Don't Mom Alone Podcast
Don't Mom Alone Podcast
Heather MacFadyen
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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".
Your Funny Mom Stories [Ep 302]
With the heaviness of 2020 weighing on so many moms, I thought this week we should share a few laughs. My assistant Sarah-Jane Menefee joins me to share some funny mom stories we’ve experienced and stories that listeners submitted.  We’ve got everything from simple misunderstandings to funny church stories to the ever-popular and unavoidable poop stories. I also share a tip on one way to remember the fun stories for each of your kids that doesn’t involve trying to write things down in a book. 😉 Sometimes you’ve got to laugh to keep from crying and that’s what this week is all about. Featured Sponsors: ModCloth -- To get 20% off your purchase of $75 or more INCLUDING sale items, go to and enter code dma at checkout. Promo code can not be combined with other offers. Hello Bello -- if you go to, you’ll get 25% OFF your diaper bundle order! Plus, get 15% off any add ons like vitamins or wipes. And Free Shipping!  Sun Basket -- Sun Basket is offering $35 off your order when you go right now to and enter promo code dma at checkout.
Oct 25
42 min
Sexual Identity and Radical Ordinary Hospitality :: Dr. Rosaria Butterfield [Ep 301]
Several listeners recommended Dr. Rosaria Butterfield as a guest on our recent survey. I’m so glad you did! Dr. Butterfield shares about her former life as a lesbian and professor of queer theory. In a quest to understand why Christians hated her, a neighbor introduced her Christ. Now she is an author, speaker, pastor’s wife,  adoptive mother of four and gospel advocate to her neighbors.  She is passionate about helping Christians lovingly look past labels of sexual identity and share the gospel effectively. “So if you know that you have neighbors who identify as lesbian. Don't avoid them. That's not what Christian neighbors do. You know? I think we really do need to see these things head on. Don't be afraid to listen to what people's concerns are and then speak a word in season. I would say too that Christians don't throw people away. We shouldn't be known for people who throw people away because they're inconvenient.” We talk about a lot of subjects that can be difficult for us as moms to discuss, but also about how important it is that we have conversations with our kids about sexual identity, the Gospel and who God made them to be.  “The first thing is as Christian parents, if you don't talk to your children about sexuality, Someone else will. So while we want to maintain modesty and care and age appropriateness, we absolutely do not want to shirk this responsibility. We need to foreground the beauty and the majesty and the calling of what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman.” Connect with Dr. Butterfield:  Website:  Links Mentioned:   Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters** The Birds and Bees Curriculum  When to Have “the Talk” :: Mary Flo Ridley [Encore Podcast] Birds and Bees (Continuing the Conversation) :: Mary Flo Ridley and Megan Michelson [Ep 153] Preparing Now for Future Puberty and Masturbation Questions :: Mary Flo and Megan [Ep 243]  Dr. Butterfield’s Books: The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert** Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ ** The Gospel Comes with a House Key** Featured Sponsors:  AncestryHealth -- get a kit to determine your genetic risk at Sun Basket -- get $35 off your first order at use promo code DMA
Oct 18
51 min
Healthy Habit Building :: Kat Lee [Ep 300]
Whether we like it or not we have habits that define our lives. We have habits that determine when we wake up, how we spend our time and where we focus our energy. Joining me today to talk about how to establish routines and healthy habits is my good friend Kat Lee.  As the founder of Hello Mornings, Kat is all about helping people have a life-giving morning routine every day in as little as three minutes, but beyond just mornings, Kat has a wealth of knowledge to share on habit formation and a lot of encouragement that we can do them. “Whatever it is that you're wanting to change or improve--whether it's your morning routine, your parenting, your marriage--whatever it might be, if you believe that it's possible with God and you have a plan and you're committed to it, then you can only progress.” We talk about the idea of deconstructing habits we want to break to find solutions. Decision design and how our lives make habits easier or harder and we even get into a little neuroscience.  But ultimately, Kat wants to remind me and you that God is for us and wants our time and attention. “It's not just about the morning routine or checking anything off, but it's about tapping into the one thing that's going to help you the most each day. And I hope that if you walk away from anything from this episode, it's just that God is with you and that He is for you.” Connect with Kat:  Website:  Facebook:  Instagram: @hellokatlee    Links Mentioned:   The 3-Minute Morning Hello Mornings book Kat’s podcast: Hello Mornings “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8 Featured Sponsor:  Thrive Market -- get a free gift of up to $24 when you sign for a Thrive Market Membership. go to
Oct 11
49 min
Nurturing Your Marriage :: Brent and Janis Sharpe [Ep 299]
Marriage can be really hard. You start out so in love and excited but over time the daily strain of work, home, and parenting makes it challenging to connect with your spouse. Add a global pandemic and the strain is just overwhelming.  My guests Brent and Janis Sharpe are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who have been married for 42 years. They are passionate about helping couples have healthy and thriving marriages even in the hardest of times.  “Most marriages are dealing with malnutrition. They're feeding everything else in their life… all the demands of children, the demands of taking care of a house, the demands of their job. And by the end of the day, they're just spent and they don't have much energy to move back towards each other. So finding little ways that we can move back towards one another and care for each other is significant.” We talk about healthy habits that we start right now to give our marriages a boost and they aren’t what you might expect. What is so encouraging about the tips they share is how simple and small these habits are and the big impact they can make. Don't miss the 90/10 lie!  Connect with Brent and Janis:  Website:  Counseling Practice: Links Mentioned:   Brent and Janis’ book: The Making of a Marriage Keeping Your Marriage Healthy While Sheltering in Place [BLOG POST] The Care and Feeding of Your Marriage [VIDEO] Featured Sponsors:  Prep Dish -- Get two weeks of meal plans for free "Will You Be My Friend" -- new children's book by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram featuring beloved characters Big and Little Nutbrown Hare -- found wherever books are sold. Amazon Link  
Oct 4
44 min
You Are Never Alone :: Max Lucado [Ep 298]
It was such an honor for me to chat with one of my favorite authors for this episode. Max Lucado has written almost 100 books and is a pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. We talk about his new book You Are Never Alone and he shares with so much kindness and care about how we can trust in the miracle of God’s presence — yep, even in 2020.   Max knows God’s word and he combines meeting you where you with the truth of who God is in a powerful way as we talk about responding to loneliness as moms.   “I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but what if God does have a miracle? And what if God in his sovereignty can use this isolation or use this unusual circumstance to draw you closer to him and show you who he is? So rather than resist this, be open to the idea and say, Okay, Lord, I still believe you're there.”   If you are feeling weary with all this year has brought your way, this episode is the pep talk you need to reframe your perspective on God’s goodness and not give in to our emotions or feelings of hopelessness.  “The message of the miracles is you're really not by yourself. You're not alone. Your heavenly father loves you and the Lord Jesus will come to you. And the Holy Spirit will empower you. Don't give in to despair now. You may feel nothing but exhaustion, but your feelings are not a barometer of the presence of God.” Connect with Max:  Website:   Facebook:  Instagram:  @maxlucado  Links Mentioned:   You Are Special (our family favorite!)** The Oak Inside the Acorn** Max’s New Book: You Are Never Alone** **Amazon affiliate links Featured Sponsors:  Will You Be My Friend -- new book by Sam McBratney (author of "Guess How Much I Love You") Available where books are sold**. Care/of -- Go to take your 5 minute quiz. Enter code dma50 to get 50% off your first order. Sunbasket --Go to and enter code DMA to get $35 off your first order.
Sep 27
42 min
When Joy is a Struggle :: Keli Reese [Ep 297]
Keli Reese is a naturally joyful person and a teacher who loves children. She figured that motherhood would come naturally for her too. But, after having five children in five years she found herself in the midst of life and home with lots of littles and wondered where her joy had gone. “I had this mindset of what our home was going to be like because I'm doing this for Jesus. We're going to have this wonderful home. And when things were not looking that way, when I wasn't loving getting up early; I wasn't loving the laundry that never ended; I wasn't loving potty training; (all the things that was actually happening in my real life) I found myself sinking really deep.”  As she struggled to perform and achieve her way through motherhood and live up to the ideals she’d had before motherhood, Keli came to breaking point with God and that’s when everything changed.  “I said God, I can't do it anymore. I cannot do it. And I can just remember the love of the Lord wrapping around me. And he reminded me that no one called me to do it all. I experienced this relief in this release of God.” Connect with Keli:  Website:   Facebook:  Instagram: @ministryinmothering  Links Mentioned:   Keli’s life verses: Colossians 3:12-17 Featured Sponsors:  Ancestry Health -- Go to to get your AncestryHealth kit today Thrive Market -- Go to Join today and you’ll get a FREE gift of your choosing, up to $24 dollars in value. BetterHelp -- Special offer for Don't Mom Alone listeners get 10% off your first month at
Sep 20
39 min
Grace and Truth for Moms :: Lynne Jackson [Ep 296]
As a mom of three, Lynne Jackson struggled to maintain the order and perfection she expected to have in her life. Conflicts with her oldest son especially left her feeling defeated, angry and fearful of the future.  “The Lord was speaking to me one day about some of these beliefs that I had. And in Ephesians 4:15, it talks about speaking the truth in love. And I felt like I heard his voice say, you are not speaking the truth in love to yourself, about you and your kids. And then I went on a journey to figure out what was really true.” Lynne shares how she learned to fight back against the toxic lies she believed about herself and her kids with God’s truth.  We talk about practical ways we can take time to process our feelings with God and with others so we can let go of expectations that hurt our families and can find freedom in our identity in Christ. “The goal to have perfect kids and be a perfect mom is just a setup for anger and despair. And it's actually idolatry. The real truth that helps us let go of that chronic anger is it's my job to parent wisely. My kid's job is to learn over time, to respond wisely. And that's a process.” Connect with Lynne:  Website:   Facebook:   Instagram:  @connectedfams  Links Mentioned:   Grace and Truth for Moms Online Course Discipline that Connects Fall 2020 Course --- use code "DMA" to save 15% off registration More Episodes with the Jacksons:   Ep 200 The Entitlement Fix :: Jim and Lynne Jackson Bonus Mentor Episode–Resolving Sibling Conflict :: Jim and Lynne Jackson Ep 221 Discipline 101 :: Jim and Lynne Jackson Ep 222 Connected Relationships :: Jim and Lynne Jackson  Ep 258 Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues :: Lynne Jackson Featured Sponsors:  Sunbasket --get $35 off your first order at Acorn TV -- try it free for 30 days with code: dma BetterHelp --get 10% off your first month
Sep 13
51 min
Practicing Faith Through Fear :: Dominique Young [Ep 295]
As minister and mom of one with another child on the way, Dominique Young looked like she had it all together —  great job, great family, great ministry. But a few months into her second pregnancy she started experiencing postpartum psychosis, high anxiety and began hearing voices. The feelings she always tried to mask or hide behind helpful scriptures could not be controlled anymore, but she started to find breakthrough when she learned that her real problem was fear. “I always thought faith was easy. If I just said something and I kept moving, then God, on the back end, without my knowledge would take out all the fear. All I had to do is quote enough scripture. And what God began to show me is that he wanted me to have faith that he is God, so that I could just be human.” We talk about her experience of getting a new perspective on faith, learning to experience emotions in a healthy way, and allowing herself to rely on others more and she started her journey toward health and wholeness. Now, she helps other moms do the same with her online community of Faith Mamas. Connect with Dominique Young:  Website: Facebook:  Instagram:  @faithmamastribe  Links Mentioned:   Devotions and Bible Study Information from Faith Mamas Faith Mamas Podcast Featured Sponsors:  Featured Sponsors: BetterHelp -- get 10% off your first month -- PrepDish -- get two weeks free of meal plans --  
Sep 6
44 min
Shaping Your Family Culture :: Kimberly Amici [Ep 294]
Kimberly Amici wanted her family to live by a set of values and a mission. So, she sat down with her husband and wrote out her ideas and expectations. But, in the midst of their busy life raising three kids and “going with the flow,” the Amici family didn’t have a set purpose or culture and it showed. However, through a series of ongoing conversations as a family, Kimberly has been able to identify a few areas of purpose that are now a part of her family’s culture. It took having more in-depth conversations to get buy-in from kids to really identify and own their unique family culture. Now, Kimberly provides coaching and resources that help others build their best families by having these conversations, choosing a few values to focus on and making small steps towards those values each day.   “The routines that we've put in place, these small steps that we take every day is what builds culture. It's not some big campaign saying we're going to transform our lives and become this other family. It's these teeny, tiny steps along the way.” Connect with Kimberly Amici:  Website: and  Facebook: Instagram:  @kimberlyamici Links Mentioned:   Family Retreat Packet Build Your Best Family Podcast Featured Sponsors: Sunbasket -- get $35 off your order at use promo code "dma" AncestryHealth -- get your genetic health kit over at
Aug 30
45 min
Choose What Matters to YOU :: Kendra Adachi [Ep 293]
(If you struggle with how to manage distance learning and working from home...listen to Kendra "lazy genius" that situation for me) Kendra Adachi also known as the Lazy Genius calls herself a professional permission giver. And she’s here to give us permission to be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. “I've come to this place of realizing we do not need another life hack. MacGyvering together a list of hacks and inspirational quotes isn’t going to get you a life that is wholehearted and anchored in what matters to you. That's why you're tired because that doesn't work.” That sounds great, but the hard part is choosing what matters to YOU. We talk about how Kendra learned to let go of the expectations of doing everything well as a mom and how her Lazy Genius principles can help others get the same freedom. She helps me “lazy genius” my life when it comes to the constant interruptions of parenting and virtual schooling as a work-at-home mom with some solutions that are both practical and soulful. I hope this conversation is helpful to many of you as we head into a fall season full of unknowns.  My key takeaways: Make house rules that serve you and your sanity Breath prayer when you feel scattered or like everything needs your attention: Lord, open my eyes to what matters right now.  Connect with Kendra:  Website: Facebook: Instagram: @thelazygenius Links Mentioned:   Kendra’s book The Lazy Genius Way Change Your Life Chicken The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd Featured Sponsors:  1. Thrive Market -- go to start a risk-free membership and a get a FREE $22 gift of your choosing.  2. BetterHelp -- sign up with a licensed professional counselor online. 10% off your first month. 3. Ancestry Health -- discover if you have genetic health risks by checking out
Aug 23
1 hr 4 min
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