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Podcast #20- Carrie Strachan, Parenting a Child With Special Needs

Oh y’all… This one is so good!! I cried a little during our conversation. I know that probably comes as no surprise to you. This is a HOLY conversation about parenting a child with special needs.  I am speaking with my friend, Carrie Strachan.  She has four beautiful children and her son Matthew has Down Syndrome. He is 20 years old now.  This will bless you if you have a child with special needs no doubt but also if you don’t.  Because Carrie is a blessing.  She is wise and kind and thoughtful.  She is my friend through Holy Yoga and I was mentioning to another friend from Holy Yoga that we were recording a podcast and that friend said, “Don’t you love her?  Don’t you just want to crawl up on the couch with her and have her talk to you and make you feel like everything is going to be alright?” Uh…yes. So consider yourself curled up on the couch with us, listening and sharing and drinking coffee and feeling less alone. That’s my hope…that you will feel a part of this conversation among friends.

Moms…we see you…we feel you.  When we talk about living out a greater calling on  your life, there is no greater calling than that of being a mom. I know some days it really feels like drudgery.  I can’t tell you how often I think, “Why do these people need to eat again?” My mom gave me a magnet once that says, “Who are these people and why are they calling me mom?” Honestly, it’s just so ordinary and routine and downright boring at times.

But God. He is so in this.  And if you let Him in, the results, the outcome of all your years of hard work…the kids grown…you grown…your marriage grown…it’s just downright spectacular.  Amazing.

This motherhood thing never ends, it doesn’t matter how old your kids are.  In addition to parenting, we are usually trying to figure out all the other tough stuff including marriage, career, and faith life.  Or if you are like me you might still be trying to figure out how to do laundry well and what’s for dinner.  Half the time we are just wondering, “Is everyone going to turn out alright?  Am I even all right? Who put me in charge?”

I’ve heard it said that our kids pick us. I don’t think that necessarily but I do trust that God picks us. He specifically gives us the children who need us and who we need.  Our children force us to lean into God because we don’t have all the answers.  And there He is.  Loving us.  Transforming us.

He loves our children more than we do.  They were His first.  He knows every hair on their head and He calls them good.  Every single unique child, born to change the world. Isn’t it miraculous?

I’m grateful for this conversation.  I hope you will listen in and be encouraged!

Happy Valentine’s day!

 

 

New Podcast with Carrissa Bradford – Founder of the Adamo Nail Bar

 

I love this podcast because this idea is so amazing and Carrissa has brought it to life!! I’m speaking with Carrissa Bradford, the founder of the Adamo Group.  We recorded in the trailer that is the Adamo Nail Bar.  Carrissa tells the story of the trailer’s restoration which is so fun to see!   I’ve posted pictures below.  She is going to be training survivors of sex trafficking in the trade of manicuring and then helping them find jobs! This is such an important part of the healing and restoration story of the survivors.  Listen in to hear the vision God has given to Carrissa! I love this woman’s faith! You will be inspired!

You can click on link above to listen or go to Sound Cloud (search Great Big YES) or iTunes (search under podcasts for Great Big YES) On the iPhone, the podcast app is purple and comes loaded on the iphone. If you are on iTunes on a computer, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe.  I would really appreciate it!

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Talking with Sunny Reed – Founder of Restore Lake Travis! Fighting against Human Trafficking

 

Today on the podcast, I talk to Sunny Reed! Sunny is the founder of RESTORE.  Restore is a movement in the Lake Travis community (in Austin, TX).  Restore of Lake Travis was created to come alongside groups that are working to abolish human trafficking around the world.  Restore hosts events to bring awareness to modern day slavery and to raise money to contribute to the efforts to abolish it.

If you are in the Austin area we hope you will attend some of the upcoming Restore events and get involved!

Ways to get involved:

  1. There is a Restore of Lake Travis Facebook page.  The page is “closed” but you can request to be a member to stay informed about what is going on in the group.
  2. Follow restoreoflaketravis on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/restoreoflaketravis/
  3. Come to see SOLD the movie at the Lake Travis Library on September 22nd at 6 pm.
  4. Donate at http://mycause.worldvision.org/team/restore 
  5. Visit A21.org to learn more about the ways they are fighting human trafficking
  6. If you suspect suspicious activity or you are a victim, you can call the Human Trafficking Hot Line at  1-888-373-7888