Before this crazy, quirky name came into existence, there was this crazy, quirky idea. An idea to create a brand new blog – a lifestyle blog with a Christian focus. And a desire to do that as professionally AND as joyfully as humanly possible.
We want to encourage Christians and share the Good News with non-Christians. We want to speak the truth in love – but more than that…we want to create a community that practices speaking the truth in love. Online, in Real Life…everywhere! Because it’s entirely too easy to speak the truth without love. And it’s entirely too easy to speak love but leave out the truth.
We plan to share our triumphs and struggles and practical ways to follow Jesus. We want to be honest and transparent as we do this. It’s gonna get real in here. 😉
There were three of us originally on The Ruffled Mango team – Kristen, Ashley, and Keli. “How do you girls know each other?” you may ask. (Let’s pretend you asked that.) We all went to Freed-Hardeman University in West Tennessee – because we’re different ages, though, we knew a lot of the same people, but didn’t actually know each other! (We’re still a little sad about that.) Kristen (with her husband Jeremy) and Ashley (with her husband Jason) became friends once they were in the same tight-knit Young Professionals class in their local congregation. Such a great group of people! And Kristen was friends for years with a guy named Kevin – he eventually met Keli when they were both teaching English in China. When he brought her to visit his good friends Kristen and Jeremy, it was a done deal. =) Friends for life! And then of course, it was required that Keli and Ashley become friends, too. 😉
“And how’d you get that weird name??” Boy, you’re very inquisitive today! 😉 Well, it started like this…we brainstormed and thought and pondered and wrote lists of names and words and phrases with our good friend Sasha. Over days and days (maybe weeks?? It’s all blurry now!) But we weren’t really getting anywhere because there obviously wasn’t one clear front-runner that we all loved. And then one day Kristen strung some random words on her list together out of sheer loopiness. The Ruffled Mango was one of them. It made us all giggle. And then we moved on – because, come on – that’s not a REAL name. But we kept bringing it up as a little joke here and there. (“If we don’t name it The Ruffled Mango, I’m out!” Keli said.) And somewhere along the line, we realized that each of us loved the name – it was whimsical, it was memorable, it was joyful. And that’s when we realized…it was perfect. And a blog was born. =)
Along the way, Keli left the U.S. to do mission work in Peru. (Even though we obviously DID meet her demands with the blog name.) She’s now taking a leave of absence from our team as she picks up more responsibilities there – along with growing a second baby for their family. We hope that Keli will rejoin us someday!
Here are a few of our most popular posts, so that you can get a better feel of what we’re all about if you’re brand new around here! 😉
Daughters, Be Healthy, Be Beautiful, Be You
Connections: Kindred Hearts
9 Ways to Be Heaven-Minded when Choosing an Earthly Home
Put Your Marshmallow Glasses on and Choose Joy
A Birth Story: When Jesus Knows Just What You Need
Getting God’s Word into Your Children’s Hearts
16 Ways to Get God’s Word into Your Heart
A Visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos
5 Reasons Why We Must Stop Venting to Our Husbands
And we’re blessed with many talented guest posters. Here’s a taste of the most popular guest posts!
Fighting the Devil’s Lies with God’s Truth
Getting Healthy for the Glory of God
Where You Lead I Will Follow
Adoption: A Labor of Love
Finding Peace during the Mommy Wars
Labor Not in Vain
How to Set Up a Women’s Mentoring Program
We hope you love our little home on the internet. Come back and visit soon!
Our original Ruffled Mango photoshoot came to life with the help of Stephanie Benge Photography. =)
Since Rachel lives in New Zealand, we had to wait a few months to get together in person. We all met up in Nashville for a few hours and wish we could have visited longer! Maybe next time we’ll get to have more than a few casual snapshots made! =)