Anna Ilona Mussmann (editor)
After graduating from Concordia Wisconsin, Anna taught in Lutheran schools for several years and became so enthusiastic about Classical Education that she will talk about it to whomever will listen. She is a big fan of Jane Austen, dark chocolate, and the Oxford comma. Anna and her husband live in Pennsylvania with their two small children. Anna's work can also be found in The Federalist.
Cheryl Magness (assistant editor)
Cheryl is the sister of ten, daughter of two, mother of three, and wife of one. She was an English teacher in a past life but these days freelances as a writer and musician. She blogs at A Round Unvarnish'd Tale and has also been published by The Federalist, American Thinker, OnFaith, and Touchstone magazine. Cheryl lives in Oklahoma with her husband, a Lutheran cantor, and their three children.
Here are the other ladies whose work is available here, in order of publication.
Ruth Meyer is living out her vocation as a Lutheran woman in the roles of sister, daughter, mother, and wife. Her greatest joy in life is living as a redeemed child of God, who has blessed her in her many vocations. Besides her human relationships, Ruth's other interests include music and writing. She is a church musician and has a special love for Lutheran hymnody. Her children's book, Our Faith from A to Z , and her adult novel, Grace Alone, are available through CPH. Ruth keeps her own blog at truthnotes.net. Her hope is that through her writing you are encouraged and perhaps even challenged in your God-given vocations.
Hannah became a member of the LCMS during her junior year of high school while her father was attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft Wayne, IN. She graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, and enjoyed helping adults rehabilitate from injuries until this past year when she resigned to fulfill a new vocation as stay-at-home mom. Her days are now spent supporting her husband in his calling as a pastor, hosting endless tea parties with her daughter, and planning a vegetable garden beyond her wildest dreams. She sporadically blogs over at Heath and Home.
Elizabeth is a deaconess student at Concordia Theological Seminary, and is currently awaiting her internship with no clue as to where that will be. When not writing, she can often be found curled up with a book (a Terry Pratchett novel being the most recent), singing (she is currently working on a piece by Mozart and one by Torelli), exercising (Les Mills Combat is fantastic!), or cooking (a girl’s got to eat.) A California - San Francisco Bay Area native, she thinks snow is something to visit and is best left in the mountains where it belongs. Because of this, she thinks she’ll probably be sent to Alaska for internship.
Allison Kieselowsky lives in Springfield, PA, with her husband Rob and their four daughters. She has been a daughter and sister for nearly forty years, a wife for nearly fourteen years, an English teacher and reading specialist for nearly ten years, and a mother for nearly seven years. She currently works at home as the general manager of household affairs, short-order cook, laundress, and teacher.
Kaitlyn is a pastor’s daughter, vicar's wife, baby boy's mother, and the "president emeritus" of the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Lutheran Student Fellowship of Pittsburgh. She enjoys apologetics, music, travel, and naps. Kaitlyn's neglected blog is Pottery in Progress.
A.H. Shelley is a child of God, redeemed through Christ's blood and set free by His mercy. She enjoys living out her vocations as daughter, sister, friend and employee and rejoices daily in the multitude of gifts the Lord has provided her with.
Jackquelyn Veith has taught students (kindergarten through college) for 25+ years. Married to Gene Edward Veith, they are parents of three adult children and nine beautiful grandchildren. They are members of St. Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, VA.
Heather Judd is currently a sister, daughter, and teacher in a classical, Lutheran school in Wyoming. The last of these vocations demonstrates the divine sense of irony since she (a) was homeschooled for her entire K-12 education, (b) only became a classical education enthusiast after earning her B.A. in education, (c) attended just about every denomination except Lutheran growing up, and (d) had never been to Wyoming before moving there for the teaching call. When she is not spending time in the eccentric world of middle school students, she enjoys reading, writing, acting, baking, playing organ, and pondering the mysteries of theology, physics, and literature.
Kris Beck is a pastor’s wife and a native of Finland. She home-schooled her five daughters (the eldest of whom is editor of SDMW), and is currently down to one student left at home. She bakes a mean spinach pie, is often found with knitting needles in her hands, sings in choir, and maneuvers her minivan (so says her husband) a bit like a retired race-car driver. She will feed any student who comes to her church.
Rhiannon Kutzer is a classical home educator and freelance writer. She writes about homeschooling and family and how they interact with culture at Homeschool Family Culture. She married her college sweetheart, a scientist, which regularly makes for entertaining conversation. Together they have three sweet children who constantly inject hilarity into their lives.
Mrs. Dawn Gaunt is a housewife and homeschooler in Ravenna, Nebraska. She and her husband have six living children. In the past, Dawn directed high school musical theater and served as assistant editor for an online magazine. She likes her current line of work much better.
Beth Rice is a pastor's wife, who with Jim, her husband of 33 years, lives in her hometown of Florence, Massachusetts. The couple has served parishes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Beth currently works as a teacher's aid in a small rural elementary school in Westhampton, MA. She holds a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Massachusetts.
Diana Yaeger is married to Aaron, has an infant son named Simon Peter, and is currently a deaconess intern from Concordia Theological Seminary. She believes concise is good when it comes to her personal details.
Aubri Hale lives in Bancroft, Nebraska. She is the wife of a pastor and a keeper of house, unmatched socks, and too many sippy cups. She and her husband have six children and a seventh due in April of 2015. She was raised in Texas and received a BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin, but always just wanted to be a wife and mother. She enjoys singing hymns, observing the church year with her family, baking muffins, reading if she can stay awake and drinking strong coffee. Aubri blogs at A Bundle of Myrrh and The Church Year in the Home.
Melanie Sorenson is the middle child of five and grew up in the beautiful Florida sunshine. Her desire for a Lutheran education (as well as her father's last wish) led her to Concordia River Forest and a degree in Communications and Theology. Melanie met her husband on the day she moved to Chicago, married him two and a half years later, and is now the mother of five boys and six babies in heaven. Her days are full of home schooling and keeping her growing boys fed.
Alison Schroeder is a married mother of three. A daughter and sister of artists, herself an artist (though she's loath to admit it), she blogs at Alison's Open Sketchbook.
After graduating from Concordia Seward and serving as a Lutheran teacher for a decade, Kristen is now a stay-at-home Mom. She still teaches music part time at one of the 16 Lutheran schools in Fort Wayne. Kristen writes about living both frugally and joyfully on her website –Joyfully Thriving. When she’s not busy finding good bargains, you might find her reading with her son or baking something chocolate. Kristen’s husband, Andy (another Lutheran school teacher), is living this frugal Lutheran journey with her, as they raise their 9-month old son, Nathan.
Rebekah spends her days living life alongside her husband and children. She enjoys reading, homeschooling, and every once in a great while, chasing after the wind.
Lydia is a second generation homeschooling mom to 6 who, together with her family, attends the same LCMS church that she grew up in. She writes to keep herself centered and can be found blogging regularly at www.smalltownsimplicity.blogspot.com
After studying agronomy and entomology at Purdue University, Drusha turned her attention to raising and educating seven children. She lives in Indiana with her husband and youngest daughters. Now that she is no longer busy teaching Calculus and overseeing meals for nine hungry eaters, she studies French, and recently completed training in Christian counseling.
Annalise Harrison is a confessional Lutheran young woman living in rural Michigan. She is an graduated alumni of Augustine College, a small liberal arts school in Ottawa, Canada and a student at Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan. However, she took a leave from school to pursue training in towards becoming a professional ballroom dancer, and is now happily dancing her little heart out at a small studio in Indiana. She plans on returning to Hillsdale College in January 2016 to pursue a major in History, a minor in dance, and a better understanding of herself and the rest of humanity. When she's not dancing, she enjoys time with friends and family, cooking with lots of spices, and eating chocolate. Feel free to contact her at [email protected] (photo credit to Beth Rumley Photography).
Heidi is a saved, baptized, forgiven child of God. She is also blessed to have the vocations of sister, daughter, mother, and wife. She works as a government attorney, which means that although technically she writes for a living, it's generally really dry stuff. She begs your forgiveness if it carries into her blogging. She is active on twitter and instagram under the handle @reyoph.
Caitlin Magness is the daughter of a family of Lutheran musicians and church workers. She is an aspiring novelist, college student, and thinker of too many thoughts. She lives in Oklahoma with her family.
The daughter of a pastor and sister-in-law to a pastor, Michelle, perhaps inevitably, married a pastor. She and her husband recently settled into his first call in Maryland where she enjoys the vocations of wife, part-time preschool teacher, servant of the church, and expectant-mother-who-eats-far-too-much-peanut-butter. She also enjoys and exploring the Civil War history that now surrounds her. Mostly, though, she cannot wait to meet her baby in January and buys every second-hand children's book she can get her hands on!
Jenny is a missionary kid married to a pastor's kid. She and her husband met at church, after being set up by their respective mothers. Both husband and wife are life-long Lutherans, born with a ham roll in one hand and cup of bad coffee in the other. She is a homeschooling mother to a very imaginative teenage girl. When she is not yelling spelling words across the house or discussing political systems on the Cat Planet with her daughter, she sews, gardens, attempts to teach herself basic car care with an old Mercedes (her husband usually bails her out of trouble), and is active online in a car-enthusiast forum. She blogs atelephantschild.typepad.com.
Katy has been a daughter and sister since the 80s, a wife since 2010, and a mother since 2014. In addition to spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats, Katy enjoys reading, baking, and drinking coffee. She writes about life’s absurdities and draws laughably terrible illustrations at An Illustrated Parsonage Life.
Rebecca is still surprised by the ironic machinations of grace that somehow resulted in the following description of her life: a pastor’s wife who homeschools her five children in a small-town, farm-country parsonage and anticipates in hope the birth of her sixth living child in May.
Sarah lives in Prague, Czech Republic with her husband, the Business Manager for the Eurasia Region of the LCMS, and their eight children. Like Bilbo Baggins, she invites: "If ever you are passing my way, don't wait to knock! Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time."
Rachel was homeschooled K-12, then attended Bethany Lutheran College for four years. A month after graduating with a BA in Liberal Arts, she married her first and only boyfriend. Now she passes the time by reading, writing, baking, watching movies, crocheting, blogging, and homeschooling her three children. Her least-favorite activities include house-cleaning and wearing shoes, and she's been known to go to great lengths to avoid both. Rachel is a regular contributor to the online magazine Femnista, and she blogs under the nom de blog "Hamlette" about books at The Edge of the Precipice, and about movies, writing, and life at Hamlette's Soliloquy.
Laura and her husband David have three kids, Allyssa, David, Jr., and Kaytlin. Laura enjoys talking about classical education and theology with her friends over freshly baked cookies.
Marie K. MacPherson
Marie is wife to Ryan, homeschooling hausmutter to their five living children, and redeemed child of God. She used to actively participate in theater, debate team, choir, and international travel, but realizes now that those were merely a foretaste of the joys of her current vocation: managing children’s dramatics, arbitrator of kids’ arguments, singing hymns and lullabies, and sharing unbelievable mission stories. When she’s not caring for her own children, Marie reads extensively, researching natural health, marriage, and parenting. She is the editor of the upcoming book Mothering Many: Sanity-Saving Strategies from Moms of Four or More. Follow her blog at: www.intoyourhandsllc.com/blog
Alison is a wife of one, mother of three, and teacher of many. She lives in rural South Dakota where she enjoys life on the prairie as a dual parish pastor’s wife. A trained Lutheran school teacher and homeschooling mom, she has a passion for children’s education, especially education in the Christian faith. She is a brainstormer by nature and those who are close to her never know what new idea she will think of next. Recent adventures with her family have included tapping trees to make syrup; creating, expanding, and selling her own granola business; and learning to preserve fresh garden goodness for year-round use.
Nicole is a writer and the Managing Editor of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy, the quarterly publication of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society. She is also the wife of Michael and the mother of two little boys and a needy German Shepherd rescue. When she isn’t writing or tending to children, she enjoys running, cooking, drinking coffee, feeling guilty about how said coffee is affecting the nursing baby, and pinning projects which she will probably never get around to.
Jenna is a life-long LCMS Lutheran who loves learning more and more about Christ and Christianity every day. She lives in New Mexico with an adventurous husband and an obnoxious Goldendoodle. While spending a lot of her time working as an acute care occupational therapist, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and being swept into whatever her husband's next adventure is.
Monique is a homemaker and mother to eight children- 5 sons and 3 daughters. She resides in northeastern Kansas where her husband serves as a Lutheran Pastor.
Leah Sherman is a pastor's wife and homeschooling mother. She and her husband have struggled with secondary infertility, but are constantly reminded of God's great blessings through their son. She lives in Gordon, Nebraska, and enjoys reading, gardening, and sewing.
Rebekah Curtis is married with seven children, and participates in Sunday School, Altar Guild, Trinity Brass, Ladies' Aid, yearbook, debate, and Friday dodge ball.
. . . and more coming!