After 3 1/2 years of creating, nurturing and expanding the horizons of Blog Segullah, our fabulous editor, Maralise Peterson is handing her baby to new co-editors co-slaves, Leslie Graff and Michelle Lehnardt. Happily, Maralise will remain as Art Editor of the Segullah Journal and will remain an active participant in Blog Segullah(and you can always catch her at TheReluctantNomad).

Placing her own pursuits on hold, Maralise worked tirelessly with our blogmaster and techno genius, Johnna, to create this fabulous place to gather, learn and grow. And you– the Segullah community– also parented this baby into maturity.  Blog Segullah would be NOTHING without the thoughtful participation and comments of its readers. I believe Blog Segullah is the best place on the internet for intelligent, polite discussion of gospel and mothering topics. My motto for teaching Sunday School is “I provide an outline– the class provides the insights.” And Segullah is the same. Your comments, your experiences, enrich everyone who reads them.

Leslie and I plan very few changes to this well-run ship, but we do want to see a little more of YOU. If you like, please visit where you can upload a photo tied to your email address. When you comment with that email address your photo should pop right up. Please don’t feel any pressure to show your pretty face, you can also use a flower, a toy or any favorite object(mine features my face and my favorite toy). As always, we will continue to allow anonymous comments, but we believe the photos, the bits of recognition will help us connect with each other(especially if you have a common name like Michelle, Melissa, Jenny, Wendy, Sue etc.).

Thank you, thank you Maralise for your artful, creative and compassionate vision of Blog Segullah. We hope to make you proud.


  1. b.

    February 1, 2009

    Thank you, Maralise….I adore you!

  2. Shelah

    February 1, 2009

    I love this gravatar thing. I’m testing mine now.

    Maralise– You’ve done such a great job with the blog and really nurtured us as writers. Thank you!

  3. Tamlynn

    February 1, 2009

    I made a gravatar. Did it work? Congrats to the new people! I am fairly new to commenting here, but will be back often.

  4. Leslie

    February 1, 2009

    My sincere thanks to maralise and johnna for excellent work! Nothing like taking the reigns of a well trained and broken in horse!

  5. Michelle L.

    February 1, 2009

    The gravatar might take a few hours to show up Tamlynn– but that’s normal. Thanks for joining the fray!

  6. Jennie

    February 1, 2009

    Hey, I liked those quilty boxes!

  7. Annie

    February 1, 2009

    Kudos & thanks to Maralise and congrats to Michelle and Leslie–which sounds kind of like a “the queen is dead…love live the queen” sentiment 🙂

    Going right now to gravatar and so happy to see those beautiful faces with the names.

  8. Tamlynn

    February 1, 2009

    Thanks, Michelle L.

    Yes, a random post to see if my face shows up.

  9. Emily M.

    February 1, 2009

    Maralise, I am so grateful to you for running this blog. It’s what kept my interest in Segullah, what gave me a desire to write for it, and a sense of community with all of you amazing women. Pat yourself on the back and go eat some yummy Austrian chocolate. You’ve earned it.

    And Michelle and Leslie, I love you both–thank you for taking charge.

  10. Leisha

    February 2, 2009

    Thank you for creating such an incredible piece of work…I look forward to it’s continuing success!

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