Live Oaks of Midland | Kim Reinhardt

Summer break is here!  It is the moment all of our kids have been waiting for and we are so excited for slower mornings, more time at the lake... bike rides, fun, rest & exploration.  We, however, didn't want to miss an opportunity to pause and say thank you to those that have invested in our kids all year long.  Teachers, thank you for your constant patience, your passion to nurture, equip, challenge and inspire the next generation.  We see your hard work and applaud your achievements.  Because I have Teacher Appreciation on the brain, for this month's Live Oak Spotlight, I have chosen to feature an innovative & passionate teacher, Kim Reinhardt.

Kim has not only been a significant teacher in our lives personally... she makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of students every day.  I am forever grateful for the impact she has had on us and am inspired by her heart & ambition.  One of the interesting things that sticks out to me is how she has arranged her classroom like a coffeehouse!  She was the blessed recipient of Journey's extra furniture when they closed their downtown location.  I was very curious about how the new set up has positively impacted the tone and learning experience for her students and was excited to hear her say she has seen a considerable improvement in the student's ability to collaborate.  The classroom's "coffeehouse setting" fosters an atmosphere of community and encourages the students to work with one another more comfortably.

Name: Kim Reinhardt
Occupation: Teacher

Family: Mom to Isaac & Clarissa

How many years in Midland: Since I was 4 years old... I attended Chestnut Hill, Northeast, & Midland High

Educational background: Graceland University, 22 years of teaching Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Community Involvement: Lifelong teacher & Board of Directors at the Nature Center

Personal Testimony: I have lived a blessed life... I have come out of a divorce happier & stronger and have become a better mother.

Favorite Quote: “

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

Amelia Earhart

Personal Philosophy: Take the negative and make something good out of it.  There is always a silver lining.  We get to choose good over bitterness.  When things are good, remember to be thankful... 

Be open-minded, look for the good in everyone.

Where do you get your grounding?  Family... my parents are solid, faith-filled and a steady & constant in my life.  My kids... my job... it gives me perspective.

What are your most treasured connections? My family & friends.  My sister is my best friend... she is my number one cheer leader & supporter.

What are your dreams? To be financially free... to raise happy children who are good people & passionate about what they do.  I want my kids to be comfortable with themselves and to have good friendships.  Teaching is my dream.  It is literally what I have always wanted to do.  It isn't only what I do... it is who I am.  It allows me to be creative and to make a difference by investing in our kids, our future.

What are you passionate about? Teaching!  I am living the dream!  Giving kids a solid sense of self in a very pivotal year sets them up to live to their fullest potential.  Kids need the opportunity to explore what they want to learn.  My goal is to expose students to many different ideas or solution and let them figure out what works best for them.

What breaks your heart? Injustice drives me crazy, the divisiveness in our society.  Not being able to be who you are and feel safe.

How have the winds of life strengthened you?  The birth of my children changed me from no longer putting myself first.  The responsibility of nurturing these little people to grow into decent adults is a huge responsibility.  My priorities were shifted and redefined and my love multiplied. 

My divorce was another season of challenge & reflection.  I have always had a strong sense of self, but by the end of my marriage I was so discontent.  I had to reflect on what was in me and define more clearly who I would want to be with and I have learned that I can be happy by myself.

How do you want to change or improve Midland? I want Midland to become a great place and expand to become a haven for all families and all people.  And I desire more respect, trust & support of public education.

Thank you for your authenticity and vulnerability in sharing with us Kim.  At the end of the day, "we all live at the same address" (a favorite quote of mine by Joel Stocker)  Thank you for how you have served our community and our families.  Let's continue to make Midland a great place... one act of kindness at a time.



-Written with love,  Renee' Deckrow

Live Oaks of Midland

Hi Friends! We have been working on a little project for the past almost 100 days of Live Oak :)
We have been interviewing the people of Midland. Living Oaks of Midland... people who are investing their lives in walking with others on their journey toward living a full life. May is Mental Health Month... it is a matter that weighs heavily on my heart and I am so grateful for anyone and everyone in the movement to help shine a light on it and walk with others into freedom. Molly is a friend and a compassionate advocate for every individual who feels alone, stuck, discouraged, lost and afraid.... Here is our coffee talk, may it encourage and inspire you. And if you need help in this area, there is no shame... get help. Talk to someone. Don't go this alone... we were made for community.


Name: Molly Sowels MA LPC, Clinical Therapist
Occupation: Clinical Therapist

Family: Wife to Matt, mother to Hannah, Colton, and Carter. Nana to Ava.

How many years in Midland: Lifetime Midland resident, her grandma was a cheerleader for MHS :)

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Michigan State University, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Central Michigan University. Formally trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children.

Community Involvement: Social Worker for Royal Family Kids Camp and for Royal Family Kids Club of Mid Michigan,

Personal Testimony: Seeing the miracle of God’s provision over and over in my life and seeing the fruit of the Scripture that says “God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes in Christ Jesus”.

Personal Philosophy: I purpose to love all people, kind or not kind, broken or not. Contrary to popular belief, as a therapist it isn’t my job to fix people. My job is to come alongside clients in the therapy process and walk with them through the discomfort, pain, or anguish as they reach growth and healing. It truly is an honor to listen to my clients’ personal stories and be invited into their world.

Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:26 the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us

Favorite Quote: “To love at all is to be vulnerable” C.S. Lewis

Pruning Moments: God used many relationships that didn’t bear fruit to become part of my sanctification. He has taught me to discern His voice from mine. I am learning to better quiet myself and quiet my mind before Him. Learning to distinguish between facts and feelings has helped me to gain strength and centering.

Where do you get your grounding? I am an extrovert! From relationships, connections with people; most of all God, He is my anchor. Good self-care and healthy boundaries are imperative for my well-being.

What are your most treasured connections? My family.

What are your dreams? To be the best wife and mom I can, and to nurture and help others. I would love to own a Bed and Breakfast one day, my husband and I are adventurers and enjoy visiting different B&Bs as we travel.

What are you passionate about? Caring for others.

What breaks your heart? Loneliness, I want people to know that they are not alone.

How do you want to change or improve Midland? My hope is to help strengthen relationships, strengthen families in this community. The family unit is such a precious gift, I have a heart to help parents and children connect, support, and love each other in a way that they leave a legacy for future generations.

How have the winds of life strengthened you? I believe people have one of two different perceptions about the wind: I can see it as something that will blow me over, something that is destructive or even scary. Or, I can perceive the wind as something that is meant to strengthen me, something that will cause me to be more resilient, more flexible, more rooted in the things that matter in life. And so it is with therapy. We can choose to perceive things in a helpful or unhelpful manner, it is our choice.


-Written with love,  Renee' Deckrow

Live Oak Barista Positions Available

We're Expanding our Team!

We are so excited about the future of Live Oak Coffeehouse and all that is going on at Ashman Plaza!  We opened our doors January 31st and we're astounded by the response from our wonderful community! Now that we're getting settled and opening our drive-thru, we're going to begin expanding our team. We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic baristas with a commitment to service to join our Live Oak Coffeehouse team.

Are you a bright, enthusiastic, self-motivated, service-oriented team player who likes coffee and loves people?  If so we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Baristas Wanted:

As a Barista at Live Oak Coffeehouse, you are the first point of contact for our customers.  A Barista should be able to process orders promptly and efficiently while providing excellent customer service with a positive attitude. We want to ensure that our customers are provided the best possible experience, and return frequently, ensuring the success of our business. Baristas are responsible for educating customers about our drinks and working with co-workers to ensure the operations of the coffeehouse are smooth and profitable.

Our passionate Live Oak Baristas will have attributes such as:

  • 2-3 years Barista experience (not required, but preferred)
  • The ability to quickly and proficiently process customer orders and retail items on a POS register system, operate and use equipment necessary for store operation
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, guests and management
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multi-task
  • Work varied hours and days based on business needs, and potentially work weekly special events
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings and holidays as needed
  • Work successfully as part of a team under pressure and maintain positive morale and a professional attitude
  • Job will require occasional lifting of up to 40 lbs and the ability to stand for long periods of time, as well as frequent and continual flexing and rotating of wrists and spine


Are you up for a challenge?  Would you love to be a part of an awesome and growing team?  Do you love taking things to the next level?  If so, we want to hear from you.  This is what we need from you. Deadline is February 28th!

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to

  • Submit a 30 second video explaining why you would be an excellent candidate and perfect addition to the Live Oak Coffeehouse Team

  • Be willing to go through multiple interviews and on-the-job screening

We look forward to hearing from you!