Raegan Alvarez: About Leaving a Legacy

  • Raegan Alvarez continues in the family business of investing in the next generation as a teacher. 
  • On this episode, Raegan shares the heartbreaking story of finding out her dad was terminally ill. She details the journey she walked with her family in the short time between finding out their new reality and saying goodbye to her best friend. 
  • This conversation with Raegan is a tough one, but it is a necessary one. Raegan talks about feeling like her prayers were not answered and wondering how God could give them such a heavy burden, which is a feeling most can relate to whether through the loss of a family member or some other devastating situation. But, Raegan reminds us of the goodness of God even in hard times and how He is so sweet to give us reminders that he sees us. This episode is an encouragement for those grieving, that you are not alone and for those walking through hard things that you can make it through. Raegan’s story is also a gentle nudge to love your people well and to lead a life filled with joy, just like her daddy. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Raegan for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Kandi Jones; About the Myth of Being Unlovable

  • Kandi Jones is a mom to two girls  and wife to Todd. Kandi also serves as the NorthKids Director at NorthChurch and leads a thriving bible study group for moms called, Where Moms Connect. 
  • On this episode, Kandi talks about growing up with challenges that started early on. Kandi talks about the realities of being born with a cleft lip and palate, seeing alcoholism up close, the loss of her brother and more. She also shares the pain of miscarriage and walking through hard changes and challenges in her life. 
  • Kandi’s honesty is refreshing as she shares the lies she believed about herself, the difficulty in dealing with complex family relationships and words left unsaid after the death of her dad. Kandi addresses the lies and speaks of the truth of Jesus. She reminds us that our identity is based on him, and not the choices of family members, physical attributes, or accomplishments. This is such an encouraging episode for any girl (or guy) who has ever believed she is unlovable. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Kandi for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 18: Jenny Daer Shields; About the One Who Comforts

  • Jenny Daer Shields is a mother to a sweet little boy named Noah and wife to Marcus, who she met in the high school marching band. Jenny attends LifeChurch where she and her husband serve in kids ministry.  She just graduated from Oklahoma State University with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and now works at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OU Health Sciences Center.
  • On this episode, Jenny talks about going from an ankle injury to being diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a very hard season, and just when things began to settle, Jenny’s dad passed away suddenly, a month after her wedding.
  • Jenny shares her heart on the difficulty of walking through a world that is full of sorrow and sadness, but she points to the goodness of Jesus and how He walks through hard seasons with us. Her story is one that is full of grief, sickness and sadness, but also one that is full of God’s goodness and His faithfulness. 

Thanks to Jenny for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 15: Natalie Bergstrasser; About Grieving and Getting Back Up Again

  • Natalie Bergstrasser is a momma to two sweet and spunky girls, wife to NorthChurch Creative Director Michael Bergstrasser, and a warrior for foster care and adoption through her job with Lilyfield. 
  • On this episode, Natalie discusses her experience in foster care, grieving the loss of special people in her life, and the way her life came full circle as she and Michael made the decision to foster. 
  • Natalie’s story is so powerful as she talks about leaning into Jesus in the midst of suffering and seeing grief as an opportunity to know Him more and love others well. 

Show Sponsor:

Mentioned:

  • North Church (north.church)
  • Lilyfield (www.lilyfield.org)

Thanks to Natalie for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 4: Lauren Frampton

  • Lauren is wife to Ryan, mom to Anniston and Beckham, and ATG’s very own Creative Director. Lauren grew up in Oklahoma City and loves photography, baking, and being with her sweet family at the lake.
  • We talk about Lauren losing her daddy, how it changed her prayer life, and how some very sweet people showed up for her during such a difficult time.
  • Lauren wants you to know that God is right there with you in your grief. She also encourages us to talk to someone that will point us back to Jesus during the hard stuff.

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Show Sponsor: Jordan Stephens, Realtor (The Nest OKC)

Mentioned: Welcome Ave Designs (@welcomeave

Thanks to Lauren for joining About the Girls today. You can find Lauren here:

Instagram: loframp

Facebook: Lauren Frampton

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Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson