Meet our Core Writers

Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations

profile-pic1Brittany Meng is queen of her castle in her house full of men: Wife to Aaron, and mama to twins Micah and Benji, and Silas and Elijah (not twins). Two of her children have special needs (ASD and ADHD) and all four of them have lots of energy. She is an Air Force wife currently living in TX. Her writing has been featured on BlogHer, ScaryMommy, For Every Mom, Coffee+Crumbs, The Mighty, and more. She writes about the grit and grace of her everyday life at TheBamBlog

Core Writers for Mothering Beyond Expectations


brett1Brett Baker is wife to Nathaniel, mama to three littles, Netflix enthusiast, wannabe nutritionist, and consultant with Arbonne International. She lives in Charlottesville, VA where she enjoys taking full advantage of the food and wine scene and running trails (that last part is not true, but the food and wine part is). She graduated from JMU with an English and Creative Writing degree and is super grateful to be a part of this writing community.


brittany1Brittany Rollins is a mom to three girls. She has her degree in event management but her husband knocked her up early into marriage so she never got into the work force full-time. She is kind of good at a lot of things but isn’t really great at anything… yet.


laura1Laura Wailes is a music-loving boymom of three who always wants to have her cake and eat it too  (literally and figuratively).  Audio books and podcasts about true crime and U.S. history fill her commute to work where she is a mentor for middle school teachers. In her house, she has an abundance of superheroes and a deficit of sleep!


Jennifer Curry is a former teacher and librarian. She now spends her days with her face in a book or her fingers glued to her keyboard. Between reading and writing, she works very hard at this whole mothering thing. Her husband, family, and book clubs make her life even sweeter. She writes about all she is learning from her kids and books at

Lauren Lund is an adjunct professor at Liberty University Online, Cuyahoga Community College, and Bryant and Stratton College. When she isn’t lesson planning or grading, she is cooking with her husband, playing Spiderman with her son, making crafts with her daughter, nursing her baby, or sleeping — probably sleeping.


sarah1Sarah Rieke is a wife, mama, infant-loss survivor, writer, and podcaster (Heart Lessons). She has a passion for writing through the heartache of real life but also the hope and redemption that we can find in Christ. She loves the power of stories and encouraging women to embrace and share theirs. On a typical day, you can find her clacking away at her keyboard, enjoying time with her kiddos, and wondering just how early in the day it is acceptable to start eating chocolate. Sarah blogs at

Shelli Rehmert is married to Rick and is the mother of five adult children and a precious daughter-in-law (with another DIL to be added soon)! Being actively involved as a pastor’s wife and stay at home mom for over 30 years has left her with more questions than answers but she enjoys continuing to learn and pass on her life experiences and humorous stories as well. Outside of family and ministry, she has a passion for writing, hiking and quality time with special friends. She blogs at Simply Shelli.

Susie Maurer is a former know it all turned mother. She loves coffee, walking in silence, and uninterrupted sleep. She blogs at A Little Boy Mama.