062 // It Takes a Village – Lindsey Cornett, Mary Kate Brown & Special Guest Leslie Verner

This episode is a look into the importance of having a village, how to cultivate it in your local area. Lindsey Cornett, Mary Kate Brown, and special guest Leslie Verner—mother, and author of the book Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness.
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Mentioned in this episode:

Mary Kate Brown – appeared on episode 35 of the Kindred Mom Podcast

Mary Kate’s essay about her friend group: Wild & Free Mamas

Wild + Free Homeschool organization 

Episode 60 of the Kindred Mom Podcast – referenced Brene Brown / vulnerability

Jen Hatmaker’s podcast – Shasta Nelson episode about friendship circles

Sarah Allard on the podcast – Episode 2 about Building Community

Kelly Brogan mentioned by Mary Kate 

MommaStrong – Main site & FB group

About Host Emily Sue Allen:

Emily Sue Allen is the founder of Kindred Mom, and she hosts/produces the Kindred Mom podcast. Emily is also a member of several communities for writers (including Hope*Writers and Rise Up Writers, among others) and she is a regular devotional writer for Joyful Life Magazine. Soul care for moms and helping women find joy in the midst of their motherhood journey are among her greatest passions. Emily is a contemplative, creative soul who celebrates the beauty of a humble, handmade life and deeply values the power of encouragement. She lives with her husband and seven kids in the Pacific Northwest, and personally blogs at emilysueallen.com. Find Kindred Mom on Instagram and Facebook, and follow Emily on Instagram to see her most recent family adventures.


Guests on this Episode

Mary Kate Brown

Mary Kate Brown is a homeschooling stay-at-home mama living in the suburbs of Chicago. She is married to her high-school sweetheart Brian, and together they have three daughters. She decorates cakes, is a hobby gardener, enjoys reading, and she writes about faith and motherhood at www.choosinggraceblog.com. Catch up with her on Facebookand Instagram.

Read some of Mary Kate’s writing:
Dare to Dance / New Baby, New Mom


Lindsey Cornett
Lindsey Cornett is a loud talker, iced coffee drinker, and lover of the written word who writes from the intersection of faith, family, and freedom. She’s married to Evan, and together they live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with three kiddos (four and under). Over time, she is learning to relinquish her perfectionism and embrace her life and creativity as-is. In the process, she’s become passionate about encouraging other women to embrace the freedom Jesus offers, which is rooted in the belief that we are enough just as we are. You can find more of Lindsey’s writing on her personal website, on Instagram, and over at the The Drafting Desk, a thoughtful monthly newsletter which she co-writes to inspire women toward freedom from perfectionism.

Read some of Lindsey’s writing:
Two Bites of Humble Pie  /  Facing Postpartum Depression  /  Strong and Brave


Leslie Verner
Leslie Verner has her masters in intercultural studies and bachelors in elementary education, both from Wheaton College. She has taught in both public and private schools, for students ranging from fourth to eighth grade, though most of her teaching career has been for seventh and eighth graders. She lived in China for five years, teaching English as a second language for three years and studying Mandarin full-time for two years before returning to the states to get married and be a teacher in Chicago’s Chinatown. She is currently staying home with her three small children, but is a freelance writer and editor at SheLoves Magazine and volunteers with international students in her area. Though Chicago was home for about 15 years, she and her family currently live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where they enjoy “hiking” as a family (their oldest child is four). They also love exploring used books stores, craft coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, though most of her days are spent chasing children at the library or park. Leslie blogs regularly about faith, family, social justice and cross-cultural issues at www.scrapingraisins.com.

Follow her on Twitter: @leslie_verner | Facebook: Leslie Verner | Instagram: scraping_raisins | Pinterest: leslie verner

Check out Leslie’s new book ~ Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness










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