Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Climbers!

Last week, we concluded our June series with stories from two guest bloggers, Stacey and Mandi. Follow more of Stacey's writing at You Gotta Kiss a Lot of Frogs, and keep up with Mandi via her Facebook page, Married by Mandi.


This month, we are reposting some cherished trench stories from the past year. July will be a month to re-share, re-connect, and re-engage with these stories. To start, we will hear from Suzanne Mitchell and Carrie A. about the obstacles they face as mothers of special needs sons.

The team may be taking a break in July, but our forums are not! Come join the conversation in the Parenting message board today as we talk about the obstacles we all face as parents.


We are looking for a social media director! We would like to work with someone who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all social media platforms, someone who is creative as well as thoughtful when interacting with online communities and building relationships. If this sounds like you, submit your contact information on the Volunteer page!


Check our social media accounts for the time and date of our next Facebook Live event, as I share from Phoenix while visiting with our Arizona SFTT team members. You can find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

I’m a sucker for a great 4th of July weekend. I plan back-to-back festivities for us as a family to attend. Parade, carnival, fireworks, and a trip to the beach are some of the things that are always on the must-do list. I’m probably doing one of those things while you read this. What are you doing to celebrate this holiday weekend?

Recent Stories and Resources

Additional Resources: Marriage & Divorce

This week, we heard from two guest bloggers—Stacey, who shared her story of divorce, and Mandi, who wrote about the trenches in her marriage. We have shared links to their websites and social media accounts below, additional resources that we hope will offer strength and encouragement to those who are also experiencing these trenches. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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Worthy of the Fight

I was married for twenty years. From the outside looking in, my life was a storybook. Beautiful home, successful career, two beautiful and wonderful daughters, two awesome golden retrievers, and of course, a happy marriage.

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The Choice to Love

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." —Mignon McLaughlin

The first time I heard those words, I felt a great sense of relief. My husband and I had been married for just over seven years, and we were experiencing a rough patch.

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