Friday Introductions

Friday Introductions

15137649_10207195979127026_3517119018016044979_oI noticed recently that I have a few new blog followers, so I wanted to take some time to introduce myself—at least, a more thorough introduction than you get on my “About Me” page. So, welcome! I have no idea what brought you to my blog (actually, according to my blog stats, it was probably this cast iron nacho recipe ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), but I’m glad you’re here. Thanks for taking a few minutes of your day to read my words and thoughts. Here we go!

I am … first and foremost a Christian, a follower of Christ. I’m also Stephen’s wife and a not-so-patiently waiting momma-to-be thanks to the gift of adoption. During the week, I work as a writer and editor for a company in Nashville, where I specialize in healthcare writing.

I am currently reading … The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I just finished The Lucky Few by Heather Avis—it was an incredible and encouraging book. Next on the list is Lisa Harper’s book, The Sacrament of Happy.

I love listening to … podcasts! My current favorites are “The Popcast With Knox and Jamie” and “The Happy Hour With Jamie Ivey.” Both release new episodes every Wednesday, and they are the highlights of my mid-week commutes. When I’m at work, I usually have headphones on and listen to worship music. If I’m busy writing, however, it’s most likely just instrumental music playing.

When I’m not at work, I love to … bake, read and spend time with my husband. I love making cupcakes! It’s actually really relaxing for me; I just hate the clean up. My husband and I spend a lot of time together. We love going to concerts and sporting events, trying new restaurants, and just hanging out together. We’re really and truly best friends.


I enjoy watching … reality TV. You’re probably judging me right now, and that’s OK, I don’t blame you. I love “Big Brother” and “The Bachelor.” I know, that seems so trashy and I don’t even care. I also like talent shows such as “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” and even “The Voice.” I like watching people chase after their dreams! Other than that, my favorite show is “This Is Us.”

I’m currently obsessed with … the nursery in our house. It’s my favorite room in the house, and I can’t wait to sit in there with a sweet baby. Sometimes I just sit in there and journal and pray, and other times I just peek my head in the room and smile. On days when the adoption process feels discouraging, that room can bring a smile to my face.


Jumping on the Podcast Train

Jumping on the Podcast Train

I’m late to the podcast party. I’m fully aware of that. I’m pretty sure Steve Jobs introduced the podcast software to the world back in 2005, but here I am, 12 years later, just jumping on board.

I’m usually behind the times. That is, until now!

I was scrolling through Instagram one day when I discovered a woman named Jamie Ivey. She seemed fun, she is an adoption advocate, and her husband is a worship pastor. I thought, “Hey! I’m pursuing adoption and my husband is a worship leader. I think I’ll follow her.” It didn’t take long (like 5 minutes) for me to discover she hosted a weekly podcast called “The Happy Hour With Jamie Ivey.”

Honestly? My first thought was, “A podcast? Seriously? Who even listens to those anymore?” Well, apparently, millions of people. (Remember, I’m behind the times.) After a few days of following Jamie on Instagram, I decided I’d give her podcast a whirl. I scrolled through the endless apps on my iPhone until I found “Podcasts” buried in the folder that I keep my “pointless” apps in. A quick search for Jamie’s name revealed more than 100 episodes with some of my favorite Christian women—Shelley Giglio, Beth Moore, Ann Voskamp, Jen Wilkin, Gloria Furman, Trillia Newbell. Um, hello. Sign me up. That next day, I turned on Bluetooth and set my phone to play over my car speakers, and I listened to Jamie chat with Amy from the Bobby Bones Show as I drove into work. After that episode, I was hooked.

So I searched for more podcasts—and now I have three favorites, which I want to share with you!

Happy-Hour-Logo-Clear The Happy Hour With Jamie IveyI love listening to Jamie, and I love and admire the way she listens to the guests on her show. She knows how to ask questions and then sit back and truly listen—that’s a quality that a lot of people don’t have. I love the Happy Hour, because I get something from every episode. Jamie talks to her guests like she’s talking with a girlfriend—they talk about kids, marriage, life issues, favorite books, things they’re loving, but throughout it all, Jamie manages to point back to Jesus. I’ve never met Jamie personally (though I want to), but it’s so evident from the way she talks to people that she is just overflowing with the love of Jesus. My favorite episodes are #82 with Shay Shull, #108 with Beth Moore and #132 with Heather Avis.

annie-artworkThat Sounds Fun With Annie F. DownsConfession: Sometimes I feel like Annie Downs and I are really good friends. That’s so not true, because we’ve never met in person (although there was that one time that I sat a few rows behind her at a Dave Barnes concert and didn’t  say hi). I’ve read her books, and I just love her. Annie’s podcast is just fun. You can tell she truly loves the guests on her show by the way she talks to them and interacts with them. I laugh every time. I loved, loved, loved the Episode #25 with Rebekah Lyons, Episode #27 with Ellie Holcomb, and you know I adored the two-part episode with Dave Barnes.

11501549The Popcast With Knox and JamieI want to be friends with these people. I so enjoy their conversations about somewhat pointless pop culture topics, and I love their witty banter. I haven’t committed to being a Patreon supporter yet (adoption costs moolah, y’all), but I do go back and listen to old episodes every week. I love it. I can’t give you a favorite episode because I think you should listen to—and love—them all.