Houston Assistance!!

At the request of our local mamas, we are currently collecting funds for Houston relief and, once the roads are open and deliveries are possible, we will forward 100% of September donations to Houston relief.

Please use our donate button and rest assured all funds received will be forwarded to Houston as soon as they are able to receive it.

Please DO NOT send materials goods. There is no way to deliver them.

Do as I say…or How I (We) Got to the Facebook Communities Summit

I NEVER in a million years would have allowed my kids to do what I did last month:  take off for a weekend with complete strangers, to an undisclosed location, with very little information. Except that I was invited to represent Military Mama Network at the Facebook Communities Summit. Only 100 Facebook groups out of 640,000,000 were invited. Someone is more likely to win the Powerball.  Twice.  Or be struck by lightning WHILE drowning.  Four times.

Facebook didn’t choose those groups at random.  They invited some to apply and interviewed the final possibilities. It was a friendly interview and fun to remember what we had done as a group; powerful to think back on some of our biggest missions. After the application, interview, and internal Facebook research, MMN was invited to attend. We didn’t know where we were going or staying.

The Facebook Communities Summit team expected me to come as my authentic self. My authentic self? My authentic self is a painfully shy accountant.  My authentic self would rather be with my family and close friends than in a strange room filled with people I didn’t know. No, Facebook, I will not come as my authentic self, I thought.  I will come as my Sasha Fierce self.  I will attend as the person I put on for networking and public appearances and bring my authentic heart and my interest in others.  That will have to do, Facebook Communities Summit team.
And so I packed my favorite jean jacket, some MMN shirts (red sparkly for Friday) and some comfy shoes.  Three of us carpooled:  one of the gals I invited to attend the Facebook Communities Summit with me and another attendee who lives in my same town. Off we went, to a still undisclosed location except for where we were staying.  I dropped them at the Facebook Communities Summit and had lunch with my brother.  And this is where the lessons learned begin:

Follow your heart and don’t let others’ criticism deter you.

Do a gut check when you receive feedback. Learn from it and course correct.  But never compromise what your authentic self knows is YOUR path. MMN started with a bunch of strangers who all had someone we loved going through the same Army Basic Training cycle, combined with a collection for a soldier and his dog. My heart connected with people sharing the journey. I became “mama bear” to some and we became a family. In following my heart to found MMN, there were sacrifices, broken moments, and wonderful successes. And ultimately an invitation to attend an event where the odds were 1:64,000,000 of being invited.

I followed my heart on the first day of the Summit when I spent an afternoon with my brother instead of networking with other Facebook Communities Summit attendees. I’m sure I missed something, but I received more: laughing and having lunch with my brother outside on a beautiful day.

Believe in the power of kindness and give people the benefit of the doubt.

We all have bad days, weeks, months, maybe even years.  We all snap and overreact when we wish we hadn’t. In MMN Facebook groups, we don’t allow mean girl stuff or drama. We are focused on the mission. Sometimes I come across more curt than I’d like or I don’t respond quickly enough, but please, in all of these, assume the best tone and intention. When others resemble porcupines more than people, give them a hug, virtual or otherwise. Life is too short NOT to be kind. Give someone a ride, invite someone to come along. Include the person standing near the circle but not inside it.

Share your wins. It may just bless you beyond the moment.

Facebook said we could bring two guests to the Summit and for me, one was an obvious choice:  My friend who works in social media. I hoped being at the Summit would positively impact her business. Walking along the same path for a time developed our friendship. She did things way out of her comfort zone and clicked with people immediately.  It cost me nothing to share my win with her and seeing the impact attending the summit had on her has been a gift. I get emotional when I talk about it.  Share the win.

Encourage others at every opportunity. Literally “put courage” in others.

I had a brief conversation with one of the young Summit attendees. I thought what she did was cool and I told her that. I found out later that the conversation had a huge impact on her and changed the direction of her Facebook Communities Summit experience.  She then changed someone else’s and so on. My statement took 10 seconds… and the ripples are still being felt.  That is the power of encouragement.

Elite events don’t cure insecurity.  But go anyway.

There was a woman who almost didn’t attend the Summit because she didn’t feel “worthy” of being there. But she came and what she does…it’s epic. She gives her members, who are limited, a voice and an opportunity to share talent and beauty and celebration. It’s empowering.

At the Summit, around people I didn’t know, I was forced to deal with my insecurities or allow them to diminish the power of the Facebook Communities Summit. I’m always shocked when people don’t see my insecurities. I feel like I wear them on my sleeve.  I’ve been told I don’t and that ALWAYS makes me wonder if someone’s behavior is rooted in insecurities or a bruised heart.

Size doesn’t matter.  Impact does.

At the Facebook Communities Summit, there were groups that had fewer than 100 members and some with more than a million.  The groups in attendance weren’t there because of size.  They were invited for the impact they had on their community and the way their virtual reality/social media connections translated into real world change.

Coming home and sharing what we learned with others will continue to impact the world around us.  I don’t want to make money, like some will.  I just want to impact the world in a positive manner.

If you love something, take care of it and stay the course.

We worked hard to build MMN but, as I learned at the Summit, we have a lot of vulnerabilities.  We need to take care of our network.  Legally, emotionally, and relationally.

You’re never as alone as you may think.

Helping a couple attendees overcome their “First Facebook Live” fear was fun. I think it was for them too. Or at least, less horrible. For me, almost everything is less scary when I have someone next to me.

Many of the Facebook Communities Summit attendees spoke of the hours and hours they put into their groups. They take care of them and worry about their people as much as I do. Whether it was a super conservative group, or very liberal group, EVERYONE has someone sharing space with them.  Service providers, service members, nursing moms, church groups, dads, moms, community based, formed in response to oppression, everyone had someone. You know the lesson I most appreciated?  Every single person I met was fascinating. Amazing.  Had a wonderful story and a huge heart.
So thank you Facebook, for inviting MMN to attend the Facebook Communities Summit.  It was an amazing event. Because we were invited, because you chose to recognize the works that we and other groups do, because you see the impact we make on the community, we know we can do more.
If you’d like to support our mission, either as a business partner or an individual, click on the donate button at the top of the page. Or perhaps you’d like to join our Facebook network. Click here,  answer the questions, and you’re in!

2017 Fallen Friday Honor Wall

What is an Honor Wall?

On Fridays, we honor those who have died serving or having served our country.  We have an honor wall and offer an act of kindness in memory of those who have died.  Join us, and help us honor the lives this honor wall represents.

January

shadowmcclaine   •   Pfc Shadow McClaine 25- Army

February

Christian Woolsey 23- Army   •   Christian Woolsey 23 • Army

Spc. Patrick James Rodgers 26- Army  • Spc. Patrick James Rodgers 26- Army

owens  • Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens- Navy

army1  • Pvt Fidel Martinez 18- Army

hoch 4  • CASpc. Christopher Hoch 28- Army

Spc Priscilla East 32- Army  • Spc Priscilla East 32- Army

WO1 Shawn Thomas 35- Army  • WO1 Shawn Thomas 35- Army

Joel Costa- Army  • Joel Costa- Army

Kiara Apparicio 19- Army  • Kiara Apparicio 19- Army

Pfc. Brian P. Odiome 21- Army1  • Pfc. Brian P. Odiome 21- Army

Captain Stephen Hayes- Navy  • Captain Stephen “Cole” Hayes- Navy

Ken Hartle Navy 1  • Ken Hartle 103

Michael Louviere 1  • Michael Louviere 26

March

 

April

Norm Hatch 1  • Norm Hatch 96

Maj Gen (ret) Milton Pilcher  • Maj Gen (ret) Milton Pilcher 100

Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin 22- Army  • Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin 22- Army

NCSpc. David Folly Ananou 1  • NCSpc. David Folly Ananou 30- Army

army1  • Unnamed Soldier @ Ft. Hood- Army

Pfc. Tyler Wechsler  • Pfc. Tyler Wechsler 21- Marines

May

drew-devoursney  • Drew DeVoursney 36

milliken-kyle 1  • Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken 38- Navy

Captain Daniel Doyle 32  • Captain Daniel Doyle 32- Air Force

Cadet 1st Class Kaleb Estes  • Cadet 1st Class Kaleb Estes- Air Force

Christopher Boykin navy  • Christopher Boykin 45

Jason Dickinson coast guard  • Jason Dickinson 37

Devin Wilson 1  • Devin Wilson 27

Tyler Caden Croke  • Tyler Caden Croke 23

Hernan Barragan  • Hernan Barragan 32- Army

2nd Lt. Richard Collins III  • 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III 21- Army

navy  • Seaman Apprentice Savannah Cole 20- Navy

ColeandEliseSpenatti  • Cole Spenatti 24- Navy

Airman 1st Class Gabriel Antonio Fuentes-Lebron  • Airman 1st Class Gabriel Antonio Fuentes-Lebron 21- Air Force

June

Special Agent Michael T. Walker 1  • Special Agent Michael T. Walker 45

Rick Best 1  • Rick Best

colwell 1  • Wilson “Bill” Colwell 89

Teddy Wayman Chapman 1  • Teddy Wayman Chapman 88

Chason Montezdeoca 1  • Chason Montezdeoca 40

Adam West 88  • Adam West 88

John Jack Ferneding 1  • John “Jack” Ferneding 88

veteran 11  • Cob Faulkner 32

SO1-Remington-J_-Peters 1  • Remington J. Peters 27- Navy

Spc Carl Trice 26- Army 1  • Spc Carl Trice 26- Army

Sgt. Jeffrey Bushroe- Army 1  • Sgt. Jeffrey Bushroe- Army

Spc. Etinne Murphy 22- Army 1  • Spc. Etinne Murphy 22- Army

Kyle-Thomas-Us-Army-1  • Sgt. Kyle Clayton Thomas- Army

Lcpl. Baden Ratterman 22- Marines 1  • Lcpl. Baden Ratterman 22- Marines

Spc_-Dariuis-Cooper-Fort-Hood-1  • Spc. Darius Cooper 40- Army

Spc. Xavier Harden 23- Army 1  • Spc. Xavier Harden 23- Army

Sgt. Eric Houck 25- Army 1  • Sgt. Eric Houck 25- Army

Cpl. Dillon Baldridge 22- Army 1  • Cpl. Dillon Baldridge 22- Army

Sgt. William Bays 29- Army 1  • Sgt. William Bays 29- Army

Lt. Cmdr. James Celani 43- Navy  • Lt. Cmdr. James Celani 43- Navy

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher W. Clavin- Navy  • Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher W. Clavin- Navy

July

david_folsom-1  • David Folsom 54

Corpsman Ryan Lohrey 30- Navy 1  • Corpsman Ryan Lohrey 30- Navy

Dietrich Schmieman 26- Marines 1  • Dietrich Schmieman 26- Marines

Capt. Sean Elliot 30-Marines  • Capt. Sean Elliot 30-Marines

Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat 33-Marines  • Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat 33-Marines

Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson 46 -Marines  • Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson 46 -Marines

Sgt. Julian Kevianne 31 -Marines  • Sgt. Julian Kevianne 31 -Marines

Joseph Murray 26-Marines  • Joseph Murray 26-Marines

Dan Baldassare 20 -Marines  • Dan Baldassare 20 -Marines

Staff Sgt Joshua Snowden-Marines  • Staff Sgt Joshua Snowden-Marines

Mark Hopkins 34-Marines • Mark Hopkins 34-Marines

Talon Leach 26-Marines  • Talon Leach 26-Marines

veteran 11  • Cpl. Collin Schaffer-Marines

Sgt. Chad Jenson-Marines  • Sgt. Chad Jenson-Marines

Staff Sgt Robert Cox-Marines  • Staff Sgt Robert Cox-Marines

Major Caine Goyette  • Major Caine Goyette

John Wolfe 89  • John Wolfe 89

army1  • Spc. James Thomas Smith IV 23- Army

SPC-Ogden  • Spc Justen Glenn Ogden 22- Army

army1  • Spc Donald Matthews 26- Army

Owen Lennon 26-Marines  • Sgt Owen Lennon 27- Marine

Recruit Tyler Jerrell 18- Marine  • Recruit Tyler Jerrell 18- Marine

Cena  • Cena- 10 year-old service dog that completed 3 tours in Afghanistan alongside his handler.

David Duane Taylor II 25  • David Duane Taylor II 25

Chandler Davis 34  • Chandler Davis 34

david board  • Tech Sgt. David Board 49- Air Force

Spc. Christopher M. Harris 25- Army  • Spc. Christopher M. Harris 25- Army

Sgt. Jonothon M. Hunter 23- Army  • Sgt. Jonothon M. Hunter 23- Army

sgt-chad-johnson  • Staff Sgt. Nathan D. Stull-37 Army

army1  • CWO2 Brian White 30- Army

Samuel Forrest  • Cpl Samuel Forrest Peterson 21- Marines

Marines  • Nick Miller- Marines

Cpl. Joshua Laine Kachura 24- Marines  • Cpl. Joshua Laine Kachura 24- Marines

August

bowling_jpg  • Jacob Brant Bowling 19- Army

army1  • Spc Zachary Moore 23- Army

Lt. Steven D. Hopkins- Navy  • Lt. Steven D. Hopkins- Navy

LCpl. Cody J. Haley 20- Marines  • LCpl. Cody J. Haley 20- Marines

LCpl. Lenin Priego-Zurita 20- Marines  • LCpl. Lenin Priego-Zurita 20- Marines

skyler-james  • Cpl. Skylar James 23- Marines

First Lt. Benjamin R. Cross 26- Marines  • First Lt. Benjamin R. Cross 26- Marines

Cpl. Nathan Ordway 21- Marines  • Cpl. Nathan Ordway 21- Marines

Ruben Velasco 19- Marines  • Ruben Velasco 19- Marines

Raymond Polly 86  • Raymond Polly 86

navy  • Edward Merrick

Joseph Joey Smith 46  • Joseph “Joey” Smith  46

MilitaryMamaLogoVertColor  • The grandfather of MMN member Dana Hamilton 95

Laurel Chasmar 28  • Laurel Chasmar 28

Spc Richard Cox  • Spc Richard Cox 22- Army

Staff Sgt Aaron Butler  • Staff Sgt Aaron Butler 27- Army

Sgt Allen L  • Sgt Allen L. Stigler 22- Army

Sgt. Roshain Brooks  • Sgt. Roshain Brooks 30- Army

4339008_m  • Stephen D. Vaughn 68

Marines  • Ronald Fallo

army1  • Keat Keller

bailey • 1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey 26-Army

CWO3 Brian Woeber • CWO3 Brian Wober 41-Army

CWO2 Stephen Cantrell • CWO2 Stephen Cantrell 32-Army

1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey • Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam 33-Army

army1 • Sgt. Michael Nelson 30-Army

army1 • Pfc. Andrew Young 21-Army

Spc Myles Miller 27- Marion, IN • Spc. Myles Miller  27-Army

Spc. Matthew Turcotte 20- North Smithfield, RI • Spc. Matthew Turcotte 20-Army

Pvt John Martinez 19- Ft. Riley • Pvt. John Martinez 19-Army

Kari Mathis • Kari Mathis Army Mom and tireless supporter of MMN, military members, and veterans

E Tech 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith 22- Cherry Hill, NJ • E Tech 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith 22- Navy

Herbert Lockhart 74- East Liverpool, OH • Herbert Lockhart 74

army1 • Arthur “Bill” Craft

ct-logan-palmer-20170824 • ICE 3rd Class Logan S. Palmer 23- Navy

ET 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III 20- Killeen, TX • ET 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III 20- Navy

IST 2nd Class Corey G. Ingram 28- Poughkeepsie, NY• IST 2nd Class Corey G. Ingram 28- Navy

ET 3rd Class Dustin L. Doyon 26- Suffield, CT • ET 3rd Class Dustin L. Doyon 26- Navy

IST 2nd Class Timothy Eckels Jr. 23-Manchester, MO • IST 2nd Class Timothy Eckels Jr. 23- Navy

ET 2nd Class Jacob Drake 21- Cable, OH • ET 2nd Class Jacob Drake 21- Navy

ET 2nd Class Kevin S. Bushell 26- Gaithersburg, MD • ET 2nd Class Kevin S. Bushell 26- Navy

ICE 1st Class Abraham Lopez 39- ElPaso, TX • ICE 1st Class Abraham Lopez 39- Navy

ET 1st Class Charles Findley 31- Amazonia, MO • ET 1st Class Charles Findly 31- Navy

army1 • CWO2 Lamont Williams 38-Army

Sgt. Geoffrey Vonbosse 30 • Sgt. Geoffrey Vonbosse 30- Army

PFC Jordan White • PFC Jordan White – Army

vanbelzen • Joshua VanBelzen – Marine

Nicholas Taylor 22- Cincinnati, OH • Nicholas Taylor 22- Air Force

Amanda Rieckens • Amanda Rieckens

Kristen Ambury 28- Sunrise, FL • Kristen Ambury 28

Colton Puckett- Waterford, MA • Colton Puckett

Paul Lipp Jr. 90- Rogers, OH • Paul Lipp Jr. 90

September

Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez 31- Tucson, AZ • Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez 31- Army

army1 • Spc. Albred Carroll- Army

Command Sgt. Major Noel Foster 48- Washington State • Command Sgt. Major Noel Foster 48- Army

Staff Sgt. Garrett Swift 37- Ft. Riley, KS • Staff Sgt. Garrett Swift 37- Army

CharlesDuaineHamilton • Duain Hamilton 81

Saverio DeLaurentis 85- East Northpoint, NY • Saverio DeLaurentis 85

Air Force • Staff Sgt. Ivone Rios – Air Force

Staff Sgt. Sean Devoy 28- Army • Staff Sgt. Sean Devoy 28- Army

Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida 32- Army • Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida 32- Army

military-dog-tags-white-roses-pair-rose-bouquet-american-flag-73875539 • Mr. Leonard Gilliam

Robert Preston Hamilton 47- Blanket, TX • Robert Preston Hamilton 47

Jesse Bullock 37- Illinois • Jesse Bullock 37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating!!


MilitaryMamaNetwork hits three major milestones this month-

10k members on our main page, which puts total membership at 18,000

49/50 states represented in the network, along with 6 countries 

4 years old on June 24

Join us for a celebration on our Facebook group

Top 10 fun facts about MilitaryMamaNetwork

1. Geriann Hanley Wiesbrook founded MilitaryMamaNetwork in June, 2013
2. It all started when she was sending care packages to her son in the Army, then to others in her son’s unit who were in need.

3. The demand kept growing so on 9/11/13 she created a FB group with other Military Moms to help more military with even bigger problems.

4. It has now grown to a Non-Profit Organization with over 16,000 members in just 4 short years!!

5. The leadership team works tirelessly; Geriann works full time and receives NO financial compensation whatsoever.

6. 100 % of the the military/veteran/family recipient in need receives benefits at no cost to them. 

7. People can donate at will, OR, be a “Mission Sponsor” with any amount given on a monthly basis! See this website/donate tab for your next step. 

8. Your donation is tax deductible.  

9. Like to shop Amazon? You can choose MilitaryMamaNetwork as your “smile” charity and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Military Mama Network! We can even set up an “Amazon store” for you so a percentage of your purchases are donated that way too!

10. MilitaryMamaNetwork is filled with amazing women who arranged 20,000 cards to be sent to soldiers; helped the Marines when they got stranded in floods; helped a family bring their stillborn baby home for burial; arranged for a fallen veteran to be buried with dignity while taking care of the family; helped rehab a deployed Marine’s house when hit by hurricane, saved Christmas for 300+ Army children, and is definitely a network you should be involved with!