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Mom Struggling Well

Motherhood is hard. And amazing. And can make you burst with joy and frustration all at once. Join me each week as I dig deep with various guests to ask how they moved from just struggling to struggling WELL.
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Jul 30, 2017

Leslie Barry is my friend in real life.  She is high-energy and very passionate about people.  She is also refreshingly authentic and has such a tender heart.  I have learned a lot from her example and I wanted you to hear from her as well! 

What we chat about:

  • Adjusting to married life and striking a balance in the home
  • How communicating with her spouse lead to a fantastic 40th birthday surprise
  • Why Leslie says turning 40 gave her a new lease on life
  • The exploration of finding out who you are and importance of knowing yourself
  • The struggle and reward of being obedient to God
  • How to cultivate contentment in your life
  • The steps Leslie has taken to get past her people pleasing tendencies
  • The healthy side of comparing yourself to others

Links mentioned:

So Long Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore
StrengthsFinder.com
Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good? by Gary Thomas
Noosa Yoghurt
I'm Happy for You (Sort of... Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison by Kay Wyma
The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

 

Episode Sponsor: JellyTelly

Did you know today our kids are consuming more media than ever before? On average more than 5 hours a day!  For most kids, this means watching shows where God doesn’t even show up in them at all! As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus!  Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly. Head over to jellytelly.com and use coupon code MSW for a free week and a coloring book download!

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Jul 22, 2017

Elizabeth considers herself "a poster child for children from divorced families." Experiencing divorce at three different ages and stages while growing up, she regularly witnessed marital strife that came from addiction, abuse, abandonment, and general dysfunction. Now a mother of five (three biological, one adopted, and one foster child), Elizabeth has made it her life mission to mend the broken branches of her own family tree through God's redemption, while equipping and encouraging other mothers in the areas of marriage, foster care, and faith.

What we chat about:

  • Some unique challenges of raising foster or adopted children
  • Creative ways to deal with tattling kids
  • The story of how Elizabeth's mother's three divorces at various stages in life affected her
  • Managing motherhood as a natural overachiever
  • Creating a mission statement to help evaluate the best places to focus your energy
  • Advice for those considering becoming a foster parent
  • How her new book, Mending Broken Branches (releasing October 24, 2017), equips and encourages women born into dysfunctional families who want something different for their own families 

Links mentioned:

Mending Broken Branches: When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

L'Oreal Voluminous Original

Where to find Elizabeth:

website // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest

Episode Sponsor: JellyTelly

Did you know today our kids are consuming more media than ever before? - On average more than 5 hours a day!  For most kids, this means watching shows where God doesn’t even show up in them at all! As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus! Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly. Head over to jellytelly.com and use coupon code MSW for a free week and a coloring book download!

Support the show:

Shop

Amazon Affiliate Link

Share the Struggle!

Find me on Instagram or Facebook because I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this episode!  If you've been encouraged by the show, please share it with another mom.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!

Jul 15, 2017

The biggest fear for any parent is the death of a child. Tragically, Amy has experienced this twice, first with her son Simon in May of 2014, then again in November 2014 with her son Thomas. Now, Amy is using her experience to help other moms who are struggling with the loss of their babies during pregnancy or infancy through the You Made Me Mom support group. She is also the mother of three earthly children - Teddy, Peter, and her fifth child, due this fall.

What we chat about:

  • How to graciously respond to awkward questions from well-meaning strangers
  • Amy's emotional story about the passing of her second son, Simon Adam, who was diagnosed with full Trisomy 13; as well as her third son, Thomas Job, who passed after 13-weeks gestation
  • Ways to feel connected to your heavenly child
  • The You Made Me Mom support group that Amy created to help other bereaved mothers
  • How losing two children affected Amy's relationship with God and her husband, Adam
  • Options available to mom's who are facing the birth of a child with a life-limiting diagnosis

Links mentioned:

I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

You Made Me Mom Facebook Group

Where to find Amy:

website // blog

Episode Sponsor: JellyTelly

Did you know today our kids are consuming more media than ever before? - On average more than 5 hours a day!  For most kids, this means watching shows where God doesn’t even show up in them at all! As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus!  Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly. Head over to jellytelly.com and use coupon code MSW for a free week and a coloring book download!

Support the show:

Shop

Amazon Affiliate Link

Share the Struggle!

Find me on Instagram or Facebook because I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this episode!  If you've been encouraged by the show, please share it with another mom.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!

Jul 14, 2017

We are so glad you're tuning into this episode.  These will be moments well-spent as we cover armadillo safety, how Rebecca thinks she's scored more points with God than I have, and how woefully behind I am when it comes to pop-culture and social media.  We also delve into some ways to survive summer with your kids, the top 10 summer vacation destinations in the world and random other summer facts that you need to know to be a contributing member of society.

Episode Sponsor:

Persimmon Prints

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Find me on Instagram or Facebook because I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this episode!  If you've been encouraged by the show, please share it with another mom.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!



 

Jul 8, 2017

Mandy never saw herself as a designer, but when a homemade t-shirt started getting attention from friends, it became clear that God had other plans for her. She now operates Milk and Honey Tees, a home-based business that creates stylish, comfortable tees with meaningful messages. A portion of every Milk and Honey Tees sale supports Africa New Life's Dream Beauty Academy - a program that offers job training, childcare, and discipleship to vulnerable women in Rwanda.

What we chat about:

  • How an accidental business turned into a purposeful ministry
  • The struggles and joys of working for yourself
  • The difference between guilt and conviction
  • Ways to cut down on the noise in your household
  • Embracing life as a boy mom

Links mentioned:

Africa New Life's Dream Beauty Academy

Tan Towels 

New Morning Mercies Devotional

Where to find Mandy:

website // instagram

Episode Sponsor: Jelly Telly

Support the show:

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Share the Struggle!

Find me on Instagram or Facebook because I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this episode!  If you've been encouraged by the show, please share it with another mom.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!

Jul 2, 2017

Brandy is a girl who experienced the unthinkable as a 10 year old girl.  She has labored on behalf of the loved ones of the roughly 117 people who die by suicide each day in the United States.  She wrote the resource she wished she had when her mom died.  Her story is hard but God has proven himself to be a Healer in the midst of so many broken hearts.  

What we chat about:

  • The shame encountered by suicide survivors
  • The unique grief and trauma of loved ones who are left behind
  • Some of the typical questions asked by survivors and how she helps them know they are not alone

Episode Sponsor: Jelly Telly 

Support the show:

Shop

Amazon Affiliate Link

Share the Struggle!

Find me on Instagram or Facebook because I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this episode!  If you've been encouraged by the show, please share it with another mom.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!

 

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