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Meet the Team


Sandi Warner


Hi! I’m Sandi and I’m a wife to Tim and mom to 5 children—3 of whom are not really children anymore! I have 4 boys (26, 23, 19, and 14) and an 8-year-old daughter. While running a magazine has always been a dream of mine, it took many years to arrive at a place of peace about stepping out in faith to begin The Joyful Life. I write at and prior to starting The Joyful Life, I spent 12 years running a photography business and teaching photography workshops across the country. I’m so grateful for the ability to use the creative work experience God blessed me with toward something that will be intentionally used for His glory. This magazine is born out of a desire to encourage women to grow into a closer and deeply authentic relationship with Jesus by inviting Him wholeheartedly into their daily lives. I believe that ALL of life is ALL for Jesus and my hope is that The Joyful Life will be an inspiring reflection of that.

When I’m not managing the day to day tasks of running the magazine, you can usually find me running here, there and everywhere with my kids, watching This Is Us, working on a DIY project, reading, writing, perusing Pinterest for the very best recipes, or cooking—and always with coffee nearby. Always.


Sandi is the editor and founder of The Joyful Life and also serves as the creative director and designer for the publication and company.

Tiffany Edmonds


Tiffany Edmonds is a writer, Bible teacher, and habitual encourager seeking to make theology tangible for our everyday. She advocates for deep intentional study of God’s Word and helps unearth biblical treasures right along with you on her personal blog at

A happy wife to her childhood friend-turned college sweetheart, mama of three daughters, homeschooler, and baker, means she’s writing in the margins and bathing in grace. For her, to live is Christ, and moment-by-moment walking in dependency on the Holy Spirit defines life’s greatest pursuit.

Dannae Rushing


Dannae and her college sweetheart live in Gilbert, AZ. As a mom of three young kiddos, she loves creating a house that feels like home, and making fun and intentional experiences for her family. When Dannae isn’t spending time with the people she loves you may find her reading a book, coloring, or organizing something in her house. Hosting people for good food, drinks and games is her favorite way to spend a Friday night and she is always looking for a new way to love on others.

Her passion is to help women to experience the love of Jesus so deeply that they feel the freedom to be themselves. Writing has been a buried dream of hers for years and her role at the Joyful Life is a culmination of so many things God has placed on her heart. She couldn’t be more grateful that God led her to this ministry!

Aimee Walker


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 the beautiful chaos of life with kids. 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 personal blog at and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Vicki Bentley


A Scottish native, Vicki now calls Upstate New York home, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. A writer turned editor, she loves to encourage women to pursue Jesus-centered, joy-filled living in the gloriously hard and wonderful trenches of motherhood. Being part of the Joyful Life team and community is both a blessing and a privilege, providing an opportunity for her to combine her gifts and passions in a unique and special way to speak truth into the hearts and lives of women. 

In her ‘free’ time Vicki loves to consume books and strong coffee, and get outdoors to enjoy the very varied, yet consistently beautiful seasons of the Northeast. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or on her website at

Maggie Humphries


Maggie is a wife, new mom, & designer. She’s based out of Baltimore, MD where she’s lucky enough to know the joy of picking steamed crabs. She loves to tidy up her house (although rarely clean it) and drinking cups of coffee throughout the day, no matter the time or frequency. Born into a family of artists, creativity is in her genes! Joining the Joyful Life team has brought new purpose to her God-given talents and a deeper fulfillment in her everyday life.
When Maggie isn’t floating around in the Adobe Creative Cloud, she’s usually watching Gilmore Girls’ reruns, reading Harry Potter (again), enjoying family dinners, or snuggling with her baby & puppy.


Kristin Demery


Kristin Demery is a wife and mom whose background in journalism has led to many roles, from managing a social networking site for moms to working as an editorial assistant for an academic journal. Kristin has co-authored several books, including three indie publications and her most recent, The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness devotional (Tyndale, 2017). Kristin loves staying up way too late, spending sun-soaked days at Madeline Island with her family, sipping campfire mochas, thrifting, and gift giving. You can find out more about Kristin at her website or by connecting on Facebook and Instagram.

Cathy McIntosh


Cathy McIntosh has a heart of compassion for women who struggle with discontent and feel stuck in the mundane. She has (mostly) learned to navigate such feelings and serves as a mentor and coach to help others grab hold of God’s unshakeable joy. As an author, blogger, and speaker, Cathy equips women to nourish their spirit and pursue their calling.

Cathy and her husband of more than 30 years are parents of two and grandparents of two. They cherish every minute spent with family and enjoy easy hikes in the Colorado mountains near their home. Come connect on Cathy’s blog, Instagram, or Facebook.

Tresta Payne


Tresta Payne lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and four kids. She’s a homeschool mom, high school tutor and volleyball coach, and writer whose articles have appeared at Fathom Mag, Morning by Morning, Kindred Mom, and her blog. She obsesses over fir trees, her dog, and her family on Instagram, and is constantly trying to read more books than her brain allows. Jesus holds her together. You can read more from Tresta on her personal blog at

Carina Alanson


Carina Alanson is a writer, coach, and teacher. She is passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with God, discover and walk out their purpose, and enjoy everyday life. A former professional counselor, she has degrees in psychology and counseling. Carina lives in the subarctic town of Fairbanks, Alaska, where she enjoys scenic drives with her husband, nature walks, and reading by the fire. For encouragement and other resources for vibrant living visit or connect with her on Instagram at @carinaalanson.

Sarah Damaska


Sarah Damaska lives in rural Michigan with her pastor-husband and three school-aged kids.  Shaped by the death of her daughter Annie, she writes on her blog about God’s invitation to live in the intersection of hope & sorrow. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

Maria Dyck


Maria Dyck is a blogger, worship leader, and music teacher who is passionate about helping women find healing and wholeness in Jesus Christ. A mother to 3 wonderful kids, and happily married to Jim, the man who fixes everything. When she’s not on some crazy adventure with her family, she’s happy to be home with a hot cup of tea, her favorite chair, and a good book.

You can read more from Maria at her blog When Walls Tumble and on Instagram @whenwallstumble.

Laura Fox


With roots all over the U.S. and Canada, Laura Fox has found herself transplanted to the deep south of Georgia. There, she lives with her husband C.J. who serves in the U.S. military, and her three children. She began writing to grieve the loss of her father to cancer, and continues to write as a way to commune with her Savior. In her spare time she dreams of a full night’s sleep and uncluttered countertops.

Connect with Laura at
and on Instagram @the_laura_fox.

Loralie Hoffort

CREATIVE TEAM | DIY Photographer

Loralie lives in Saskatchewan, Canada and married to her loving husband Michael for over thirty years. They have raised three children and are blessed with three grandchildren.

Loralie is a lover of creating, be it anything handmade or a cozy garden space. She loves nature and the serenity found only in the wee hours of the morning, running on mountain trails with her dog Music, soft pretty music, singing and flowers.

Through the healing journey of a cancer diagnosis, Loralie became a photographer with a love of close up floral and nature photography. Her images are created to draw attention to God’s beauty that surrounds us. To bring a sense of joy and peace and remind us that there is always hope.

FB | @loraliehoffortphotography

IG | @loraliehoffortphotography

Rhadonda Sedgwick


Rhadonda lives in northwest Illinois with her church planter/pastor husband, Jon. Rhadonda enjoys exploring different areas of creativity but the most joy comes with spending time with family, sitting around a fire pit or playing games! You can follow her creative work on Instagram @Rhadonda.


Carolyn Watson

CREATIVE TEAM | cover Photographer

Carolyn and her husband, Jim, have been married for 39 years and live on the Central Coast of California. They raised three daughters who have blessed them with nine beautiful grandchildren. Carolyn and Jim love camping adventures together and spending time with family. Carolyn loves working with women at her church and encouraging them to go deeper in their walk with Jesus. She is a photographer and loves pretty much all things creative. You can find some of her creative ventures on Instagram @sixteenmilesout and on her blog, as well as displayed throughout The Joyful Life website.


Emily Sue Allen


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 Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily personally on Instagram.

Monica Bard

Devotion Team

Monica has been married to Gary for 34 years and they reside on family farmland outside El Campo, a small town along the Texas Gulf Coast. They’re empty nesters, but the best job God ever gave Monica is being mom to their adventurous daughter, Meredith. Family means everything to Monica and together they share a love of the outdoors, road-trip adventures, and exploring the history of people and places.

Monica pens words that encourage perseverance in faith and resilience in loving others. Why? Because that’s what God did in her life. Today Monica and her hubby enjoy the sweet times of restoration and redemption, but that wasn’t always the case. You can read more about the sweetness discovered in Jesus-filled hope on her blog and by connecting with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Kris Camealy

Devotion Team

Kris plays house with her husband in middle Ohio, where she is raising her 4 kids while writing books at her kitchen counter. She is the author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting and the Director of Refine {the retreat}, a Christ-centered, yearly women’s event. She is also the founder of, a website dedicated to furthering conversations about food and faith. Kris is a member of Redbud Writers guild and a regular contributor toThe Cultivating Project. In her free time, she teaches writing at her local co-op. Connect with her at and on Instagram @kriscamealy.

Tara Dickson

Devotion Team

Tara is a recent widow and mother to four children. Following her husband’s death to, brain cancer in 2016, she began writing to help people find hope in hard places. She also writes children’s fiction, and is an agented author with Credo Communications.

She spends her days, teaching, writing, podcasting and being Nana to Ava Rose and Aria Violette.

You can find her sharing words of encouragement  at or on Instagram @tara_dickson.

She makes her home in Franklin, TN where the hills are green and the barns are plenty.

Ellie DiJuilo

Devotion Team

Ellie Di Julio is a world-traveling, wordbending, Type 1 INFJ who went looking for God and found Him. After falling for a Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike, she moved from Missouri to Ontario where she turned her hand from English education to life coaching to urban fantasy novels, and eventually, to motherhood. Her background as a spiritual nomad and psychology buff has forged an offbeat lens through which she sees the wonder of God, a view she shares by blending serious hermeneutics and nerd metaphors. You can find Ellie at It Wonders Me and on Instagram or Facebook.

Molly Flinkman

Devotion Team

Molly is an Iowa native and lover of gray t-shirts who spends her days with four small kids and a husband who works unpredictable hospital hours. In her margins of free time, she loves to read good books and write about how her faith intersects everything else in her life. You can find Molly on her website, Instagram, or every month in your inbox.

Elizabeth Fry

Devotion Team

Elizabeth & her hubby are in Minnesota and live a simple, peaceful life out in the country.  She works from home raising their 3 littles and also has a dream part-time job managing a local historic Farm within their community. She is passionate about encouraging moms in the season of raising littles to care for their souls so that they can experience God’s peace and renewed purpose for their calling within the home & beyond. She serves at her church and within the community organizing events and gatherings to encourage mamas to build deeper relationships with God and one another.  You can find her original music, songs, devotional encouragement, & local ministry events at

Angie Gibbons

Devotion Team

Angie’s great passion is to plant seeds of hope for women who feel stuck, disempowered, or fearful—that they really can live freely and at rest. She loves storytelling, speaking for women’s events, and writing for both her blog and popular Christian publications. Angie is a wife and bio/adoptive mom to three girls. You can find her surfing and hiking with her family in Hawaii, and you can read her latest tips on living fearless on Facebook or Instagram.

Kay Gleaves

Devotion Team

Kay lives in the “Middle of Nowhere,” Missouri, in the heart of the Midwest, where she homesteads with her husband and extended family. A mama with two grown kids, empty nesting has led her to pursue the dreams set in her own heart; ones of writing, blogging and women’s & prison ministries. 

 A #hopedealer and #Jesusgirl, Kay has learned that using her own messy testimony to help other women meet Jesus, discover their worth, and love themselves in the middle of their own, sometimes very messy stories, is the Kingdom building to which she’s been called.

You can find her loving Jesus, building her homestead, sharing writings and imperfectly doing life joyfully, on Instagram and on her blog at whatdoesyourheartneedtohear?


Marnie Hammar

Devotion Team

Marnie writes about learning that freedom isn’t found in perfectly completed checklists, but in knowing God deeper and hearing Him louder. Wife for 25 years and boy mama (15, 12, & 9), Marnie’s day job revolves around taming the stinky, scraping off the sticky, and distributing boys to the places they go in suburban Cincinnati.

Before kids, Marnie loved working as a corporate communications consultant and marketing director in higher education. Her favorites are cheering for her boys from soccer sidelines, settling in for family movie nite, and laughing with her friends. Loudly. With some cackling. 

You can find Marnie at, Instagram or Facebook.

Ginger McPherson

Devotion Team

Ginger McPherson is a writer, Bible teacher, and pastor’s wife in Oklahoma who traded her busy life as a college professor for a spaghetti-stained apron and the full-time role of stay-at-home mom for her three littles (7, 5, and 3). When she’s not trying out a new recipe or attempting to grow vegetables in her modest suburban backyard, you can find her scribbling down words, one at a time wherever she can. Her passion and prayer are for God to use those words to encourage others by filling them with His hope, faith, and immeasurable grace. To read more, check out her website at or follow her on Instagram.

Amy Mullens

Devotion Team

Amy and her husband are church planters in England.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she experienced in a deep way what it means to live as a pilgrim when she recently adjusted to ex-pat life and settled her children (16, 14, 11 and 5) into a new culture.  She is addicted to seeing Jesus change people’s lives and loves nothing better than to walk with them through His Word whether that be in a small group, her writing or over coffee.  Exploring the English countryside, getting lost in a book and catching up with an old friend are among her favorite things.  You can find her at or on Instagram.

Nicole O'Meara

Devotion Team

Nicole O’Meara writes for Christian women living with rare and chronic diseases, encouraging them to endure with hope.  She is a lover of coffee, chocolate and books.  She lives in Northern California with her three children, two brought home through adoption, her coffee-roasting husband, and one sweet Aussiedoodle. You can find Nicole on IG @nicoleeomeara, on FB @NicoleOMearaAuthor, and on her blog

Cindy Singleton

Devotion Team

A long-time Bible teacher, Cindy Singleton is a wife, mother of three grown daughters, and “CeCe” to eight grandchildren. She enjoys sharing her own life experiences as evidence that “when life is crazy, God is faithful.” Although she spends a lot of time visiting Disney theme parks, Cindy can also be found hanging out at her blog The Titus Woman. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Laura Thomas

Devotion Team

Laura is a published Christian author who writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul. She has three Christian romantic suspense novels published, a Christian teen fiction trilogy, a marriage book, and a middle-grade novel. She also writes devotionals for Union Gospel Press, articles and stories in magazines and online, and shares musings on her blog.

Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, B.C. as audacious empty-nesters. Find her at

Amanda Twilegar

Devotion Team

Amanda Twilegar lives in the beautiful PNW with her husband, four children, and dog. When she isn’t writing, you can find her drinking coffee, reading a good book, or attempting to homeschool with a moderately good attitude. You can follow her on Instagram.

Lindsey Zarob

Devotion Team

Lindsey is a wife, mom to three young children (7, 6, and 4), and part-time Creative Strategist/copy-writer. Working from home and balancing roles and responsibilities keeps her on her toes. She loves to study God’s Word, run on the nature path behind her home, and connect with women over good conversation. But her most favorite thing is to enjoy the stillness before her household wakes in the early hours of the morning. You can find her at, on Instagram and on Facebook


Amanda Albert


I am passionate about people and I love using my camera to show god’s glory. I am a world traveler, adventure seeker, military wife and a dog mom of two crazy pups. See more of Amanda’s work at

Kristy Berends


Kristy Berends is a lifestyle and wedding photographer residing in Southern California. She is a Christ follower pursuing a growing faith and trust in Him and actively involved in a wonderful church. She has been married for 10 years to her dream man and they have two young sons together, ages 8 and 5. You can see more of her work at

Ashley Cady


Ashley is a photographer who lives in beautiful Arizona with her husband, David, of 13 years. Together they raise their 2 boys (10 & 8), and 1 girl (6). Ashley has been in love with photography for as long as she can remember and loves to use her passion to bless and encourage others. Most importantly, photography has been a way to connect to the beauty of God’s creation and to life’s everyday miracles that sometimes go unnoticed in this busy world. When she isn’t drinking coffee you can find her dragging her family outside to see another amazing Arizona sunset.

Morgan Hibbs


Hi! I’m Morgan, I am a believer growing in my faith day after day. I am married to Chris, my best friend and the goofiest person I know. I am mommy to Baker Grace, our bright and hilarious 2-year-old. I love traveling with my family, eating new food, dancing in the kitchen, and wearing leggings (who doesn’t?!) Photography is the creative outlet the Lord brought to me in 2019, for which I couldn’t be more grateful. You can view more of Morgan’s work on Instagram @morganhibbsphotography or her website at

Julie Jablonski


Julie is a hope-filled creative who loves to capture bits of beauty with her camera and in sharing, point others to the Creator of all things. She lives in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband of 29 years, David, who is absolutely the love of her life. They have two grown children, Andy and Alissa – one of them out of the nest and the other, flapping their wings on the edge. Julie loves to read, write, and to take on artistic endeavors, usually with a cup of hot coffee or tea close at hand.

Nancy Janiga


Nancy is a still life and nature photographer living in West Michigan where she enjoys long walks on the beach of beautiful Lake Michigan or the wooded trails in a nearby state park.  She also enjoys coffee shops and antiquing in many of the quaint shoreline small towns. She lives with her husband, Bob, and together they raised 2 grown sons who have families of their own. God has also blessed them with 2 lovely granddaughters and 4 great-grandchildren.

Spending time with family brings Nancy the most joy in life. Capturing life’s moments with her camera also brings her joy as it has helped her to focus on all the simple gifts that we have in life that would otherwise go unnoticed. You can follow her creative work on Instagram at @nan_iga.

Kathryn Johnson


Kathryn Johnson is a natural light photographer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in family lifestyle, newborn, and boutique school portraiture. A non-profit founder, homeschooling mom, and drinker of Earl Grey tea, Kathryn’s joy is being mom to her two miracles, Norah and Pax. View more of Kathryn’s work on Instagram at @kathryncjohnsonphotography or her website at

Christi Kidd


Christi is a wife of 25 years and mother to 9. She loves living on the wide-open prairie in Kansas, and enjoying breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, with a cup of tea in her hand. She specializes in capturing motherhood with her camera from the bloom of pregnancy, birth and beyond, finding the beauty in the chaotic and mundane moments of mothering.

You can view more of Christi’s work on her website at or on Instagram at @9sparrowlane.

Pam Scott


Pam is a hobbyist photographer who finds great joy in capturing the beauty in the ordinary everyday moments of life. She lives with her husband of 38 years in Sunny Southern California. They have four grown children and two grandsons. You can view more of Pam’s work on Instagram at @pjscott6.