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