Strong Mom’s started as a private Facebook group of friends. And friends invited friends, and those friends invited more friends. Together we created what we hope to be a soft place to fall for moms. A place we can share experiences. Where we can lift each other up and help each other not feel alone in the journey. Where we can find joy in motherhood but also be real about the struggles. We hope you will join us and find encouragement and kinship on each page! We want to interact with you and get to know you, so please leave comments and join us on Instagram as well!
Amber Wild is a wife to her high school sweetheart, and mother to 5 beautiful children. She handles much of the business end of her family’s 40+ year-old gymnastics school, as well as being the dance coach and resident choreographer.
She is a lover of books, dance, good music, chocolate, her family, and her Savior. Amber has been homeschooling since 2014 when her oldest son was in 2nd grade and her second son was in 1st. Her oldest 3 children are active boys who fit the family name “Wild” very nicely. The one and only princess of the bunch is child # 4, followed by yet another Wild boy. “Homeschooling was something I felt called to do and I was terrified! I thought for sure we wouldn’t make it through the first year. But I have seen many unexpected blessings that have come from making this choice and I have loved all of the craziness that comes with it. It’s messy, it’s full of hard days and wonderful days, there’s so much joy, some tears, and lots of hugs. That’s where the name ‘Our Joyful, Wild Mess’ comes from! That sums up my life pretty well.
Ashlee Young writes Fine Motor Fun 4 U for Strong Moms. She is a fun energetic creative happy lady. She’s also a mom to a fun 6-yr old wonderful blessing and wife to a handsome hubby of 14 years.
Life wasn’t what she thought it would be….. She ended up struggling with infertility. She went through countless tests/treatments/procedures that would end only in heartbreak. Finally, after 7 years of fertility trauma, she and her husband were blessed with their son! They live in the beautiful Northwest. She enjoys doing activities with family and is lucky enough to live close by them.
For the last 16 years she has been working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has worked with students ranging from birth to 21 with a wide variety of disabilities in homes, schools, and 2 specialty schools – the State School for the Blind and the State School for the Deaf. She works on various skills to help each child live their best life. She has the best job, she gets to play with kids and toys all day. Who doesn’t want to play with crayons, markers, scissors, glue, Legos, blocks, games and do various life skills activities for a living?
Becky Hong Thibodeau has realized that life may never go as your teenaged-self planned, but sometimes that’s a good thing! She never thought she would successfully run an MLM business with Young Living Essential Oils. And she never thought that her biotech career, where she was constantly in the laboratory, would one day be a work-from-home job. She never thought she would live anywhere outside of Hawaii (where she grew up), but has lived on the East coast, West coast, and even in Japan with her husband, when their son was only 2.5-years old.
While living in Japan, books were a huge constant for her family. Stories were in Japanese and English, and her son loved them all. That’s why she loves writing Book Corner. It’s a pleasure to share the things you love about books for kiddos and mamas alike! Books truly bring people together and make the world a smaller place.
Becky Kemp is the founder of Becoming with Becky and the writer of Words Matter on STRONG MOMS. Driven by the desire to share goodness, Becky is dedicated to inspiring others to see the power found in words. From the onset of her clothing brand, Becoming Threads, to speaking and coaching others who want to awaken their story of becoming; Becky shares positive and proactive solutions to help women manage their thoughts so they can eliminate procrastination, perfectionism, and self-pity.
As a wife to her high school sweetheart, and mother to 5 incredible boys, Becky has also found time to discover the “Word Effect” in her own life. She loves to share how the simple act of intentionally choosing words to “put on” each day can truly change your story for the better. Are you ready to awaken your potential, transform your thinking, and live with more intention? Words Matter! You can create the life you want with the power of words! www.becomingwithbecky.com
Brynne Wise writes Grace Momma Grace and is a busy momma of 3 kids, all within 3.5 years! As a recovering perfectionist, Brynne loves to write about giving ourselves the gift of grace as mommas. We moms put so much pressure on ourselves, and Brynne loves to help us remember to stop, breathe, and recognize the beautiful things we are doing, accomplishing, and becoming. As a health coach by profession, Brynne specializes in mindset, nutrition, and exercise, and loves to help women become who they are meant to be by loving themselves from the inside out! When we love ourselves, we are happy. And when momma is happy, everyone else is happy too. Remember to give yourself some grace momma. You are doing better than you think. Find inspiration with her on her Grace Momma Grace podcast!
Holly Richardson loves many things and many people. She is Utah Policy’s newest editor and in the past has been a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune from January 2017 to December 2020. She is also a wife, mother, speaker, humanitarian, and world traveler. Her first academic degree was as a Registered Nurse. She later became a midwife, then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication focusing on Public Relations, followed by a Master’s degree in Professional Communication. She is now a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Political Science, focusing on nonprofit administration and international relations. Her research interests include emotional labor, burnout, and short-term international humanitarian aid volunteers. She was also a member of the Utah House of Representatives and continues to stay politically active.
Her most important classroom, however, has been within the walls of her own home as becoming a mother taught her more than any textbook ever could. She writes Real Talk w/Holly Richardson for Strong Moms.
Jodi L. Milner writes Strong Mom Tips and is the author of the award-winning YA dark fantasy Stonebearer’s Betrayal and its sequel, Stonebearer’s Apprentice. She’s a mental health advocate and the noisiest introvert on the web. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
Katie Watson is a wife and homeschool mom to 3 little kiddos. She is a fitness enthusiast which has led to her desire to help others in their fitness goals. “Consistency over perfection!” is her motto. Katie hopes to encourage and empower moms to take time for their physical health and celebrate the little victories along the way. Katie writes the Strong Moms Up LIFTed series.
Kerrie Nygard is a momma to 6 kids (ages 14 to 1), and wife to one. She is a lifelong student of the scriptures. She loves discussing with others about faith, God, and living a purpose-filled life. She enjoys a good adventure and being outdoors. Running, hiking, biking, anything that puts her outside and in nature is where she gets her cup filled. She is dedicated to living healthfully through movement and nutrition. She enjoys learning about herself; how and why she thinks and feels the way she does. This gives her power to create the life she chooses, intentionally. Life doesn’t happen to her, she creates it by the way she thinks and then responds! She writes here monthly about a mindful approach to motherhood in MOMMY MINDFULNESS.
Megan Hughes is alive…barely. (And she writes Silver Linings Kind of Life for Strong Moms).
Michelle Cox is the creator and coach behind the Build Family Connection PODCAST. She has been married for 24 years and is the mother of two adults and two teens. She loves to spend time with her family as they discover new places and explore the outdoors. She also loves to create – the messier the art project the better.
Michelle is the founder of Build Family Connection and has coached and taught hundreds of parents over the last 10 years. Michelle graduated with a BS in Education from Northern Arizona University, completed “The Choice in Coaching: Arbinger Mastery Training for Coaches,” is a graduate of the Coachville School of Coaching, and is a PCC certified coach with the International Coaching Federation.
Monta Cooper is the creator of STRONG MOMS and is a proud wife and momma of 3 boys. She is very passionate about celebrating motherhood in all of its messy but meaningful glory! She loves connecting with other moms and making sure that they have a place to lift each other up and know that they are not alone in the journey.
She has a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and worked as a bookkeeper before choosing to stay home with her children 10 years ago. She loves fitness, music, volleyball, as well as “delicious flavor”, and writes occasionally, under Lessons My Kids are Teaching Me or as a guest writer on Strong Moms.
Oléa Gough writes Anchoring in Christ for Strong Moms. As the founder and artist behind Rising Moon Adventures, she offers a variety of flannel board sets to help parents teach their children the scriptures. She is happily married to the man who still makes her laugh after 20+ years of marriage and is blessed to be the mother of two amazing young adult children. She has found every phase of parenting both exhilarating and challenging, with her current stage as no exception. She believes the calling of being a mom is the greatest job in the world and that the most important service you can give is within the walls of your own home.
She loves to write and speak about spiritual matters. Her passion is helping individuals and families anchor in Christ. She finds great joy in using her own experiences and knowledge acquired through her personal storms weathered in life to teach, inspire and encourage others to find and reach their greatest potential through Christ.
Taralyn Parker is a journalist turned family historian who runs the blog Keep Moving Forward With Me. During the COVID-19 crisis, she helped co-create the 21-day Family Connections Experiment: a Family History Project. Whether she is teaching classes or traveling to ancestors’ hometowns, Taralyn is passionate about sharing family history and stories.
Working in the industry for 10+ years, Taralyn manages social media for various companies and organizations. She loves using her talents to help share goodness. Taralyn, her husband John, and their four children enjoy living the small-town life. She writes Family Connections – Geneology for Strong Moms.
Trish Brutka is a newlywed, mother to one teenage daughter, and new step-mother to two teenage sons. Being a mom is the one thing she always wanted to be. She also ended up being a claims examiner and dabbling in writing. When not figuring out marriage and motherhood, she loves running, cooking, and reading. She also loves daily study of the gospel of Jesus Christ and building a relationship with Him. This impacts all areas of her life for the better and she shares some of what she learns in More Holiness Give Me.