The Storytellers: Family

Allison Olfelt

Allison writes about life – the real and the messy – from her home in Minnesota. Her days are spent chasing two tow-headed boys and alongside her husband in perpetual projects of home renovation. In 2012, Allison was part of the World Vision Sri Lanka bloggers team.

For over four years, she has shared her passion for natural family living, running, knitting, coffee and more at O My Family.

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Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams is wife to David and stay-at-home mama to 2-year-old twin boys and a spunky 5-year-old girl. Tennessean by birth, Nashvillian by choice, Amanda uses her free time to stare at the wall, inhale coffee and chocolate, snap photos and play with words. Amanda laughs at herself – a lot – and she believes honest words can unearth beauty and truth from chaos and doubt. She writes about motherhood, faith and writing at life.edited.

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Diana Trautwein

Married to her college sweetheart for over 40 years, Diana is always wondering about things. She answers to Mom from their three adult kids and spouses and to Nana from their 8 grandkids, ranging in age from 2 to 21. For 17 years, after a mid-life call to ministry, she answered to Pastor Diana in two churches where she served as Associate Pastor. Since retiring at the end of 2010, she spends her time working as a spiritual director and writes on her blog, Just Wondering. For as long as she can remember, Jesus has been central to her story and the church an extension of her family. Not that either church or family is exactly perfect . . . but then, that’s what makes life interesting, right?

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Dulce Chale

Dulce is the happy wife of a wonderful husband and a homeschooling mom to four much-loved kidlets.  She reads constantly, loves to travel, blogs at Dulce de leche and drinks copious amounts of iced coffee. Each new day is full of joy and fresh adventures as she is learning to walk in God’s amazing grace.

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Ed Cyzewski

Ed Cyzewski is a freelance writer in Columbus, OH where he lives with his wife, son, and furniture nibbling house rabbits. He is the co-author of Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus and author of Coffeehouse Theology, Divided We Unite, and A Path to Publishing. Ed writes regularly for a number of magazines and web sites. He blogs on  freelance writing at: www.edcyz.com and on imperfectly following Jesus (sometimes with a touch of sarcasm) at www.inamirrordimly.com.

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Gretchen White

With eight children and another due in the Fall of 2012, a daring husband, and two knuckleheaded dogs, Gretchen never finds herself bored. She has been blogging at Lifenut for eight years, focusing on what it’s like to wake up every morning and wonder why there are so many dirty spoons, socks, and people calling her “Mom!” She doesn’t avoid messier, painful subjects like recurrent pregnancy loss, helping kids navigate life’s ups and downs, and her own head-smacking shortcomings. Gretchen also writes for The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas blog with a focus on the humorous side of parenting. She enjoys when her cakes slide out of the pan easily, exploring her home state of Colorado with her family, photography, and reading.

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Guy Delcambre

Guy Delcambre is a writer, mountain bike and outdoors enthusiast and newfound explorer of living life as a single dad to three amazing little girls. Following the unexpected death of his wife in 2010, he and his children were met with an immeasurable, persistent grace, and in the midst of their loneliness, they experienced the loving and real presence of God. On his blog, Guy shares their adventure together as they learn life new, lean on God’s indelible grace and trust in a tomorrow rebuilding.

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Jessica Bowman

Jessica is an aspiring writer, gentle-parenting, grace-extending, deep-breath-taking nearly 30 year old.  She and her family of 6 have lived in 3 countries, 4 states, and both coasts in the past decade or so, recently selling everything they owned and moving to British Columbia to follow God’s latest leading. In her “free” time she loves (hula) hooping and watching mindless television on Netflix. Because she’s classy like that. You can find her blogging at Bohemian Bowmans.

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Jen Johnson

JJ is a professional talker, having spent the last 15 years in government and public affairs. When she hasn’t used up her word quota for the day, she can be found at her keyboard telling stories or writing about the periphery of her life as the Blah Blah Blahger. She loves God, her family and friends, her life in the OC…and she is single and convinced that Prince Charming might be lost trying to find her. Can’t anyone lend him a GPS???

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Jennifer Luitwieler

Jennifer Luitwieler writes about faith, story and running at her site. Her first book, Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo, was published in September, 2011 (Civitas Press). She is a Pittsburgh transplant who, after nearly 18 years in Tulsa, OK, still clings to her Ohio Valley roots, though each of her three children are Okies, born and bred. She and her husband homeschool two of the three and run their fall weekends by the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule.

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Katherine Willis Pershey

Katherine is a minister ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a movement that humbly professes “no creed but Christ.” Her husband, Ben, is a stay-at-home-father to their daughters, Juliette and Genevieve. Katherine loves preaching the gospel, racing in triathlons, baking bread, and listening to Over the Rhine. She is the author of Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family.

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Leigh Kramer

Leigh Kramer is on a quest; she’s living life on purpose. Her to-do list might look something like this: leave life in the Midwest for Nashville, Tennessee with only fried pickles for comfort, quit steady job as a social worker to chase that dream of writing at last, suck the marrow out of life’s in-between places and revel in the now at every turn. Leigh shares this journey through words of transparency, heart, and just a dash of pluck at LeighKramer.com and on Twitter at @hopefulleigh.

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Luke Harms - Editor, A Deeper Family

Luke is an ENFP who hates writing bio’s in the 3rd person. He’s an analyst to pay the bills (a constant challenge for his non-linear brain), but his real passions revolve around being married to Jill, and raising Thing One (Ethan, 3) and Thing Two (Asher, 1).  He writes over at Living in the Tension (sporadically, due to the demands of the aforementioned Things) where he wrestles with everything from faith to family to philosophy, and does it all through the lens of what it means to be a follower of Christ in his life, his work and his family. He’s thirty-smhershmer years old, still loves punk rock and has famously never turned down a rice-krispies treat.

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Robin Dance

In the midst of a scandalous affair with her college sweetheart, Robin is as Southern as sugar-shocked tea but nowhere near as sweet. Affections are sewn right on her sleeves for her college daughter and son and younger baby boy, but she’s still holding out hope for Neverland. She’s an honest doubter who believes God uses that very thing to woo her to His side. Laughter through tears is her favorite emotion. Robin can’t wait to learn more about you and after blogging eight years as PENSIEVE (bonus points to those who understand the brilliant reference), her online home is now found at robindance.me ~ the wonder of a woman.

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