Mom2Mom started back in October of 2011 and it has grown so much since our first gathering. I’ve met so many Moms from the community and learned so much from each of you. I’ve been encouraged, challenged, given advice, laughed, cried and been so grateful for these wonderful new friendships in my life. I couldn’t pull off this ministry without the awesome team that I work with to make Mom2Mom what it is today. I wanted to take this opportunity for you to get to know who your M2M leadership team is!
I, Melissa Hanley, am the Director of Mom2Mom. I am responsible for vision casting, building our leadership team, coordinating and hosting all speakers, publicizing the group and writing this M2M blog. When I moved to Batesville in January of 2011, it was a difficult move. Coming to a new community is always nerve-wracking to say the least and I was desperate to connect with other women and moms in Batesville to make this new chapter of our life worth all that it could be. I confess that I’m not a perfect Mom. I, like most of you reading this, am always learning and wanted to connect through friendships. I truly believe that’s why God gave us friendships! We have each other to do this life with!
What excites me most about Mom2Mom is the diverse group of women that comes together and leans on each other, serves each other, encourages and inspires each other to be the best Mom that we can be while giving God all the credit. It’s been so fun to watch women now connect on their own outside of M2M through various other activities in our community. It is my passion that Moms know who they are, who God created them to be and to find rest in that truth. Being a Mom is the hardest yet most rewarding job I’ve ever had and it is encouraging to walk alongside so many other Moms who feel that same way.
I am married to Patrick and am Mom to 3 amazing kids: Maddie, Jackson and Mason. In addition to my role with M2M, I am also a full time professional photographer.
Emili Uden is our childcare coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating all childcare workers and activities for our kids during our M2M gatherings. She is the wife of Mark and Mom to Benjamin and Leah! Here’s what Emili has to say about M2M:
” I first heard about Mom2Mom in the produce aisle of Kroger when Melissa introduced herself to me and invited me to a meeting. I’ve been attending regularly since then! I just started my position on the Leadership Team in January and I am very excited to be apart of such an awesome team of women! I absolutely love that Mom2Mom is more than just “club” for moms- its a ministry for moms and it is really exciting to be apart of a community of women who value God and have similar moral values. Mom2Mom has encouraged me to venture out of my comfort zone. Before living here in Batesville, I didn’t have any other Mom friends and now I have a great group of friends who encourage me to come to playgroups and invite me out to fun events. This has lead to a lot of socialization for my toddler and he has really bloomed and benefited from meeting and playing with other kids his age.”
Abby Coffey is our Care Coordinator. She is responsible for making us aware of the physical needs of the Moms in our group. She coordinates meals for Moms who have recently had babies or surgeries and brings support to arising issues or needs of Moms/families in our Batesville community. She also sends out our Birthday cards! She is the wife of Nate and Mom to Grace, Zoey, Maggie and Andrew, whom she home schools. Here’s what she has to say about M2M:
” I had heard about Mom2Mom from some ladies around town when we first moved to Batesville two years ago. I started coming after meeting Melissa when our kids started pre-school together. I have been on the leadership team for about a year now. I think the community that Mom2Mom creates is awesome! It is such a great way for moms to connect with each other, build friendships and help each other out. Mom2Mom has blessed and encouraged me immensely! I moved here not knowing many people other then my family. My husband was working overseas and gone a lot of the time. I really needed some good girlfriend/mom support. Within weeks of getting involved in Mom2Mom I felt that I had made some lasting friendships and my kids had as well. I love seeing everyone at the Friday meetings but I also love that there are so many moms in this group who love to get together throughout the week. I have made some great friends who I just love to talk to and spend time with. I also love that we can help each other out whenever one of us has a a need!”
“I first heard about mom2mom when Melissa told me about it and invited me to attend the first year she started the group. I was eager to have a social outlet with other moms. I enjoy learning about other people and hearing “your story” so this is the perfect group for me. An added bonus has been listening to the amazing speakers and getting motivated to make some positive changes in my life. The first year of mom2mom I was so eager for each and every meeting and always felt “recharged” afterward. I started recruiting all of my friends to join and they were all excited about the group as well. It is a place you can feel safe to ask for advice or share things that are weighing on your heart. If you are shy or do not feel comfortable speaking in front of people that is okay too! New friendships are formed as a result of this group and I know as a stay at home mom sometimes you just need some adult friendships. You can only talk to yourself for so long before you start to feel like you may be going crazy. I love the variety of topics that are given at each meeting. There is more to life than cooking, cleaning, and taking care of your children! I started with the leadership team last year as the hospitality coordinator. I enjoy greeting everyone as they enter the meetings. I really wish I could have a one on one meeting with every person in the group to get to know everyone better. I have been a “professional traveler” this year and have missed too many meetings. I look forward to getting to know the newcomers. Mom2mom has encouraged me to be a better mom, wife, friend, daughter and most of all a better “me”. I love how each mom2mom event energizes me when I start to feel unmotivated. I have been inspired to make many changes after hearing the speakers. Sometimes my family did not always like the changes: i.e. family rules, the need to add color to my home, healthier eating, but it was fun to try. The organizational binder has been a lifesaver for me because I am not a natural good organizer. The two things I like most about mom2mom is getting inspired and having support.”
Jami Powell is our Social Coordinator. She is responsible for planning and coordinating our Mom’s Night Out’s, couples parties and other events outside of our normal Friday gatherings. She is the wife of Chris and Mom to Ethan, Andrew, Conor and Jackson. She also works full time at Margaret Mary Health as an RN in the same day surgery department. Here’s what Jami has to say about M2M:
“I first heard about M2M from Melissa when she was working to start up Mom2Mom. I have been a part of the Leadership team since the very beginning. What excites me most about the mission of Mom2Mom in our Batesville community is getting to meet other moms in the community and being there for them and encouraging them. Mom2Mom has encouraged me in my role as “mom” as i have learned so much from other Moms as well as the speakers to put in place in my own life.”
Shannon McBeath is our Special Events and Facilities Coordinator. Shannon was the one responsible for creating our childcare program from the beginning of Mom2Mom. She recently took a full time position at the Batesville Intermediate School which does not allow her to be with us at the Friday gatherings. Therefore, we have moved her into this new position of Special Events Coordinator. She is working with our leadership team to plan our Spa Day mother/daughter event for this spring semester (April 12th). She is also on staff as the Children’s Director for the Community Church of Batesville where M2M meets. She also helps us with set up and scheduling the facility usage. She is the wife of Shawn and Mom to Caleb, Brianna, Isabella, Gabe and Roxie. She also has a photography business as well. Here’s what Shannon has to say about M2M:
“I have been with the group in leadership capacity from the beginning. What I find most exciting and encouraging about the group is seeing all of the moms who stay at home, getting together for playdates and such on their own …many who would be sitting at home alone had it not been for the group. Such a huge percentage of the group is made up of people who are not originally from the area, but the ladies in the area who are from here…be it all their lives or recently, invite them in to be as much of the Batesville family as possible. You don’t find that in all small towns.”
Becky Ransome is our Mentor Mom! She helps with Discussion groups at our Friday gatherings and makes herself available as a friend, confidante and encourager as she share a lot of wisdom from her own life experience as a mature Mom:) She is the wife of Chris and Mom to Crista and Evan (grown) and Grandmother to Mazen. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and IPC with doTerra Essential oils! Here’s what she has to say about M2M:
“When I moved into the community another mom in the area told me about M2M! I have only been serving on the Leadership Team for about a month now. I think that M2M is a GREAT way to encourage each other and get an opportunity to ‘network” with like minded Mom’s. We each need to be able to ask for help when we’re going through new “seasons” with our children and this group has a wide structure of mom’s with all age children! I especially enjoy the “modern” ability to incorporate Facebook for questions, and suggestions! That is one thing that as an “older” mom I really wish I would have had! It reminds me of where I’ve come from… and helps me understand how much things have changed and yet how in so many ways raising children will always have many similarities, regardless of the current or past situations in life!”