• 262. What Autism Has Taught Me About Limits & the Goodness of God (with Jessica Hurlbut)

    I am so excited for you to dive into this episode as I have a truly special guest, Jessica Hurlbut, whose story and book, Unlimited Motherhood: Overcome 12 Limits That Overwhelm and Conflict Our Hearts, have been deeply inspiring for me and likely will be for you as well!

    Jessica is truly a force with which to be reckoned! A mom of five, with two kids with severe autism and two adopted kids via foster care, her journey is nothing short of extraordinary, filled with challenges and incredible moments of faith. Listen as she and I discuss how she navigates the complexities of raising children with special needs, the emotional rollercoaster of fostering and adopting, and the profound lessons that she has learned along the way.

    One of the most touching parts of our conversation has to be Jessica's transparency about her struggles, and she shares candidly about the hidden years of motherhood. For her, these were years filled with isolation and relentless challenges, especially with a daughter on the autism spectrum, but it was during these times that she learned invaluable lessons about surrender, trust, and finding beauty in the unexpected.

    Also tune in to hear some incredible stories, such as when Jessica and her husband took in a young man named Adam who was struggling with addiction. Their willingness to say "yes" to this led to a year of transformation for Adam and their family, and these inspiring stories are truly a testament to the power of stepping out in faith, even when it looks nothing like we imagined.

    If you are a parent, especially a foster parent and/or one navigating the challenges of children with special needs, then this episode is definitely for you! Jessica's insights and experiences will encourage you to lean into God's grace and trust His process. Her book, which isn't just a how-to guide for motherhood but is also a heartfelt and vulnerable memoir, is a must-read for anyone looking to find deeper meaning and purpose in the everyday struggles of motherhood, so be sure to get yourself a copy!


    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Join me for this episode as I interview Jessica Hurlbut, author of Unlimited Motherhood!

    [1:33] - Learn a little bit about Jessica and her background.

    [4:42] - Jessica shares how she adopted two children whose biological parents, after two years, surrendered their parental rights.

    [5:42] - Jessica experienced eight isolating years as a stay-at-home mom to a child with autism.

    [8:17] - I appreciate Jessica’s book's deep truths and honest storytelling.

    [9:33] - Jessica describes healing as a process, emphasizing that trust in God grows through life's unexpected challenges.

    [11:58] - Jessica believes that God uses our struggles to lead us to a better life than we envisioned, which requires faith and trust.

    [14:40] - Fostering and adopting ultimately led to unexpected blessings for Jessica.

    [17:11] - I value the message of finding deep inner peace by trusting God despite life's chaos, emphasizing being faithful and present over merely surviving.

    [18:07] - Motherhood isn't about controlling outcomes or being a supermom but is about trusting God, Jessica argues.

    [21:10] - I share how fostering a boy, then letting him reunify with his birth mother, showed my kids faith-driven decisions.

    [22:47] - Hear how Jessica fostered a young man named Adam who was struggling with addiction.

    [25:46] - Despite her initial doubt, Adam’s time with Jessica ended up being healing and transformative.

    [26:39] - Adam struggled to accept love, exhibiting familiar foster care patterns, yet ultimately found redemption.

    [29:14] - I close by highlighting the impact of obedient faith.


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    31m - May 28, 2024
  • 261. Things We Wish We Knew Before Having an Adult Child

    Recently, I mentioned something on Instagram about how having an adult child is wonderful and also there are new challenges as your kids get older and grow wings and fly. This resonated with so many people that I ended up turning my thoughts into an Instagram post.

    And then it inspired us to expand further on it in this week's podcast episode. We're just a year into having an adult child, but we wanted to share what we learned so far -- especially as we get ready to graduate another senior from high school! 

    In this episode, we talk about the ups and downs of watching our kids learn to navigate life on their own. We discuss things we are glad we did ahead of time and things we wish we had known.

    It’s such a joy to see them succeed and grow, but it’s also tough to watch them struggle and face hardships that we can’t fix for them. We share some of our experiences, some of the hard lessons, and the surprising things we've learned along the way.

    I hope this conversation encourages you, whether you’re about to launch your kids into adulthood, you already have launched them, or you’re right in the thick of parenting littles or tweens or teens. 

    We also discuss my goal for a “slowed-down summer” and what I've proactively put into place to make that happen. We also answer a question we kept getting about Jesse's To Do app, talk about a book I finished recently, and share some lessons we've learned about communication in marriage (please laugh -- this was such a rabbit trail!). Plus, I share a freebie with you -- 100 Free or Low Cost Summer Bucket List Ideas!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - What we wish we knew before having an adult child, a topic inspired by an Instagram post.

    [1:35] - Hear about the phrase I chose for this summer.

    [3:52] - I recently read and loved Tired of Being Tired by Jess Connolly.

    [6:02] - Jesse shares what he loves about the Appigo Todo app.

    [8:50] - Challenges we've had in communication in our marriage and lessons we've learned.

    [13:13] - Learning to let go as a parent of an adult child can be one of the hardest things.

    [14:22] - The importance of letting kids handle challenges themselves when they are younger.

    [17:53] - Plus, teaching kids to be more self-sufficient involves giving them tools to confront problems.

    [20:01] - There is a time to say no and there is a time to express caution and let your child learn through experience.

    [24:03] - I describe how starting my day with a walk and prayer helps me support and connect with each of my kids.

    [26:18] - In closing, parenting older children is challenging but rewarding, reminding us to trust and rely on God.

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    28m - May 23, 2024
  • 260. Simple Rules to Decorate Your Home No Matter Your Style or Budget (with Myquillyn Smith)

    Myquillyn Smith was my very first in-person guest to ever have on the show -- back in 2018! (Listen to episode 12.) And because I loved the in-person experience so much, we decided to ultimately only have in-person guests on the podcasts! She's also someone I've known for years and years through blogging -- back before social media was even a thing!

    She has a brand-new book called, House Rules: How to Decorate for Every Home Style and Budget. It's a fun and very visual book with lots of practical inspiration (and pictures of her house!). I underlined and dog-eared so many pages in the book and loved getting to ask her to share more about some of my favorite parts of the book.

    Listen in as Myquillyn shares about why she wrote a book on rules (you'll breathe a sign of relief to know it's not going to be a rigid system but rather simple guidelines!), the importance of authenticity, and the power of starting with what you know. She also teaches us about the "Homey Trinity" and the significance of proper lighting and decor scale. And you'll be encouraged as she talks about how limitations can actually lead to creativity in unexpected ways.

    Plus, we discuss the concept of clutter and how to navigate the fine line between cozy and chaotic. We close this episode with me asking Myquillin what the hardest rule is for her to follow -- you might be surprised with her answer!

    Throughout the conversation, Myquillyn reminds us that our homes should serve us, not the other way around. I hope that this episode helps you to see and approach your home and decorating in a brand-new light!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Today’s guest is returning guest Myquillyn Smith!

    [2:02] - Myquillyn talks about how starting online was intimidating and why she originally went by the pseudonym of The Nester.

    [4:33] - Teaching decor involves guidelines, but breaking rules can enhance creativity and confidence.

    [7:29] - Do what you know, use what you have, and finish what you started with.

    [9:11] - Myquillyn advises starting with inspiration, creating a Pinterest board, and identifying the needs of a room for decorating confidently.

    [12:12] - You'll love this story of Myquillyn's fancy drapes and how she adapted them to better suit her casual lifestyle.

    [15:39] - When we find ourselves overly protective of our homes, it's a sign that something needs to change.

    [17:54] - Owning practical, easy-to-clean furniture allows freedom in enjoying and sharing your home.

    [19:29] - How to appreciate thrift store finds without feeling compelled to own them brings peace and contentment.

    [22:00] - The "Homey Trinity" of rugs, window treatments, and lighting.

    [25:30] - Myquillyn identifies her biggest struggle as items left on the floor becoming "unintended decor".

    [26:44] - Hear my solution to Myquillyn's challenge - keeping a dumpster in the garage for donations.

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    32m - May 14, 2024
  • 259. Going to College Debt-Free: Our Best Tips & Strategies

    I recently shared a blog post on How to Graduate College Debt-Free. This post sparked so many discussions via comments and messages on my blog and through social media that I wanted to explore the topic more in-depth with Jesse on a podcast. 

    This is not a podcast saying that every single person should go to college with zero debt, nor is the purpose to heap shame and guilt on anyone who has college debt. Instead, our hope is just to challenge you to think outside the box a little and to share some strategies and inspiration for ways to save money on college.

    In this episode, we not only share personal experience from Jesse going to college and law school debt-free, but also from recent things we've learned from our girls. We discuss how it begins with mindset. If you don't believe you can do something or think something is not possible, there's a good chance you're not going to be very motivated to try.

    We then get really practical and dig into tips and ideas for spending less on college, how to plan ahead for college expenses, how to leverage scholarships, and ways that you can significantly lower college costs just by going a nontraditional route.

    I hope this episode inspires you with ideas, insights, and inspiration -- whether you are thinking of going back to college, have a child who will be starting college in the not-too-distant future, or you are just curious how it might be possible to get a college degree without debt. As always, we'd love to hear your feedback, ideas, and thoughts after you listen to the episode!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Today’s topic - getting a debt-free college education, was inspired by a blog post of mine.

    [2:27] - Belief in possibility is the initial step towards accomplishing anything.

    [7:33] - Debt relies on uncertain futures; prioritize your current affordability.

    [10:24] - Choosing in-state education and state scholarships drastically reduces college expenses.

    [13:21] - Community colleges offer more affordable Gen Ed credits, which can really help save money.

    [15:13] - Plan strategically and explore dual enrollment in high school + look into alternatives to living on campus.

    [18:48] - Many students transfer schools after the first year, indicating initial choices may not be your final choices.

    [21:45] - Challenge your own students to actively seek scholarships. Numerous opportunities exist, even for niche interests.

    [24:12] - Treat scholarship hunting as a part-time job, maximizing financial aid opportunities.

    [25:47] - Explore job opportunities offering tuition reimbursement or discounts, including college roles such as being an RA.

    [29:53] - A mindset shift with creative solutions helps pave the way for generational financial freedom.

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    31m - May 7, 2024
  • 258. How We're Processing Having Back-to-Back Seniors

    Today's episode is on a topic that was requested by a follower! Jesse and I share what it's been like navigating back-to-back senior years with our daughters, Kathrynne and Kaitlynn! It has been a whirlwind of emotions and logistics and Jesse and I are opening up about our experiences - the highs, the challenges, the blessings, and the unexpected lessons that we have learned along the way.

    Jesse and I share things we learned the hard way, how it's been different for each daughter, what has been easier about going through senior year the second time, and just fun insider information about the experiences that we haven't shared elsewhere online.

    Whether you have a senior or a child in high school or just are curious what we've learned, I hope that you enjoy listening to us share


    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Jesse and I are talking today about having back-to-back seniors.

    [1:13] - I share insights from a devotional from a book, highlighting God's timing and unexpected blessings.

    [4:08] - Hear how I discovered unforeseen opportunities through MoneySavingMom.com.

    [7:03] - Be sure to follow @crystaliscleaning on Instagram!

    [9:04] - The challenges and emotional intensity of having two high school seniors in two years.

    [12:52] - Jesse finds our current senior year smoother compared to the previous one, crediting Kaitlynn's self-motivation.

    [13:44] - I reflect on simplifying preparations for Kaitlynn's graduation, learning from past experiences with Kathrynne.

    [22:18] - Encouraging preparedness and focusing on the next year makes for smoother transitions for children.

    [23:13] - Kaitlynn's openness to uncertainty and evolving plans for the future.

    [28:09] - What I'm learning about embracing the present while also thinking about the future.Links & Resources


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    29m - Apr 30, 2024
  • 257. Simple Systems That Keep Us Sane

    Do you ever feel like you're just barely keeping your head above water? If so, this episode of The Crystal Paine Show is for you! Jesse and I have been married for 21 years and we've learned and grown a lot in those years -- and tried a lot of different things that worked and many things that didn't.

    In this conversation, we share some of our simple systems that keep us sane and help us to have breathing room in our days to enjoy our life and invest in what matters most.

    First up, we talk about how we each have our own jurisdictions in managing our house and business and what that looks like. We also share what we expect of our kids and how us all working together really frees up a lot of physical and emotional energy for us as parents.

    Then, we move onto detailing changes we've made this year to simplify and how it has made such a difference: like reserving one day a week for meetings and interviews, carefully considering commitments and what that looks like for us right now, and how we have our work schedule set up so we both get time to work in.

    We end with sharing a number of different strategies we employ to eliminate decision fatigue and to streamline our lives: things like groceries, dishes, laundry, daily routines, avoiding paper piles, and more! I also give you a little peek into my home life growing up and talk about how my mom's organized systems influenced me.

    If you're ready to ditch the overwhelm and reclaim your peace of mind, I hope our ideas serve as a springboard for solutions that might work for you, and don't forget to snag your free Simplified Home Checklists!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Today's episode dives into practical strategies for maintaining sanity and enjoying life even if there's a lot going on.

    [1:52] - Delegation and instilling teamwork and work ethic in our kids.

    [4:35] - Gradual release of responsibility leads to independence as kids develop their own systems over time.

    [8:20] - Everyone is an asset to our home and we all work together.

    [11:05] - What simplifying has looked like for our home and schedule this year and one change that has made a big difference.

    [15:58] - Our current schedule for work-life balance with both of us working from home.

    [18:39] - How my mom's organized systems have influenced me.

    [20:46] - Scheduling grocery deliveries and using cost-saving programs like Kroger Boost.

    [22:59] - Daily routines, paper piles, and how we prep for our day the night before.

    [27:52] - Check out the free Simplified Home Checklists!

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    29m - Apr 23, 2024
  • 256. Micah's Unexpected Hospital Stay

    This episode is a reminder to trust your God-given intuition. If you feel something is wrong or off, get it checked out.

    In this podcast, we share the story of Micah getting really sick recently and how it ended up landing him in the hospital. We got so many questions from you all about his illness and how we knew when it was time to take him to the hospital/what we experienced, that I thought recording a podcast episode sharing in-depth might be helpful.

    We're so grateful that Micah is doing better now and fully back to his sweet, busy, silly self! We missed all his smiles and laughter and singing while he was sick!

    In this episode, we also give an update on what we're reading, share a reader's response to last week's episode, and we have a fun and friendly "argument" over audiobooks.

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - This week, we're sharing about Micah's recent sickness and hospital stay.

    [1:27] - Jesse is still reading Three Felonies A Day by Harvey Silvergate and Alan M. Dershowitz because it’s a dense read.

    [2:01] - I've been reading I Want God by Lisa Whittle.

    [4:10] - I share a message from a listener about commentary in last episode about Farmer Boy.

    [6:07] - Jesse and I have a friendly discussion about whether audiobooks count as "reading" and he shares about the John Grisham audiobooks he's listened to recently, including Jake Brigance trilogy.

    [8:45] - I had a very full weekend planned, including my last girls-only youth group camp and attending my friend's wedding, but that all changed when Micah got sick.

    [12:04] - We knew we needed to do something and ended up calling and asking about getting Zofran.

    [14:01] - Micah's symptoms persisted, prompting a pediatrician visit.

    [18:39] - We ended up in the ER and it took many attempts plus two rounds of sedatives to finally get the IV in.

    [24:31] - After hours of IV fluids in the ER, they ended up deciding to admit Micah as his labs didn't look good.

    [29:23] - I touch upon some of the lessons that were learned from this experience.

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    35m - Apr 16, 2024
  • 255. Answering your burning questions on marriage

    Join Jesse and I this week as we sit down together for a personal episode where we tackle some burning questions submitted by followers on Instagram and share some life updates. (Including a story about a recent travel mishap where we ended up locked out of our own house at 2 a.m.!!)

    We kick things off by discussing our recent trip to Kansas for Easter -- our first time to fly with all three younger kids in over a year. We went to a goat farm, connected with friends we hadn't seen in a long time, and got to spend a lot of wonderful time with family. We also talk about a book I'm reading aloud to the kids, a tea I'm loving, and a freebie we launched recently.

    And then we dive into your questions on marriage. We reflect on our marriage journey, sharing advice and revelations from over two decades together. We talk about daily flirting, how our lives have taken very different paths than we ever envisioned, how we've grown and learned to work together, whether Jesse has always been a nerd, who makes the meals, and much more. If you enjoy a peek behind-the-scenes of our life, you don't want to miss this fun episode!

    Also, don’t forget to check out my newly launched 10 Weeks to a More Organized Home resource! (And use code PODCAST to save!!)

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Jesse and I are excited for a lighthearted episode answering Instagram followers' marriage-related questions!

    [1:55] - All the details on our recent trip to Kansas, including how our three younger kids did on the trip.

    [5:40] - How we ended up locked out of the house at 2 a.m.!

    [8:09] - A listener responding to our 1900s episode shared about having a car phone in the 1990s for safety concerns.

    [9:29] - I have been enjoying Lemon Loaf Tea from TAZO, despite not typically liking lemon tea.

    [10:26] - The little kids are loving Farmer Boy a book from the Little House series.

    [13:25] - Before we dive into the questions, check out our free Simplified Home Checklists on our website!

    [15:13] - Jesse and I have been married for twenty-two years in January.

    [15:54] - Flirt daily; it's amazing how something so simple keeps the connection strong.

    [17:33] - The hardest (but most important words!) to say in a marriage.

    [23:55] - Who does the cooking at our house?

    [24:52] - How nerdy was Jesse when we met?

    [27:07] - How did we know how big we wanted our family to be?

    [29:49] - In 21 years, we've cultivated an intuitive bond, anticipating each other's needs and openly addressing frustrations to improve our communication

    [32:11] - Approach situations from a place of love, not opposition, with each other's best interests at heart.

    [32:56] - When overwhelmed, I confide in Jesse, who offers support or a listening ear; gratitude and encouragement nurture our bond.

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    38m - Apr 9, 2024
  • 254. Kaitlynn's trip to Singapore and Indonesia

    This week's podcast guest is Kaitlynn (my 16-year-old!) who is here to discuss the details of her unforgettable trip to Singapore and Indonesia! Join us as Kaitlynn shares exclusive insights into her trip, talks about why she chose to go on this trip, and all the highlights (and a few lowlights) of the experience. 

    The trip started out rocky with a delayed flight that caused their group to miss their a 17.5-hour flight to Singapore and end up stranded in San Francisco at 2 am in the morning! Kaitlynn recounts some of the things she felt and learned and some unexpected fun in the midst -- including impromptu volleyball games in airport terminals! She also shares how the unexpected adventures brought more camaraderie.

    In Indonesia, they spent time in a remote fishing village helping build a retaining wall, in addition to a Survivor Challenge and a hike in the jungle. In Singapore, they got to enjoy the bustling city life and vibrant culture while exploring the city. Some of her favorites from her time there were the rooftop restaurant and iconic landmarks like Marina Bay Sands and the electronic Supertrees.

    We close out the episode with Kaitlynn reflecting on the lessons learned and the lasting friendships forged. 

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Kaitlynn joins us talk about her trips to Indonesia and Singapore!

    [2:49] - Tight layovers, flight delays, and being unexpectedly stuck in San Fransisco.

    [8:48] - Indonesia and Singapore were stark contracts to each other.

    [10:26] - What their accommodations were like, helping at the village, and the intense heat and humidity.

    [18:25] - An exciting jungle hike, including a waterfall, an ankle sprain, monkeys, and heat exhaustion.

    [20:52] - Singapore was a whole different, modern world.

    [26:56] - Chinatown and Starbucks where she had an excellent chai.

    [29:42] - Kaitlynn reflects on the trip and highlights stark financial contrasts between Singapore and remote villages

    [33:27] - Despite challenges, Kaitlynn embraced Philippians' message: refrain from complaining and foster faith and gratitude.

    [35:55] - I am excited to announce 10 Weeks to a More Organized Home, a step-by-step guide to help you clear out the clutter and get more organization in your home and lives! Use the code PODCAST for a special deal!

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    38m - Apr 2, 2024
  • 253. How to Build Belonging in a World of Loneliness (with Chris and Julie Bennett)

    There were tears and there was laughter on this episode of the podcast, because we talked about the vulnerable (and sometimes difficult!) topic of belonging. And my guests were Chris and Julie Bennett, the authors of Fighting for Family: The Relentless Pursuit of Building Belonging.

    As the title of their book would suggest, Chris and Julie are passionate about relationships and community. In the conversation, they share about how family isn't just the people who you are related to, it can also be people who become like family because of your deep friendship. 

    The Bennetts share their story of a very crazy and chaotic season in their lives -- uprooting their lives to move to Los Angeles without a clear plan, not being able to find housing, moving again and again, while facing the completely unexpected diagnosis of stage three breast cancer for Julie.

    They share how hard it was, but also how good it was. How God used this space where they felt like they had nothing to offer and were so needy to teach them powerful lessons about belonging. 

    In this episode, they share some of what they have learned and provide encouragement for anyone who is feeling lonely or like they are an outsider.

    If you're craving deeper connections, longing for a sense of belonging, or simply seeking inspiration to navigate life's challenges with grace and resilience, this episode is for you. I think you will be so blessed by this heartfelt conversation!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - I am interviewing Chris and Julie Bennett, authors of the book Fighting for Family.

    [1:50] - Chris reveals how the book came to be.

    [3:21] - Julie points out how life's challenges turned her adventurous family into brave survivors, battling homelessness and cancer together.

    [5:49] - Their faith was deepened amidst chaos, reshaping their understanding of belonging.

    [8:49] - How did Julie and Chris navigate the immense risk and uncertainty, especially with children involved?

    [15:43] - Julie, despite hesitations, joined a diverse group of fourteen women and these women ended up serving as a lifeline for her.

    [19:35] - Belonging involves both giving and taking risks.

    [24:05] - Fostering genuine connections requires vulnerability without hidden agendas, creating space for authentic sharing.

    [27:00] - Chris reasons that Jesus exemplified love and belonging, prioritizing the marginalized and modeling inclusiveness.

    [29:39] - It's okay to feel lonely, even with loved ones. Keep fighting; there's hope ahead.

    [31:51] - And stay tuned at the end for an exciting announcement of a project I've been working on for a number of months that I'm finally launching this week! I announce that I am launching "10 Weeks to a More Organized Home," with daily tasks for decluttering.

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    34m - Mar 26, 2024
  • 252. Silas and Jesse share about their trip to DC

    Silas makes his formal debut on the podcast this week by joining Jesse and me to share about their trip to DC. He's joined in on a few podcasts in the past when he was much younger and didn't say much, so I'm excited for you to get to hear more from him now that he's older and less scared of the microphone. :)

    Jesse and Silas recount the adventures they had on the 8th grade school trip, including flying Southwest (and winning some vouchers), Arlington, the Holocaust Museum, the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon, Museum of the Bible, the Capitol, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg, the White House Visitor's Center, and more!

    You'll enjoy hearing both of their perspectives on it, what they learned, what was disappointing and surprising, and places they want to return to. They shared some stories and insights I hadn't yet heard from their trip, so it was really fun for me to sit back and listen -- I hope you enjoy it as much we did recording it!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Silas and Jesse are here to recount their recent trip to Washington D.C.!

    [2:19] - Jesse admits that this trip was better than Kathrynne's eighth-grade trip because they flew this time.

    [3:18] - Silas won two $50 gift vouchers on the trip!

    [4:49] - Jesse highlights getting to know the teens in Silas's class better and visiting Arlington.

    [5:59] - Silas reflects on gaining insights from classmates and highlighted visiting the Museum of the Bible and the Holocaust Museum.

    [6:58] - Jesse found it unexpected and intriguing to meet someone who was in the Pentagon during the attack.

    [7:43] - Hear Silas go into more detail about the visit to the Holocaust museum and Museum of the Bible, finding the transition from heavy to light.

    [11:35] - I mention the personalized experience at the Holocaust Museum and compare it to a memorial in Israel.

    [13:20] - Visiting the Capitol and the White House Visitor's Center.


    [16:42] - Was there anything that was disappointing or surprising about the trip?


    [20:11] - Silas wants to go back to D.C. but with the whole family.

    [21:26] - Jesse found their visit to Mount Vernon intriguing, describing it as a living history experience.


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    28m - Mar 19, 2024
  • 251. Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality (with Emily Morrow)

    I’m guessing many of you have seen the funny crunchy video comedy clips from Really Very Crunchy on Instagram or TikTok or YouTube. Emily and Jason Morrow are the talented writers, producers, and actors for these and I got the privilege of interviewing Emily in-studio recently about her brand-new book, Really Very Crunchy: A Beginner’s Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life Without Adding Them to Your Personality.

    As my word for the year is health, I’ve especially loved Emily’s videos and her book. She makes me laugh, she makes me think, she teaches me a lot of things I never knew about (and then need to go Google for more information!), and she does it all in a very gracious and kind way.

    In this episode of the podcast, Emily shares some really humorous stories (including why she got a pedicure and then took off the polish before coming to my house for the interview!) as well as very practical advice on how to live a more health-conscious lifestyle without breaking the bank. We talk about a lot of practices you can implement that are free and easy + she shares her best tips for eating healthy on a budget (they were so good and inspiring!).

    Emily’s refreshing approach to the crunchy lifestyle, filled with self-deprecating humor, makes it accessible to everyone, regardless of their current choices. (She reminds us often that “crunchy is a spectrum” and it’s not worth losing relationships over crazy crunchy rules you’ve concocted.

    We also touch on the challenges of balancing a crunchy lifestyle with real-world situations and she shared a recent situation she navigated at a family dinner. Emily encourages a mindful and compassionate approach, reminding us that we can have strong convictions without belittling, condemning, or ostracizing others.

    The conversation also extends beyond dietary choices, as we also talk about the interconnectedness of mental and physical health. Emily’s perspective on stress and the importance of a balanced approach to health is so important for all of us to hear and remember.

    In This Episode

    [0:35] – My guest today is Emily Morrow, author of Really Very Crunchy.

    [3:16] – Emily shares a bit of her journey and how they started posting videos without telling family or friends — and how crazy it was for these videos to end up going viral like they did.

    [7:49] – Crunchy encompasses various lifestyles, from barefoot moms to outdoor enthusiasts, forming a diverse spectrum.

    [9:52] – Emily encourages making healthier choices without significant sacrifices, emphasizing practical steps like avoiding single-use items.

    [12:46] – Exposure to artificial light, especially from phones with blue light, disrupts sleep-inducing hormones.

    [15:23] – Starting the day by avoiding potentially negative or distressing content on your phone helps center and set a positive tone.

    [17:19] – How to have simplicity and sustainability in grocery shopping, minimizing plastic use.

    [25:02] – Acknowledging her mom’s kindness in hosting, Emily chooses not to critique her cooking choices.

    [30:04] – Stress, a top killer, shows us the importance of balance; even health pursuits shouldn’t compromise mental well-being.

    [31:36] – Facing financial strain, Emily embraced a crunchy lifestyle, prioritizing simple, whole foods for a healthier living.

    [33:26] – Choosing organic doesn’t have to be as expensive as many people make it; making your own food from simple ingredients offers affordability and health.

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    37m - Mar 12, 2024
  • 250. What it was like living in the 1900's :)

    Today's episode is a fun departure from our recent more serious topics. Join me and Jesse as we take a lighthearted stroll down memory lane, exploring the quirks and charms of growing up in the 1900's. Okay, so we were born in 1980 and 1981 to be exact, but it was still the 1900's and so much has changed since then!

    Born before the millennium? Get ready for a nostalgia-packed ride! The inspiration for today's episode comes from a meme about being from the 1900's that sparked a flood of childhood memories in our Instagram community. Join us as we reminisce about record players, cassette tapes, and the evolution of technology. From bag phones to the original Netflix to the joys of free AOL discs, we've got it all covered. If you remember playing Oregon Trail or had a station wagon with a seat that faced backwards or had a house with wood paneling, hopefully this episode will remind you of the "good 'ole days"! :)

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    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Today's episode takes a lighthearted look at the nostalgia of being born in the 1900's.

    [2:31] - After being pregnant and/or nursing for four and a half years, it's so weird to not be either! And I kind of forgot how to eat for just one person! :)

    [5:23] - Jesse highlights Kaitlynn's unexpected layover in San Francisco due to flight delays.

    [7:25] - I discuss upcoming trips, including Kaitlynn's 11-day adventure and Jesse's chaperoning role for Silas's DC trip.

    [10:39] - I am currently reading Susan Meissner's Only the Beautiful which explores societal stigmas and hidden historical realities.

    [14:04] - Exciting news! Our new product, 10 Weeks of Money-Saving Menus, simplifies dinner planning! And I've got a coupon code for you!

    [16:07] - Today's episode is sparked by a meme and dives into nostalgia, childhood memories, and technological evolution.

    [18:26] - I reminisce about things like our basement record player, Walkman gardening, and more.

    [20:31] - In a recent conversation with Silas, I realized I don't know my kids' phone numbers.

    [23:10] - Jesse recalls law practices naming their offices something that would get more attention in the phonebook.

    [24:38] - I get schooled on bag phones and we talk about our first phones.

    [29:37] - Have we changed the way we parent and interact with people because of cell phones?

    [32:31] - Metal slides and Merry-Go-Rounds!

    [35:51] - We reminisce about free internet courtesy of AOL discs.

    [38:00] - Cassette players, CD players, iPods, and planning our wedding on a PalmPilot.

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    41m - Mar 5, 2024
  • 249. The Gift of Limitations (with Sara Hagerty)

    This week, I get to share a conversation I had recently with Sara Hagerty -- and it's one I think you'll love and be deeply inspired by! I know I was! Sara is the author of The Gift of Limitations: Finding Beauty in Your Boundaries and I resonated so deeply with her story and this book. In fact, it is my first 5-star read of 2024!

    In this episode, Sara and I take a dive into her inspiring journey of facing limitations, from a challenging road to motherhood, 13 years of infertility, adopting four children, birthing 3 unexpected biological children, navigating a wide age range and seven kids, and dealing with chronic illness. Sara shares her wonderful wisdom on how to embrace and find beauty in the roadblocks, unexpected, and limitations of life.

    We tackle tough questions and discuss the incredibly transformative power of acknowledging and grieving our limitations. Sara's insights into incorporating pauses into our daily lives and allowing God to work through our limitations rather than against them spoke deeply to my soul and it's something I've thought of multiple times since this interview. We also chat about the practical steps you can take to navigate the tension of feeling like there's not enough of you to go around and the importance of trusting God in those moments.

    I hope this conversation helps to shift your perspective on limitations and reveal the unexpected gifts that they can bring. There can actually be blessing in boundaries!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - I have Sara Hagerty in-studio today to talk about her book The Gift of Limitations!

    [2:03] - Sara begins by diving into her journey and her experience with limitations in her life.

    [4:03] - Despite chronic illness and years of infertility, Sara discovered God's presence in the now and urges others to live fully.

    [7:06] - Sara discusses how motherhood presents challenges in balancing personal dreams.

    [8:43] - How did Sara get to a place where she was able to accept her limitations?

    [12:33] - Sara explains that taking a few minutes daily to sit in grief and then into God's comfort has helped her so much.

    [13:41] - Naming and grieving underlying emotions in frustrating moments cultivates patience, easing family dynamics and expectations.

    [16:21] - Amid life's chaos, being present requires addressing underlying narratives through reflective pauses.

    [19:47] - The profound question of God's identity in our lives when one feels inadequate.

    [23:48] - Allow God to work through life's limitations.

    [27:50] - Don't push against limitations might hinder God's work.

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    30m - Feb 27, 2024
  • 248. Losing and Rebuilding Trust With Your Teens

    Join Jesse and I this week as we discuss the sensitive topic of losing and rebuilding trust with teens after they've broken it. Inspired by a question from an Instagram follower, I share insights on the importance of having conversations before resorting to consequences. We highlight the importance of seeking to understand our teens' perspectives (we don't have to agree with them, but I think we should make the effort to try to understand) and adjusting consequences based on their willingness to rebuild trust. Explaining the reasons behind trust issues, such as social media incidents or phone privileges, is crucial to demonstrate genuine concern for their well-being.

    We also touch on the significance of conversations around privileges vs. rights and and fostering a culture of trust from a young age. We give you some practical tool for how to approach those difficult discussions and encourage you to stop, take a breath, and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom before you begin. Knee-jerk reactions driven by fear, pride, or selfishness can lead to us building a wedge, being a bit ridiculous in doling out consequences, or just shutting down communication lines with our kids.

    We also discuss the two-way street of building and maintaining trust, encouraging parents to invest time, keep promises, and set positive examples. We wrap up by emphasizing the importance of parental introspection, checking our hearts, and seeking guidance from the Lord.

    For more encouragement, I highly recommend checking out my free online class: "10 Days to a Happier Mom," designed to help parents shift from frustration to a place of calmness and peace, ultimately parenting from a foundation of understanding how much you are loved by God and pursuing relationship with your kids instead of seeking to protect your reputation with others.

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - What do you do when your teens break trust?

    [1:35] - We recently dealt with our first broken bone for one of our kids -- after 19 years of parenting!

    [3:28] - I discuss a painful arm injury from my childhood that heightened my sensitivity to possible fractures in my children.

    [12:16] - Am I actually considering becoming a gardener?? Or at least having a container garden??

    [13:36] - I have been immersed in a book that has deeply resonated with me – Sara Hagerty's The Gift of Limitations.

    [16:26] - Reflecting on trust challenges with children prompted deep contemplation after a question on Instagram.

    [22:32] - Before addressing any anger that I might be feeling toward my child, stop and assess your heart.

    [25:18] - Engaging in open conversations with our children about trust builds understanding and fosters growth.

    [27:10] - Before implementing consequences, talk with your kids, ask curious questions, and lean in and listen to seek to understand your child's perspective.

    [30:27] - Rebuilding trust is serious; show understanding, sadness, and love, and actively participate in rebuilding efforts mutually.

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    35m - Feb 20, 2024
  • 247. An Update on Our 2024 Goals (+ an app we're both loving!)

    It's the second week of February and Jesse and I are giving you an update on our 2024 goals! I try to stop at the end of every month and reflect on where I'm at, how I'm doing on my goals and habits, and what tweaks I need to make. 

    Today we share what has worked so far this year, what's not working as well, and what we're learning. From hitting 47 hours of outdoor time in chilly January and making a habit of getting 90 grams of protein almost every day to struggling with turning off screens by 8:30 p.m., we dive into it and share honestly.

    Jesse also provides us with some updates on his sleep, cold shower challenges, and exercise goals and we both talk about how we loving using the Strides app to stay on track. It's made such a difference for us and we'd highly recommend trying it out!

    How are your 2024 goals going? We would love to hear from you, so drop me an email to share your wins, struggles, and everything in between. Let's make 2024 our best year yet!

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Jesse and I are updating you on how our 2024 goals in this episode.

    [1:31] - We joke about Jesse's new position as assistant coach.

    [4:07] - All about our first two ABC Dates.

    [8:05] - I just finished reading Words with God by Addison Bevere.

    [9:28] - Hear what's saving my life this week!

    [12:20] - I share an insightful email about nighttime phone use as we open our discussion on 2024 goals.

    [15:21] - Balancing business tasks with sleep and shutting down my phone has been a challenge for me.

    [17:26] - I discuss how I achieve my 90 grams of protein goal with a high-protein breakfast and strategic snacking.

    [19:16] - Circadian rhythms, logging outdoor hours, and limiting sugar.

    [22:27] - Jesse and I really enjoy using the Strides app!

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    30m - Feb 13, 2024
  • 246. The Best Way to Encourage Your Single Friends (with Annie F. Downs)

    This episode is perfect as we approach Valentine's Day... because every married person needs to listen to what Annie F. Downs shares in this episode. And all of the single people need to listen to this episode to be encouraged by Annie's story and life! 

    Annie is the author of a number of books, including her newest children's book, So Happy to Know You! We talk about her days as a teacher that inspired this book, her heart behind writing this, and how God has given her so many opportunities to mother other children, even though she has never had children of her own.

    You'll love Annie's stories of personal growth and how she's learned to acknowledge and embrace her unique personality. I loved when she shared how she got to give this book to a number of her former students and their kids!

    One of the topics I really wanted to get to ask Annie about was singleness. I was so grateful she was willing to share her journey, her struggles, and how God has used this longtime longing of her heart to shape the way she lives and serves others. She recently started the Single Purpose League, a community to provide support and connection for single individuals, particularly within the church.

    At the end of the conversation, Annie shares valuable insights on how married and single individuals can better understand and support each other and how the church can do a better job of walking with single people. I was so challenged and convicted by her words -- and it ended up opening some doors for me to have really valuable conversations with single people in my life. 

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - I am joined today by Annie Downs, author of the new children’s book So Happy to Know You!.

    [1:30] - Annie shares her 12-year journey in writing, speaking, and podcasting since 2012.

    [2:24] - Being a former teacher, Annie discusses her inspiration for children's books and connecting with former students.

    [9:50] - We discuss how writing children's books is a form of mothering and walking alongside other parents.

    [11:28] - Annie reflects on her unexpected life at 43 as a single adult and encourages people to pursue friendship across different life stages.

    [16:39] - I ask Annie what she really wishes married people understood about those who are single. Her answer may surprise you!

    [21:28] - How to live fully while still longing for what you don't have.

    [25:35] - What it looks like to hold onto hope and why Annie makes sure to be close with married friends, not just single friends.

    [30:02] - Annie talks about the unexpected creation of the Single Purpose League and its purpose.

    [35:45] - How can the church do a better job of walking alongside those who are single?

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    40m - Feb 6, 2024
  • 245. Life is Messy, But God is Still Good (with Cynthia Yanof)

    I consider the mark of a good book one that makes you laugh and get teary-eyed in the space of a few pages. Cynthia Yanof's book, Life is Messy, God is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life, did that very thing for me. Her ability to bring humor into life's messiness is beautiful and one we can all learn from.

    In this episode, we touch on some of her story and lessons she's gleaned. We talk about her experiences as an older mom with kids in college, high school, and first grade and how foster care profoundly impacted their family. I love her insights into stepping into scary places and learning to lean on God and trust Him -- even when it's really hard.

    One of the parts of her book I really appreciated was her wisdom on friendships. I ask her to dive into this on the podcast as I often hear from women who are really struggling to make and keep friendships. We talk about what it looks like to invest in relationships, even when it feels like we don't have much time and how to really show up well for people in the midst of full schedules. 

    If you are navigating the chaos of everyday life (and, let’s be honest, aren’t we all?), craving a good laugh, and looking for encouragement in the messiness, I think Cynthia's words and story will bless you! Listen in to hear about embracing and seeing beauty in life's messiness and standing confident in the unwavering goodness of God.

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - I am joined today by Cynthia Yanof, author of Life is Messy, God is Good!

    [2:03] - Cynthia reflects on unexpected joys and God's guidance through fostering and how it has impacted their life.

    [7:18] - "Just because it's hard, doesn't mean it's not right."


    [13:15] - Cynthia shares some of her best advice for building strong and lasting relationships.

    [17:27] - I loved hearing about her friend, Elaine, who impacted her life so much through her intentionality.

    [20:17] - "If you think it, do it." Act on those ideas we have to express to people that we care about them.

    [22:34] - I asked Cynthia to share about praying for her kids and what that has looked like over the years.

    [26:57] - Walking through learning difficulties with your kids and resisting the urge to intervene excessively and learning to trust God instead.

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    32m - Jan 30, 2024
  • 244. A Crazy Airport Story + some fun life updates!

    So much has happened over the last few weeks, so today we're sitting down to share a fun episode filled with lots of family updates and news. I share a crazy travel story, talk about my surprising sourdough journey, we give you some can't-miss cold shower updates (please laugh!), talk about a book I finished recently, and tell you about a book light we love!

    We hope that this podcast episode feels like you are sitting in our living room with us chatting about life and things we're thinking about, trying, reading, and learning. We also touch on how our commitment to circadian rhythm and sunlight before screens is going and talk about how we are challenging ourselves outside our comfort zones for personal growth. 

    Psst! We also offer you a coupon code on my new 10 Weeks of Money-Saving Menus!

    In This Episode

    ​​[2:06] - Since so many of you have been intrigued by this cold shower thing, we talk more about it -- and even if you could care less about cold showers, I hope it makes you laugh!

    [6:59] - Sunlight before screens: an update on how it's going for both of us and what our mornings look like.

    [11:39] - Why it's important to challenge yourself outside your comfort zone.

    [11:52] - My recent crazy travel story that involved snow, ice, and getting stranded overnight at the airport with Micah!

    [28:47] - I just recently finished reading Expect Something Good: Finding God’s Good Gifts in Motherhood.

    [29:53] - Hear about a new book light that we have loved using!

    [31:09] - My new endeavor for 2024: learning to make sourdough from scratch!

    [36:14] - I remind listeners of my 10 Weeks of Money-Saving Menus program and a special discount code that you can use!

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    38m - Jan 23, 2024
  • 243. Trusting God When Your Life Feels Like It's Falling Apart (with Heidi Lee Anderson)

    Today, I'm sitting down with my friend Heidi Lee Anderson, whom I initially met on Instagram, but our online friendship turned into a real-life bond. Join us as we dive into Heidi's inspiring journey and discuss her new book P.S. It's Gonna Be Good, which explores how God's Word addresses our deepest questions about faith, fear, and everything in between.

    Heidi opens up about facing a cancer diagnosis over a decade ago and the emotional rollercoaster that followed. From chemotherapy to radiation, she shares the highs and lows, including the unexpected turns that left her in awe of God's miracles. We touch on the power of community and the role of faith in navigating through the darkest moments, and Heidi's authenticity shines through as she discusses meeting her husband, overcoming challenges, and ultimately embracing the unexpected beauty that God unfolds in our lives.

    As we explore Heidi’s book, we delve into the questions many of us grapple with: what if the worst-case scenario happens? How do we trust God when He seems silent? What if our reality doesn't align with God's promises? Drawing insights from the lives of Bible heroes like Gideon, David, Joshua, and Martha, Heidi shares how their stories offer profound wisdom and hope for anyone facing uncertainty.

    I hope that this episode offers you assurance that, no matter what, it's going to be good. 

    In This Episode

    [0:35] - Today’s guest is my friend Heidi Lee Anderson, author of P.S. It’s Gonna Be Good!

    [2:09] - Heidi shares how her unexpected 10-pound, 11oz baby was a blessing, which evolved into a book.

    [3:28] - A decade ago, Heidi confronted Hodgkin's lymphoma, testing faith and reality amid uncertainty and treatment.

    [6:55] - In the darkest moments of a cancer diagnosis, Heidi grappled with fear, uncertainty, and despair.

    [8:09] - Heidi finds comfort in God's living word, drawing parallels with Martha's story and Jesus' empathy.

    [10:57] - In Martha's story, Jesus demonstrated sovereignty, raising Lazarus and revealing God's power in perfect timing.

    [15:18] - Heidi shares that she found the hardest part to be dealing with others' hopelessness; encouragement was very important.

    [18:17] - When did Heidi first meet her husband?

    [20:58] - A seemingly small thing, like meeting Ty during a tough time, became a life-changing moment for Heidi.

    [22:12] - Navigating day by day battles with fear and uncertainty, Heidi relies on community and God's word.

    [24:20] - I emphasize the importance of questioning what is truth, combating self-made stories, and the impact of overthinking.

    [25:47] - Heidi offers hope to those facing life's curveballs.

    [27:57] - Heidi touches upon how her book explores life's questions through characters in the Bible, showing that despite challenges, God works for good.

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    30m - Jan 16, 2024
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