There is so much I could say about this episode with Author, Speaker, and Coach Tam Hodge. Tam is one of those people that puts it all out there, because she is passionate about women getting freedom from their past and moving towards God’s purpose for their life. In this episode, we discuss fatherlessness, abandonment, abuse, abortion, and confession. The topics are serious, but Tam tells it all with such grace. We both got emotional during our conversation at different points, because this stuff is so raw and real. I am honored that she would share so much of this with me, and I know that you will be moved by her story.
I am thrilled to introduce you to Kristin Allender, director of the Tennessee Chapter of America’s Kids Belong. This is an organization dedicated to advocating and finding forever homes for foster children in Tennessee. James 1:27 calls us as Christians to care for orphans and widows, we may not all be called to foster or adopt but we simply can’t turn a blind eye to their needs. Kristin herself was adopted as an infant, and she has followed the call on her life to work with vulnerable children, I love her heart and her story.
This episode is important and the work Kristin and this organization is making a life changing difference for these children. Imagine your own children without a safe place to call home or someone to care for them when they are scared or sick, it is unthinkable. This episode will challenge you, as well as give you some ways to get involved. There are so many ways we can help, check out the links below to get more information and be sure to follow them on social media to stay informed.
And after a little break, the 20,000 Words Podcast is back! I recently announced on social media that we are expecting our second baby, so I needed a little time to catch my breath and get through that first trimester. I’m now feeling much better and ready to jump back into some thought provoking and inspiring conversations. I am thrilled to introduce you to (if you don’t already know her) to Lisa Jo Baker.
Lisa Jo is an author and speaker who has just released her latest book all about friendship, called Never Unfriended. We explored this topic to the fullest in our discussion. I even shared with her struggles I have had with friendships, and she had some amazing advice and insight about cultivating real friendship. Turns out it’s not all about how wonderful of an entertainer you are, but more about the state of your heart and willingness to let people in. Not only is she wise, but she was also so fun to talk with! I have no doubt you will benefit from listening to her on this episode and definitely grab a copy of her new book anywhere books are sold.
Epsiode 10 is here! I know, I’m late to get this one out, but I promise there is a good reason that I’ll share in the coming weeks. Anyhow, I am super excited to share my conversation with Erin Loechner, design blogger and author of Chasing Slow. I actually can’t put her book down, it’s challenging and entertaining, and her style of writing really captures your attention. Erin and I chatted about her own story leading up to this book, her husband’s diagnosis, how they live minimally, design tips that anyone can benefit from, and their recent adoption journey.
If you haven’t heard of Erin, be sure to follow her on instgram and check out her amazing design and lifestyle blog, Design for Mankind. Such a talented gal, with a unique perspective on living life in the slow lane. Enjoy!
Epsiode 9 of 20,000 Words is with Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting. I absolutely loved talking with Kelly, and I could relate to her so much. I definitely struggle with anxiety and fear, more in some seasons than other, and Kelly is passionate about seeing women set free from the chains of fear.
I am thrilled to announce that my first cookbook, "The Outdoor Table," published by Thomas Nelson Published is available to purchase wherever books are sold! This beautiful book includes 175 EXCLUSIVE recipes, not found on this site, perfect for all of your outdoor entertaining! Find out more and order your copy here...
Hey Y'all! Well I'm a southern gal, raised in Tennessee, where I still live with my husband and baby boy! Creating fresh and simple recipes with a southern flare, while sharing bits of my life with y'all on camera is what this site is all about. Also, my very first cookbook with Thomas Nelson Publishers will be out Spring of 2015, and I just can't wait to share it with you all! Read more about April...