The TRDOP Team

Meet Our Contributing Writers

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Regan Long is a mother of 5, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and paid family leave advocate. Regan founded The Real Deal of Parenting, an online platform that provides heartwarming and witty content to millions of readers worldwide, a large percentage of those being mothers.
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Kali is a School Teacher, Pilates Instructor, Mama of two young children and a beautiful 2020 Baby. She is Married to her real-life Superhero. When she's not holding small hands or looking for raised hands you will find her writing fervently about faith and family. To read more, you can find her on Facebook at: Faith, Family, Freelance.
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I'm Ajalon; mother of three, army wife, avid traveler and horrible crafter who is tired of all the negativity! So I write about politics, culture, faith and family in a way that leaves you edified, educated and empowered. (Yes...even about politics.) You can find me at goanddo1.wixsite.com/mysite.
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Sandy Brannan, author of Becoming Invisible, So Much Stays Hidden, Masquerade, and Frozen in Time, teaches middle school and high school English. Sandy's idea of a perfect day is one spent creating memories with her grandchildren. This usually includes coloring and reading a lot of books. You can read more of Sandy's work on her blog at sandybrannan.com.
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Full-Time Healthcare worker and mom blogger. Trisha is a mom of two littles 1 and 6. She lives on a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus! Trisha captures relatable parenting moments through her blog. In words of Trisha, “Writing has become a therapeutic outlet in this crazy world where we are all just trying to live day to day.” Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/MamasCoffeeTalks/ IG: https://instagram.com/MamasCoffeeTalks
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Sydnei is Mom to 2 amazing college kids, wife to their dad. She left a marketing career when she became a mom and never looked back. Along the way she discovered her soul’s true calling and found joy not just in raising her own children, but in supporting friends along their journeys. Currently she’s a part-time preschool assistant, blogger at Mom in the Moment, and freelance writer for several parenting sites.
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As a mom of two young kiddos, Laura rarely pees alone, only frequents restaurants with Kraft Mac N Cheese, and writes at www.nomadsland.blog. Follow her on Twitter at @LauraOnstot
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My name is Jena. I am a Catholic, wife, and mother of 3 young ones. I have never met a carb I didn't like. I am a fan of mental health and saving the world one run at a time.
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Jennie is a mom of three preemies who are now 7, 4, and 2. She is a certified lactation counselor and homeschool mom living in Louisiana. She's at www.facebook.com/lactojenniesis or on Instagram @lactojenniesis
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While living out her vocations of marriage, motherhood and health care provider, Jen is often found on the sidelines of a ball game, searching for shade while cheering on her sons. An early riser, she sits with Jesus while it’s still dark and blogs about their conversations at earlyAMcoffeewithJesus.com. Get to know her more on Instagram or Facebook @earlyamcoffeewithjesus
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Angela is the wife of a very handsome lineman and the homeschooling mother of 5 young children ranging from 6 years old down to the little babe that's due to make his or her debut next April. Over the years, Angela has worked for various national and local pro-life organizations but left a career she loved to stay home with her children. Angela is a writer, podcaster, public speaker, and radio show co-host. She's thrilled to be launching her own podcast and blog, "Integrated with Angela Erickson."
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Amber is a busy mom of two kiddos, wife, and blogger over at My Jars of Clay. When she is not homeschooling her daughter, you can find her writing to encourage other moms and helping them keep their focus on Jesus. Amber enjoys spending her time reading, singing when no one is around, and throwing random dance parties in her kitchen. She loves connecting with other moms in person and over on Instagram.
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I am originally from the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver, WA to be exact, but now reside with my husband and two beautiful children in the Charlotte, NC area. I grew up a performer, and spent most of my time both dancing and teaching ballet. When I was 20, I moved across the country to Florida, where I drove back and forth between Orlando and Tampa, performing in different capacities at both Walt Disney World and Bush Gardens. I spent the rest of my time obtaining my Pilates teacher certification and then worked at a local Pilates studio as well. After three years in Florida, I moved back to Washington state where I taught Pilates and worked as a nanny, a few years later, my best friend introduced my husband and I, via the internet. We were married just 9 months later and my husband moved from his home in Charlotte, NC to be with me in WA a few months before we married. Ten months later, our son was born, and just over two years after that we were blessed with our second. After that, life circumstances, and many doors being shut for us in WA, led us to make the decision to move our little family across the country back to North Carolina, where we remain to this day. My journey as a mom has been somewhat unconventional for sure, my second baby was born at home for instance. I always feel the desire to advocate for and help educate others, the way I would have liked when I was making my early parenting and baby decisions. How overwhelming it is nowadays! I have been a teacher since I was a teenager, in some way or another, and so I suppose that you could say God has blessed me with the gift of teaching and exhortation. One of my newest hobbies is that of cooking, as much from scratch as possible, which is amazing to me, given that I always used to be terrified of it! I even hope to begin a Youtube channel soon with cast iron cooking demonstrations, but, one thing at a time! These days, I am very much enjoying being a full time mom and wife, and am preparing to begin homeschool for my firstborn. I am loving learning how to Garden and cook new and healthy things. I love so much being able to parent my own children now, and am so grateful to God for the immense blessing of these two little ones. It is incredibly difficult at times, our family has been through some really tough things, but I trust in the Lord, and remember that though he never says we will be without difficulty, he does promise to be our help, and so he has been.
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Laura Costea is the author of "The Inheritance," a novel about faith, family, and a small ranching town that just won't give up. She is passionate about Jesus, the outdoors, and strong cups of coffee. Laura is blessed to live in Idaho with her husband and four young children. You can find her online at www.howtobless.com.
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Katelyn Brown is a new face to the blogging world but has been a lifelong writer. She used writing as a therapeutic outlet to overcome a severe bout with anorexia. She has been featured on Her View From Home and The Real Deal of Parenting. Katelyn hopes to build a platform for women to feel empowered by their own flawed journey.
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Danielle Sherman-Lazar is an eating disorder advocate and a mother to three daughters. She has been published on Scary Mommy, Bluntmoms, The Mighty, Eating Recovery Center, The National Eating Disorders Association, Kidspot, ellenNation, Project Heal, Love What Matters, Cafemom.com, Beating Eating Disorders, Her View From Home, Motherly, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Recovery Warriors, Kveller.com, Humorwriters.org, and That’s Inappropriate. You can follow her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StrivingToBeFULLeveryday/) and Instagram (@livingfullaftered). Her book Living FULL: Winning My Battle with Eating Disorders is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2O4mJId
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Hello from New Hampshire! I am the mom to 11 wonderful kids! My wonderful husband had no idea the crazy adventure he would be on when he married me! We started with three Russian adoptions and then continued to adopt eight through fostering. We feel absolutely blessed! Over the years I have acquired different talents. One is the ability to heal an invisible cut with a band aid and a kiss. Both my husband and I are particularly surprised to have survived teaching 16 children how to drive and successfully go on to get their driver’s license.
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28 years of being a mama has convinced me of one thing, nothing we DO can ever make up for WHO we are. As a young mom of 3 I tried so hard to DO everything right and when I couldn't I became angry, overwhelmed and disappointed. Then we adopted an 18 month old while home schooling the older 3 and 5 years later, we adopted a 10 yr old with special needs. To the world I looked like I had it all together, and I was exhausted, angry, overwhelmed and joyless. Doing everything right became my worst enemy, Wisdom is elusive when the goal is perfection. So I started sharing my failures, shortcomings, heartaches and fears in the hopes that I might be able to encourage other moms in their journey from DOING to Becoming
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Laura Angst Gartin is a faithful believer in Jesus Christ, wife, foster & adoptive mother, and advocate for the foster care community & sexual assault victims. Laura obtained an MBA from Missouri State University in 2007 and began her career in marketing. Searching for more purpose and adventure, Laura left the corporate world in 2012 to embark on The World Race, an 11 month mission trip across 11 countries. Upon returning back to the USA, Laura started working for the family business. Still searching for a greater calling, Laura began fostering in 2017 and founded a non-profit, Live 2 Give Hope, with her family. After years of fostering a single woman, Laura married her best friend, Billy Gartin, in November 2019, and together they adopted their daughter, Deanna, in September 2020. Live 2 Give Hope now operates several programs which assist over 500 foster children annually in Missouri. Live 2 Give Hope has received much recognition for its work in the foster care community including 2020 Lebanon's Hometown Hero & 2021 Lowe's Hero's. Laura was recognized as a Remarkable Woman by KOLR 10 and honored with the Mayor Lyle Anderson Gold Leaf Award for Volunteer Service for her efforts with Live 2 Give Hope.
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Ellie is a writer, social worker, and mom of two who’s on a journey to cultivate a life of purpose, authenticity, and joy. She believes that empathy and vulnerability can change the world, and she writes about parenting, social justice, faith, mental health, embracing autism, and more at elliehunja.com. She loves to connect with other moms on Instagram at @elliehunja or Facebook @EllieHunjaWriter!
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Wife & mama just winging this whole thing one day at a time. I’m a SAHM with a love for words, travel, the South, family, Jesus, and a relaxing swing on the front porch. I try to find humor in all things and keep motherhood real – the good and the bad. You can find me over at www.jordanmorgan.com or on Facebook @jordanmorganwriter
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Amy Rollo, PhD(c) is a triple licensed psychotherapist. She owns a mega group practice located in the Houston Heights. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University. She is currently completing her dissertation in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Amy specializes and has doctoral training in family and relationship issues, with over 15 years of experience in play therapy, parent support, work/life balance, and marriage counseling. Amy is an avid blogger and writes for many national mental health and parenting blogs, including HuffPost in the UK and in the United States. Her company's blog, https://heightsfamilycounseling.com/blog, has been named Top 100 Counseling Blogs and Websites for Counselors in 2020.
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Hello, I am Stephanie Amar! I am crazy about Jesus and believe strongly in the biblical model for parenting. I have been graciously married for almost seven years and have two handsome boys. Besides being a stay-at-home mom, I am a Christian blogger and speaker and will soon be launching an online ministry, "Broken Jars of Clay." You can connect with me at brokenjarsofclay.com, Facebook, or Instagram(@brokenjarsofclay_).
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​Paula was conceived in rape and is the mother of a beautiful son conceived in gang rape. She hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Paula serves as the Executive Director for Hope After Rape Conception, a pro-life non-profit dedicated to assisting mothers from rape and their children. A devoted advocate for her son and all people conceived like him, Paula enjoys speaking at pro-life fundraisers and events to share her testimony of conversion from pro-choice volunteer with Planned Parenthood and a private abortion facility to pro-life activist. She hopes to help change our culture to make abortion unthinkable. She loves doing life with her husband and two little boys.
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Tiffany is married to her husband Travis of almost 9 years. She is a stay at home no TV Er of 4 under the age of 6. She homeschools 2 pre-k and a first grader. Tiffany has a Christian podcast called “Testimonies with Tiffany” Tiffany and her husband are authors of the book titled “A Closer Walk With Jesus” Tiffany has done mission’s work in Mexico and Cambodia. She also served at the 24-7 prayer house in North Idaho and at the Dream Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has written for different blogs as well as hosted Bible studies.
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First and foremost I am a single mom to 4 amazing children, who has a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling Therapy and who basically lives on Caffeine and Jesus, not necessarily in that order. Currently working on my first book. I am a huge advocate for keeping families and marriages together and living a life that is anchored in truth.
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Follower of Jesus. Wife. Mother of 3. Passionate for others to know the love and freedom of a life following Jesus.
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Brittany is a mom of 2 children, wife of a great husband and lover of all things living! With a passion for life science and outdoors, when not at her field quality engineer job, she spends time making silly memories with her kids on their little farm, gardening, collecting eggs and chasing the dog & farm cats around!
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I am a married mom of three young men, 19, 17, and 12. My love for writing began with a love for journaling which I've been doing since about age 9. It's the place I go to sort things out. I'm also a sucker for nostalgia and love using the platform of writing to bring old stories out of hiding. After being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years, I went back to school and just became an SLPA - I look forward to soon beginning this new career helping children find their voice. Last of all, I love being outside and enjoying the details of God's Creation. He is a Master Artist!
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Jordan Burchette is passionate about writing stories that inspire, connect, and challenge others. She is a wife, mom, follower of Christ, and aspiring author. When she isn't writing, she is creating professional websites for brands and businesses.
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Kim is a stay at home mom who lives in Round Rock, Tx. with her husband Joe, three children, and one the way! She loves nature, swimming, her Catholic faith and coffee! She tries to enjoy one day at a time.
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Jacqueline Waxman, M.Ed living in New Jersey with her kids. I’m a social worker by profession and Mom by choice. I chauffeur children to their preferred destinations, feed-bathe-and-clothe my little people when we are not playing outside. Passions include writing, photography and advocacy. You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/walkingthingrayline
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Sara Kubica is an Alignment & Mindset Life Coach, embracing everything about personal development, healing and growing to make for a more fulfilling and happy life. She’s a single mom of two kind-hearted yet strong girls & a social media Account Director for large automotive clients in Detroit. In her “free-time”, Sara is writing either her book or for various blogs, media sites or her own blog. She loves spending time with friends or family and is often at the kids’ soccer games or tumbling practices. They are also busy training Roxy, their new mini-goldendoodle puppy who may be insane.
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I'm Andrea Gibbs Born, raised, and still living in New York. I'm a work-at-home mom with a background in business development, strategy, and social media marketing. I'm a blog contributor at Baby Steps Daycare in Rego Park, New York to motivate and educate other parents about how they can get their children ahead of the game in school.
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My name is Tina. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, a mama to the three amazing boys, a devoted wife, a writer, a poet, an amateur photographer, and the creator and the author of the website https://tinaunsellseamon.com/ , a faith-based blog. I am also a contributing writer for Her View From Home & Radiant Sisters. It is my daily prayer that God will continue to bless me with the truth of His Words, so that they may become expressions of His goodness. Today, and always may He use me as His instrument to inspire and spread His Love. It is my desire to boldly share the truth of God's Word while unashamedly expressing my heart, always with the hope that others will catch a glimpse of His.
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Tiffany Brandt is a mom, authentic blogger, and hilarious teller of truths. She enjoys pretending to read while sleeping…with a book on her chest, eating food she didn’t cook and driving her kids to school while wearing her pajamas. She advocates for the elderly, unborn, veterans and Jesus. Follow her blog at: BloomingMyBrandts.com
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Christian, wife, mom, author and former VP on Wall Street. My passion is teaching children, weather it is teaching children about the amazing women in history through my children's series Our Legendary Ladies or about smart money management through Solid Ground Financial Literacy. I am doing everything I can to make sure children are educated and informed and can make the world a better place!
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Kaetlin a wife and mother to one girl and a little boy on the way. She is an RN and her family resides in Kansas. But most importantly, she is a daughter of God. She loves homemade lattes, podcasts, "The Office," and spending time with her family. She enjoys reading Catholic books and her least favorite chore is scrubbing the toilet.
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Tara Wall is a writer, blogger and speaker of all things life, small business and family. Married 18 years to her husband and business partner Tim, she has raised seven children through bio, step (which we call bonus), and adoption. While fostering and in the process of adopting their sibling set of two, she launched her own website www.considerthefields.com to share her journey in it all. She runs the Children's Ministry Program at her local church and also helps in ministry at the Bible College there. She has written several pieces to advocate for foster care and adoption and has been featured in Discover Smith Mountain Lake Magazine. Her heart is to help other people face difficult challenges in life with an overcoming attitude. She is currently establishing a nonprofit called Project: HOPE to help women overcome addiction and abuse in a long term, faith-based home setting program, and has desinged a T-Shirt of the Month Club to help raise awareness and funds to grow the program.
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Jeannine Peters is wife, mom of 2 teenage girls, Spiritual Director, Theology of the Body (TOB) enthusiast, and lover of Jesus. She's a former Board member for the TOB Institute and a current Board member for the TOB Foundation. In the midst of the busyness of everyday life, she occasionally writes. You can read more of her pondering at www.jeanninepeters.com
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