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The Kindred Mom Team

Meet the Team!

It takes the talents of many women to bring this community together, and the following mamas volunteer their time and talents to support the Kindred Mom vision. Go team!


 

Emily Sue Allen
Founder, Podcast Host & Featured Contributor

Emily Sue Allen is the founder and visionary behind KindredMom.com, an online community and podcast dedicated to helping women find joy and purpose in motherhood. Emily is passionate about living a deeply nourished life and celebrating the beauty of ordinary moments. She is forever marked by the rescue and redemption Jesus Christ has accomplished in her life. Emily is a featured contributor in Strong, Brave & Beautiful: Stories of Hope for Moms in the Weeds, a collaborative volume of essays written to encourage moms in the weeds of parenting kids at home, a member of Hope*writers, and an ongoing devotional writer for Joyful Life Magazine. She lives with her husband and seven kids—three girls and four boys—in the Pacific Northwest. Emily’s website is emilysueallen.com. Subscribe to her newsletter “Flowers, Children & Other Lovely Things” at emilysueallen.substack.com and find her on Instagram (@emily_sue_allen).

Read some of Emily’s writing:
Starting a Self-Care Conversation / When Resilience Feels Like Floundering / Flourishing in Motherhood / At the End of Myself / Inviting Peace

 


Jennifer Van Winkle
Editorial Lead & Featured Contributor

Jennifer Van Winkle is a fun-loving and intentional-but-casual minimalist. She is an editor of and regular contributor to the Kindred Mom Blog and Podcast. She is also a regular contributing writer for Joyful Life Magazine and member of the Hope*Writers community. Currently, she writes from home with kids underfoot on her personal blog Pepper Sprout Home. She is passionate about squeezing the most fun out of life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and 3 children. She is always in search of truth and what it looks like to live authentically and if that surrounds a plate of delicious food shared with good friends and family, then she’s pretty much in the happiest place she can imagine. Find Jenni on Instagram.

Read some of Jenni’s Writing:
Poop Mountain  / Go Get Him, Tiger  / Speed Boat : Ocean Liner

 


Robin Chapman
Content Coordinator & Featured Contributor

Robin Chapman is a part-time birth photographer and a full-time imperfect mama, wife, and Jesus follower. She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy, and she has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years with hope, humor, and solidarity. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with an almond milk iced dirty chai, or online looking for grace in her mundane and weird life on her blogInstagram, or Facebook. She lives in Fairbanks Alaska with her four crazy delightful kids (some homeschooled, some public schooled, some too young for school at all) and Andrew (her ridiculously good looking husband).

Read some of Robin’s writing:
Growing Compassion For My Body  /  Parenting in Public  /  Tending a Marriage

 


Lindsey Cornett
Social Media Director & Featured Contributor

Lindsey Cornett is a loud talker, obsessive coffee drinker, and lover of the written word who writes about the intersections of faith, family, and creativity. She lives in downtown Indianapolis with her scientist husband and three kiddos (6, 4, and 3). She is always learning to relinquish perfectionism and embrace the freedom Jesus offers, and she loves mining life for the meaning and richness available in ordinary, imperfect moments. As both a writer and editor, Lindsey is passionate about encouraging women who have (like her!) ever found themselves afraid of making a mistake. In addition to Kindred Mom, she is a regular contributor to the Indianapolis Moms Blog and a co-founder of The Drafting Desk. You can find more of her writing on her personal website and Instagram.

Read some of Lindsey’s writing:

I Don’t Want My Pre-Baby Body Back  /  A Season to Cherish  /  When Does a House Become a Home?

 


Lynne Patti
Prayer Director & Featured Contributor

Lynne Patti is a stay at home, homeschooling mama of 5 vibrant children. She is an editor and contributor to the Kindred Mom blog and podcast. Kindred Mom serves as a fulfilling break for Lynne from the every day mom-tasks of Cheerio pouring and fixing “funny socks.” She enjoys singing weekly with a professional choir, Lego building, and most importantly, connecting with good friends over good food. In her adulthood, she has found that God is real, gracious and abounding in love. Lynne and her family live in Los Angeles where, after 16 years, big city living has become their jam.

Read some of Lynne’s writing:
A Choir Calling  /  Prevailing Strength  /  The Perfect Monster Mom

 


Mary Kate Brown
Growth Strategist & Featured Contributor

Mary Kate and her husband Brian are high-school sweethearts who recently left their lifelong home in the Chicago suburbs for a rural property in Western Michigan. Together they homeschool their three daughters and are making plans for turning their new property into small-scale homestead. After overcoming numerous health challenges due to autoimmunity, Mary Kate is passionate about helping others find healing and wholeness. She leads an online group teaching the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet and inspires others to incorporate simple, nourishing, real-food recipes in their own homes. She also writes online at www.choosinggraceblog.com and you can catch up with her on Instagram.

Read some of Mary Kate’s writing:
Wild & Free Mamas  /  Dare to Dance  /  Teach Me So I Can Learn

 


Jacelya Jones
Audio Editor & Featured Contributor

Jay is a writer, a mama, and an audio editor for Kindred Mom. God has changed each goal Jay has ever had, chiefly those concerning her relationships and writing. If it is part of her life, she wants it to please Him. Self-taught in many ways, she is always looking to make connections and find ways to improve her brain, her blog, and her brood (ages 2 to 13 years). Married since 2004 to her husband, Taylor, she’s been tied to her college sweetheart for nearly a quarter-century. Together, they raise their 4 children in the Chicago suburbs, where they enjoy pursuing creativity in the midst of the daily grind. Whether it’s writing screenplays, gardening, or gaming, Jay’s family is usually cultivating something. As a mama to both teens and toddlers, Jay is passionate about instilling deep, identity-forming truths in her children. Her other interests include: encouraging others, reading when she can, and learning what she can about where the mind-brain-body-reality intersects with Biblical perspective. You can find some of her musings on her blog at https://www.jayjonesmomagram.com/wordpress/ and on Instagram @jacelya_jones.

Read some of Jay’s writing:

Prepared for the Pandemic

 


Melissa Hogarty
Editor & Featured Contributor

Melissa Hogarty is a habitually overwhelmed mama who is learning to slow down and sometimes say no. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three kids (ages 7, 5, and 1), who regularly teach her that she has more to learn in the areas of grace, patience, and letting loose. She can often be found cuddled up with a good novel or pulling cookies out of the oven. Melissa is an editor and regular contributor at Kindred Mom and a member of the Exhale creative community. She enjoys singing with her church worship team and fellowshipping with other moms. She also writes a personal blog, Savored Grace, where you can find recipes as well as ideas about motherhood and faith, and occasionally updates her Instagram.

Read some of Melissa’s writing:


Bethany McMillon
Editor & Featured Contributor

Bethany McMillon is a Jesus, coffee, football, and ice cream lover from McKinney, TX.  She adores her number-loving accountant husband and her growing-too-fast boy.  She daily strives to notice God’s mercy and grace in the small moments of life. Bethany loves her work as a school librarian for tiny and medium size learners, which aligns perfectly with the joy she finds in reading and writing.  Bethany is passionate about building deeper relationships with both Jesus and those that she loves.  Her spirit is most settled after she has connected with a friend over coffee, sweet tea on the patio, or even a side-by-side walk through a local neighborhood.  She hopes to encourage women to find and hold onto that kind of feeling within busy and quick-paced lives.  Bethany is a member of the Hope*Writers community and writes weekly on her website, www.BethanyMcMillon.com.  She can be found on Instagram (@BethanyMcMillon) and on Facebook (Bethany McMillon, Writer).

Read some of Bethany’s writing:

Our Collective Strength  /  Learning to Love the Peaceful Silence

 


Sarah Allard
KM Team Alumni

Sarah Allard is thankful to be experiencing the joy of motherhood after journeying through years of infertility. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they are raising their two children in Seattle. Sarah is passionate about hospitality, encouraging other mamas, and slowing down to appreciate God’s daily grace. You can find her on Instagram.

Read some of Sarah’s writing:
The Hospitable Home  /  Invisible Mothers  /  Steering the Ship

 



Marilynn Song Harri
KM Team Alumni

Marilynn Song Harri is a happy wife, mom and homemaker in the small town of Walla Walla, Washington. While she keeps very busy raising and teaching five children at home, she pursues a life of simplicity, laughter and loving Jesus.

Read some of Marilynn Song’s writing:
Transformation Series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3  /  Riding Into Love