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Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".
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Father’s Day is quickly approaching and Dustin Nickerson- Comedian, author, and podcaster- is here to share all things funny and serious about parenting. On his podcast with his wife Melissa, they laugh at and also talk about the tough parts of parenting. I ask him about what it is like to try and balance family, travel for work, and attempt to have meaningful connections in friendships. The more busy we get with families and work the harder it is to lean in and make those very important relationships a priority. Dustin brings tons of joy to the parenting journey as he talks about fighting while hiking, kids with ADHD, and stolen cupcakes.  Connect with Dustin Nickerson:  Website:  Dustin Nickerson Facebook: Dustin Nickerson Instagram:  @dustinnickerson Links Mentioned:   Don't Make Me Come Back There with Dustin and Melissa Nickerson How to Be Married (to Melissa): by Dustin Nickerson  Dustin Nickerson at Addison Improv Related Episodes: #FeelFreetoLaugh :: Jordan Watts [Ep 137] Raising Emotionally Strong Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 368] ADHD :: Sara Furlich [Ep 165] Featured Sponsors:  StoryWorth: Give all the “fathers” in your life a unique, heartfelt gift you’ll all cherish for years–StoryWorth! Right now, save $10 on your first purchase when you go to Storyworth.com/dma.  BetterHelp: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. Thrive Causemetics: Refresh your everyday look with Thrive Causemetics. Luxury beauty that gives back. Right now, you can get an exclusive 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA.  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Today’s sidetracked starts off with Cynthia airing her grievances. We talk about eyebrows and all of the products we use to get them to grow. Then move on to an update about our Patreons which we find out are the Wal-Mart and Target of that platform. I guess once you start posting content people remember they are paying for it. We also talk about our local celebrity from American Idol, Jack Blocker, and break down the difference between the new American Idol and the era of Simon Cowell. Turns out we are both the Simon Cowell of our families sharing brutally honest truth daily.  We wrap up with Father’s Day, and I get emotional sharing how my dad was the picture of a Godly leader and made it easy to trust the Lord. Cynthia shares the challenges and struggles of this season of life with teens and parents who need a little more help, there is always something to do. Both Bruce and Mike have shown up for our families in incredible ways and we honor them by talking about their strengths. Come laugh, cry, and rant with us as we get sidetracked.  Connect with Cynthia Yanof:  Website:  https://cynthiayanof.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof  Instagram:  @cynthiayanof  Podcast: MESSmerized  Links Mentioned:   Don't Mom Alone Community | creating support for isolated moms | Patreon MESSmerized with Cynthia Yanof | Your support is greatly appreciated! | Patreon Vegamour RevitaLash Cosmetics, RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner Serum Tinkle facial hair razors  How do I improve my marriage? Guests Dave & Ann Wilson Jack Blocker (@jackforestblocker) Bob Ross socks Talking Bob Ross  bobblehead Univ of Tennessee earrings Tozer and a Face Wax Related Episodes: Sidetracked with Cynthia and Heather [Ep 426] How to shine a light as a family :: Bruce MacFadyen {Ep. 5} The Legacy of a Calm Father :: Kirk Martin [Ep 210] Featured Sponsors:  CrunchLabs: For the summer CrunchLabs is hosting Camp CrunchLabs, where kids get 12 build-it-yourself toys - with one shipped every week! Plus access to exclusive Mark Rober videos and weekly challenges that are chalkful of the juiciest engineering. Go to Crunchlabs.com and sign up for Camp CrunchLabs today!  Gabb Mobile: Gabb is offering $25 off any device to new customers–with no contract required! Just go to Gabb.com/dma to get the best deal.  Hello Fresh: Go to HelloFresh.com/dmaapps for FREE appetizers for life! One appetizer item per box while subscription is active.  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you feel like since 2020 your family tech rules have gone out the window? How do you handle tech guidelines if both parents are not on the same page? Do you find it difficult to manage different ages and stages when it comes to screens?  Andrea Davis, a mom of five with a degree in secondary education, is here to share a ton of wisdom and guidance on tech and screens for summer and beyond. We discuss the differences between kids earning screens, where often the screens become the entire focus of the long summer days and a family tech plan that creates more balance.  Andrea's plan for teens includes the three p’s; purpose, plan, and passion. These all create space for your child to get creative and work on skills in their free time. Also, check out her boredom busters in the show notes for the days when mom needs to work, the budget is tight, or the kids are done with all of their daily tasks. This episode is full of practical ideas but more importantly, Andrea reminds us that our kids want time with us and shaping their character and who God created them to be is more important than rules and regulations.  Connect with Andrea Davis:  Website:  Better Screen Time | Andrea Davis Facebook: Better Screen Time Instagram:  Leading Families to Slow Tech • Andrea Davis (@betterscreentime) Links Mentioned:   Summer Screen Time Survival Guide 100+ Screen-Free Boredom Busters for Kids and Teens Aro | Turn Screen Time into Family Time Digital Minimalism: by Cal Newport Atomic Habits: by James Clear Related Episodes: Time and Space for Flourishing in a Tech World :: Andy Crouch [Ep 208] Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Tech :: Joey Odom [Ep 425] Braving the Tech Landscape Through Connection :: Chris McKenna [Ep 424] Featured Sponsors:  Vegamour–Give your hair the power of the little pink bottle with Vegamour. For a limited time, Don’t Mom Alone listeners get 20% off their first order by going to Vegamour.com/DMA and use the code DMA at check out.  Trust and Will- Secure your assets and protect your loved ones with Trust and Will. Get 10% off plus free shipping of your estate plan documents by visiting trustandwill.com/DMA.  Greenlight - Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free when you go to Greenlight.com/dma.  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Have you ever struggled with a repetitive sin that you can’t seem to break on your own? Do you swing from feelings of shame to justifying sin as no big deal? Do you understand the enemy’s tactics and how he preys on our weaknesses?  Today Kirby Kelly- speaker, author, scholar, and Christian content creator- joins me to share her powerful and very vulnerable story. Kirby dealt with habitual sin for years until the Lord showed up in His grace and mercy to set her free. She shares how sanctification works in the life of believers and how the Christian community and other women standing beside her helped release her from shame and break off chains.  Kirby also talks about green and red light zones which are boundaries that keep us free from sin and out of enemy territory. She discusses the difference between operating from a place of superhuman, subhuman, and simply human mindsets and how each of those affects our view of sin and ourselves.  Through vulnerability, boundaries, our identity in Christ, and understanding our enemy Kirby imparts truth and tools that are truly life-changing.  Connect with Kirby Kelly:  Website:  Kirby Kelly Facebook: Kirby Kelly Instagram:  Kirby Kelly 🕊️✨🌿 (@kirbyisaboss) Links Mentioned:   You Can Be Free: by Kirby Kelly Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age: by Rosaria Butterfield You Are More Than You've Been Told: by Hosanna Wong The Soul of Shame: by Curt Thompson Perfect or Perfected | Pastor Robert Morris | Gateway Church The Art Of War: by Sun Tzu You Can Be Free — Kirby Kelly  Preorder bonus material Related Episodes: Redeeming Shame through Community :: Dr. Curt Thompson [Ep 308] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 190] Finding Courage to Speak Up When You’re Not OK :: Kristen Glass [Ep 427] Featured Sponsors:  Betterhelp: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. Green Chef: Go to GreenChef.com/dma50 and use code “dma50” to get 50% off, plus 20% off your next two months. #1 meal kit for eating well.  Rhone Apparel: The Course to Court Collection can get you through any workday and straight into whatever comes next. Head to rhone.com/DMA and use promo code DMA to save 20% off your entire order.  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Today kicks off our new sidetracked series with a surprise guest! Toni Collier- author, speaker, podcaster, and single mom- joins us to cover all the topics. Toni is the author of Broken Crayons Still Color and encourages people that even in the hard and dark parts of life God is waiting to use us. In our brokenness, we can see God in the land of the living. She reminds us that regardless of events in our past there is still hope and joy to be found. Toni discusses how we lose wonder and excitement as we become adults and how to remain like a child while we look for God in the everyday, He is always working if we have the eyes to see it.  It wouldn't be sidetracked though if we didn’t go on every tangent possible from tattoos with Ann Voskamp, to Toni’s dream concert, sushi, and the Ironman movies, we cover it all.  Connect with Toni Collier:  Website:  HOME | Toni Collier Facebook: Toni J Collier  Instagram:  Toni Collier (@tonijcollier) Links Mentioned:   PODCAST | Toni Collier Brave Enough to Be Broken: by Toni Collier Broken Crayons Still Color: by Toni Collier Ironman movie Matched workout sets on Amazon (something like this) Nuuly Torres - Black Truffle Potato Chips  Related Episodes: When You’re Busy and Stressed by Mom Life Expectations :: Joanna Weaver [Ep 463] Brave Enough to be Broken :: Toni Collier [Ep 388] Broken Crayons Still Color :: Toni Collier [Ep 267] Featured Sponsors:  Greenlight: Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free when you go to GREENLIGHT.com/dma Thrive Causemetics: Refresh your everyday look with Thrive Causemetics. Luxury beauty that gives back. Right now, you can get an exclusive 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Dwell: If you're struggling to find time to read the Bible, then head over to dwellbible.com/dma  to receive your 25% discount today. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Did you know that once you are postpartum you are always postpartum? Do you have issues from pregnancy, birth, or c-sections that have followed you and don’t know where to turn? Do you know that only 4% of parents are getting the movement that they need?  Today Krystle Howald, a women’s health physical therapist and co-founder of Expecting and Empowered, is here to break down some of the pains and issues we as moms experience after birth and beyond. While going to physical therapy school she quickly realized there were limited resources for moms who have incontinence issues, pain during sex, or just want to feel good in their body after childbirth.  She shares tips on how to baby-carry without injury, how to breathe properly to bring our body back into alignment, and how to fit movement in as a busy mom.  Krystle brings hope, proving there are providers out there that want to help with the pain or shame around these sensitive topics, and that God has created our bodies to heal. Stick around until the end where she shares a coupon code for the Expecting and Empowered App!  Connect with Krystle Howald:  Website: Expecting and Empowered Instagram:  Expecting and Empowered App: App — Expecting and Empowered Links Mentioned:   Podcast — Expecting and Empowered Code for app: dontmomalone to get 25% off a one year subscription  Related Episodes: Overcoming Barriers to Sexual Intimacy :: Nancy Houston [Ep 206] Postpartum Depression :: Brittany Turner [Ep 277] The Ripple Effect of Healthy Sexual Connection :: Francie Winslow [Ep 138] Featured Sponsors:  Honeylove- Treat yourself to the best bras on the market and save 20% off at honeylove.com/DMA Better Help- This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. Thrive Market- Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Rebecca St. James, a popular Australian American contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and actress, is here to talk about the amazing new movie Unsung Hero, which chronicles her family's journey to rebuild their lives from the ground up. She shares personal stories from her childhood and how their mom’s faith stands up against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold on to theirs. Rebecca vulnerably shares her own  marriage and motherhood struggles as she longed to be married and have children and how God shaped her through the waiting. Once she started a family all of the spiritual disciplines that her parents instilled in her have become an important part of how she and her husband lead their children today.  This movie and conversation reminds us that every Christian family is called to a unique adventure- they are not all the same but God has a plan for every one of us. When we settle for cookie-cutter lives we are missing out on the miracles He has for us. Be encouraged today that God has an adventure for your family when we step out in faith.  Connect with Rebecca St. James:  Website:  RSJ (rebeccastjames.com) Facebook: Rebecca St. James Instagram:  Rebecca St. James (@rebeccast.james) Links Mentioned:   Unsung Hero | Now Playing In Theaters Thank-You-Poster.pdf (focusonthefamily.com) Related Episodes: Summer of Mentorship 2019 Week Four :: Helen Smallbone Raising Rock Stars on a Firm Foundation :: Helen Smallbone [Ep 166] The Day Fear Died :: Courtney Smallbone [Ep 201] Lasting Parent-Child Relationships :: Summer of Mentorship 2022 Week 1 Featured Sponsors:  Thrive Causemetics- 10% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Vegamour- Get twenty percent off your first order by going to VEGAMOUR.com/DMA and use code DMA at check out Greenlight- This episode is sponsored by Greenlight. Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free when you go to GREENLIGHT.com/dma Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
As usual, this sidetracked has so much packed into it, especially as we head into Mother’s Day and the end-of-school-year May(hem). We recap my son Quade’s final high school musical performance as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Once again the tears are flowing as I process having a senior and all of the final milestones that come along with it.  Cynthia tries to describe what her best Mother’s Day would look like and it ends up being a 1980’s party with a clean house and peaceful kids. While I would like to bring back the homemade Mother’s Day crafts, let’s get all the high school teachers on board. Cynthia chats about what summer looks like when the college kids come home, it's around-the-clock fun with the little one up at 6:30 AM and the big kids up until the wee hours of the morning.  Come laugh along with us as we face the month of May and all of the busyness and big feelings that come along with this season of motherhood.  Stick around to the end where we share a big announcement about how the summer of podcasting will look.  Connect with Cynthia Yanof:  Website:   https://cynthiayanof.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof  Instagram:  @cynthiayanof  Podcast: MESSmerized  Links Mentioned:   LTK | Fashion, Home, Beauty, Fitness and More Life Is Messy, God Is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life: by Cynthia Yanof Chico's (chicos.com) Forgiving What You Can't Forget: by Lysa TerKeurst I Shouldn't Feel This Way: by Alison Cook PhD The Body Keeps the Score: by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. A Mother’s Day Questionnaire for your kiddos to fill out. A Questionnaire you fill out about your kids by Brooke Romney The Holderness Family When Mother’s Day isn’t Facebook Perfect Related Episodes: Forgiving What You Can’t Forget :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 304] Embracing the Mom You’re Meant to Be :: Jo Saxton [Ep 283] The Goal Isn’t Happy Children :: Cynthia Yanof – Summer of Mentorship – Wk 6 [Ep 419] Featured Sponsors:  Total Gym- For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/DMA Better Help- This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at BetterHelp.com/dma today to get 10% off your first month and get on your way to being your best self. VisitFind links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you feel like you are just existing with your family instead of being intentional? Are you finding it hard to consistently spend time with the Lord as a busy mom? Do you wonder how to train your kids in Godly principles and practices that last a lifetime?  Today Jennifer Pepito- author, podcaster, and homeschool curriculum writer- joins me to talk about her new book Habits for a Sacred Home. She studied the ancient practices and habits of monks and Christian women who have gone before us to see how they lived and how we can use some of their tools in our homes.  Through the Benedictine rule, she discovered nine principles that can guide our days: simplicity, stewardship, order, stability, hospitality, community, prayer, and work. Jennifer talks about what this looks like in the imperfect, busy, messy seasons that family life brings. Life does not need to be idyllic to have a sacred home.  The goal of these practices is not to have another burden or to-do list but to create space for the Holy Spirit to show up in our families and guide us as we walk through life together submitted to Him.  Connect with Jennifer Pepito:  Website:  THE PEACEFUL PRESS Facebook: Jennifer Pepito Instagram:  Jennifer Pepito (@jenniferpepito) Links Mentioned:   Restoration Home with Jennifer Pepito [PODCAST] Habits for a Sacred Home: by Jennifer Pepito  Really Very Crunchy: by Emily Morrow  The Rule of St. Benedict  Atomic Habits: by James Clear He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith: by Walter Ciszek Kimberly June Miller Mothering by the Book: by Jennifer Pepito Related Episodes: Inner Healing Prayer :: Jennifer Barnett [Ep 323] Creating Family Culture :: Amber O’Neal Johnston [SOM Wk 4] Create a Home of Belonging and Becoming :: Sally Clarkson {Ep 107} Featured Sponsors:  Skylight- Get 15% off a Skylight Calendar at SkylightCal.com/ALONE Dwell- Receive 25% off today dwellbible.com/dma  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you often feel like you are dropping all the spinning plates? That you can’t keep up or believe the lie that you are the worst mom and wife? Do you wonder why you are not further along, why does everyone else seem to have it together?  Today Joanna Weaver- author, speaker, and podcaster- joins me to discuss her new book Embracing Trust. We also spent time talking about her classic Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and how that message has stayed applicable through the years. We want to worship at the feet of Jesus like Mary but the Martha in us keeps bossing us around, telling us to work harder and strive more. Joanna reminds us that if we tend our connection with the Lord everything else flows out of that place. The tasks and needs do not disappear but the ability to tackle them with grace, tranquility, and truth increases as we spend time at the feet of Jesus.   Connect with Joanna Weaver:  Website:  Christian Author and Speaker - Joanna Weaver Facebook: Joanna Weaver Books Instagram:  Joanna Weaver | Christian Author (@joannaweaverbooks) Links Mentioned:   Podcast - Joanna Weaver Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: by Joanna Weaver Embracing Trust: by Joanna Weaver Don't Mom Alone: by Heather MacFadyen  Related Episodes: The What, Why and Work-through of Panic Attacks :: Kasey Van Norman [Ep 452] Inner Healing Prayer :: Jennifer Barnett [Ep 323] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 190] Exchange False Beliefs with True Identity :: Jamie Winship [Ep 433] Featured Sponsors:  Skylight Calendar - Get 15% off a Skylight Calendar at SkylightCal.com/ALONE Greenlight- Greenlight is a debit card and money app made for families. Get your first month free at GREENLIGHT.com/DMA Thrive Causemetics- get an exclusive 20% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you feel like you just need more money to create a home you love? Do you want an inviting home that feels peaceful and open to your friends and family? Are you confused about your decorating style and end up buying random decor that does not work?  Myquillyn Smith, author and founder of the Nesting Place, joins me to help with all of the House Rules that can be so overwhelming. She gives me advice on how to update my kitchen on a limited budget by utilizing Pinterest. Plus gives advice on everything from throw pillows, lamps, wallpaper, and buying new couches. Myquillyn says that decorating is taking the time to learn about yourself and what you need for your home. Building the confidence to make big and small decisions that lead to a home you love and is functional. She reminds us that it does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.  One powerful statement from Myquillyn is to not wait to get started, get started today on creating a home you love. One that you, your family, and your friends can be invited into a place of peace and rest.  Connect with Myquillyn Smith:  Website:  Nesting Place Facebook: Nesting Place Instagram:  Myquillyn Smith (@thenester) Links Mentioned:   House Rules: How to Decorate for Every Home, Style, and Budget by Myquillyn Smith The Cozy Minimalist Community Jason Saft | Staged To Sell Home (@stagedtosellhome) The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful: by Myquillyn Smith Quiz: What's Your Decorating Era? Related Episodes: How to Quit Hustle and Embrace Small-Moment Living :: Emily Freeman {Ep 83} Create a Home of Belonging and Becoming :: Sally Clarkson {Ep 107} Your Unique Color Palette and Authentic Style :: Karen Blanc [Ep 343] Featured Sponsors:  Honeylove - Save 20% Off at honeylove.com/DMA Skylight - Get 15% off a Skylight Calendar at SkylightCal.com/ALONE StoryWorth - Save $10 on your first purchase when you go to StoryWorth.com/DMA  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you feel as if you are always measuring yourself as a mom? Do you feel like the pressure to keep up with moms around you is overwhelming? Do you feel snappy or resentful at your kids and husband? Today, author Sara Hagerty joins me to talk about her new book, The Gift Of Limitations. She is a wife and mom of seven with four adopted kids. Sara shares how we often find ourselves daydreaming about other seasons and how to recognize our limits and give ourselves grace without shame and complaining. When we name our limits we can actually grieve them and let God give us the story He is intricately weaving for our families. Society tells us we can be limitless, we can optimize everything, but Sara reminds us that the limits and plot twists in our life are all from a good Father who is at work in our stories.  Connect with Sara Hagerty:  Website:   Sara Hagerty Facebook: Sara Hagerty Instagram:  Sara Hagerty (@sarahagertywrites) Links Mentioned:   The Gift of Limitations: Finding Beauty in Your Boundaries: by Sara Hagerty Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things: by Sara Hagerty Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed: by Sara Hagerty Related Episodes: When You Feel Unseen :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 175] Every Bitter Thing is Sweet :: Sara Hagerty [Ep 143] Help When You Feel Weak :: Lisa Whittle [Ep 170] Featured Sponsors:  BetterHelp: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/DMA and get on your way to being your best self.” Total Gym: Remember: It only takes 10-20 minutes a day to reshape your body. Head to TotalGymDirect.com/DMA for an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order. Plus that includes a FREE AbCrunch attachment AND free shipping. This special offer won’t be available for much longer. Thrive Market: Save time and money and shop Thrive Market today. Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Right off the bat Cynthia and I get sidetracked by my grumpy mood. A mood I blamed on an instagram battle but probably more about my grief of having a senior who is actually going to college!  There’s some rehashing of the Bachelor, Heather’s advice for renting with Turo and discussion whether audiobooks count as reading. We also get sidetracked talking about all of the end-of-school year emotions including Cynthia's current struggle over her first grader’s learning and reading challenges. She claims her stage of life is somewhere between Kidzbop music and shapewear from Soma. Which makes us wonder how would you describe your current parenting stage?  Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on (or maybe you are in both seasons) this episode will give you encouragement that God cares for our kids more than we ever will and He has a good story for their lives.  Connect with Cynthia Yanof:  Website:   https://cynthiayanof.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof  Instagram:  @cynthiayanof  Podcast: MESSmerized  Links Mentioned:   Turo car rental marketplace Watch Mean Girls Chico's Soma Heather’s new Cupshe bathing suit Amazon.com: Audible Books The Women: by Kristin Hannah Confessions of a Shopaholic: by Sophie Kinsella Me before You by Jojo Moyes  Don't Mom Alone: by Heather MacFadyen Life Is Messy, God Is Good: by Cynthia Yanof Cynthia’s MESSmerized Patreon Heather’s Don't Mom Alone Patreon  Related Episodes: Emotional Maturity, Teamwork, and 25 years of Marriage :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 458] Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids :: Dr. Kara Powell [Ep 290] How to Stay Calm with School Stress :: Kirk Martin {Ep 88} Featured Sponsors:  Thrive Causemetics- get an exclusive 20% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Earbud and Trigger warning We live on the other side of the Resurrection! If you find yourself in the middle of brokenness and ruin, we pray this episode reminds you that your heavenly Father God is in the redemption business.  Today Nadia Louise joins me to share her powerful testimony. Her story is woven with so many layers of trauma and pain from a narcissistic, abusive father to the death of her brother when she was just 17 years old. That event was the catalyst that allowed Nadia to hear the voice of the Lord. But her story was not over; she still walked through pain, suffering, more death, and heartbreak. As she learned to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His voice she began to heal from depression, self-harm, and her past.  Listen in to Nadia’s powerful story and know that God still heals, still redeems, and still works today.  Connect with Nadia Louise:  YouTube: Nadia Louise (youtube.com) Instagram:  nadia louise (@itsnadialouise) Links Mentioned:   Dancing on the Grave–Naomi Cantwell and Christ for the Nations  Kiddell (@ohkiddell) Upperroom (uprmdallas.org) Related Episodes: Forgiving What You Can’t Forget :: Lysa TerKeurst [Ep 304] Faith in the Unexpected :: Christine Caine You Are Never Alone :: Max Lucado [Ep 298] Life Giving Faith in Every Circumstance :: Lisa Appelo [SofM wk 2] Featured Sponsors:  Trust & Will- Get 10% off plus free shipping of your estate plan documents trustandwill.com/DMA Vegamour- For a limited time get twenty percent off your first subscription order at VEGAMOUR.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Bruce joins me today to discuss 25 years of marriage and answer listener questions like-  What did you learn in year 25 that you wish you knew in year 1? How do you make time for intimacy? How to handle times when your significant other is having a struggle with faith? And, What are you looking forward to when your kids are grown and flown?  I discuss how I’ve grown in emotional maturity while Bruce talks about how to get out of the ruts and routines of work and family life. We also tackle different personality types and how we handle those when parenting our boys. Teen parenting is hard y’all, there are no formulas but we have learned that teamwork is essential.  God had been so good and faithful through 25 years of marriage and parenting. Join us today as we share the vulnerable, hard, and good parts of the journey.  Connect with Bruce:  Website:  zello.com/about-us LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-macfadyen/  Links Mentioned:   A Drama Triangle explanation A Definition of Locus of Control  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow  Parenting with Hope: Raising Teens for Christ in a Secular Age: by Melissa B. Kruger  Shōgun: The Complete Novel: by James Clavell The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany: by William Shirer Related Episodes: Bruce Learns to Label His Feelings :: Bruce and Heather [Ep 316] Talking, Teens, and Twenty-four Years :: Bruce + Heather [Ep 399] Changing the Atmosphere of Your Home with Positive Parenting :: Ralphie Jacobs [Ep 456] Helping Socially Anxious Boys :: David Thomas [Ep 451] Featured Sponsors:  Better Help- DMA is sponsored by BetterHelp. BetterHelp.com/DMA today to get 10% off your first month. Greenlight- Greenlight is a debit card and money app made for families. Get your first month free at GREENLIGHT.com/DMA Total Gym- For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/dma Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you feel like you are on the hamster wheel of expectations this culture throws at your teen? Do you feel the pressure and pull of having them in every sport, activity, and tutor to excel? Is church becoming a point of struggle every Sunday?  Melissa Kruger joins me to talk about all things teen and how to raise them in this culture that is pointing to everything but Jesus.  Melissa is an author and Bible teacher who encourages women as they walk through life and motherhood. We talk about how to enjoy our teens instead of curating their lives and how to allow them space to fail. Melissa shares the three pillars that are the foundation of a home focused on Christ- God’s word, prayer, and the Church. We dive into each of these and how to practically walk them out in our homes and with our teens. Melissa ultimately reminds us that as recipients of God’s unfailing grace, we get to share that identity with our kids as we guide them through these challenging years.  Connect with Melissa Kruger  Website:  Melissa Kruger (melissabkruger.com) Facebook: Melissa B. Kruger Instagram:  Melissa Kruger (@melissabryankruger) Links Mentioned:   Pre-order “Parenting with Hope” Books – Melissa Kruger Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein   Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know by Melissa B Kruger The Gospel Coalition (TGC) Article on Melissa’s family prayer routine: Now’s the Time! Resources for Family Devotions  Related Episodes: “What is My Responsibility in My Child’s Salvation?” :: Vela Tomba [Ep 431] Freeing Your Adolescents to Step Into Adulthood – Ages and Stages – Teens :: Dr. Ken Wilgus [Ep 382] Doubt, Questions and Your Teen’s Growing Faith :: Mary Jo Sharp [Ep 375] Featured Sponsors:  Caraway- Non-toxic cookware made modern. Visit Carawayhome.com/DMA for 10% off your next purchase. Thrive Market- Get convenient, high-quality, affordable groceries delivered with Thrive Market! Go to ThriveMarket.com/DMA for 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift! Vegamour- Elevate your hair wellness routine this year with Vegamour. For a limited time get 20% off your first subscription order of Gro Hair Serum by going to VEGAMOUR.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Is your home a place of peace or one of anger and frustration? Do you feel exhausted from the arguing and bickering between kids? Does the bedtime struggle make most evenings end in overwhelm?  Ralphie Jacobs is here to help us understand the science and tactics behind Positive Parenting. She started her career in early childhood education and soon realized through her own parenting struggles that there was a lack of resources for behavior change through Positive Parenting. She teaches parents how to change their own behaviors to change home environments and the practical steps to get there.  Shifting the atmosphere of our home can feel like turning the Titanic, but Ralphie gives us hope that we can walk a path of gratitude instead of a path of scarcity.  Connect with Ralphie Jacobs:  Website:  Simply On Purpose - Home Instagram:  Ralphie• Positive Parenting (@simplyonpurpose) Links Mentioned:   Calm in the Chaos Webinar (watch the replay)  50+ ideas for spending one-on-one time with your kid Related Episodes: Choosing Connection Over Critique :: Rachel Macy Stafford [Ep 280] How to Stop Yelling, Lecturing and Power Struggles :: Kirk Martin {Ep 62} The Window of Tolerance :: Charissa Fry [Ep 260]  Featured Sponsors:  Honeylove–Get 20% OFF @honeylove by going to honeylove.com/DMA  Thrive Causemetics–Right now, you can get an exclusive 20% off your first order at thrivecausemetics.com/DMA Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Do you feel the pull between protecting your family and kids while having compassion on the orphan and the widow who are crossing our borders? Do you feel confused about immigration laws and sustainable immigration practices?  Today Bri Stensrud, author, human dignity advocate, and the Director at Women of Welcome shares her heart on immigration. She began her career as a pro-life advocate and after going to Mexico and seeing the reality of so many women and children, compassionate care quickly became her mission.  Bri tells us that we can advocate for secure, safe, and legal borders and also the dignity of those arriving here in America. Fear and confusion can often cause us not to engage in the conversation or the communities around us but the Lord has called us to be salt and light. Stick around for the end where she gives practical ideas on how to reach out to those who have fled from desperate situations to bring friendship and hope.  Connect with Bri Stensrud:  Website:  Bri Stensrud - Women of Welcome Facebook: Women of Welcome | Facebook Instagram:  Women of Welcome (@womenofwelcome) Links Mentioned:   Start with Welcome: The Journey toward a Confident and Compassionate Immigration Conversation: by Bri Stensrud World Relief  Compassion International Show Me the Way by Henri Nouwen (the lent study Heather is doing)  Private Refugee Settlement Program   Related Episodes: The Ministry of Presence in a Broken World :: Tess Clarke [Ep. 252] Compassion Changes Everything :: Jonathan Almonte [Ep 264] Many Hues, One Humanity :: Dr. Lucretia Berry [Ep 282] Featured Sponsors:  BetterHelp–This episode is sponsored by/brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/dma and get on your way to being your best self. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
Today’s show starts with a small hiccup and then really gets going with our guest and listener Rachel Green (but not that one ;)).  We discussed what we had for breakfast and it was everything from a frittata, to coconut milk yogurt with all the toppings, to a Diet Dr. Pepper with saltines. Can you guess who ate what?  Rachel admits to being sidetracked by ruminating over her busy calendar, and how Cynthia’s book is helping her, “get comfortable with being uncomfortable so she can bring others in”. We share what the Lord is teaching us lately including Kingdom success vs. the world’s success and how to prioritize relationships over tasks. All while Cynthia starts a new segment called, “How are we even friends?”. Lastly, don’t forget to tag us on socials with your amazing dog names (Heather promises not to judge).  Connect with Cynthia Yanof:  Website:  https://cynthiayanof.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.yanof  Instagram:  @cynthiayanof  Podcast: Episodes – Cynthia Yanof Links Mentioned:    Life Is Messy, God Is Good: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life: by Yanof, Cynthia Jordan's Skinny Syrups Sugar Free Coffee Syrup, Vanilla Life Is Beautiful (English Subtitled) Right Where You Belong: How to Identify and Fully Occupy Your God-Given Space: by Heather MacFadyen Women, Food and Hormones  Jesus cookies Lume deodorant (use DMA to get $5 off starter pack) Clothes Steamer  Related Episodes: “Plump it Up”:: Sidetracked by 10 years of Podcasting [Ep 437] Balancing Work and Family Life :: Tricia Goyer [Ep 7] Strengthening Our Friendships :: Susan Seay [Ep 289] Featured Sponsors:  Greenlight–So stop putting off the “Money Talk” and start putting your kids on the right path. Sign up for Greenlight today and get your first month free at GREENLIGHT.com/dma. Lume– As a special offer for listeners, new customers GET $5 OFF a Lume Starter Pack with code DMA at LumeDeodorant.com. That equates to over 40% off your Starter Pack. Trust and Will –Secure your assets and protect your loved ones with Trust and Will. Get 10% off plus free shipping of your estate plan documents by visiting trustandwill.com/DMA. Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
If you need a reminder that God can redeem and restore a broken marriage, this week’s guest, Kathy Bush shares her powerful restoration testimony.  Kathy and Tim have been married for 42 years, many of those years filled with hurt, pain and infidelity. Their story centers around a primary marriage challenge —bringing two stories,  backgrounds, and expectations together. It took Kathy and Tim hitting rock bottom to begin a two-year process of counseling where they found a place of healing.  Kathy reminds us that God designed marriage before He designed the church and that it can be a powerful tool against the enemy if we can walk in step together. Today Kathy and Tim run War Room Ministries to serve men, marriages, families, and churches across the country and help families find healing.  Connect with Kathy Bush:  Website:  Home - War Room Ministries Instagram:  War Room Ministries (@warroomministry)  Links Mentioned:   Sex on The First Date by Tim and Kathy Bush The Bible Recap Family Life –Weekend to Remember Conferences Genesis Women's Shelter---resources if you are in an abusive relationship Related Episodes: Building Strong Marriages :: Kimberly Beam Holmes [Ep 374] Finding the Courage to Speak Up When You’re Not Ok :: Kristen Glass [Ep 427] Rebuilding from an Abusive Marriage :: Jeni B [Ep 246]  Infidelity, Divorce and Redeeming Love :: Rebekah Greer [Ep 8] Walking Through Divorce :: Lara Williams [Ep 324]  Sinners Married to Sinners–How God Refines Us :: Cheryl Scruggs and Jae Carpenter [Ep 195] Featured Sponsors:  Find links to this week’s sponsors and unique promo codes at dontmomalone.com/sponsors. 
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Comments (20)

Amanda Aubrey

This is by far one of my favorite podcasts. I love the wide range of topics covered. It's been a great help in my motherboard journey.

Apr 26th
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waytobeap

I have loved this!

Jul 7th
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Allison Ward

loved this particular episode. I have been really feeling like I've been missing hearing from the Lord. so this was timely. I was wondering if you had any resources or recommendations on studying about the Holy Spirit?

Jan 8th
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Sally Kunis

I cannot recommend this show enough. I've been listening to podcasts on parenting, faith and homemaking for more than 3 years now. This is simply the best and most authentic show out there. So many great guests with great advice and resources on ALL the topics that come up on your motherhood journey. It has been and still is a game changer for me and has so much inspiration and encouragement and tons of applicable,practical advice. Heather is just a fantastic host - very genuine and honest but never self centered. It's a real gem and I love how she always makes me go to Jesus.

Oct 13th
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sweet dee is azor ahai

there *aren't* innate differences. Girls and boys are just people. what many conservatives (especially complementarians) confuse for biology is socialization. Society teaches boys it's bad to show softness and teaches girls they're not allowed to not be soft (yet it is still shameful to be, just less so than boys). Rigid gender roles were not part of God's plan- we see in the curses of Adam and Eve that they were just the opposite.

Nov 22nd
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Emily Mihocko-Bowling

is "how to develop empathy in kids" a book? anyone send me a link? not able to find on Amazon

Dec 11th
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Timmy Beasley

I'm learning and growing so much listening to this podcast!

Oct 17th
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Brittany Schultz

Love the new logo thingy!! super cute!

Oct 3rd
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Brittany Schultz

I am already crying and it is only the intro...oh my goodness. this might mean I have a 5 day old newborn a 1 1/2 year old and a fresh 4 year old. and it might mean sleep has been rare the last 5 nights...

Jun 26th
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Emma Mann

awesome podcast. great ideas. loved it!

Jun 15th
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Heather Terrell

So good!! I needed the reminder that resting is also a gift for my family. (8 days into summer break with 4 kiddos here! Pray for me! :) )

Jun 4th
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Willie Fountainjr

let hear more

Mar 4th
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Ivelisse Pierce

what books do you recommend that can break the bible down little better

Feb 13th
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Elisabeth C

Hey Heather I'm not sure how to comment on your latest episode, but the book (affiliate!) links aren't actually linked! Can you change them into links so if we buy the book you get the credit? :)

Jan 29th
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MCA DWB

love to hear more plzzzz

Jan 15th
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Danielle A

Love that I found this app that has this podcast!

Nov 29th
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Erneshia Scott

So helpful

Oct 28th
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Kellie Curry

would love to hear more

Oct 10th
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