MANDA: ON STEPPING IN AND OUT OF MOTHERHOOD + THE MISCONCEPTIONS OF OTHERS + CREATING SPACE

MANDA: ON STEPPING IN AND OUT OF MOTHERHOOD + THE MISCONCEPTIONS OF OTHERS + CREATING SPACE


Manda Carpenter and I could’ve talked for hours. In fact, we ended our conversation with: “We have to schedule part two soon.” Manda recently welcomed three brothers into her home, and she has a lot to share about them and motherhood and life in general. This episode we talk the connection with even short term placements, stepping out of the role of motherhood when a placement leaves, the misconceptions of people who are watching your family, specialized foster care, welcoming a teenager and his two brothers, showers for foster moms and wrapping around new foster parents, and creating space as a mom and wife and woman. Manda shares her wisdom + experience with us and, as always, it’s a good one, friends.


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• To get your hands on Manda’s letter on racism in foster care and get weekly doses of encouragement from her, sign up for her newsletter here.

• Manda’s reading The Awakened Family and listening to (my personal favorite) Annie F. Downes’ podcast, That Sounds Fun.

• If what Manda shared about intentionally creating space resonated with you (as it did me!), then check out her devotional, Space.


To follow along with Manda, visit her website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram at @mandacarpenter


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