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 melissa@melissahanley.com