November 22nd: “Legacy” with Sarah McLaughlin

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As a wife of over twelve years to her best friend & college sweetheart, mother to three children under 5 years old, and worship leader/songwriter & blogger, she has seen her fair share of seasons.  Through her writing, she articulates the mountain and valley experiences of journeying through life with depth, sincerity, raw emotion, and humor.

Using her classical and jazz background, she mixes in other audio flavors – gospel, country, and pop for a soulful and eclectic sound.  Having worked with Grammy-award winning musicians, collaborating and sharing the stage with Bill and Gloria Gaither, Sandi Patty, Kurt Elling, Watermark, Jon McLaughlin, Alanna Story, Cook & Belle, Dierks Bentley and a slew of other impressive talents, Sarah’s songs have taken her around the world to jazz festivals, colleges, clubs, conferences, and churches, among other events.

Sarah is the daughter of musicians and values the joy that playing and singing with her family still brings.  She is accompanied by her husband (Jeff McLaughlin) on drums, brother (Stephen Scharbrough) on guitar, sister (Suzanne Cogswell) on vocals, and Bethany Robinson (who is like a sister) on bass.  Building on a foundational love of music, she and Jeff try to leave a legacy of music and joy in their own home and community.

Sarah has released 4 albums including “So Many Reasons”, “The Least of These”, “Draw Me Back”, and, most recently, “The Bright Midwinter – A Christmas Meditation.”  She has also released a live concert DVD.  She has been the voice of commercial radio and television jingles ranging from Ford, Dodge, and New Balance to Cedar Point Theme Park and the Indiana Pacers.  She is currently writing and working on an album with Jon McLaughlin due out summer 2014.

Sarah strives to sing the praises of real life and lament the struggles as well.  She half-jokingly says that her vocation is sitting around the table crying with people.  Sharing stories (of all kinds) is at the forefront of what she does.  She is a worship leader at Grace Church in Noblesville, IN and enjoys hanging with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, turbo-kick & zumba, making art out of junk, and making junk out of art.

For me, this was a no brainer in asking her to come share this Legacy topic with our Batesville Mom2Mom group.  She and I have been friends now for 28 years!  I can honestly say she is my longest, true friend.  She is the one that has been there for me through the highs and lows that this life has brought and we have never once been in a fight.  This friendship has and will continue to leave a legacy in my own life, one of true, genuine relationship with another human being.  I am so excited that she will be here to share with us through words and song!!

November 8th: A “Fit” Mommy with Erin Nikou

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Erin has been married now for 7 years this month to her husband Aaron.  They have two beautiful daughters, Myka (3 1/2) and Rylee (16 months).  The Nikous currently live in Greenwood, IN where she is primarily a stay at home Mom, but still enjoys working as a Physician Assistant and is a certified Les Mills body attack and cyclist instructor.  She’s going to challenge us to take care of our bodies the best we can while we are taking care of our little ones at home.  She will be teaching us some simple ways to do exercises at home.  Please wear comfortable clothing, we WILL be getting up and moving around:)