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Hello, Dearest Bloggers

July 2, 2013



Mandy Arioto  
Mandy has three kids, one dog and married her husband in spite of the fact that he used the cheesiest pickup line ever to ask her out. Mandy loves to travel and wanderlust is her middle name (not really, it is Jan), but her favorite place in all the world is snuggled on the couch between her kiddos. She and her husband recently moved from Southern California to Denver so that their kids could learn how to make snow angels and because they believe in adventures. Stop by her house and there are sure to be dishes in the sink, laundry on the floor and chocolate in the pantry. Share in her adventures at




Katy Epling
Katy thought that her life would never be the same when her youngest son was born with Down syndrome, and she was right -- it has gotten so much better! Katy has a special heart for moms, and enjoys writing and speaking about motherhood, having a child with special needs, and many other things God has taught her on this roller coaster ride of life. In addition to the MOPS blog, she can be found at Diary of a Zookeeper, chronicling life with her husband and three children, whom she has affectionately nicknamed Lamb, Monkey and Roo.





Alexandra Kuykendall
As a mom to four girls, ages 11, 8, 4 and 2, Alexandra Kuykendall is offered daily doses of the ludicrous and sublime. She is the author of this year’s MOPS International theme book, The Artist’s Daughter, A Memoir and is the Mom and Leader Content Editor for the organization. This means she reads a lot and writes when she can. But don’t be fooled by long and fancy titles, most of Alex’s days are spent washing dishes, driving to and from different schools and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma. You can connect with her at





Rachel Oliver
Things have gotten crazy in the Oliver household recently, as Rachel and husband James welcomed a sweet bundle of joy wrapped in pink {Reagan Leigh} to their home. The road to parenthood hasn’t been an easy one but Rachel is amazed at how God carries you through the bumps to new, exciting places. When not editing, writing or brainstorming for work at MOPS International, she enjoys bouncing, cooing at and trying to get a giggle out of her little "sweet pea." Connect with Rachel on Twitter @rachelroliver or on her blog rachel + reagan.





Liz Sagaser
Two weeks after high school graduation in small town North Dakota, Liz married her sweetheart David and headed off to college. A move to Colorado and 15 years later they’ve added Paisley (4) and Truett (2) to the mix. Liz relishes the culinary delight of pizza delivery after a full day at the office and longs for a live-in maid. When she is not spreading the good news about MOPS International at her Marketing & PR post she loves to hike, bike & trike along the neighborhood trail with the fam. Pro-adoption, Liz recently saved Ravioli & Ferris Bueller (jumbo rats) from a fated reptilian breakfast. The family menagerie also includes freshwater and saltwater fish, Skippyjon Jones the Golden Dox, Geoffrey Figaro Mitten the cat and a rotating assortment of bugs-in-a-jar not fast enough to escape the children.




Erin Smalley 
Erin Smalley is the mom to three girls, ages 6, 16, and 19, and one son, age 12. Erin was a labor and delivery nurse and then returned to school to earn a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Although Erin thought she had sent her last child off to kindergarten, she and her husband, Greg, were blessed with their youngest child through the gift of adoption. She works very part-time at Focus on the Family in the Marriage and Family Division, while attempting to balance life at home with four kids. She has co-authored three books, her favorite being, Grown-Up Girlfriends—Real Friends in the Real World. You can reach Erin at or



Emily Wierenga

Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, blogger, commissioned artist and columnist, as well as the author of five books including the memoir Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look (Baker Books). She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two sons. For more info, please visit Find her on Twitter or Facebook.

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