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Mom Struggling Well

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Dec 11, 2017

Alison Stooksbury lives in Knoxville, TN and is a stay-at-home mom to two. Her husband Brandon builds houses and at the time of this interview, he was over a year into building their dream house - by himself. 

Find out more about my visit to Glamour Shots and see some of my favorite shots from our family photo session now at GlamourShots.com.

What we chat about:

  • How her husband working on their dream home affected their marriage and what they've done to stay connected
  • Struggling through the adjustment of becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom
  • Battling the lies that can pull her into depression
  • How God has worked in her life as she has become increasingly honest with Him
  • A practical way she's made reading the Bible a priority in her life

Links mentioned:

YouVersion Bible App
Yeti Rambler
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

Where to find Alison:

instagram // twitter

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Dec 6, 2017

More great examples from John the Baptist about what to do when we are not chosen.  Way to go, John!

Dec 4, 2017

Christine Caine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded lover of Jesus. She's an activist, author and international speaker with an incredible ability to speak hard truths in a disarming way. In a culture that is compromising in all directions, Christine stands firm and powerfully proclaims the Gospel in word and in deed.

What we chat about:

  • Her new devotional, Unshakeable
  • Her work with A21, an anti-human trafficking organization
  • Christine's intensely broken backstory
  • Strategies for opening doors to minister
  • The truth about the hard road to recovery
  • A practical solution for moms overwhelmed with their kid's sports schedules
  • Non-negotiable connecting points with her family
  • Being selective about the things we allow into our brains 

Links mentioned:

A21
Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word

Where to find Christine:

website // facebook // twitter // youtube // instagram // pinterest

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Nov 29, 2017

In this short little segment I start going through the beginning of the book of John.  It would be great if you could read the short passage before you start.  Hope you love it!

Nov 27, 2017

Kate works with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the Cook Islands alongside her husband and 3 children. She is a mom on mission, training young adults to share the gospel as well as having her own unique mission field (her children). Kate is passionate about knowing God and pointing her children toward Him. She also encourages other moms to do the same on her blog missionmumma.com.

What we chat about:

  • Communicating your specific needs and concerns to your husband
  • Keeping expectations realistic when working with your spouse
  • How constant reassessment helps make sure your family remains your top priority
  • The value of consistently praying and reading the Bible with your children
  • Creating a prayer journal for your kids
  • The struggle of disciplining a child who is your mini-me
  • Staying present with a transition ahead

Links mentioned:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
Grammarly

Where to find Kate:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest

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Nov 22, 2017

In this riveting episode Rebecca and I start off by sharing what we've been up to lately.  I shared a little about my experience at Revelation Wellness Instructor Training and how I recently went to Glamour Shots with my family for family portraits.  

Rebecca shared that she's been struggling with being a homeschool mom and me and everyone else on the live Instagram video gave our hearty agreement that being a mom of any kind can be a stinking beating at points.

So here are our favorite things for this year:

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Revelation Wellness Instructor Training

Glamour Shots

Write the Word Journals

Powersheets 

Lidded Jar Container Candle 

Trader Joes Cedar Balsam Candle

Mercy Candle Company 

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible Large Print 

A Gracious Space: Fall: Daily Reflections to Sustain Your Homeschooling Commitment (Volume 1)

New Morning Mercies

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Teleties

Rad Joy "Quiet Time" Box

Armed with Truth Temporary Scripture Tattoos 

Qalo Men's Functional Silicone Wedding Rings, Athletics Collection

Montessori Toys

@thehomeedit instagram account 

Seinfeld Documentary

Long Story Short

Old Story New

Sticky Situations

Instant Pot

Macarons

Nov 20, 2017

KariAnne writes the decorating and lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her vintage farmhouse in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She followed God's call for her heart and jumped with her family from the busy Dallas metroplex to the middle of the country where she lives with her husband and four children.  If you turn down the winding country road to KariAnne's farmhouse you might find her painting mismatched chairs, listening to the music of the crickets singing in the pasture, singing scripture or walking hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining-armor husband as the sun sets over the river. She loves sweet tea with lime, thunderstorms, good books, milk glass, yard sales and she is an imperfect DIYer saved by grace.

What we chat about:

  • Technology and teens
  • The relationship with teens and their siblings
  • The challenge of setting rules for kids at different ages
  • Giving consequences that fit the crime
  • Learning to speak "teenager"
  • Modeling the behavior you want to see in your kids
  • The story behind KariAnne's new book

Links mentioned:

So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection

Parenting with Love and Logic

Where to find KariAnne:

website // facebook // instagram // twitter // pinterest

Episode Sponsors:

Queen Bee Market 

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Nov 13, 2017

Deana is a wife and mama with a heart for helping women stay anchored in God's Word. She is the founder of Anchored Press and the creator of the Anchored Press Devotional Planner. Her heart's mission is to help you make time for God daily so you reap all He has planned for you. When she's not pouring into her family, friends or Anchored Press, you will likely find her at the beach soaking in God's creation.

Anchored Press gave me a special code to share with you that gives you a free Quiet Time Journal when you order your 2018 Devotional Planner before December 1st.

Enter code STRUGGLINGWELL at checkout and be sure to put a Quiet Time Journal AND a 2018 Planner in your cart to redeem the offer.
 

What we chat about:

  • Deep things Deana has learned in seasons of waiting
  • The story behind Anchored Press
  • A time Deana prayed a huge prayer and watched God do the impossible
  • How Deana quiets herself enough to hear from God
  • The importance of finding a group that can support and encourage you

Links mentioned:

Inspired Retreat
Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence
Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
Revelation Wellness Podcast

Where to find Deana:

website // facebook // instagram // twitter // pinterest 

Episode Sponsors: 

Queen Bee Market 

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Nov 6, 2017

Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books including Own Your Life,The Lifegiving Home and Desperate with her daughter Sarah, and most recently, Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through conferences, resources, and books with Whole Heart Ministries. She has also advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents.

What we chat about:

  • How to build a Biblical family culture
  • Simple ways to encourage others 
  • Understanding the different seasons of motherhood
  • How to best love your difficult child
  • The ways your children benefit when you find grace for yourself
  • Starting conversations around the table
  • Making your home the "it" place to be for your kid's friends
  • Thrifty ways to make your house feel like a home

 

Links mentioned:

The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him

Where to find Sally:

website // podcast // facebook // instagram // twitter // youtube // pinterest

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Oct 30, 2017

September McCarthy is the Founder and Hostess of the non-profit, Raising Generations Today; an author; wife to her "builder" and the mother of ten children.  Although as a parent she considers her primary responsibility to raise kingdom builders and world changers, as an individual God has called her "to encourage all women to be brave and to embrace the gifts that God has placed upon them to hand the torch of the Gospel to their family and those around them."

What we chat about:

  • What sparked her to start Raising Generations Today
  • The crux of motherhood - catch and release
  • Championing other mothers
  • The importance of filling your cup before it's empty
  • Recognizing your focus and determining if it matches your vision for motherhood
  • Understanding your children's love languages
  • Exposing your kids to your weaknesses
  • The differences in being purposeful and being consumed
  • Rules for communication during family meetings
  • How to struggle well with your kids when they refuse to listen

Links mentioned:

Why Motherhood Matters: An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting
{Why} Motherhood Matters Journal: Taking The Steps

Where to find September:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram // pinterest

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Oct 27, 2017

In this episode I discovered something I liked on Instagram and Rebecca let me know it's been around for ages.  We talked about whether or not we feel like devil raves are good events for our children to attend.  I insulted dresses she likes on accident and she took a firm stand against people trying to bully her into taking an oily journey. 

Oct 23, 2017

Lara Casey is a believer in the “impossible,” helping women to live on purpose through the many hats she wears in her parent company, Lara Casey Media. She founded Southern Weddings magazine a decade ago and is the CEO of Cultivate What Matters. Lara is also the founder of the Making Things Happen movement, a nationally-acclaimed workshop that has been sold out for the last eight years and has toured over 40 cities. Lara frequently speaks on goal-setting, faith, mission-centered business, and is the creator of the PowerSheets Goal Planner. As if all that wasn't enough, Lara is also an author, wife, and mother of three.

What we chat about:

  • Finding worth, not in accomplishments, but in your identity in Christ
  • Practical ways to slow down and take a step back
  • Setting goals that truly matter
  • How tending an orchid became a symbol of revival in Lara's life
  • Cultivated dreaming and what you can do today to start accomplishing your goals
  • Setting goals seasonally and celebrating progress
  • Getting unstuck by acknowledging where you are
  • Using your love languages to stay connected with your spouse 

Links mentioned:

Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life
What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

Where to find Lara:

website //  facebook // instagram //  pinterest // twitter

Episode Sponsors:

Free Day Popcorn
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Oct 16, 2017

Elizabeth Quintal spent over a decade working with homeless children before making the decision to stay at home full time with her "cheeky" son, to keep writing and styling on her blog Cheeky Days, and to start a subscription box business called Outside The Box.  Outside The Box is a subscription box by a family for families inspiring connection, creativity and community. Elizabeth's goal is to provide families a simple and meaningful way to give back to the community by delivering a curated box every month with a new theme always focused on sharing the value of dreaming big and giving back.

Get 20% off any Outside the Box purchase using the coupon code: Mom Struggling Well

What we chat about:

  • Elizabeth's (then) upcoming move to Madrid and the motivation behind her life-altering decision
  • How working with homeless families taught her to love, show compassion, and stop judging others
  • The life-changing power of treating all people with love and understanding,regardless of status
  • Balancing truth and grace
  • Avoiding being overwhelmed through hope and faith
  • How Elizabeth's passion for teaching kids kindness, empathy, diversity and building community inspired her business
  • The importance of having hard, honest conversations with our children
  • Putting an emphasis on teaching empathy and community rather than allowing society to fill in the blanks

Links mentioned:

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Where to find Elizabeth:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest // twitter

Episode Sponsor: Rebecca Renfrow & Anchored Press

You can thrive as a business owner and as a mom, merging the two God given roles with grace and ease.

Struggling with self doubt and fear?  And guilt? Rebecca's job is to help you get out of the rut you are in and move forward in your business, while thriving as a mom. You can do this. I can't wait to help you reach your goals, grow a business you are proud of, make more money, and LIVE YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE as a mom and an entrepreneur! Because you CAN do both...well! Head to rebeccarenfrow.com to sign up for your coaching package!

Anchored Press is a Christian planner that keeps you focused on God as you organize your day.

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Oct 9, 2017

Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter with numerous #1 and top 10 singles to her credit and cumulative album sales of over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist Of The Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards. Nichole is also a single mother who recently publish the book Slow Down that encourages moms to celebrate the every day moments of motherhood. 

What we chat about:

  • How Nichole tackles being an extreme introvert who lives in the spotlight
  • The story behind her song "Slow Down" and its very personal music video
  • Coping with life when you find yourself somewhere you never planned on being
  • The perception of working moms vs. stay at home moms
  • The shame of divorce, especially within the church
  • The importance of connecting with women in different phases of their journey
  • Struggling to let go of people pleasing
  • How restoration often doesn't look the way we think it should
  • Becoming comfortable with not having all the answers
  • Tips on how to make awkward conversations with your teens less intimidating
  • Equating exhaustion with being a good parent and self care

Links mentioned:

Slow Down (book)
Slow Down (song)
What the Health?

Where to find Nichole:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram

Episode Sponsor: Anchored PressDaily Harvest

Anchored Press is a Christian planner that keeps you focused on God as you organize your day.

It's got everything you need for your time with God, keeping track of which meals your kids actually will eat and what's happening in your schedule this week.  Try them out if you haven't already.  You'll love your planner! 

Daily Harvest is on a mission to make fresh, organic ingredients in innovative forms accessible and convenient to everyone in America.

By tapping into a new kind of frozen technology, they're able to offer customers what they like to think is an invaluable ‘life hack’ ready in 30 seconds, saving you time, stress and money - and it’s all without having to feel like you are trading anything out. 
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Oct 2, 2017

Melanie Shankle is a public speaker and the author of three New York Times bestselling books - Sparkly Green EarringsThe Antelope in the Living Room, and Nobody’s Cuter Than You. Her new book, Church of the Small Things, released on October 3, 2017. Formerly a pharmaceutical sales rep, Melanie started The Big Mama Blog in July 2006 and is the co-host of The Big Boo Cast with fellow author/speaker Sophie Hudson.

What we chat about:

  • Dealing with the perception of having one child
  • Finding contentment in small moments
  • Being consistent with who we are in front of our kids and with our outside lives
  • How spreading ourselves too thin affects our family
  •  Navigating the emotions of a teenage daughter
  • Trusting your teen
  • Thoughts on when to give your child a cell phone
  • The basics of football - clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose

Where to find Melanie:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram // podcast

Episode Sponsor: Preluvi // Code: MSW

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Sep 26, 2017

We may have accidentally solved real friendship problems this month! We also cover the history of friendship, Rebecca talked about a public naked experience she had yesterday and we even talked about conflict we have had. AND we sang several times.

Sep 25, 2017

Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a licensed clinical psychologist and prolific writer. He began writing in 2012 via his blog, UnTangled and recently published his first full-length book, Loveable. Kelly is often known for a blog posts he wrote as letters to his daughters about their true worth. He currently works at Artisan Clinical Associates with a wide range of individuals in various treatment contexts.

What we chat about:

  • The definition of loveable
  • The shame cycle
  • Two necessary steps to finding your purpose
  • Seeking worth through relationships and accomplishments
  • How to respond to our children's bad choices that will help them grow
  • The beauty of being ordinary
  • Preparing for your inciting incident
  • The importance of setting boundries

Links mentioned:

Loveable: Embracing What Is Truest About You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life

Where to find Kelly:

website // twitter // facebook // pinterest

Episode Sponsors: Anchored Press & Hello Fresh

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Sep 18, 2017

Dana Jones is a wife and mother of two who is living her dream by using her talent as an artist to create encouraging hand-painted signs. Over the past fourteen years, Dana's signs have evolved, using different kinds of materials and color palettes, as well as layouts and design concepts. She paints what's going on inside her heart, which she says is often inspired by music, encouragement, and God's grace story in her own life. 

What we chat about:

  • How she's encouraging women to embrace their "okayness"
  • Two things that can heal your marriage - trust in God and willingness to grow
  • The realization that God can make a redemption story for you, regardless of your spouse
  • Creating a space that allows failure and forgiveness
  • The power of helping your child find their passion and the importance of finding your own passion outside of your family
  • Advice about encouraging a positive self-image to our daughters

Where to find Dana:

website // instagram // facebook // pinterest

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Sep 11, 2017

Sara Hagerty is a wife, mother and writer - in that order. Like many of us, she grew up dreaming of being a mom. But after having her heart broken again and again by negative pregnancy tests, she accepted that God's path for her life didn't look much like what she had envisioned. Sara and her husband are now the adoptive parents of four African children, as well as two biological children. Her journey has lead her not only to the family God has designed for her, but into a closer relationship with Him and a search to see herself through His eyes.

What we chat about:

  • How social media feeds into our innate need to be seen and validated
  • Finding value in the mundane moments of your life
  • The importance of being vulnerable with God
  • What God truly thinks about us and why we have such a hard time believing it
  • Using brokenness as an antidote to shame
  • Practical ways to create margin time with your family

Links mentioned:

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things
Baron Fig - Confidant
Book Darts

Where to find Sara:

website // twitter // facebook // instagram // pinterest

Episode Sponsor: New Eve Jewelry

New Eve Jewelry got its name from Eve in the Bible – God’s first woman. She gets a bad rap, but the truth is that God redeemed her, sending Jesus to bear the punishment for her rebellion. From the moment Eve ran back to God, He made her new. Each piece of New Eve Jewelry, handcrafted with repurposed materials and semiprecious gemstones, serves as a reminder of this. No matter what we’ve done or what our circumstances look like, rich new life can always be found in Jesus.

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Sep 4, 2017

Meet Erin:

You may know Erin Odom as The Humbled Homemaker; an author, wife and mother of four who runs a blog sharing the moniker. And while it may look like she has it all together, she openly admits that she too struggles to find time to effectively care for her family, spend time with the Lord and run a full-time business. In the episode, she shares her story of how God used her writing talents to help pull her family out of a very challenging time and what she learned about herself in the process.

What we chat about:

  • Keeping faith in your calling, even if you're told it's impossible
  • How being bombarded with trials lead Erin to a closer relationship with and deeper trust in Christ
  • The importance of identifying an income problem verses a spending problem
  • Three ways to help you identify your passion and better understand yourself
  • How living with less can provide you with better contentment
  • Steps on maintaining a thankful mindset, regardless of your status

Links mentioned:

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated
16Personalities.com
StrenghtsFinder.com
Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day
Better Life Bag

Where to find Erin:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest

Episode Sponsor: Preluvi

Preluvi is a family owned, holistic skin care company. Their mission is to provide the whole family with safe, toxic-free skin care products that actually nourish your skin. Co-created by a nutritionist, they believe if it's not pure enough to eat, it shouldn't be going on your skin. With that in mind, they have crafted an incredible line of body butters, face butters, lip balms, and soaps. Use coupon code MSW for free shipping on all orders of $15 or more!

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Aug 28, 2017

Lee Blum is an author and Mental Health Practitioner whose story has become a testimony of how God can use the ugliest parts of your life and turn them into something beautiful. For much of her youth, Lee lived with deep depression and a life-threatening eating disorder. After being hospitalized, and by God’s grace, she made the decision to begin the brave journey to choose a different life - not a perfect life, but one defined by bravery, strength and brokenness. 

What we chat about:

  • Accepting that God's plan for our lives is likely different than our own
  • Understanding the factors that can lead to eating disorders
  • A healthier way of speaking about food to our children
  • Building community through transparency
  • The struggle to see ourselves through God's eyes 

Links mentioned:

Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder
Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You
Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Compared to Who?: A Proven Path to Improve Your Body Image

Where to find Lee:

website // facebook // twitter

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Aug 25, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Nehemiah. He had a really cushy life and no major problems that we know about.  He had a heart for others which is the reason we know about him today.  Lots to learn from this guy and I outlined my favorites in this mini-episode today. 

Honestly, posting just ME talking is scary. It's scary because I feel like my words alone don't matter. That you only listen to hear my guests. I feel like I need to apologize for it or tell you it's short so you'll consider tuning in.

I don't tell you all that so you'll encourage me. I tell you so it will encourage YOU. You might not think you have enough of an influence where you are to make even the tiniest difference and because of that, you never try. Listen sisters, I have a nationally ranked podcast and I STILL don't think my voice matters. The same liar talks to both of us. And if we give him the time of day, he can be pretty convincing!

I read some things in Nehemiah this morning and felt prompted to share them with you. So I stepped out and did a weird thing. I hope it encourages you in your own weirdness!

Aug 21, 2017

Megan is a wife, mother of two young boys, and a self-taught metalsmith and jewelry designer of 15 years. Her passion for creating lead her to become the owner and maker behind New Eve Jewelry in 2012. But there's more behind this company than beautiful hand-made pieces - Megan is using her talents to benefit the needy and send a message of hope to her clients. Each piece of New Eve Jewelry, handcrafted with repurposed materials and semiprecious gemstones, serves as a reminder of God's ability and desire to restore us. 

What we chat about:

  • How God can be good and bad things can still happen
  • God's power to restore us and make us into something beautiful
  • The importance of not minimizing our own experiences
  • Recognizing and addressing childhood depression
  • Practical ways to battle the lies in our own minds
  • Goat yoga (Yes, that's a real thing.)

Links mentioned:

Elegantees

The Girl on the Train

LeVar Burton Reads

Beautiful & Beloved

Where to find Megan:

website // instagram // facebook

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Aug 13, 2017

Stacey is a wife and proud girl mom who began blogging after choosing to be open-handed with her story - one that includes a child with a chronic illness and a husband who is still recovering from a life-threatening cardiac event. Self-described as "a believer and writer who loves God’s Word and connecting with women," Stacey has written several books and hundreds of blog posts to encourage other weary moms with the message that God never wastes our pain; He is always working for our good.

What we chat about:

  • What lead Stacey to stop hiding behind the "veil of fine" and start being transparent
  • Finding hope by letting go of control
  • How living in the moment helps prepare us for a marathon of struggles
  • The importance of allowing ourselves the time and space to heal
  • Speaking honestly with our children about life-altering events
  • Changing the "why me?" perspective
  • Blessing others by sharing your story while still in progress

Links mentioned:

Fresh Out of Amazing: Opening Your Heart to God's Unexpected Invitation
Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess
Lark Rise to Candleford
Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death

Where to find Stacey:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

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Aug 12, 2017

So this week Problem Solved got a song written about it!  It is based on some of the shenanigans that have happened on this segment of the show.  Songfinch (see below) incorporated parts of tons of details I gave them about the things Rebecca and I have discussed on the show and a very talented musician crafted an original song!  I spring it on Rebecca and record what happened so enjoy that!

Also- we recorded this while live streaming on Instagram so we periodically stop and read questions from people who are watching.  Just incase you're wondering why we keep interrupting ourselves with random questions.

Most of us are heading back into the daily grind of the new school year. I personally am thrilled.I messed up the time zones (again) and almost didn't get this recorded.  But we persevered and made it through that hurdle.  Rebecca's kids are going to do a hybrid homeschool situation (because she wants to be like me) but she didn't know you couldn't put nut products in school lunches and she doesn't know if they school requires a uniform.  Rebecca has some things to sort out before school starts.

Rebecca has broken up with her grocery delivery company and gives us the dirt on that situation. I reveal that I am working with a detective to uncover the criminal child who draw a Harry Potter lighting scar on my new kitchen eating area.  I also reported my favorite crayon color.  I know.  Exciting.

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