Andrea Owens



Andrea headshotPast Community Owner, Kalispell Moms for Moms

Moving to Kalispell, Montana from Philadelphia two years ago was well, a little bit of culture shock! After a couple of months, I decided to jump in and do everything I could to meet people. I met Gretchen who was the original owner of KMFM and immediately I loved the site. I have met, and continue to meet, the most wonderful people through our online community. It truly changed my life here in Kalispell.

Tom and I have been married for almost 20 years! We have 3 children, Tommy, Luke and Diana.  I love to volunteer and especially love to socialize. My hobbies are reading, journal writing, event planning, exercising and would love to eventually become a runner but am not there yet 🙂

The Flathead Valley of Montana is simply breathtaking. The mountains and scenery are nothing like I have ever seen before. The people are sincere, and once you are a friend, they will do anything for you. The outdoor activities are wonderful all year round. Glacier Park is a treasure. Skiing, hiking, camping, and much more. There is always something to do.

I do not have many quotes that I have connected with, but one from the Book of Jeremiah has stuck with me over the last few years. My father died very suddenly in November of 2011 and I moved over 3,000 miles away to a place I knew no one just a few months later. I questioned these changes for quite sometime.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

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Lindsay Maurer



lindsay photo2Previous Community Owner of Grand Valley Moms for Moms

I am honored to have been given this opportunity to become a part of each and every mothers life that joins this site. I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a sister so I think I have almost all of the roles that we women play in each others lives covered! I can’t wait to get to know you and share our experiences together.

My husband Alex and I are natives to Colorado and the Grand Valley. This place has stolen our hearts. We met in 9th grade Geography class when I caught him cheating off of my test and we haven’t looked back since! We married in 2006 amongst the grape vines that give our Grand Valley one of its unique draws. We welcomed John Oliver Maurer into our lives in 2011 and he’s been giving us a run for our money ever since. They say that having a child is like letting your heart out of your body and watching it run around and that has definitely been true for me. As a family we love to spend a lot of time outside, visit our local national parks, boat, ski, snowshoe, hike and whatever else we can think of. We have two dogs, Rocky and Sierra and they are definitely our constant companions.

By trade I am a kinesiologist, a massage therapist, and a website owner! I absolutely love how I get a chance to connect, engage, and inspire people through my work.

“We convince by our presence.” -Walt Whitman

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison Swett Marden

“Try to be more like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”- Bill Copeland

Moms for Moms Communities thanks Lindsay for her dedication and devotion while at the helm of Grand Valley Moms for Moms, she continued the incredible gift of connection, information, support and inspiration for her mothering community.

Amber Ashby



Amber with kidsPrevious Community Owner of Geelong Mums for Mums

“I wish there had been an easier way to have connected with other mums straight away. How great to finally have a tool that allows mums to connect and share information before even going out.”

Life has thrown many curve balls, creating both exciting times and some pretty isolating times as well. I moved to Australia in 1999 from Seattle, Washington after having met my husband in the UK at a Rowing Regatta of all places! I can still remember that first year spent with a 2 year old and another on the way, having just moved to Geelong, not knowing a sole even though my husband had grown up here. 6 years later and I can now say I feel like a local but it didn’t come easy. It took years of networking with other mums through playgroups, kinder, school, and business. I wish now there had been an easier way to have connected with other mums straight away. I learned so much about where to access certain services available to kids, mums and families but it was through connecting with other mums. How great to finally have a tool that allows mums to connect straight away and share information before even going out to meet other mums.

My husband and I have three kids aged 2 , 6 and 8 and feel very privileged to finally having landed in Geelong. We have both become involved in our community throughout or years in Geelong, sitting on various committees in our sporting clubs, playgroup as well as belonging to local business networking groups. Both of us agree that Geelong is a great place to raise a family and we feel very privileged to live here. In fact I have become very passionate about Geelong( as many of my friends will know from my Facebook posts!); a passion born from the connections that I made with others which I can honestly say have allowed me to build strong, supportive, and nurturing relationships for life!

“Id rather regret the things I’ve done than the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C S Lewis

“You make a living by what you get and a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

 

Gretchen Knuffke



Gretchen photoPrevious Owner of Kalispell Moms for Moms

We have relocated 7 times all over the country so I know what it is like to feel lonely and isolated and it is my hope that Kalispell Moms for Moms will help ease the isolation that comes from the transition to parenthood, staying at home, moving, etc. especially to a remote mountain town that has winter 9 months a year. I hope to help other moms find friends, company, community, information, education and, most of all, JOY in being a mom.

I am the owner of Maternal Instincts, a parenting company that teaches parenting classes and does one on one coaching with clients. As the family life columnist for the Benicia (CA) Herald I wrote a column called Reality Check and I am the current family life columnist for 406 Woman magazine. I am the lucky mom of 10 kids ranging in age from 2 to 20 years old. My work allows me to speak to various moms groups, parent classes and adoption classes on parenting and family. It is always my goal to be an inspiration and encourager of other moms who may be just starting this journey or who may feel isolated or alone in the community.

 Moms for Moms Communities thanks Gretchen for her dedication and devotion to launching Kalispell Moms for Moms, she started the incredible gift of connection, information, support and inspiration for the mothering community of Kalispell, Montana.

Rachel Goodman



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Past Owner of Aspen Moms for Moms

While every mother out there recognizes that being a mom is a challenge, a mother should never feel alone or isolated in her journey. My goal is to help connect women in their common pursuit of raising happy and healthy kids while supporting their individual needs as mothers. Chances are that another mother has had similar feelings or needs and may likely be living nearby. Aspen Moms for Moms can help bring together a network of support for the moms of Aspen and Snowmass, which will help benefit our children and community as a whole.

Love brought me to Aspen. I met my husband in the Ajax Gondola lift line on a 0 degree, 18” powder day looking for the singles line. Whether it was the fresh snow or the guy with the big smile, I knew I had found my home in the beautiful mountains of this small idyllic community. Almost five years later, we are now happily married with a two year old little man, Ethan, and one more on the way.

However, as wonderful and beautiful as the Aspen area is, after having my first baby and suddenly transitioning from a travelling corporate executive to a stay at home mom, there were a few culture shocks and some major lifestyle adjustments needed. Each day was filled with activity and busy-ness, but was incredibly isolating at times. Not only was I new to the area, but I was also new to motherhood and thus full of questions and often doubts. When I discovered the Aspen Moms for Moms Community, I understood its use immediately as I instantly found local mothers and resources to help our family and my personal needs.

Our family continues to take advantage of the area we live by enjoying as much of the outdoors as we can squeeze into daily lives. Mountain and road biking, camping, hiking and skiing are our favorite activities. The Aspen and Snowmass Communties also offer many wonderful and intimate family events such as Storytime, Gymnastics and Music classes of which has brought us together with other like-minded families. Whether it is playing in creek beds, hanging out at the beach in the Preserve, or just gazing up at the mountains, we try to make the environment a part of our daily family life. These big and little experiences serve as reminders to slow down and be thankful for this amazing Aspen area in which we are raising our children.

“The illusions of childhood are necessary experiences: a child should not be denied a balloon because an adult knows that sooner or later it will burst.” Marcelene Cox

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others is immortal.” Albert Pike

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” Milton Berle

 

Kelly Hollins



Past Owner of Basalt Moms for Moms from 2010-2015

“Its about being part of the community- being involved and connected and able to make a difference in the lives of local moms.  Its the feeling that, together, we can help make Basalt the best possible environment for our families and our children.”

I have been lucky enough to call this valley home for the last decade and a bit.  I met my husband Marcus six months after arriving in Aspen and we quickly decided to make this mountain paradise our home together.  We spent a number of years working and traveling and and then traveling some more. Making the move to the mid valley, we finally slowed down long enough to grow some roots. We were married at the majestic Maroon Bells in 2006 and welcomed the light of our lives, Cleo Sunday, to this world in January of 2011.

Having experienced life in the deep south, the midwest, the northeast, and few other stops in between, I feel so blessed to be able to raise our daughter in the charming small town of Basalt…  with the cleanest air one could hope for, the ability to go days without getting in a car, friends we will always consider family surrounding us, and lucky us – grandparents too!… it really has become the perfect place to raise our family.

I strongly believe that having a connection to ones community is a key component to happiness and contentment.  Having the opportunity to be be part of the Moms for Moms Communities and to offer the platform for local moms to support, connect with, and inspire one another is so fulfilling to me.  I am incredibly excited for the future of this network and feel honored to be a part of it.

I recently received an email about a course taught at Stanford called the Mind Body connection.  The last lecture discussed the relationship between stress and disease. It has been proven that “for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends…women connect with each other differently (than men) and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences…  we share from our souls and this is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.”

As a new mom I relate deeply to this concept.  We are not sent home from the hospital with instruction manuals and I believe that nurturing relationships with girlfriends, sisters and moms will only prove to be more and more important as we navigate this incredible journey called motherhood.

practice and all is coming”   Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

“life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

“making the decision to have a child is momentous. it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  Elizabeth Stone

 

Kelly Hollins
Mom to Cleo and Pheobe
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Lindsay Ellis



Previous Owner of Grand Valley Moms for Moms

Launched February 2011.

“I never want another mom to feel isolated or alone in their motherhood journey.  I’ve known the feeling personally and, if through Grand Valley Moms for Moms, I can help one other mom to feel a connection, then I’m doing my job.”  

 

I am a stay at home Mama to two beautiful children, Connor and Cora.  My husband and I have been together for over 10 years, married 8 this summer.  He is a Physical Therapist and teaches classes at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.  He is a sports fanatic, especially basketball, but also shares my love for the outdoors.  I am a Colorado native, and after living in Phoenix for 6 years (my Hubby’s hometown, went back for Grad school) we are glad to be back on Colorado soil, now for almost 3 years.  Phoenix will always hold a special place for me, but there’s no denying that I’ve got Colorado in my blood!  I love to read and write and bake.  I like to sit in the sun and go on walks and drink coffee.  I am always learning and striving to be the best wife and mother I can be.

My husband and I have made a conscious effort not to slow down too much just because we have kiddos.  Both our children are little road warriors and love to hike and get out and about.  I love to be on the move and last summer I began documenting my adventures on my blog, Grand Valley Kids.  I wanted to get helpful ideas and information out to parents around here, as sometimes these smaller towns leave us “stuck” at home or bored with the usual activities.  I have really enjoyed putting it together, but the information still isn’t as accessible as I hoped it would be.  When this opportunity to open a Moms for Moms site literally fell into my inbox, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor because it was/is everything I had dreamed of my blog becoming in one beautiful package!  I am so incredibly grateful for this new adventure and can’t wait to get started!

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want MOST, for what you want NOW!” – Zig Ziglar

“This too shall pass!” – My Mom, but I’m sure it has a deeper history:)

“You have not because you ask not” – James 4:2

 

Moms for Moms Communities thanks Lindsay for her years of dedication and passion in launching and growing Grand Valley Moms for Moms! She started the gift of connection, support, information and inspiration for her mothering community.


Sarah Daily



Previous Owner of Bend Moms for Moms

Everyday I talk to mothers who feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone. We all do our best to raise our children. Our “best” can only be heightened when we have community support, friendships, and a way to make our voices heard. I know that Bend Moms for Moms, and all of the Moms for Moms Communities around the country, are helping to make mothers stronger, happier and healthier. What a gift to be a part of this!

I have to say, managing a Moms for Moms site in a brand-new town is the best way to grow an intimate connection very quickly! Since moving to Bend in Summer ’10, I’ve learned so much about this town through the eyes of the moms I’ve met on my site. It’s gotten me “out there” in a big way, which is always a challenge in a new place. I’ve also been inspired by other newbie moms I’ve met, who seem invigorated to make new connections because of Bend Moms for Moms.

I am part of a small but big-hearted family of three. My husband Quinn amazes me each and every day with his willingness to give every ounce of his being to his students, yet somehow save a pound or two of energy and love for the ladies at home. My 3 year old daughter Kila is a spinning top of words, rhymes, songs, strength and will. She sings on the swing at the top of her lungs, and doesn’t care who is watching. I admire her each and every day. I am a mother, a wife, a writer, an editor, a marketing professional, and well, I like to have fun on the river and at the beach. My favorite place in the world is a little island off the coast of Rhode Island called Block Island, and when that spinning top I mentioned earlier gets a bit out of control, I picture myself on the beach at Mohegan Bluffs.

“Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie–messy, but who’s complaining?”

Moms for Moms Communities would like to thank Sarah for her belief in the gift of connection, information, support and inspiration that comes through running a MFM site, along side the commitment and passion with which she grew her community in Bend.

“Moms for Moms Communities has done it again! Not only did they create a turn-key business and resource that translates to any mothering community in big, beautiful, powerful ways, but also, when it came time for me to transfer my business to a new owner it couldn’t have been easier! From navigating legal documents to selling the benefits of the site, I know myself and the new owner are set up for success thanks to a thorough, incredibly organized process!” – Sarah Daily

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