Hello, I’m so happy to meet you here!
Hmm…what else should you know about me? Well, you wouldn’t have to know me for long before you discovered that I’ve got a thing for both coffee (preferably French Press) & chocolate (dark, please) and that I love to read. I believe summer is the very best season, with fall being a close second. I’m also a bit of a secret “foodie” and read cookbooks in my spare time. Which isn’t saying much.
I highly value honesty and friendship. I crave quiet but am surrounded by a rather outgoing bunch. Baking homemade bread does something deep for my soul and classical music nearly always makes me smile.
I’m the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Husband (also available in Spanish) and co-author with my husband of several children’s books, including the winner of the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal for Children’s Literature, Mommy, How Did God Make Me. Both Matthew and I have been involved in Christian publishing for 25 years.
I began this site, Club31Women, three-and-a-half years ago when one of our daughters urged me on and I’m glad I listened to her . . . because it turned out to be a beautiful thing. For me, and I hope for you too.
I grew up in the little town of Lander, in Central Wyoming. Dad worked in the oil field, and mom was a children’s librarian. When I was eight years old I chose to follow Christ and was baptized in a river. My small church family gathered around with hymnals and sang “Shall We Gather at The River”. It should have been “the barely thawed river” that almost gave me hypothermia.
It was in that small town that I prayed, “Lord, I wish someday I could write Bible studies for people.”
I got an English degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Texas, and there I met a Montana man who made me a pastor’s wife one hour south of Canada in Kalispell, Montana. Once again in the Rocky Mountains, I raised my daughter who is now married and finishing college and my son who goes to college this year.
In Montana, my husband and I have found our joy in sharing God’s truth. I teach Spanish in the afternoons, but in the morning I enjoy blogging at ChristyFitzwater.com. My greatest desire is to help people get to a place where they can brag that they know God.
Susan Alexander Yates
I’m thrilled to be joining the Club 31 women. I’m the oldest (not old mind you!) of the team and I’m excited to get to know many of you through this blog.
I grew up in a strong church-going family but my faith was more of an inherited faith than a personal faith and it wasn’t until my college years that I came to know Christ personally.
My husband John and I were best friends all through college, (UNC Chapel Hill, NC) until he “woke up” and realized that maybe we were meant to be more than just best friends. We’ve been married 46 years and have 5 married kids including a set of twins and 21 grandchildren including a set of quadruplets!
We have lived in Falls Church Virginia, a DC suburb, for 36 years where John has been the Senior Pastor of the Falls Church Anglican. Over the years I’ve written 13 books, several with my husband John and our daughter Allison. Speaking and writing are two of my passions. I especially love hanging out with the next generation.
I love Monday night football, ACC basketball, shooting hoops with my grandsons, hiking and riding horseback with my husband, running on country roads, eating chocolate, playing practical jokes on folks, and walking and talking with girlfriends. You are not likely to find me at the mall; I’d rather be at the farm. You won’t find me in the kitchen by choice; I’d rather be outdoors! My favorite time of the year is June when all 33 of us gather for Cousin Camp and Family Camp.
One of the blessings of having experienced many seasons in life is that you realize none of us ever gets “there-” the place in which we are at complete peace, trust God the way we’d like to, behave in the manner we desire. Instead, we begin to relax a little, recognizing that God is more interested in His presence in our journey than He is in our perfection or lack thereof.
I’d love for you to follow my blog, sign up to receive a twice weekly One Word character trait about God, and learn more about our family and my speaking schedule.
I spent most of my growing-up years in Germany. As a teen, I moved to Africa as a Missionary kid. I attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where I had a lot of fun rooming with my dear friend Courtney. It was at Moody that I met and married my best friend Joe. Together we have 4 children: Katherine (12), Elias (10), Madeline (6) and Kilian (4) We live in the western suburbs of Chicago where Joe is a pastor and I homeschool our four children.
I love to cook and read, I hate getting up early, and I long for the day when all the rooms of my house are cleaned up at the same time. I probably spend too much time reading blogs, catching up with friends and family on Facebook, and pretending I’m creative on Pinterest. In this season of life, God is teaching me self-sacrifice, discipline, the need for more organizational skills and how to apply the gospel to everyday situations and conversations. You can also find me at my personal blog jenthorn.com.
I’d so much rather meet you in person than online (I’ll take people over tasks any day!), but I’m delighted to share this bit of space and time together. A little about me… I’m a listener, a “mercy” person, an encourager. And that’s why I write — to share God’s faithfulness in my brokenness, so you’ll know you’re not alone.
My family . . . well, my husband Jarod and I had no idea the adventures we’d face when we became missionaries to Haiti back in 2002. The detailed memoir is still in the making, but you can get a taste of the craziness through my ebook Take Courage: Choosing faith on my journey of fear.
Our three Haitian children, one with special needs, miraculously became ours after a nine-year wait. The earthquake of Port-au-Prince brought them and our entire family back to the U.S. in the year 2010. Since then we’ve relocated to sunny South Florida where you’ll find us in (or avoiding) our homeschool studies, running together, or exploring the beach.
I expected my twenties to include diaper changes and breastfeeding. Like anyone whose pump had been primed for parenting, I assumed that “trying” to have children meant conceiving children. A few long years later, I was ushered into motherhood through the back door.
A dream that we had to adopt, birthed when we were young and had eyes full of great expectations for our life, happened in a way we didn’t quite anticipate. But like any move of God, it was better than we ever imagined.
So. I am a mother of five whose arms stretched wide across the ocean to Africa. The Hagerty line now includes Africans who are my living, breathing reminders of the faithfulness of Jesus. And, well, there’s been another miracle added since — one we affectionately call Baby Bo.
After being a wife and mother, I am a writer.
It was after almost a decade of Christian life when I was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. God met me and moved me when life stopped working for me. And out of the overflow, came my writing.
Hi, I’m Wynter! I love a dark room, rainy days, good books, long naps and fountain cokes…preferably from Sonic but I will take what I can get!
I also love spending time with my husband Jonathan, and our 4 daughters, Alena (11), Kaitlyn (8), Camryn and Olivia (5). If you are thinking my hands are full…then you are correct! My hands are full, but not in the way you may assume. I believe my hands are full because I am raising 4 of God’s beautiful daughters and that definitely requires all hands on deck!
Unfortunately, as a little girl, I experienced the effects poverty and fatherlessness can have on a life. I grew up in the inner city of Baltimore, MD and although my surroundings weren’t perfect (and neither was my behavior), I am grateful for the love of a mother, grandmother, and close family who all served the Lord!
Now, I am sold out for Christ and I have a passion to empower young girls to walk boldly into becoming who He has created them to be. Four years ago I founded For Girls Like You, a print Magazine and resource for girls ages 6-11 and their parents. I am also the author of For Girls Like You Devotional for Tweens. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Forgirlslikeyou.com where we can chat more about life as moms, wives, and daughters!
Hi, I’m Chels! You’ll find me in the kitchen most days – either that or the desk around the corner from the kitchen! No doubt about it – the kitchen is the center of my little household. I believe cooking together and eating together helps keep us together!
I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life, and for the last (nearly) twelve years, I’ve shared this beautiful place with my husband Josh. We were high school sweethearts from different schools, and we have been blessed with three wonderful children – Gracie (10), Edie (6), and Christian (2). While I love it here in the Portland area, I left a bit of my heart in New York City, I’m a diehard Disneyland fan, and I dream of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. My father-in-law pastors the local church we attend, where I have learned the importance of nourishing myself and my family with spiritual food as well!
I love to read and run (not at the same time) though the running is a bit of a necessity when you bake all the time! You can find more recipes and ramblings over at my little corner of the internet, catzinthekitchen.com.
I met my husband in Yellowstone National Park when we were 13 years old. We fell in love through a 10-year friendship that began with family visits to each other’s homes and grew through the many, many letters we wrote to each other. On May 27, 2006 (the rainiest day on record in many years), I married my best friend. We honeymooned in Yellowstone.
Merritt and I live in the cozy home he built for us, on a little hill with a breath-taking view of the family farm where he works. Our home has grown along with our family, as God has given us four precious children who are a daily delight and challenge.
When I’m not cooking or homeschooling (or reading!), I also do bookkeeping and marketing for the family farm, manage publishing projects for Loyal Arts Media, and freelance as a WordPress developer.
I can also be found blogging on my personal blog at GretchenLouise.com, as well as managing the community at Kindred Grace.
Hi! I’m LaToya, author of Beautifully Broken: Finding Joy and Purpose in the Pain. I am a recovering perfectionist and control freak that loves old movies, good books, and strawberry Häagen-Dazs® ice cream. A few years ago I traded in a law degree to stay home and homeschool my boys and I never looked back! Through trials of divorce, depression, death and more, I’ve learned how to find joy in motherhood and broken circumstances.
I live and work in Tampa Bay, Florida. Most days you will find me at home with my three boys. I have grown to love being a mom and cherish my time at home with my children.
Hey there! I’m Christin, married to my high school sweetheart since 2000 and raising our seven beautiful children (ages 6-14) together! I was born and raised in Detroit and currently live in the suburbs.
Spending the first decade of my marriage giving birth to and nursing babies, I find my 30s to be a whole new adventure by itself! While they are no less busy, they certainly carry a different dynamic.
In mid-2012 we began the process of adopting two sibling girls from Ghana, West Africa. By mid-2014 they were home and continue to thrive in our family. God chose them for us and us for them, without a doubt!
I enjoy writing, reading, and working with other bloggers to help their dreams become a reality. I love coffee, spring thunderstorms and long summer nights. Summer is my favorite.
I don’t love working out, but I do it to stay healthy and keep my mentality sharp and stable. It’s become an integral part of my life and it’s blessed me greatly to see how my own journey has inspired others to action.
I love being a work at home, homeschooling mom and feel super blessed with what God has given us.
We’re so glad to get to meet you and that you’ve come here!
The Club31Women Contributors