30: Jessica Barcelona - Killing comparison as a new mama

Today on the show I chat with Jessica Barcelona. Jessica is a wife, a mama, a pastor at her local church, and a blogger! Jessica is a blast you guys. You’re going to get some laughs in during this episode. Jessica shares with us her story about her transition to parenthood. Jessica wasn’t the girl who was looking forward to having a baby, but the Lord changed her in beautiful ways. We chat about her postpartum recovery and about all the unknowns she walked through caring for a newborn. Jessica shares how lost she felt in those early days of parenting and I know so many of you can relate. We chat about finding community and how to kill comparison. Go have a listen my friend! 

LINKS FROM THE SHOW

Lilly Joy's GoFund Me Page
Lilly's Prayers & Support Group on Facebook
Jessica's Blog
CBS News Article on Maternal Mortality in the US
Your Best Birth Online Childbirth Course
 

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Facebook // Instagram 

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Facebook // Instagram


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29: Ashley Hopper - A story of HOPE. Infertility, IVF, Triplets + 1

Today on the show I chat with my friend Ashley Hopper! Ashley is a mama to 4 beautiful girls. She has a 6 year old daughter and 2 year old triplets. She’s been married to her rock, Steven for 15 years. So you guys know I can’t stay away from pregnant people when I see them. Well, I try. But sometimes… it just happens. Ashley was also friends with my friend Jenna Urdiales (who is episode 18) if you guys want to go back and listen. I saw Ashley at preschool pick up one day and naturally just start talking to her. She started telling me her story of being pregnant with triplets. Eventually she came to hire me as her doula and I had the privilege of watching her carry 3 beautiful babies in her belly and give birth to these little miracles. You guys are going to love her. We chat about getting married young and how she had to learn to settle into who she was. Ashley shares her story of infertility with us today. And my friend for those of you’ve walked through infertility I know this episode is going to be so encouraging for you. Ashley is something else you guys. She is so strong and it’s so clear the Lord has equipped her for this life she lives.

LINKS FROM THE SHOW

Lilly Joy's GoFund Me Page
Lilly's Prayers & Support Group on Facebook
Ashley's YouTube Channel 
Ashley's Blog
Your Best Birth Online Childbirth Course
 

Connect with Ashley

Facebook // Instagram 

Connect with Alise

Facebook // Instagram


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  • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
  • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
  • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
  • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
  • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!

28: Selena Frederick - Fierce Marriage: Cultivating a truly Christ Centered Marriage

Today on the show I chat with my friend, Selena Frederick. Selena is a mama, a wife, a blogger, an author, and a talented photographer. She loves traveling, horses, her family, reading, and YoungLife! Wow that kind of sounded like an online dating site bio haha. Well I think she sounds pretty awesome. Selena was born & raised in Puyallup, WA. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Arts, Media, and Culture and a minor in education. Selena & I went to the same high school, but we didn’t become really close until I started dating my husband Jeff. I have years and years of memories with Selena and her husband Ryan. I’m so thankful for this friend I get to live my life with. Community and relationships are a gift from God and I thank the Lord often for this friend. I can say my marriage would not be what it is and my life would look so differently without Selena in it. I’m so excited for you guys to hear from her today!  

Isn’t it so true how the Enemy likes to come in and distort our gifts. Those incredible talents the Lord has placed in us, the enemy is so good at just getting us to downplay and discredit what the Lord has intentionally placed in us. He’s not dumb you guys. He knows that when God’s people operate in their gifting, lives are changed. 

I loved our conversation about delighting in the Lord. And His desires for our lives. Stayed tuned you guys. There might just be another book written on this topic in the near future! 

I want to encourage you check out Selena and her husband, Ryan’s ministry Fierce Marriage right now. You can find their blog and resources at Fiercemarriage.com Go buy their book you guys. It will change your marriage. You can find their book called Fierce Marriage at Fiercemarriagebook.com They’ve got incredible books and resources out their for you! They have super cool rings, devotionals, and prints to add to your home. We have their stuff everywhere you guys. And yes, they are my friends, so I’m going to share about them, but also it does make a difference. Your marriage is too important my friends. Did you know the most important thing you can do for your children is to have a healthy relationship with your spouse. It’s so so important!

Okay one last thing for those of you thinking about gifting something special to the man in your life for Father’s Day. You all need to order a Crux Watch for your man. These watches have Top-quality components, a timeless design, a 2-year warranty, and 50% of profits from every watch goes toward helping others. It’s a win win my friend.

LINKS FROM THE SHOW

Crux Waxes for Father's Day Gifts 
Fierce Marriage Website
Selena & Ryan's Book
Fierce Marriage Rings, Devotionals, Prints
Fierce Wives Facebook Group
Fierce Marriage Podcast
 

Connect with Selena

Facebook // Instagram 

Connect with Alise

Facebook // Instagram


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  • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
  • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
  • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
  • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
  • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!

 

27: Paige Hartford: Prone to wander

Today on the show I chat with Paige Hartford. Paige and I have been trying to get together to record a podcast for a while now, and I’m so excited it’s finally here to share with you all! Paige is a labor & delivery nurse and an amazing wife and mama. She has an adorable son and is expecting another baby this summer! I know you guys are going to really love her perspective as a labor & delivery nurse and as a new mama. She shares her postpartum journey and some of the challenges she faced at work with a new baby at home. I know you guys are going to be so encouraged by Paige and all she has to share with us.

Postpartum anxiety is so common my friends. I always tell my students in my childbirth classes when we talk about life after baby, you need these resources. If not for you, for your friends. 1 in 7 women will experience a postpartum mood disorder. So you guys. If it’s not you, someone in your tribe is going to need your support. Talk about how you are feeling. With your family, with your friends, with your care providers, with your counselor. It’s scary being vulnerable, but I promise promise you the risk is worth it. Don’t do life alone. And especially if you are experiencing any kind of postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.

I just loved when Paige talked about how she felt like she was like the Israelites at times. Prone to wander. I mean golly. Read any of the minor prophets in the old testament. Again and again they wander. They rebel. They walk away from the promises of God. And He calls to his people. The Lord will never forsake us. He just never will.   

If you’re listening today and you’re pregnant I have created something just for you. My husband Jeff & I have created an online childbirth course just for you! I would be honored to be invited into your home to encourage and help you navigate your birth experience.  

Head on over to yourbestbirthcourse.com and enter the promo code: PODCAST at check out for 50$ off of the cost of the course. I can’t wait for you guys to get through this information.


    LINKS FROM THE SHOW

    The Dream of You by Jo Saxton
    Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington 

    Connect with Paige

    Facebook // Instagram 

    Connect with Alise

    Facebook // Instagram

    Alright friend. If you’re a fan of the show and you’d like to show your support here’s what you can do:

    • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
    • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
    • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
    • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
    • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!

     

    26: Pam Vredevelt - Healing your Empty Arms

    Today on the show I chat with Pam Vredevelt. I got connected with Pam through some family members and I’ve been so blessed by her work over the last few years. Pam is an author, licensed professional counselor and inspirational speaker. I love the way this woman can talk about real life issues with such authenticity, warmth, and humor.

    Pam is married to her best friend, John, and has four children. Two of them here on earth and two are in heaven. During the last 25 years Pam has served thousands of individuals as a professional counselor in private practice. She has walked with people in the depths of pain, and has shown them the path toward healing. Her grace-filled wisdom, refreshing hope, and practical counsel have guided so many mamas towards healing.

    I love the way she has allowed the Lord to work all of the hard trials of her life out for His good purposes. The way she shares how she has found healing after loss in her life is just incredible.

    If you’re listening today and you’re pregnant I have created something just for you. My husband Jeff & I have created an online childbirth course just for you! I would be honored to be invited into your home to encourage and help you navigate your birth experience.  

    Head on over to yourbestbirthcourse.com and enter the promo code: PODCAST at check out for 50$ off of the cost of the course. I can’t wait for you guys to get through this information.


      LINKS FROM THE SHOW

      Hollie & Jo Hepler's Miracle Baby
       

      Alise's Mother's Day Gift Guide

      Athleta Flux Jogger 2.0
      Apple Watch Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Loop
      Young Living Desert Mist Diffuser
      Emily Ley Planner
      Milk Frother
      Dear Muska Necklace

      Connect with Pam

      Pam's FREE online video training! 
      Pam's Book Empty Arms
      Empty Arms Online Course Training

      Facebook // Instagram // Website

      Connect with Alise

      Facebook // Instagram

      Alright friend. If you’re a fan of the show and you’d like to show your support here’s what you can do:

      • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
      • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
      • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
      • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
      • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!

      25: Bethany Curtis - Gratitude: The Key to Unlocking your Joy

      My guest on the show today is Bethany Curtis. She is a wife to her husband Jake, a mama to her daughter, Elsie Kate, and has her masters degree in special education and teaches at an international school in Thailand. Bethany has lived all over the world, and has a depth to her that comes from learning from so many different cultures and different kinds of people. I love the way she sees the world. She is honest, authentic, and so genuine. We talk about the hard parts of motherhood. Bethany what "mom guilt" looks like for her and how she works through it. She shares how her expectations of herself changed when she became a mom. She realized she couldn't do everything and make it look perfect. Surprise surprise. I loved when she shared about how learning to practice gratitude in her life has unlocked her ability to be content and find joy in the present moment. You are going to be encouraged today! Moms really are super heros. 

      Bethany holds the recorded for my longest friendship to date. Her nickname from childhood is boo, and if you hear me call her that, it’s just because I’ve been calling her that since 4th grade. This girl has been such a rock in my life. I pray that each and everyone of you has a friend like my friend Bethany. We’ve walked through so many seasons of life together. Puberty, boys, dating, college, finding our identity in Christ, getting married, babies, loss, all of it. She is that person I can come back to time and time again and know that I am unconditionally loved for who I am no matter what. We took turns making poor choices, and supported one another as we came back to our senses. I know you will love her like I do.

      If you’re listening today and you’re pregnant I have created something just for you. My husband Jeff & I have created an online childbirth course just for you! I would be honored to be invited into your home to encourage and help you navigate your birth experience.  

      Head on over to yourbestbirthcourse.com and enter the promo code: PODCAST at check out for 50$ off of the cost of the course. I can’t wait for you guys to get through this information.

      Alright friend. If you’re a fan of the show and you’d like to show your support here’s what you can do:

      • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
      • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
      • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
      • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
      • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!


      LINKS FROM THE SHOW

      Scandinave Spa - Whistler
      Ann Voskamp's Book
      Shauna Niequist's Book
      Expectful Guided Meditation in Pregnancy
      Headspace App 
      Calm App 
       

      Connect with Bethany

      Facebook // Instagram

      Connect with Alise

      Facebook // Instagram
       

      24: Bethany Small - Learning to freely give her love away.

      I chat with Bethany Small today on the show. Bethany has been married to her husband, Grant, for 7 years and is an incredible photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon! She's so talented my friends! Bethany shares her story about being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and their decision to become foster parents for the first time. You are just going to love her heart in this episode. 

      Whether we have biological kids, or whether our children have come to our families through adoption, or whether our have children come into your home through foster care we are all just stewarding those babies and loving them for as long as the Lord allows us to. It's just so easy to forget that. We are all just shepherding these children to the best of our abilities. Our kids are not ours to begin with. They are the Lord’s. First and always. I know you are going to be so encouraged by these words today! 

      Connect with Bethany
      Website // IG // Facebook

      My Spotify Worship Playlist

      If you’re listening today and you’re pregnant I have created something just for you. My husband Jeff & I have created an online childbirth course just for you! I would be honored to be invited into your home to encourage and help you navigate your birth experience.  

      Head on over to yourbestbirthcourse.com and enter the promo code: PODCAST at check out for 50$ off of the cost of the course. I can’t wait for you guys to get through this information.

      Alright friend. If you’re a fan of the show and you’d like to show your support here’s what you can do:

      • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
      • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
      • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
      • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
      • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!

      Praying for you! See you next time :) 

      xo, 

      Alise

      23: Gina Dizon - Becoming an intentional encourager.

      Gina Dizon is my guest today on the Perfectly, Wonderfully Made Podcast! Gina is a wife to her husband, Eddy, and has 4 beautiful kids. She's one incredible mama, designer, real estate agent, and educator. She shares her birth stories with us today, and what her life looks like in this season as her kids are getting older and more independent. I love our conversation about enjoying the little everyday moments with your kiddos and learning to make intentional time for your spouse. For those of you with little people at home, you're going to love the encouragement in this episode! 

      Melanie Dale's Podcast: Lighten Up

      Connect with Gina // 
      Facebook
      Instagram

      If you’re listening today and you’re pregnant I have created something just for you. My husband Jeff & I have created an online childbirth course just for you! I would be honored to be invited into your home to encourage and help you navigate your birth experience.  

      Head on over to yourbestbirthcourse.com and enter the promo code: PODCAST at check out for 50$ off of the cost of the course. I can’t wait for you guys to get through this information.

      Alright friend. If you’re a fan of the show and you’d like to show your support here’s what you can do:

      • You can SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app :)
      • You can leave a REVIEW on iTunes. These reviews really help others find the show!
      • You can go find me on Instagram @PERFECTLYWONDERFULLYMADE for updates and more goodies from me. 
      • You can always send me an email or message me on social media! I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about the show! alise@alisemarsh.com
      • You can tell your friends about the show! If you’ve been encouraged today, I would love it if  you would share the show with a friend you care about today!

      Praying for you! See you next time :) 

      xo, 

      Alise