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Messy Roads to Motherhood

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1: Mother of 18: Through Biology, Adoption and Fostering with Jenn Taylor

Today, my guest is Jenn Taylor. She is an incredible mama of 18 beautiful children! No, that is not a typo. Jenn has claimed 18 beautiful lives under her care as a biological mom, a foster mom, and adoptive mom, and a step-mom. I am very excited for you to hear how Jenn has managed it all. She will be the first to tell you that, while her family is unconventional, it is filled with as much love, hardship, sacrifice, and laughter as any family. It is clear when you sit down with Jenn that her...

Duration: 00:51:31

Things Learned in 2017 and a Preview of 2018

Today we’re taking a sneak peek into 2018 and Season 2 of the podcast! My goal is to provide a space for every mother to share her story freely, because EVERY story is worthy of being told. In the first 14 episodes, we have heard incredible stories from extremely brave women who shared the tough experiences in becoming a mom, especially when that journey didn’t look the way you expected it to look. We’ve covered topics from infertility to adoption to loss to finding sperm donors---all...

Duration: 00:18:52

14: The Beauty of Motherhood in Non-Traditional Families with Chris Rose

Since this podcast is all about sharing stories of Motherhood from every perspective along the messy road, I am extra excited to have my guest, Chris, on the show with me today. Chris and her wife Charlotte are a same-sex couple with a three-year-old daughter. Chris’ perspective on relationships, pregnancy, family, and motherhood all come from her desire to educate the world about “nontraditional” families. Chris knows she’s different. As a non-binary queer woman, she knows you are going...

Duration: 00:52:58

13: Dealing with the Grief and Loss of a Miscarriage with Cori Aschkenas

Have you experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage? Unfortunately, it seems to be a fairly common part of the messy road of motherhood for so many women. My guest today went through this loss 20 years ago, yet the memories are raw and sharp. I’m happy to have my mother-in-law, Cori Aschkenas, here to share her story about the loss of her third child, Briana. Cori explains the impact of the loss and the recovery that followed her miscarriage. She offers advice about dealing with...

Duration: 00:42:52

12: Finding a New Life as a Single Mom with Carmen Reed-Gilkison

There is no wrong way to be a mom, just different. What we can bring to our children is an opportunity for greatness and success. It might just look a little different for us or for them. That truth is definitely something my new friend Carmen takes to heart. Carmen Reed Gilkison is a single mom who is now an empty nester and launching her own marketing business. If that sounds like a lot, Carmen is fairly used to it. She knows that personal sacrifices are worth the rewards. After...

Duration: 00:42:45

11: Losing a Baby and Male Postpartum Anxiety with Sarah and Jordan Aschkenas

Today I am celebrating because we have had so many amazing Mothers step up to the plate and bravely share their heartaches and joys. It is a powerful thing to hear, and in feeling so empowered I knew it was the time I shared my story. Our story. With me on the show, today is my husband, Jordan. Together, we want to share our messy road to parenthood from multiple perspectives. The journey begins with discovering our first pregnancy was ectopic. What ensues is trips to the ER, plenty of...

Duration: 00:57:43

10: Choosing Motherhood Through Adoption with Emylee Williams

I’ve learned over the past 10 episodes that while every Mother’s story is different, there are always elements in each that I can connect to. Today’s story is no exception. I am delighted to have my friend Emylee Williams with me today as we discuss her Messy Road. What makes Emylee so special to me is that her business, Think Creative Collective, was instrumental in giving me the push I needed to get the podcast going. It’s only fitting that I have Emylee here with me to encourage all the...

Duration: 00:49:12

09: Healing After a Tragic Loss with Crystal Webster

What do we do when the unthinkable happens? Everyone deals with grief in their own way, but one of the most difficult parts of the grief process is healing after the tragic loss. Today’s story is one filled with grief, but also hope and healing. My guest today is Crystal Webster from Sharing Solace. She got some unthinkable news at 32 weeks pregnant that her child would not survive. What is beautiful about Crystal’s story is that she is always looking for silver linings, and is not shy...

Duration: 00:52:50

08: Dealing with Motherhood Guilt and Shame with Kendalyn Banks

Have you been dealing with guilt and shame? How much of that was as a result of comparison? As moms, we are flooded with images and advice about what makes a “Good Mom,” and that often leads to insurmountable guilt and shame. That is why it is so important to share stories of all kinds, so we can banish some myths, and celebrate in common struggles. As we listen to our sisters share their stories, it opens us up to empathy and compassion. Kendalyn Banks is here to share her story, and it...

Duration: 00:51:53

07: Thriving in the Chaos of a Blended Family with Melissa Brown

There’s no wrong way to have a family! That is why I am so excited to bring you a perspective and experience to our show today. Motherhood looks a little different for all the Single Moms out there, and then sometimes re-marriage can lead to blending two families together. Between near-constant transitions, new sibling dynamics, and the inevitable chaos that follows, navigating blended families and co-parenting is anything but easy. My guest, Melissa Brown, is a woman who knows a thing or...

Duration: 00:34:38

06: The Reluctant Mother with Jen Vertanen

Every road to Motherhood is unique, but today I am bringing to you a guest whose story is unlike any we’ve had before. Jen Vertanen never wanted to be a mom. In fact, she went so far as to try to get a hysterectomy! Now, she is the mother to three kids, 27, 21, and 13, and wouldn’t have it any other way. From unplanned pregnancy, being a working mother, and sharing custody of two of her children, Jen knows what it is like to live “unconventionally.” What she knows is that each challenge...

Duration: 00:41:40

05: The Non-Traditional Road to Motherhood

Are you a “nontraditional” mom? Today’s story might just speak right to your soul. Dr. Angela Johnson is a Forensic Psychologist, podcaster, and a Mother who wants to keep it real. Angela did not have an easy road to motherhood. She knew pretty early on that having children naturally was unlikely, and she married her partner much later in life. After trying IVF without success, Angela and her husband pursued adoption. After much personal sacrifice, Angela adopted her first son, Graham....

Duration: 00:40:51

04: Raising Bi-Racial Kids + The Loss of a Child with Stephanie Lewis

Today I am delighted to share with you a story of love, fear, triumph, and endurance. This is Stephanie Lewis’ Messy Road to Motherhood. Stephanie and I have been friends for at least 15 years, and we both have had our fair share of messes on our road to motherhood. Stephanie’s unique perspective on Motherhood began when she had her first son, L.J. As an interracial family, Stephanie knew her children would have a different look on life as people of color than she would as a white woman....

Duration: 00:47:26

03: Raising a Child with Cystic Fibrosis: Jenny Stemmerman Part 2

We know motherhood is a messy road with unexpected twists and turns, but what happens when the unexpected turns your life upside down? It’s hard enough to be a bother when your child is healthy, but what about when they are very small and sick? Today, I am excited to have Jenny Stemmerman of the “Your Life Rocks” Podcast here to share her difficult journey with her second pregnancy. In it, she will share with true vulnerability and passion how she learned to advocate for her son with a...

Duration: 00:37:16

02: Raising a Child with Cystic Fibrosis: Jenny Stemmerman Part 1

We know motherhood is a messy road with unexpected twists and turns, but what happens when the unexpected turns your life upside down? It’s hard enough to be a bother when your child is healthy, but what about when they are very small and sick? Today, I am excited to have Jenny Stemmerman of the “Your Life Rocks” Podcast here to share her difficult journey with her second pregnancy. In it, she will share with true vulnerability and passion how she learned to advocate for her son with a...

Duration: 00:35:37

01: The Difficult Path of Infertility: Emily Levenson

No one knows you like you do! That’s the lesson my guest, Emily Levenson, learned on her own Messy Road To Motherhood. Emily’s hard road absolutely transformed how she lives her day-to-day life. After struggling with Infertility for 4+ years, suffering a miscarriage, and experiencing a lack of support from the medical community, Emily decided that she was going to take control of her health and her body. She pursued energy healing, meditation, naturopathic medicine, and diet changes all...

Duration: 00:43:54

Introducing Messy Roads to Motherhood

Welcome to all the Mamas out there! My name is Sarah, and I am truly so honored that you have decided to join me on this podcast journey from the very beginning. There has been much dreaming, planning, and heartfelt sharing that has built this new adventure, and the time has finally arrived! I am a Mom who loves to share stories of Motherhood. For many of us, we talk about our messy road to motherhood but skip over the truly messy spots. Are you ready to push through all those canned...

Duration: 00:06:30