About

Welcome to Real Hope. Real Life. We are so glad you are here!

You may be asking, “What do these women have in common? How do they know each other?”

First, we all have Christ in common! We have responded in faith to the truths of the Gospel and have joyfully surrendered our lives to the Lordship of Christ. We all go to the same church, The Orchard – Barrington. And we are all regular women with sometimes messy lives.

About Real Hope. Real Life.

We desire not only to share the messiness of our lives, but the hope that is available to us through the saving grace of Jesus. We want you to know that you are not alone in your struggles. There is much freedom and hope on the horizon for us, and it’s available for you, too.

It is an honor to share these stories of real hope through the good news of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) in our real life situations. You will notice that the focus of each woman’s story here is not on the story itself, but on the Gospel.

Laura Kleinschmidt, Content Manager

As Women’s Ministries Director of my church, The Orchard – Barrington, I have the privilege of hearing women share their stories. What impacts me most is seeing how God is changing and sustaining them through the Gospel. It is my delight and joy to share some of these stories with you. I pray you’ll be encouraged by the real hope of these real life women.

I am married to Dave and we have three awesome kids, which seems weird to say as one is technically an adult now! I love learning and am currently working on my Master’s in Counseling. Also, I love corn puffs (fake popcorn that has the texture of Styrofoam) and laughing while playing tennis.

Meredith Hodge, Editor

I am a freelance writer with a passion for bringing the hope of the Gospel to all who will listen. It is an honor to serve in the church and come alongside women in their suffering and painful circumstances. The Lord rescued me and brought me to him through my rebellion; now that I know the power of the saving grace of Jesus Christ in my own life, I can’t help but share it with you!

I have been happily married to my wonderful husband Matt for 10 years. I am a contributing writer with Unlocking the Bible, and write my blog about faith-led freedom and grace-filled growth. I am also a recipe developer for Field and Farm Co. and am passionate about plant-based living!