That Sounds Fun Episode 38: Andrea Lucado

on May 18, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Dre and I have been great friends for what feels like a million years… probably closer to 7 or 8. As you will hear in this conversation, she and I jump right in and talk about all the things- funny and serious and important and absolutely not important. ūüôā

If you have a single woman in your life, this may be a good episode to share with her. Because at one point, Dre and I definitely forgot we were recording and just went for it. So. Enjoy that. ūüôā

Her new book English Lessons is absolutely one of my favorite reads of 2017. I’m gifting it to A LOT of friends this year and I bet you will too once you read it!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here’s a list of all the stuff we talked about in this episode!

Steven Curtis Chapman

Danielle Walker

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors


The Ryman Auditorium

– Andrea Lucado

Max Lucado

English Lessons

Fixer Upper

Air B&B Link!  (I knew you could find it, Haile!!)

Letting the land lie fallow

Oxford University

Oxford Brookes University

University of Edinburgh

Lady Antebellum

Jon Acuff

Looking for Lovely

Rebekah Lyons

That Sounds Fun Weekend

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That Sounds Fun Episode 37: Steven Curtis Chapman

on May 11, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Y’all. This one. Such a special day. I’ve been a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman for YEARS- truly years. So to get to sit down with him for the podcast was incredibly special. His new book, Between Heaven and the Real World, is an amazing read about an equally amazing career, with many honest spots of vulnerability and pain.

Hope you enjoy this episode (sorry I cried) and grab a copy of his book for yourself!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

– Steven Curtis Chapman

Between Heaven and the Real World

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Opryland USA

Grand Ole Opry

Tennessee Titans

Nashville Predators

Sparrow Records

Word Records

Colony House

Kings of Leon

The Mountain

–¬†Choosing to SEE

Looking for Lovely

The Ryman

Sam’s Place

Tom Ryman

Union Gospel Tabernacle

Nashville Now Show

Faith Hill

Rascal Flatts

Love and Theft

Hillary Scott

Matthew West

Holly Williams

Craig Morgan

Ray Stevens

Ronnie Milsap


When You are a Soldier

Scott Sauls

Heaven in the Real World

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Mother’s Day For All The Women In Your Village.

on May 9, 2017 in Single Stuff with 4 comments by

Celebrate All The Women In Your Village
It’s the week of Mother’s Day, which is a surprisingly complicated holiday for it’s simple title.

You can correct me, but I honestly don’t know another day¬†that can elicit such a variety of emotions in women- ecstatic joy for some, deep heartbreak for others, disappointment, happiness, a literal cornucopia of feelings.¬†And I get it.

Usually Mother’s Day is specifically meant to celebrate biological/adoptive moms and grandmothers. And they deserve it! But aren’t there more “mothers” than that?

Who is a mother? Who mothers?

I watch my friend Katy be an amazing aunt to her brother’s kids. Katy mothers¬†their little lives, alongside their amazing mom.

I watch as my friend Logan and her family invite single women in to live with them for seasons of time. Logan mothers those young women and those young women mother Logan’s kids.

One of my best friend’s daughter said to¬†me, “you’re the best friend a five year old girl could ask for.” I’m not her mama, but I’m a mothering voice… and, apparently, the best friend a five year old girl could ask for. ūüôā

. . . . .

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mother’s Day and my single friends, and myself, who do not get to celebrate it. Here’s what I know from my own life and the life of my friends, both married and singles-¬†so many families DEEPLY love and appreciate the single women who invest in the lives of their children, and SO many singles get joy and life from¬†spending¬†time with families.

. . . . .

It takes a village, right?

I know that was true back in the days when we were all actually living in villages, but I think it’s still true today. I see it in my own story, the way I can pop over to Luke and Heather’s house and play with the girls while Heather finishes up dinner, or how God uses Annie’s kids to remind me of how good my life is. About once a week I FaceTime with my friends in Texas and the little girls and I chat and play games while the parents get some minutes to talk like adults.

Life in a village¬†isn’t just about helping the families.

Villages are built to help those with family 

AND be family for those without.

I just wonder if this year, if Mother’s Day 2017, could be the year that you celebrate ALL¬†the mothering voices in your village?… including the single women who aren’t mamas but have a mother’s heart, that haven’t birthed a kid, but birth joy and fun and rest in your home and in the lives of your children.

Who is she?

  • Your babysitter?
  • Your best friend?
  • Your sister?
  • Your next door neighbor?
  • Your kid’s swim coach?
  • Your kid’s teacher?
  • The volunteer at church?

And what does it look like to celebrate her?

For my birthday last¬†year, my favorite four year old dude¬†drew me a picture. It’s me and a huge soccer ball (he knows me well), and my mama friend asked her son to answer a handful of questions about me. You know, one of those cute fill-in-the-blank things that every pre-school class does.

It’s super common, probably every mom has one, but I didn’t.

And it hangs in my office, proudly displayed. I love it so so much.

. . . . .

It doesn’t take much to put hope in the heart of a woman who wants to be a mom someday.

I don’t speak for every single woman and I am not the spokesperson for singleness. But please trust me when I say that for a family to notice you, love you, celebrate you as a vital part of their village? It matters far deeper than you can even know. My village does this really well for me- it has been insanely life-giving to be called “family” by kids AND parents that aren’t my biological family and to be included and celebrated in that way. I’m so so thankful.

Families have an amazing opportunity this week to offer HOPE and LOVE to single women who may feel a lack or heartache around this holiday.

So on Mother’s Day, will you please look around your village? Don’t just look up and down your family line (but definitely celebrate your mama too!). Look to the left, to the right, look all around your village for single women who are partnering with you and¬†mothering your children alongside you.

Thank God for her, the one who stands by you and loves your littles and has the heart of a mama.

And in some small but special way, celebrate her.

. . . . .

[reposting this from last year because it still feels very very true to me. amen. happy mother’s day week, friends.]

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