Amanda is a New York girl living in a Texas world. In 2009, she followed her heart all the way down to the Lone Star state and settled in Mansfield. She is wife to her husband, Timothy, and mother to her sweet and spunky babies, Ryann (age 4) and Grey (age 3). The family loves traveling (because who doesn’t love flying the friendly skies with two toddlers?) and hunkering down at home with equal passion. Amanda is a speech pathologist by day and the maker of snacks, giver of baths, and the reader of bedtime stories by night. A lover of food and health, she spends an alarming amount of time researching plant-based recipes, experimenting in her perpetually messy kitchen, and of course, subjecting her (mostly willing) family to the fruits of her labor. When not partioning out perfectly even bowls of apple slices, you can find her at Orange Theory Fitness, in the Starrbucks drive-thru line, reading anything and everything, daydreaming about date nights that don’t consist of take-out and Netflix, and planning the Fyfe family’s next adventure.
Andrena moved to Texas as a newlywed in 2006. She and her husband, Elten, have two active and loving boys, Ernest (2009) and Andruw (2010). Andrena finds great joy in simple living. She loves good food, good friends, and good conversation. In her free time, she likes to write and photograph her family. You can follow her personal blog My Andrena.
Anna moved to Fort Worth in 1998, in hopes of finding a teaching job. She told herself that she wouldn’t stay long . . . and, as you can see, THAT was a lie! She met her husband, Ricky, in the 5th grade when he moved to her small town in Oklahoma. She did all she could to avoid him . . . only to marry him 15 years later! The couple has now been married 15 years and has welcomed three children: Hannah, (2004), Andrew (2007), and Derek (2011). Her day-to-day life of teaching full time and raising kids could be a sitcom – entertaining to say the least! She openly shares her journey of parenting a child with mental illness to help families like hers. She empowers other moms as the mom-bassador for the FWMB Neighbor Group, Moms of Special Needs Kids.
Beth and her husband, Joe, met in Oklahoma but were quickly transplanted to Texas in pursuit of full-time ministry. Mama to three perfectly unique and spunky girls, she spends her time adventuring in the day-to-day. She loves Jesus, thrift stores, and sipping coffee while listening to other people’s stories. Read some of them, and her own thoughts on the joys and trials of faith and parenting at Psalm One Twenty Six. Or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Bianca moved to Mansfield in 1994. Now, she resides in the North Arlington area with her 7-month-old, blue-eyed beautiful baby boy, Dorian. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. She hopes to return to school and get a graduate degree in public administration. Her dream job is to run a local non-profit or start her own! Currently, she is a customer service agent for a coffee distributor in the North Dallas area. When she’s not soaking up every bit of new motherhood with her little one, she loves trying out new restaurants and taking mini trips to Austin. Some of her favorite things include cider beer, rap and indie music, NYX makeup, blood oranges, SXSW, cats, and buying books she will never read.
Cate is a transplant from Alabama and an alum of the greatest school in the SEC (Roll Tide). She is wife to her college sweetheart, Rob, and mommy to two adorable Texans, who couldn’t look more like her in-laws: Elijah (2012) and Nora (2015). She and her husband have proudly called Fort Worth home since 2011 and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. As owner and labor doula of First Spring Doula Services, Cate passionately champions the intuition of laboring moms around Tarrant County.
Chalna is a native Texan born with Jedi reading and writing skills and an inability to add or subtract. She’s married to her favorite pilot and has two fabulous sons, 9 and 4. Her oldest suffers from GAD and OCD, and her life’s mission is advocating for children with mental health disorders. She is a freelance writer who loves wine, carbs, and Amazon. She shares life with pediatric anxiety on her blog, She Shines Her Light, and writes professionally in the middle of the night. Find her at Chalna Writes.
Colleen, an Illinois native, and her husband, Aaron, met in 2001 during their freshman year at Texas Christian University and have been charmed by both each other, and Fort Worth, ever since. What makes her smile is the heady aroma of that first cup of morning coffee, the opportunity to be creative, consuming mid-afternoon hunks of dark chocolate, seeing her sons smile, and feeling the down-to-the-bone joy that is motherhood. Outside of what seems like daily trips to Central Market or Trader Joe’s, she is likely to also be found sitting crisscross on a colorful rug at a story time, strolling the Fort Worth Zoo, or at home gardening the pots on her front porch, also known as her living room.
Emily is married to her high school sweetheart. Together they have three show-stopping boys! She recently relocated back to her hometown of Fort Worth after having adventures in Germany and San Antonio. Emily’s current adventure consists of rediscovering the city with her family and returning to work as a part-time preschool teacher. You may spy her around the town staying outside as much as possible at the local parks, the zoo, or just going for a run.
Heather has called the Fort Worth area home for more than 20 years, after growing up as an Army Brat. She’s thankful to raise her kids with solid Texas roots so they can avoid the identity crisis of being asked where they’re from. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Chris, for 22 years (Sic Em Bears!). Their Baylor story has a new chapter unfolding, as their oldest son, Collin, is a Baylor freshmen. They are also parents to Cooper (age 16) and Caris (age 13). She wants all moms of littles to know that teenagers are awesome! Heather’s paying gig is that of adoption social worker. She’s a creative who loves to write and be crafty, and her superpower is spending hours on Pinterest or creating digital scrapbooks. She’s passionate about God’s Word, long conversations over a cup of coffee, and cheering on other moms. You can follow her transparent journey of faith, motherhood, and marriage on her blog or through Twitter (@enrightheather1), Instagram, and Facebook.
Heather grew up in Texas and graduated from TCU. Since then, she has made her home in Fort Worth with her husband, her seven-year-old son, one dog, two birds, two frogs and way too many fish. She’s a sucker for a critter and an underdog. Heather has been a teacher for more than 15 years and is currently teaching third grade. She prefers mornings spent watching the Today Show with a cup of coffee and evenings spent on the porch with a margarita. She loves a good, long book, Blue Bell Dutch chocolate ice cream, and relishing every single second of summer.
Texas is deep in the heart of this southern girl. Heidi was born and raised in DFW. As a child, she remembers trips to the Fort Worth stockyards and water gardens, instilling Texan pride and now she and her husband have two boisterous boys to go on adventures with around Cowtown. She previously worked as a child abuse investigator but now works full-time for an education technology company. Heidi still finds time to pursue hobbies such as starting craft projects she’ll never finish and pinning elaborate recipes she’ll never make. Heidi is a long-time blogger, writing about recipes, politics, and family life.
Proud to be raised in Burleson (shout out Kelly Clarkson!), Jami was even the Elk mascot for her beloved BHS. Jami’s greatest joy comes from exploring the world and learning about all the beautifully unique people in it, so after graduating from Dallas Baptist University, Jami moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she met her wonderful husband, Corban. They now live in Fort Worth with their three precious daughters, Jessy (2011), Maggy (2013), and Lilly (2015). Jami now spends her days having adventures with her girls, homeschooling part-time, attempting to keep her brother and sister labradors out of trouble, teaching Chinese kids English online, leading music classes for preschoolers, and blessing other women in whatever ways arise. Jami lives by “Love God and love others” and “laughter is the best medicine.”
Jenny is a West Texas girl who married her best friend and Baylor sweetheart, Chris, in 2005. She spent her 20s running marathons and traveling as a writer and photographer for a global ministry, Buckner International. In 2012, she and Chris became parents to son Miller and in 2015 to daughter Emmeline, who was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – type 1. Now Jenny lives in Burleson, Chris’ hometown, and focuses her time on caring for her daughter and helping other families of medically-fragile children. Jenny loves Jesus, family, good coffee and wine, meaningful conversations, musical theater, shopping, and porch sitting. And an occasional run, or walk. Whatever. (Photo courtesy of: Uneartherd Photography).
Julie is a Texas-born missionary kid that grew up in New Zealand and finally found her way back to Lone Star state, by way of Missouri and Tennessee. Back in the DFW area, she met her worship pastor husband, Jake, in 2011. In 2013, Julie gave birth to a feisty little boy named Jude. In the summer of 2016, Ella Jene was born and balanced out the family. Julie loves good coffee, thrift stores, and occasionally faking a New Zealand accent. She is also a teacher, a singer, a songwriter, an Alabama fan, a traveler, and a Jesus follower. She considers herself to be an expert in food, music, and mistakes. Julie tells stories about her life and the people in it over at The Potluck Diaries.
Kelly and her husband Shawn are both Fort Worth natives who met in preschool, though they have not been dating that long! They are parents to Avery, a sweet, busy little toddler, who has been keeping them on their toes ever since she was born three and a half months early, weighing only 1 pound and 5 ounces. Kelly works as a marketing specialist for Cook Children’s and discovered her love of writing while blogging for Cook Children’s during Avery’s 234 day NICU stay. Tennis is the family hobby for Shawn and Kelly, as well as their parents and many of their good friends. Lucky for Shawn, it also helps pay the bills. He works at Ridglea Country Club as their director of tennis. Kelly is a founding member of the “Keep it in the Purple” marketing committee for the TCU Men’s Tennis Team. When not working, playing tennis, or taking care of Avery, Kelly loves to enjoy a yummy glass of Chardonnay and a shopping trip to Anthropologie, her happy place.
Krista grew up in Arlington, Texas. While she was in undergrad at Texas Tech she swore she would never return, but after falling in love with her brother’s high school friend, Micah, that plan quickly fell out the window. Two kids later, her family’s roots are deeply planted. Krista spent the first six years of her professional life as a behavioral specialist working with students who faced emotional and psychological challenges, but, after having children, she quickly realized she had a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Since leaving her career in the school district, she has owned three different businesses. She currently spends most of her kid-free time teaching families how to improve their health with natural approaches, as well as empowering mothers to tap into their inner, God-given awesomeness! Although she believes deeply in the importance of living a natural, holistic lifestyle, balance is her number one goal (because, margaritas!!!).
Kristen D began her motherhood journey as a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her 1 pound, 8 ounce miracle daughter (2011). After two eventful years at home, she returned to teaching and swears that a day in a kindergarten class would be the greatest reality show ever made! When she isn’t molding minds, she can be found enjoying her hysterically inquisitive daughter. Together, they are navigating the uncharted waters of pediatric feeding disorders, feeding tubes, blended diets, and of course elementary school fashion. Kristen’s favorites include monogramming anything not moving, consuming brunch as often as possible, restarting the dryer to avoid ironing, and life as a newlywed!
Kristen grew up all over the world as an Air Force brat, with amazing parents and eight siblings. She met husband Dave at college in Chicago, and, in addition to the Windy City, they lived in San Antonio and Northern Virginia before settling in Fort Worth in 2010. Along the way they managed to have six children: Molly (98), Warren (01), Henry (02), Carrie (04), Liam (06), and Donovan (11). Most of her time is spent homeschooling her brood, but Kristen is also a lover of Notre Dame and Seahawks football, IPAs, and winter. She believes in teasing her children mercilessly to keep them well-adjusted.
Kristy was born and raised in Texas and has lived here all her life except for a brief period of time when she lived it up in Los Angeles, California. She is the proud mom of three boys and is the girliest boy mom you’ve ever met. In addition to her mom job she is also a school librarian and author of professional books for librarians and teachers. She is a writing trainer and loves to share her passion for writing with others. Her favorite things in the whole wide world after her family are quiet mornings spent nurturing her coffee addiction, books, snow days, and her two crazy dogs. When left to her own devices she can be found wearing yoga pants and binge watching Netflix, all while chasing after three wild boys and spinning plates on all twenty of her fingers and toes.
Graduate school brought Laura from her beloved home state of Colorado to Texas (hard to beat the Rocky Mountains!), and meeting her beloved husband Jonathan convinced her to settle here. Now the two are overjoyed and exhausted parents to sweet Christopher (2015) and a little girl on the way (2017). In addition to her role as a mama, she also works full time as a clinical psychologist working with military veterans who continue to amaze her with their strength and humor. When she’s not busy juggling career and parenthood, you can find her cycling, enjoying local culture (and food!), baking, “hiking,” and embracing her love of travel.
Laurie was born in Cleburne, Texas, but was raised (27 years) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She studied at UWM for three years as a pre-med student, but was unable to keep up with the cost of college. She came back home 14 years ago, bringing along her two sons. She married in 2006 gaining a step-son, and welcomed a baby girl in 2007, who came along to add balance to all of the testosterone in the house. Laurie is the proud Owner of CakePopsByL. She is an outgoing homebody, full of compassion, and believes in taking life one moment at a time.
Raised on seven acres of land nestled in the heart of Southlake, and a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, Meagan is the definition of locally grown. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Adam, since 2005, and they have two silly daughters: one tenderhearted free-spirit and the other a strong-willed spit fire. When not playing princesses or painting by number, she is curled up in her pajamas immersed in a historical fiction novel, eating sugar, practicing yoga, or finding the end of the Internet to feed the infomaniac within her. Once a 7th grade English teacher, now a stay-at-home mom, she enjoys staying connected with youth through mentoring in Christ as an accountability leader at her church, and serving as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation. In her “spare” time, which is comical these days, she tries to keep up her blog The Love Filled Way.
A native Texan, Monika moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2007 to pursue her dreams of newscast writing. The land of enchantment offered more than just a blooming career for the young writer, it’s also the place where she met and married the love of her life, Dave. The two now have three beautiful children and have since settled in the heart of Keller, Texas. Spoiled by her time spent living and traveling in Europe, Monika enjoys good wine, cheese, and french fries smothered in mayonnaise. When not volunteering at her kids’ schools, you can find her facebooking in a carpool line, rain-dancing at the baseball fields, or just hanging out in her second home . . . her kitchen.
Robyn met her husband in his homestate of North Carolina, and, as he says, they “comprised” after marriage and settled one hour from her family and six states from his. Still, they love to visit friends and family in North Carolina every year with their 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. They have gladly called Fort Worth home for more than a decade where Robyn works as a pastor at a Presbyterian church, particularly focused on mission outreach and family ministry. Reading “grown up” books, having travel adventures, and enjoying thoughtful conversations are what keep her going.
Teresa is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas in 2012, now calling Fort Worth home. She and her husband, Eric, were married in 2002 and became parents in 2008 when their wonderfully independent and wildly funny daughter was born. When not working as the director of communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent more than a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. Teresa loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.