Hello! Pleased to e-meet you! I’m Laura Thomas, the founder and editor here at Missionary Mama. As a teenager, Jesus won my heart and filled me with a deep desire to live this one life I have with purpose (see Ephesians 5:15). At the time I thought I’d set sail for Africa and never come back, but so far He has had other plans which involve an awesome husband who reminds me to lighten up when I’m too serious and four children ages 7 and under who keep me on my toes. All day long.
The goal and earnest desire of all of us here at Missionary Mama is to encourage and spur you on towards living a life full of joyful intentionality. We know that while mothering comes with plenty of frustrations (where are all those missing socks and why can’t I ever seem to find a matching pair?!) it comes with even more joys than can be counted, first of which is nurturing these precious and immortal souls who have been entrusted into our care.
When I’m not writing you’ll find me homeschooling my kids, exploring the Great Outdoors, jogging, drinking mochas, reading, traveling, and hanging out with my co-workers – other moms like yourself whose presence make my load each day a little lighter.
Natalie Maki is a California girl living in NE DC with her husband, Pete, their daughter, Penelope, and their dog, Sam. You will find her loving life, walking outside, reading voraciously, eating pizza, and chasing sleep.
Autumn Daldo lives in sunny San Diego and is mom to 4 kids ranging from ages 2-10. She is a worship leader, music teacher, wife and primary caregiver. Her loves are Jesus, Coffee, Tea, Wine, Real food nutrition, cooking, organizing, hosting, travel & family.
Amy Larson likes to experience all things related to abundant life! Daily she wants to see God and his blessings no matter the circumstances, to connect with people, and to marvel and find rest in Him – in His creation, His Word, and His presence. She loves her servant hearted husband and her awesome sons. Hot sauce, spicy foods, sleeping in, and reading books are some of her favorite things. She feels her life is imprinted by the treasure of experiencing and growing in Christ through her sufferings which include losing her mom as a teenager and the complex health problems of her oldest son who has Down syndrome and finished cancer treatment last year at age 7. Life is messy (she is a mess at times) and hard and amazing and the joy of being in heaven with God forever will be worth it all.
Molly Huggins is a lifelong Christ follower, 14 year veteran of the Army National Guard, ex-helicopter pilot, and stay at home mom to four babes. She has lived the Army life in some form or fashion since the age of 18, deploying in support of the War on Terror in between trekking across North America as an Army wife. Molly has a B.A. in English from Covenant College, an addiction to coffee, and an obsession with the written word. She is a storyteller at heart, sharing on her blog (www.allthegracebetween.com) all the goodbyes of an Army wife, the good hellos of an Army life, and the grace poured out between.
Susan Polston currently resides in Washington D.C. with her family. She loves to communicate through stories and images. She has dreams of becoming a writer, a neuroscientist, a psychiatrist, and an artist. The reality of her life includes homeschooling, housework, resisting housework, and dabbling at various creative opportunities such as blogging and pattern design. Her ambitions for the year include, but are not limited to, listening to TED talks everyday, throwing an art show, and committing to using a planner. Her quirks: She cannot remember names, she hates driving, and she cannot cook and listen to music at the same time. Her life goal is to be fearlessly honest. Luke 8:17 “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”