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Douglas County women are blogging about their lives as moms, wives, sisters, friends and women. Meet them. And follow their stories.

Brittany Arnold

Age: 20-something

Family: Husband, Chris; daughters, Audrey, 3, and baby, Evelyn

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom and wife, writer and editor for Douglas County Moms

About: From fashion shows, concerts, Smart phones, little black dresses, fine dining and everything else the city life offers to packaging hunted elk meat, shooting guns, casserole dishes, endless laundry and an SUV, join her on this journey from city shaker to green acres.

Brittany is the wife of a logging administrator and mother of two beautiful daughters. She dedicates herself to staying at home, but is also the Douglas County Moms editor, writes a monthly column, My ABC Soup, for The News-Review, is the publicity leader for Sutherlin's Mothers-of-Preschoolers (MOPS) and is active at her church and in the community. Her blog can be viewed at

Jayne Gautreau

Age: 30-something

Family: Husband, Sabin; sons, Ethan, 9, Micah, 7, and Zakiah, 1

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom; Sutherlin MOPS Coordinator

About: Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Jayne has lived in Douglas County since 2007. She met her husband at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago when she came over to study as an exchange student in 1998. They married in Northern Ireland in December 2000, but have made their home in the United States ever since.

Jayne is a tea-drinking, chocolate-loving mama, which helps her to “keep calm and carry on.” Being a mom has brought some challenges her way, but it is also shaping her into the person she was created to be, as she learns and grows along the way.

​Read her Tuesday's on Douglas County Moms.

Robbin A. Carollo

​Age: ​20-something

Family: Husband Dominic; daughters Ansley, 2, and Eddaline, 1; twin boys due in February

Occupation: Kid-corraller, reluctant housekeeper and sometimes blogger

About: Robbin is transplanted from Atlanta, Georgia, married to a native Oregonian who brought her to Roseburg to follow his career as an attorney. With two kids in two years and two more on the way, Robbin is just happy to know what’s going on most of the time. Her humor, friends and faith in God are what help her overcome the culture shock and sleep deprivation that have become the norms in her life. When she can find a minute, she blogs about her misadventures in the PNW and parenting on her blog, From Grits to Granola.

​Read her Wednesday's on Douglas County Moms.

Marla Smart

Age: 40-something

Family: Husband, Jerry; two daughters, 19 and 13; one son, 17

Occupation: Part-time children’s pastor; third grade teacher; full-time wife and mom

About: A local pastor’s wife, Marla Smart stays busy with her family of five and her church. She is a children’s pastor at her church, mentor mom for Winston’s Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), and a third grade teacher at UVCS, as well as mothering her three (now teenage) children and loving her amazing husband, Jerry.

Being a mom has challenged her since the very first day of her oldest daughter’s life. She lives by Michelangelo’s quote “Ancora Imparo,” or “I am still learning.” Check out her personal blog at

​Read Marla Thursday's on Douglas County Moms.

Jemelene Wilson

Age: 50-something

Occupation: Substitute Instructional Assistant, Roseburg School District

Family: Husband Russ; mom to Rachel, 21, Allison, 13, and mother-in-law to Lem, 24

About: She's a complicated girl who likes living a simple life. She married her FedEx man and moved to Oregon six months later. They are now in full-time ministry in a local church. Being a mom has been the joy of her life. As the mother of two daughters with one married and one in her teens, life is never dull. Her second child came through adoption bringing an unexpected education in the field of medicine and special needs children. Her faith in God is what gives her stability but mostly joy, peace and the ability to love. She is passionate about relationships. Her belief that love is always the right answer comes out in her writings and she strives for it to come out in her life. Filled with thousands of stories overflowing with hope. She feels privileged to write here and her own little corner of the blogosphere called Finding Hope.

​Read Jemelene Friday's on Douglas County Moms.

Tresta Payne

Age: 30-something

Family: Husband, Tim; stepson Derek; sons Jacob and Ethan; daughters Bailey and Shelby

Occupation: Household manager and homeschooling mom

About: As a bit of an introvert, Tresta sometimes writes more words than she speaks. She laughs at her own jokes, runs for fun and sanity, loves a good pun and longs to know Jesus better. She puts thoughts together at, writing about living an imperfect life while homeschooling four kids, helping her husband and scraping up every bit of grace available.

Read Tresta Saturday's on Douglas County Moms

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