Cultivating Home Series Podcast

046 // Home & Belonging – Robin Chapman and Vanessa Hunt

This episode explores October’s topic–Cultivating Home–with discussion centering around creating a sense of belonging within our homes. In the first half of the show, host Emily Sue Allen chats with Robin Chapman about belonging and how to encourage healthy relationships between the people in our homes in both big-picture and practical ways. In the second segment, Emily talks with Vanessa Hunt, mother of two and co-author of Life in Season (affiliate link), about the ways our hearts are connected with our homes and how we make home a sanctuary for our families.

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Guests on this Episode

Robin Chapman is a full-time imperfect mama, wife, and Jesus follower. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband of 13 years and four children (ages 1 to 7). She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy, and she has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years know they are normal and there is hope. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with a cup of coffee, or online looking for grace in her mundane and crazy life on her blog, Instagram, or Facebook.

Read some of Robin’s writing: Growing Compassion For My Body  /  Parenting in Public  /  Tending a Marriage

Vanessa Hunt believes that there is a beautiful, intricate connection between our hearts and our homes and she is passionate about helping you discover how you can have more peace in both. She is the co-author of the book Life in Season: Celebrate the Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home  (affiliate link) released in 2016 and she founded the website At the Picket Fence, where simple ideas for your home meet encouraging inspiration for your heart. Vanessa writes and creates from her home in Oregon which she shares with her husband and two children and as a true Pacific Northwestern girl she takes her coffee very seriously. She is a regular guest on local television as well as a speaker at women’s gatherings around the country.

Verses mentioned in this episode:

1 Cor 13:5 (NIV): “Love… keeps no record of wrongs”
Romans 2:4 (NLT): “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
James 1:20 (NLT): “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”
Ps 16:6a (NIV): “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places”


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