Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Dwellers!

It felt strange to type the date of this newsletter and immediately be sent back to 16 years ago when the news on my television began blaring about planes, towers falling and too many innocent lives lost. May you take a pause today to remember for those no longer with us, the families who are still grieving and for those who are still on the front lines fighting terrorism.  


Our September series - Mosaic - continues this week with two more diverse stories. I hope you had a chance to read our anonymous and Darlene's stories. If not, you can read on the website here or click on the links below. This week Cameron shares about choosing to embrace yourself, imperfections and all while Cheryl tells how her deep rooted faith grounded her during her trench storm. 

The month of October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month which is befitting as we head to our one year anniversary and Eli's 5th angelversary. We would like to honor grieving mommas and their children for our next series - Remembering You. If you are grieving momma and would like to share your child's story with us, you can begin the submission process here

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Join me for our next Facebook Live on Sunday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m. central time. 


We are looking for a Creative Director to help with moving our vision and mission forward. Someone who thinks outside the box, knowledgable about ongoings in social media/marketing/public relations and who has the rare gift of creativity. The candidate also needs to be compassionate and empathic towards our audience—women who are experiencing the trenches of life and finding healing, support, and encouragement through sharing their stories. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please email me!


Jen G.

Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

I have been glued to my phone and internet as Hurricane Irma slammed the state of Florida. I have several family members in Florida including my beloved Papoo, who I worry about on a normal day let alone the largest hurricane Florida has ever seen. As I type this, all of my family is hunkered down safely but of course as the eldest grandchild I will always worry. Do you have family in Florida? Did they evacuate or stay? How are they doing? 

Recent Stories and Resources

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This week, we heard from Darlene, as she shared her story of overcoming childhood abuse. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench of overcoming childhood trauma. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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There’s a tangible moment in the ultrasound room when you know something is medically different about your unborn baby. I hope you don’t know what I’m talking about, but if you do, I’m sorry that you’ve found yourself part a club in which nobody wishes to become a member.

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To look at me now, one would probably never suspect I was hotheaded and violent in my teens and early twenties. But, reviewing my life, it may have turned out much differently had I not had influential people in my life who taught me that tempers, being mean, and storming off don’t usually solve problems. These behaviors usually create more problems: being disrespected, avoided, and consequently feelings of isolation and hopelessness. It took many years to change my attitude and behavior, but luckily, I learned the consequences of my actions.

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