Episode 20: Kortnee Turpin; About Being Enough

  • Kortnee Turpin is a Momma to two, a wife, and a lover of Jesus. 
  • On this episode, Kortnee talks about a traumatic event in childhood where she witnessed the shooting of her mother. She talks about how that affected her, being raised without her parents, and a decision to have an abortion. 
  • This episode covers so many hard topics, but Kortnee is courageous in showing up to share the difficult parts of her story to encourage others. Kortnee story reminds us that we are wanted, loved and never too far for God’s grace to reach us. 

Mentioned:

  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Kortnee joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

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 17: Tiffany Ramirez; About Resilience

  • Tiffany Ramirez is doing big things in the community through her job in foster care prevention. She also serves diligently at her church in several areas. 
  • On this episode, Tiffany shares about being a dual citizen of both the United States and Mexico, and some of the unique challenges she has faced. We talk about discrimination, hard conversations in the church, and we also talk about being single and thriving as she walks out God’s calling on her life. 
  • This episode covers some tough topics, but Tiffany is brave as she speaks openly and honestly about what how Christians can be better in the way we approach topics regarding immigration, race, and expectations of marriage. Tiffany’s episode is one that is so important, and through it all, she points back to Jesus! 

Mentioned:

  • Lilyfield

Thanks to Tiffany for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 16: Shannon Hurt; About Beginning Again

  • Shannon Hurt is a woman on fire for Jesus! She is enjoying an exciting season in her life, parenting a 16 yr old son, new baby girl, and loving being a newlywed. 
  • On this episode, Shannon gets real about mental health and the stigma associated with those who deal with it. She talks about waking up in a crisis center and crawling out from under the weight of shame because of grace. 
  • Shannon points back to Jesus as she talks about navigating bipolar disorder, and encourages us to “put on joy.” She has a heart to end the stigma associated with this conversation by being open about taking medication, seeing a counselor, and diving into God’s word. 

Resources:

  • Hope Community Services
  • NAMI Oklahoma
  • Goodtherapy.org

Mentioned:

  • North Church (north.church)

Thanks to Shannon 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 14: Kaele Montgomery

  • Kaele Montgomery is a momma to three babes, wife to her high school sweetheart and proud member of her girl gang! 
  • On this episode, Kaele bravely shares the story of walking through every mother’s worst nightmare, the loss of her baby. 
  • Kaele reminds us that even in our anger, even when we don’t understand, and even in seemingly unanswered prayers, we can still look to God and know that He is there and He is listening. He can handle our hurts, our pain and even our anger. 

Thanks to Kaele for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 13: Somer Carrasco

  • Somer Carrasco is the photographer/owner of Mia Photographs and a Big fan of all things 90’s. She and her hubby have three cute babies and are in the process of opening a new restaurant called, Leonardo’s Mexican Grill. 
  • On this episode, Somer bravely shares about a tough past that includes attempted suicide, addiction, abuse and more. 
  • Somer reminds us of the importance of choosing love rather than judging the girls around us, because we never know what they’re going through. Her story is a beautiful picture of grace and the fact that your future is not defined by your past. 

Mentioned: 

  • Mia Photographs 
  • Leonardo’s Mexican Grill

                 (Both found on Facebook)

Thanks to Somer for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Episode 10: Whitney Fairsheets

  • Whitney Fairsheets is a speech pathologist, married to Ryan and together they share two sweet little girls.
  • Whitney tells the story of walking through the grief of miscarriage and the anger she felt. She gets real about how heartbreaking it is to lose a pregnancy and how it impacted her in future pregnancies.
  • Whitney reminds us that God can handle our emotions, including anger. She points back to Jesus as she tells the story of her babies waiting for her in heaven and her journey to her sweet girls earth-side.

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Mentioned:

  • Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, by Sara Hagerty
  • North Church: north.church

Thanks to Whitney for joining About the Girls today.

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Episode 7: Jennifer Washington

  • Jennifer is a Nurse, a fitness junkie, and loves all things natural. She is married to her military man, Billy. Billy and Jennifer have a sweet 8 year old named, Jordan.
  • We discuss the season when Jordan was diagnosed with autism, and what that has meant for their family. Jennifer talks about educating herself, finding resources, and advocating for Jordan in situations where she needed to be his voice.
  • Jennifer reminds us that in a world where it is so easy to compare everything, including our children, it is so important to focus on our child individually and their specific growth. Jennifer’s goal is to inspire and encourage other moms who may be in a similar situation to keep fighting for their children.

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Mentioned:

  • Louder Than Words, book by Jenny McCarthy

Thanks to Jennifer for joining About the Girls today. Jennifer would love to encourage you or answer any questions. You can find Jennifer here:

Instagram: jenn_w_22

Facebook: Jennifer Washington

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Episode 6: Erin Hernandez

  • Erin is a Nurse Practitioner in the the NICU. She is married to the love of her life, Casey. Casey and Erin recently welcomed their first child, Harper Joy!
  • We discuss the unraveling of Erin’s first marriage, and the shame that came with divorce. We also talk about the difficulty in moving forward after closing that chapter.
  • Erin reminds us that we get to CHOOSE JOY! Even though her circumstances were so hard, Erin made the decision that bitterness would not be her story anymore. She points us back to Jesus and talks about how He was there the whole time.

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Mentioned:

  • North Church, found on instagram @northchurch, @northchurchdc, and @guthrie_nc. Website can be found at www.north.church.

Show Sponsor: Jon Graves Realty

Instagram: JG Realty LLC

Jon@findyourspaces.com or (405) 640-7124

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

Instagram: erinhernandez_nnp

Facebook: Erin Hernandez

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson