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Contributing writers

Emily Allen

Emily Sue Allen

Featured Devotional & CONTENT Writer

Emily Sue Allen is the founder of the Kindred Mom blog and host of the Kindred Mom podcast. Soul care for moms and helping women find joy in the midst of their motherhood journey are among her greatest passions. She is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement. She lives with her husband and six kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at emilysueallen.com. Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily personally on Instagram.

Elizabeth Oschwald

Elizabeth Oschwald

Featured Devotional & CONTENT Writer

Elizabeth Oschwald is a freelance writer, blogger, and joy-seeker.  She lives in central Illinois in an ever-improving rustic farmhouse with her husband and seven children.  They are a blended family, which means the journey she pictured for her life and the one she’s found herself on are definitely different.  But it also means she knows firsthand how God takes broken things and makes them beautiful.  She loves to write transparently about their raw and real family life, her experiences in single motherhood, and how Jesus can add joy in every season.  You can connect with her at www.addingjoy.com, on Facebook, and Instagram.

Laura Thomas

Devotional Writer

Laura is a published, multi-genre Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers of all ages. Living in Kelowna, B.C. as an almost empty-nester, Laura is a mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart, and is passionate about faith and family—and chocolate. You can connect with Laura at www.laurathomasauthor.com, and on Facebook, and Instagram

Natalie Venegas

Natalie Venegas

Devotional Writer

Natalie Venegas is a wife and mother who is devoted to her King.  She shares her heart for Christ and valuable life-lessons at her blog Milk & Honey Faith.  When she’s not reading and or writing she can be found spending time with her loving family, sipping on coffee, and daydreaming about the sea.


Aimee Walker

Aimee Walker

Devotional Writer

Aimee Walker is a former pastor turned writer and the founder of the On Becoming Esther blog. A kiwi girl, she lives by the beach in Auckland, New Zealand with hubby Dave and three of their four children. These days you’re most likely to find her with a strong cup of coffee in-hand as she juggles writing alongside homeschooling and navigating the toddler and tween years! A total word girl, but most of all a lover of His Word, Aimee is passionate about helping people understand and encounter the truth of the Scriptures so that they can live in the fullness of all God has planned and purposed for their lives. You can read more from Aimee on her blog at onbecomingesther.com and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Vicki Bentley

Vicki Bentley

Devotional Writer

A Scottish native, Vicki now calls Upstate New York home, where she lives with her husband and two young girls. In her “free” time you will find her blogging at purposefuljoy.wordpress.com about doing her imperfect best as a Jesus follower, wife and mom while encouraging women to pursue Jesus-centered, joy-filled living in the trenches of adulthood and parenthood. Aside from writing, she loves books, coffee, travel and getting outdoors. You can connect with her on social media on Facebook and Instagram.

Rebekah Crosby

Devotional Writer

Rebekah is a former copy editor who decided to give her red pen a rest and do a bit of writing from the desk in her sunny kitchen instead. She shares honest stories of mothering daughters, making peace with imperfection, and embracing grace on her blog, Write the Rough Draft, and is co-creator of The Drafting Desk, a monthly newsletter offering soulful encouragement for fellow recovering perfectionists. Rebekah’s hobbies change on a weekly basis but have most recently included photography, cross-stitch, knitting, and raising monarch butterflies. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and two little girls. You can find her on Instagram at @writetheroughdraft.

Laura Fleetwood

Devotional Writer

After a stress-induced breakdown and life-altering recovery, Laura created SeekingTheStill.com where she helps women seek the still amidst the chaos of life. If you look like you have it all together, but often feel like you’re falling apart, then Laura is waiting for you! Laura co-founded That Upcycled Life, hosts the Reflections podcast, and is a contributor at The Mighty. She’s a wife, mom of two girls, and sister of sisters. Her career crisscrosses from climbing the corporate ladder and traveling the world to being a stay-at-home mom, college instructor, and now a published author, speaker, and church communications director. Follow Laura’s wisdom for Messy Miracles on her blog, Instagram and Facebook.

Mary Gallagher

Devotional Writer

Mary is living her lifelong dream on her farm in central Texas. She loves to simplify so she has time in her life for what’s important to her. She helps women love the simple life so they can live an authentic life of faith. Creating a simple, full life didn’t just happen. It took courage, vision, and some strategic planning. She has always had a knack for finding her way through the clutter and distractions. As an experienced coach and educator, she knows how to help others do the same. You can connect more with Mary on her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

Jennifer Van Winkle

Devotional Writer

Jennifer Van Winkle is a fun-loving, intentional-but-casual minimalist. She is an editor of and regular contributor to the Kindred Mom Blog and Podcast. 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, to the soundtrack of laughter. She is always in search of truth and what it looks like to live authentically. Find Jenni on Instagram.