November 20th: Honoring Christ in your traditions

Kristen Chakranarayan has been married to her college sweetheart, David, for 11 years and is the mama of five beautiful, spirited daughters—Ava, Maya, Jada, Kate, and Camdyn. The Chaks live in St.Leon, Indiana, where David pastors Cross Point Church.

After graduating from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biblical Studies, she taught preschool for five years and then became a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

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 “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.
Ever made it through the hustle and bustle of the holidays, only to look back and wonder if your family completely missed the Reason for the Season? Have you struggled, trying to strike a balance between granting everything on your child’s wish list and trying to teach them that it’s more blessed to give than to receive?  With some intentional planning and willingness to trade the “good” for the “best”, it’s possible to enjoy a rich, guilt-free holiday season that your family will cherish for years to come! Join us for a time of reflection and sharing ideas to help one another create lasting, meaningful traditions that reflect a Christ-centered heritage–not just at Christmas time, but for holidays and celebrations year round!

November 12th 6 pm: Teaching Kids how to deal with their emotions!

IMG_0020Sabrina 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!

This is a special evening event from 6:00 – 8:00 on Thursday, November 12th.  We will be providing a soup and salad dinner during the event, so come relax and enjoy!  There will not be childcare provided for this event.

November 6th: Awareness Day!

Many moms in our community deal with challenges that have arisen with their kids.  As moms, we need to be able to share with each other and lean on one another when these issues come up.  Four of our Moms will be sharing their personal stories about how they identified these issues and how they have learned to cope.  They also want to share with us the importance  of just being “aware” of issues that may arise within our children.  Meet our panel:


Lindsay Belew is a devoted mother of 2 awesome kids who happen to have special needs. She and her husband, Bill, have been raising their kids or “herding their kittens” in Batesville for over 5 years now. Bill and Lindsay met on a blind date 15 years ago…thanks to her best friend! Lindsay’s background in management and health and safety continue to come in very handy as a parent. Managing and nurturing her family is her #1 priority. She is a self- proclaimed holistic/medical research junkie. She also shares a love for historical architecture with Bill. “We are such nerds!” she adds.
Her most recent role as a Parent Advocate for families with children with special needs has been both eye-opening and rewarding.

Emerson (Emme) is Lindsay’s 12 year old daughter. She was diagnosed with moderate O.C.D. over 7 years ago. More importantly, Emme is an incredibly intelligent, observant, artistic young lady. She enjoys contemporary and musical theatre dance as well as sketching and singing and some performance. Her “photographic memory” and “unusually large vocabulary” can be very entertaining at times.

Aidan is Lindsay’s 10 year old son who was born with normal hearing but was diagnosed with moderate/severe hearing loss at age 5 after many requests and concerns from his parents to pediatricians. Aidan wears hearing aids in both ears and has A.D.D. as well as sensory issues,learning/processing challenges and “visual” dyslexia. All of which have significant impact on him in a public school setting. Although Aidan has to work harder than most he is a very intelligent,creative little boy. Aidan is a kind,gentle and patient kid who LOVES roller coasters, tap and hip-hop dance, tennis and will talk your ear off about all of his “future invention” ideas.

Lindsay has spoken on parent panels several times on the topic of “invisible disabilities” (neurological conditions…A.D.D.,O.C.D.,learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum related conditions etc…) Lindsay has found much joy in educating parents on holistic/natural approaches to improving mental functions and over all health. Although she is NOT a doctor she has learned so much from the team of doctors (conventional and naturopathic) that have worked with her children over the years. She is always watching for the “teachable moments” both with kids and adults on the topic of mental health.
Although her days are unpredictable at best, she is very open to sharing and listening to others in need. Sometimes just knowing you are not the only person out there with a kid that “looks normal” but upon closer observation has very “different behaviors”, brings so much peace. Lindsay was motivated to start a support group (along with 3 other like-minded moms) 3 years ago for parents of kids with special needs.


Aimee Negovetich and her husband Ed have been married for 14 years. They have three children: Jake (12), Annie (8), and Jax (5). Aimee attended Indiana University where she received a BA in Pyschology and Sociology, and her graduate certification in Elementary Education. After marriage, Aimee and Ed lived in Indianapolis and Marshfield, Wisconsin. They decided to move back to Aimee’s hometown of Batesville 8 years ago. Their oldest, Jake, was diagnosed with ADHD in the first grade and added anxiety to the diagnosis as a fifth grader. In addition to conventional prescription medication management, Aimee and Ed have pursued dietary modifications, vitamin and herbal supplementation, behavioral therapy, and a less traditional multi-modality program that implements components of both vision therapy and physical therapy.

Aimee enjoys sports, music, outdoor activities, and spending quality time with friends and family.



Laurie Rodgers and her husband John just celebrated 20 years of marriage in September. Together, they have 3 children: Hannah (17), Ben (14) and Sam (12). They also have two dogs and three cats. Laurie has been a stay at home mom since the day Hannah was born. She keeps busy taking care of their house, children, and animals as well as managing and advocating for her two sons illnesses. Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes five years ago and Sam was diagnosed with Celiac Disease eight years ago. The Rodgers family moved from the Milwaukee area four years ago, where John and Laurie both were born and raised. This was the first move for either of them outside of their hometown and it was a little overwhelming, especially given Ben’s recent diagnosis. Laurie is active in her church and also enjoys cooking, volunteering, playing games and music.


Melanie Stauffer is married to her college sweetheart and the mother of 10 year old triplet boys. She grew up in Seattle, WA and San Fransisco, CA before moving to Ohio in high school and attending Miami University where she met her husband in the marching band. She has worked for Hill-Rom for the past 10 years after moving to the area when her husband began teaching music at South Ripley and then at Batesville.

Each of her children, while amazing, keep her on her toes. Ryan has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder and was diagnosed in 1st grade. Evan has juvenile arthritis and was diagnosed last June after trying to find out what was wrong with his “franken-finger.” Trey is a Type 1 diabetic and was diagnosed in April 2014. Through each of her children’s issues, Melanie has become an expert at navigating insurance, researching and most importantly, learning to speak up on her kids behalf and making sure that they are not only getting the best treatment they deserve but also knowing when they have gone through enough.

October 23rd: Finding your identity in Christ


Brandi Myers is back with us to share about her last 2 years while she was away from Batesville and what God showed her.  Brandi was part of the founding leadership team for Mom2Mom and we are so excited that she is back with us now!

Brandi is a wife to Brent and Momma to Sophie, Cash and Francesca.  She is a believer in people and that Love is law!  Her mission in this little life is to allow God to continually soften her heart, so that it may beat for what His heart beats for, people!  As image bearers with a job to do, Brandi believes we must share who we most deeply are in the presence of others.  You can catch a dose of her wild heart, photos and precepts on Facebook @ Pretty Head.

October 9th: Seasons of Marriage


Anita Czajkowski has been a pastor’s wife for the past 31 years of their marriage.  She is the devoted wife to the man behind the pulpit at Community Church of Greenwood in Greenwood, IN.  She is also the loving mother to three beautiful children ages 15 through 12.  Her life position affords her a unique perspective on the church, the church body, parenting and marriage.

Anita strides in helping mothers, wives and those in need are a driving pulse in the heart of the Greenwood community.  Come listen to the poised perspective  of this real wife and mother as she talks about weathering the different seasons of life that our marriages go through.

September 25th: Pantry & Closet Organization


Stephanie L. Jones, a professional organizer, Accredited Staging
Professional (ASP) and Certified Coach has been the owner of Innovative
Organizing for the past nine years and now owns Giving Gal, LLC.  She works full time for Cisco Systems and has been a successful professional due to her focus on organization, planning and time management skills.

Stephanie has been organizing spaces since she was five years old. She had a
dream to start her own business and to do something she truly loves. She has
always had a passion for making spaces look great and loves the challenge
that comes along with each organizing project.

Stephanie is actively involved in her community and
and will be sharing her giving journey in a book launching in 2016.  She is a
board member for the United Way of Porter County, Porter County Community Foundation and a member of the Women’s Impact Fund of Porter County. Stephanie lives in NW IN with her husband, an Indiana State Trooper.

Stephanie will walk you step by step through the process to organize your pantry and closets. These two areas are sometimes the quickest and easiest areas to organize in your home. Taking the time to organize your pantry and closets can lead to a decrease in stress and save you time and money.

This will be Stephanie’s third time with us at Mom2Mom.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page the next two weeks as she will be helping us out with an “Ask the Organizer” post.  You can post pictures to our page with questions and she will answer back!  See you on the 25th!

Sept. 11th: Seasoned Mom’s Panel


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