Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Dwellers!

Happy Father's Day to the men in our lives! Since it was Father's Day yesterday, did you get a chance to read Taren and Kathleen's beautiful legacy stories to their fathers? You can still read their stories on the website (or there are links to both stories at the end of the newsletter).


As we continue with stories about the men in our lives, this week we will hear three trench stories from men. James shares about interracial marriage with his bride, Steve shares about marriage and parenthood, and Beau shares about parenting his special needs children. Honest perspectives from some of our Trench brothers.

The forum prompt of the week is in our Marriage category: share some of the joys and struggles in marriage. (Remember: our forums require a separate login but are still accessible from your phone or tablet.) Sign in at www.storiesfromthetrenches.forums and check out this week's forum prompt.


I will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Sunday, June 25, from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Central Time. Join me on Facebook as I wrap up our June series, share what's coming in July and August, and ask you a few questions.


We have several volunteer openings. If you have a passion for women, stories, and loving others, be sure to check our openings on the Volunteer page of our website.

For our August series, we are looking for stories from young women and college students. Do you have a Trench story about college or university? Have you recently graduated and are now struggling to find a job or realizing that coming home isn't quite like you expected? Share your story with us here.

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

Tim is blessed to have one full set of grandparents still with us, and we are just leaving from a visit with them. I was extremely close to my Bubbie (my Dad's mom) and miss her every single day. I'm comforted by thoughts that Bubbie and Eli are hanging out together, waiting for me. In the meantime, every moment with Tim's grandparents feels precious and fragile. I could—and do—spend hours listening to their soothing voices, their wisdom, and their lengthy stories. They bring me a settling peace, reminders of the past, and much hope for the future. What is the best advice your grandparents every gave you?

Recent Stories and Resources

Additional Resources: Loss

This week, we heard stories from women who have experienced the trench of the death of a parent. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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Thank You, Dad

Each June, in the span of one week, my family celebrates Father’s Day, my Dad’s birthday, and my parents’ anniversary. So June is here, and it is time to remember and celebrate my Dad. I want to be honest: I hit the jackpot as far as parents go, but I am a daddy’s girl.

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A Stranger In Need

I once knew a man who had a true passion for helping people. He gave a job to anyone who wanted to work at his construction business. While he was demanding as a boss and very strict as a father, he did have a fun side to him. His house in the summertime was a blast—it’s where all the kids in the neighborhood gathered to sit and relax on his front porch, eat free snacks, enjoy fresh watermelon, and listen to good music.

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