September 14- How Do Our Kids Change as They Grow Up?

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Manda Collins is a 31 year old, single woman with no children who lives in Franklin, IN.  So, what could she possibly know about parenting?!  (Guess you’ll have to come listen to find out!)  Growing up in difficult circumstances led Manda to pursue a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  This has allowed her to work with many people with a variety of struggles, including 8 years of working with youth and their families in a residential facility.  Manda has 9 nieces and nephews, and many of her friends are parents whom she has had the privilege of walking alongside in their journeys.  At the age of 12, she accepted Christ and has a deep desire to share His love and truth with this hurting world.

We welcome you to come learn about how kids change as they grow up and progress in development of their bodies, minds, feelings, and social relationships.  Then, more importantly, to explore what does that mean for you as a mom?

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August 31- Are You Raising a Joseph or a Prodigal?

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Sarah Bohrer grew up in a home with parents who loved Jesus and were committed to the local church.  She is grateful that she can’t remember a time when she didn’t know Jesus and the love of the church.  At the age of seven she chose to follow Jesus with her whole heart and was baptized.  She loves being a wife, Mom, leading worship and a good cup of coffee with friends.  She works part time for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana planning children’s camps, events and VBS trainings for the Southern Baptist Churches of Indiana.
Sarah will be sharing biblical wisdom and personal experience in raising children.   She will draw from the stories of Joseph and the prodigal son, as there are many parallels that can be made between the prodigal son and Joseph in the Bible yet in the end Joseph exemplified godly wisdom and the prodigal son exemplified human foolishness.  How do we raise modern day Josephs in a world that values all of the foolishness that the prodigal son encountered?  Raising a Joseph is a goal that we as moms must start striving toward from the very beginning of our child’s life.  Let’s look at some of the key factors that are needed in order to reach this awesome goal.

August 17- Her Mess, HIS Masterpiece

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Monica Lyon grew up in Northern Indiana, graduated from Purdue University (Boiler Up!) and moved back to her home town to serve as the Children’s Pastor at her home church. There she learned lots about ministry and life but more importantly met a really cute drummer, who, a few years later, became her husband. 

On September 25, 2010, Monica gained a husband, two daughters and all her prayers and dreams came to fruition.

Or so she thought. 

(–Cue ominous crime show music–)

Being newlyweds and raising two teenage daughters are both great challenges on their own.  Doing them at the same time is enough to send a perfectly normal person on a rollercoater of fear, joy, pride, doubt, and so so so much love.

Now almost 8 years later her family has blended in Cooper (4) and Camden (2) aka The B Team….Tom (a son-in-law) and Molly (a granddaughter). Through it all Monica has prayed, and cried, and laughed, and questioned, and mostly loved.  Monica is thankful for God’s provision and that His Grace is enough to cover her faults and failures.  All along she has known that this family was a part of God’s perfect plan for her life, even if it wasn’t always pretty. Come out to Mom2Mom this week to see how God has turned Her Mess into HIS Masterpiece. 

May 18- Pressing or Precious: Managing Time for Busy Moms

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Dana’s heart is to connect women with God’s heart through the teaching of His Word. After being a stay-at-home mom, Dana taught in colleges in Texas and Tennessee and provided training for businesses and industries. Currently she works at Pier 1 where she loves to connect with women from all over the world! Dana gets excited about meaningful, honest conversation, celebrating small victories, and spending time with her incredible husband, family, and friends.
When asked, “How are you doing?” we often hear ourselves (and others) say, “I’m so busy, we have so much going on! I just cannot keep up with everything I have to do. I’m exhausted!”  So many of us are overwhelmed by how much we have to do and how little time we have to do  it in. Let’s get some practical tools to help us focus on the precious and important as opposed to constantly doing the pressing and urgent.

May 4- The Game of Comparison

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Keshia Maybee is a Michigandor (Go Blue!).  Keshia is a lover of Jesus and longs for His desires to be hers. She is grateful for two things: His grace – that is new every morning and coffee (that is also new every morning!).
Keshia is a Counselor in Blissfield, Michigan and is a Student Pastor’s wife. Keshia is a mom of three(ages 5,4 and 3) and for apparent reasons, should buy stock in Starbucks.
Keshia adores people. Loves to laugh. Loves to talk about all things deep and watch Friends and The Golden Girls. She is passionate about women knowing Jesus, finding their worth in Him, and living like it.
Keshia loves to speak and has hopes to write a book in the near future.
Join us as Keshia shares on “The Game of Comparison” this Friday!

April 20- The Prodigal Daughter

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Pam Weld lives in southern Brown County, Indiana, with her husband.  She moved to Indiana from Blaine, Minnesota.  Pam spends her time working in REC (Residents Encounter Christ) in Indiana County Jails and she also works at Lakeview Camp in Bartholomew County.

Pam will be sharing her personal testimony, which she titles “The Prodigal Daughter”.  She shares that while her story may not be pretty, it will be an encouragement to all.  Please join us this Friday to hear Pam’s powerful story!

April 6- Healthy Eating 101

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Andi Bukowski was born and raised here in Seymour. She is a graduate of Purdue University where she studied to become a registered dietitian. She currently works part time as a diabetes educator at Schneck Medical Center. She is married to Jason who is an insurance salesman at Moore and Shepherd insurance agency. They have been married 15 years and have two boys Eli -8 and Henry -5.

Andi will be joining us to give some guidance to moms about feeding a family in a healthful way with an ultimate goal for bringing the joy back into family meals.

This will be a very helpful and practical talk that you won’t want to miss!