitment, selection and employee development for eight years.

She then spent two years working with toddlers in early childhood development, helping them to enhance their intellectual, social and motor skills. Since moving to Batesville she has stayed at home with her two children, helping them adjust to life in the United States, and developing her fluency in the English language.

She also volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run and is on the board of directors for Kids Discovery Factory, an emerging children’s museum.  Sabrina joined our M2M group a little over 3 years ago when we first started.  She has been more than a blessing to our group.  Always a positive influence and encourager amongst our group of Moms, she has truly set a great example!

As I sat down with Sabrina a couple of months ago to discuss this topic, I learned her personal story of how she dealt with exploring her own emotions as a child and how it has shaped her to be the woman she is today.  Her personal experience birthed a passion to explore and learn more about human emotion and that is why she chose to study this field in her college days.

All of us have emotions, God created us that way!  Sabrina wants to share with us how to help our kids identify these incredible emotions and how to use them in a healthy way in their lives.  She has gathered so many useful and practical tools to share with us!  Invite your friends!!!

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

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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”

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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!