Melissa Utley



Community Owner, Kalispell Moms for Moms

MelissaUtleyKalispell Moms for Moms helped me find the connections and support I was looking for after having my daughter.  I want to share this gift with others.

My husband and I are originally from Salt Lake City, UT. In late 2007 my husband accepted a job offer in the Flathead Valley. I stayed behind for a few months to finish graduate school and moved in July 2008 to Whitefish. We now reside in Kalispell, MT. Our daughter, Samantha, joined our family in March 2014.

Shortly after Samantha’s arrival I made the difficult decision to leave a job I loved to stay home with her.  I quickly realized how challenging and isolating motherhood can be, especially since my family lived out of state and I had little support nearby.  I needed to connect with other moms and began looking for things to do and places to go to meet other moms.  I heard about Kalispell Moms for Moms on a Facebook post and immediately joined the community.  Through Kalispell Moms for Moms I found the connection I was looking for.

“Today you are you, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive that is youer than you.”  Dr. Seuss
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and million ways to be a good one.”  Jill Churchill

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Tracy Holcombe



 TracyHCommunity Owner, Carbondale Moms for Moms

I believe in women and our power to form community and support each other. I believe that our lives are enhanced by this community.

When my family moved to Carbondale in June 2014 one of my first priorities was to meet people, form community. While getting a Rec Center membership I asked about activities for young kids and I was pointed to the Carbondale Moms for Moms website. That very night I requested a membership and was so excited to see how many groups and resources were available on the site.

You can imagine my excitement when the opportunity to be a part of Carbondale Moms for Moms presented itself. This is such a great opportunity to enhance community while learning new skills. I fired off an e-mail to Janine within minutes of the discovery. In this community I see so much potential to help mothers to connect, inform, support and inspire.

I’ve always been on a career track, earning a PhD in Ecology in 2009. Before kids I thought I would remain on this track. When Kai was born in 2010 I realized that part of me would always be with him, my attention divided. I hung in there at work for the next four and half years and through the birth of our second son Dax in 2013, and have just recently given in to the pull of staying home with my young boys and spending as much time with them as I can while they are young.

That said I also value and need time spent away from my littles to recharge my batteries. In this time I love to read, get together with friends, run, be outside, knit, and pursue new interests such as making soap or creating my own sourdough starter.

Mothers are easy to connect with; we have so much in common. We can lift each other up. Carbondale Moms for Moms is already a place where we do this. I look forward to building on the strong foundations laid, continuing the legacy of this site that is already connecting and supporting mothers. I want to give to this community. I want to meet, support and lift up mothers of every age and station. I look forward to providing a place for mothers to connect, plan, and learn.

“Change your thoughts and you change your world” -Norman Vincent Peale

Not all those who wander are lost.”- J.R.R. Tolkien

“I don’t have to chanse extraordinary moments to find happiness – its right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”- Brene Brown

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Virginia Edelson



Virginia_1865Owner of Aspen Moms for Moms

As I have entered this new journey as a mother, I selfishly want to do everything I can to create the community I have in my professional life in my life as a mother. With that, I feel it is my duty to give back to others, the way that other mothers that have helped me along the way thus far. Stumbling upon the Aspen Moms for Moms site was my “ah-ha”. I knew the site would be a tremendous asset to myself and once the site became available, I knew (know!) that I can take it to the next level to foster the sense of community in the Aspen and Snowmass areas.

Virginia Edelson lives in Old Snowmass with her husband Jeff, son Zach and Labrador Zara. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley after graduating from the University of Virginia. In her almost 10 years in the valley, she has taught skiing, managed events at The Little Nell, launched Bluebird Productions, an event coordination company, and started a “real life” in the valley. She met her husband Jeff here. Soon thereafter, a home and their dog Zara followed. Her son Zachary was born in December of 2014. Virginia tends to throw herself wholeheartedly into each element of her life thus, her new role of “Mom” is not taken lightly.

Virginia has always been a “connector.” She loves connecting people: acquantainces, friends, and family. Developing and creating a sense of community has always been important to her. Moms for Moms offers just that: a fabulous platform to connect people and provide them with a sense of community. She is excited and honored to take on the role as part of Aspen Moms for Moms to take this platform to the next level and create a deeper sense of community.

“Work Hard, Stay Humble”
“Make an impact, have an impact.”
“Don’t promise when you’re happy, don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you’re sad.”
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

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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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Sandy Raley



photo_personal croppedCommunity Owner, Grand Valley Moms for Moms

GVMFM will be a great way for local mothers, and mothers like myself who are fairly new to the area,  find more friendships, gather more support, feel not alone, an outlet of frustration or need a good laugh from what motherhood brings us. I have such high hopes for this wonderful online community and hope I can call all my members friends someday soon!

I love being a wife and mother in this wonderful Grand Valley community.  It’s a small community in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains in every direction. The community is filled with people who are very active in outdoor activities, church, volunteering, non profits and social events. You couldn’t ask for a better community to raise your children, and there is always something going on, which I love! I have enjoyed getting to know new people and have already established lasting friendships.

Growing up in Southern California we visited Colorado once a year to visit family. I always loved the  beauty of Colorado and the friendly people, so I was pleasantly surprised when I met my hubby here in Colorado 5 years ago on vacation. I moved after a year of dating and after 4 years of marriage we have two beautiful kiddos and live on a 10 acre farm. We enjoy traveling, camping, boating, paddle boarding, surfing, atv-ing, snow boarding and much more that the outdoors can give us.

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breath, trust, let go and see what happens” -Many Hale 

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

“Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be”- unknown

 

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Aimee Roseborrough



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Community Owner, Bend Moms for Moms

I hope to help new moms find support, promote mom-owned businesses, and connect like-minded moms in the community through Bend Moms for Moms. As a volunteer with a breastfeeding support group I am reminded how many questions new moms have. I hope to support all moms in their journey and give them a place to ask any questions in a non-judgemental environment.

My husband and I met in 1999 while rock climbing. We are passionate climbers and have traveled the world for climbing. After having our daughters, Ella and Hazel, we didn’t slow down. We continued to travel and climb. I even climbed through both of my pregnancies and found myself on Good Morning America because of it.

About 4 years ago, we settled in Bend, Oregon and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The community here is incredibly friendly. Outdoor opportunities abound and being on the east side of the Cascades, we see the sun more often than not.

By trade, I am a physical therapist.  Additionally, I am a health coach with a passion for childhood nutrition. I have studied the practice of Baby-led feeding/weaning and begun writing a book about it!

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.”
― Deb Caletti

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Sienna Solberg



Sienna Solberg headshotCommunity Owner of Missoula Moms for Moms

“With support I realized what I was feeling was shared by many new moms. I became determined to help and nurture moms. Becoming the owner of Missoula Moms for Moms is the perfect opportunity for me to make a difference.”

 

When I became pregnant with my daughter, Mira, she became the center of my world. I wanted to protect her, provide for her, and give her everything. I knew parenting was going to be challenging, but I wasn’t prepared for the emotions that followed Mira’s birth. When I got home from the hospital, I felt overwhelmed, anxious, isolated, and trapped. I would cry every day for days, and every day I would feel guilty for not being the happy new mom that I had envisioned. My incredibly supportive husband didn’t know what to do for me, and I didn’t know what to ask for to make things better. Eventually, I reached out to a high school friend who was also a new mother. She had a similar experience, and was encouraging, supportive and made me feel less alone. It was with her support that I realized what I was feeling was shared by many new moms. It was through that experience that I became determined to help and nurture new moms. Becoming the owner of Missoula Moms for Moms Comm

Unity is the perfect opportunity for me to make a difference. I want to help be part of a support network for moms in this beautiful town we all call home. No matter where you are in your motherhood journey, I never want you to feel alone, because you are not. You have the whole community of Missoula mamas here to back you.

“I’ll eat you up, I love you so.” – Where the Wild Things Are, one of my daughter’s most favorite books

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

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Mama to Mira

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Summer Pine



Summer photoCommunity Owner of Glenwood Moms for Moms

I can truly say that 90% of my friendships here were cultivated on the Moms for Moms sites!!

I feel so lucky to honestly say that the life I am living now is almost exactly what I wished for through every challenge and heartache in the past. My husband, Tom, & I met in Junior High in Salida, he was my ‘first love’— how cheesy, huh?! J He moved away in High School and we became pen pals and best friends; writing letters, traveling to each other’s sporting events and racking up some serious long distance phone bills!! For whatever reason we lost touch for about 10 years and reunited in 2010. We picked up where we left off very quickly and it just seemed natural that our wonderful surprise of parenthood just became the next logical step!

We welcomed our pride and joy, Sawyer Brookes, to this world in December 2011!! Kids have always been a part of my life—an avid babysitter growing up & I had a business in Salida teaching Spanish in our local preschools—but I never imagined just how wonderful (and overwhelming at times) parenthood could be. Sharing this with my husband & best friend who is the most amazing daddy I know just makes motherhood exponentially better! It is truly the greatest gift ever and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Moms for Moms community to share & learn…we all have so much to offer!!

As a family we love to get out & enjoy the outdoors- mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, camping, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and now we do a lot of ‘strolling’. Fresh air and sunshine seem to be our ‘cure-all’ remedies and we are lucky to have family that love to join us and hang out with Sawyer so we can all take turns getting out to recreate!! I love to travel & being a part of foreign cultures but openly admit that my passport has been neglected lately!

It was challenging for me to move here—coming from my home town, knowing nearly everyone, being a very active part of the community, having my family up the street. It was intimidating and isolating and at times it still is which is why I am so excited to become owner of Glenwood Moms for Moms. I am so ready to get out there and really be a part of what this community has to offer, meet and connect with other Moms and hope that all my members experience what I have as a member so far.

“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.” – Brian Tracy

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” – John Maxwell

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Monica McCoy



Monica photoOwner of Myrtle Beach Moms for Moms

I want my children to see me make a difference and I believe that Myrtle Beach Moms for Moms is going to help me do that!

My husband, Jake, and I grew up in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I was the granddaughter of a preacher and he was the town “bad boy” so of course we pulled a Romeo and Juliet. We met fresh out of High School and were inseparable. We were married in 1998 and in 2001 went on vacation with my parents to beautiful Myrtle Beach SC and before our week in paradise was up, we had signed a lease for a condo and found jobs and called our employers in VA and put in our two weeks notice.  The beautiful beaches and warm air was just what we were craving. Myrtle Beach was our HOME.

In 2004 we were blessed with the most beautiful blue eyed baby girl I had ever seen, Hannah Paige. I had no idea that I could love someone that I had just met SO MUCH! I stayed at home with Hannah for the first 6 months and then because living at the beach with a baby wasn’t very cheap, I had to find a job. I went to work full time and put Hannah in daycare. She was in daycare for a couple of years but stayed sick due to asthma that she eventually grew out of. We enrolled her in a private Christian School for Pre K and she loved it. But something happened in Kindergarten, she started really struggling with her school work. We thought she was just a little behind so we held her back another year in K-5. She passed and went on to 1st grade. During that school year my son, Gavin Tyler was born. He was such a blessing to our little family. Hannah fell head over heals for him. After Gavin turned 6 months we noticed that he wasn’t growing and that he wasn’t meeting any of his milestones. His Pediatrician referred us to a Geneticist in Charleston where he was tested and found to have a rare chromosome disorder. During this same time, I got a phone call from Hannah’s teacher saying that she was more than likely going to be held back another year. We had the entire family tested and found that my husband was a “silent carrier” of the Genetic disorder and that in fact, my daughter also had a chromosome abnormality that was effecting her learning. Only weeks after finding out this shocking news, my husband was badly injured at work.

Two months after all of this, I lost my job of 4 years. I was devastated. I had two children with special needs and a husband who was disabled and now no insurance or income other than unemployment and my husbands measly workers comp check. I thought my world had completely crashed down around me in a matter of a few months. What was I going to do? I had worked since I was 16 with only a brief break when my babies were born. And now, here I am, AT HOME with my husband who also wasn’t working and my son who had special needs…….I had no idea that God was working behind the scenes and this was all part of his master plan. One morning I was driving Hannah to school to talk to her teacher about repeating 1st grade when this crazy thought popped in my head….I asked Hannah “What would you think about being Homeschooled?” Of course she looked at me like I was crazy and then said “yeah, sure, lets do it”. I went to the meeting with the school and told them my idea and they supported me 100% and even offered to help in any way that they could. We started homeschooling and my son started in home therapy session in the same week. We got a routine going and things were running pretty smoothly when I realized that Hannah was really missing her friends. I looked online for event calendars and saved the pages that had the most info onto my “favorites”. There were so many things to do that we couldn’t keep up with it all. That’s when I joined a Homeschool Co-Op that helped me to narrow down “kid friendly” events and also connected me with other mothers in the same position as myself. I was hooked!!

I was born to be a stay at home mom and I had NO idea!!! I was posting all our outings on Facebook with tons of pictures of me and the kids out on the town living up the Homeschool Life in Myrtle Beach. I had always had a passion for helping others and being a part of something special. We started donating items and attending benefits for Children with Special Needs. It wasn’t long that I drew a crowd to all of the things that we were out doing. Friends started writing me …. “What are you and the kids up to this week?” “Any good family friendly events coming up in town?” “Where’s a good place to ______?” “Do you have a recipe or good coupon you can share with me for my next visit to the store?”……..I couldn’t believe the amount of attention that my pictures and status updates were getting BUT it wasn’t going to be long until my unemployment ran out and then what was I going to do???? And that’s when my friend and ex-coworker, Leanne (owner of Rifle Moms for Moms) sent me a private message and said “I have something that I think you would LOVE and you could make money at it too”. After a few messages back and forth and some researching online I knew that THIS was what I was waiting for! I am so excited to start this DREAM and to make a difference in other mom’s lives and in our community.

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Juliet Meredith



Juliet photoOwner of Rogue Valley Moms for Moms

Because moms need each other, Rogue Valley Moms for Moms shrinks the miles between moms in Southern Oregon. We strive to empower and harness the brilliance within our community by gathering together all the resources for Rogue Valley moms into one place, so as to leave no mom in our valley behind.

Proud of my Kentucky upbringing, I’ve always been a “feisty Southern gal” with a talent for writing and horseback riding, a creative flair and a hunger for challenges. People who knew me in high school and college quickly realized I ran between (instead of with) crowds. I never chose one group of people over another. When it came to friends, I had all kinds, and I loved nothing more than bringing all kinds of different people together.

My husband Jay and I moved to the Rogue Valley in May of 2006 to follow his business opportunity. We’d never talked seriously about having kids until we fell in love with this beautiful, bountiful valley! In the years since, I’ve worked both freelance and in-house jobs for professional writing, advertising and social media. In June of 2009, I gave birth to our first son Joshua. Six months after he was born, I went back to work and spent the next several years in that tug-a-war that is being a mother with a full time job outside the house.

In June of 2012, when I found out I was pregnant with our second son, I knew I wanted to become a stay-at-home mom and raise my boys full time. I made January 31st my last day at the ad agency where I was working and gave birth to Joel in February of 2013.

A few months before, I’d stumbled across a link for Bend Moms for Moms and immediately saw the promise and huge potential for a similar community in the Rogue Valley. A mom in this valley can often feel isolated, like there’s just too much of I-5 stretching between her and other moms. Rogue Valley Moms for Moms gives us all the wings we need to overcome those miles and fly with one another.

“If I laugh at any mortal thing, tis that I do not weep.” ~ Wordsworth

Juliet Meredith

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