My Top Five Favorite Podcasts

Top Five Favorite Podcasts | Motherhood in the Trenches

I love a good podcast. When my sink is piled up with dishes or the floor needs a good mopping or the mountains of laundry need to be folded, a good podcast can change my attitude from dread to anticipation.

It was my hubby who first got me hooked on podcasts, we would separately listen to various TED talks and then discuss them afterward but TED could only carry me so far. I started looking for more and more podcasts and now I have a few that I really look forward to listening to each week. I love hearing about new podcasts so I thought I’d share my faves and I hope you’ll share your’s too!

Favorite Mommy Podcast: Coffee + Crumbs

Motherhood in the Trenches: Favorite PodcastsMy friend Jen recently told me about this podcast and I am hooked. There are some really great podcasts on motherhood out there but this one is for real. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a no frills kinda girl. I like jeans and t-shirts maybe an occasional blouse. I’m a glass half empty, or maybe even completely empty, kinda gal because from there things can only look up. I’m really trying to work on that perspective this year though! There are some podcasts out there that talk about a lot of precious things in motherhood but skip over the really hard things. I’m in the “trenches of motherhood” and I need to be reminded that I’m not alone here. That is what Coffee + Crumbs is all about, it’s three moms of little kids, who love Jesus and also know that motherhood is hard. I love their real perspective, the encouraging interviews and just everything about them.

Favorite episodes:


Favorite Homeschool Podcast, Not Just for Homeschoolers: At Home

Motherhood in the Trenches: Favorite PodcastsI’ve been following Greta Eskridge and Kristin Rogers on Instagram for a really long time. Even though I’ve only met Greta once and haven’t had an opportunity to meet Kristin, they are like some of my favorite people. They share real life but still bring so much joy, encouragement and beauty to their feeds and those who follow them. When I heard that they and a few other homeschool mamas were starting a podcast I was SO excited and I haven’t been disappointed, it is my absolute favorite podcast ever. In each episode they have a roundtable discussion about a given topic. I love hearing different perspectives on the same topic and while they are all further ahead in the parenting journey than I am, they still keep it real and I love that about them. I always leave encouraged and challenged to think through some of the things we’re doing at home. It’s hard to pick favorites because I really love almost every episode but here are a few you really have to check out, whether you homeschool or not…

Favorite episodes:


Favorite Kid Podcast: Brains On

Motherhood in the Trenches: Favorite PodcastsSo this podcast can be a little cheesy but Big Sis loves it. It’s all about science, which is her favorite and the two older girls love to guess the mystery sound in each episode. One thing to note, this is a secular podcast and as such, some episodes have a strong bent towards evolution so you’ll want to use your own discretion there.


Some of Big Sis’ favorite episodes:


Favorite “Girly” Podcast: The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

170x170bb-3If you listen to this podcast, be ready to expand your personal reading list. Each week Jamie Ivey talks with a “girlfriend” about the big things in life, a lot of times these “girlfriends” have written books and the show allows you to hear just enough of her story that you totally want to go out and buy her book. I am fairly new to this podcast so I haven’t listened to the episodes in order, I’m sure there are some amazing episodes I’ve missed but these are my favorites that I’ve listened to so far…

Favorite Episodes:


Favorite Podcast for Anybody: TED Radio Hour

Motherhood in the Trenches: Favorite PodcastsEach episode of the TED Radio Hour is a compilation of several TED talks that center on one theme such as screentime, the source of happiness, artificial intelligence and other interesting topics. I think Guy Raz is a great host and while I tend to listen only when a subject seems interesting, I really enjoy the way they compile the TED talks.


Favorite Episodes:


Here are a few other favorites that I enjoy listening to:

I’d love to hear what you’re listening to, especially if it’s something that doesn’t fall into one of these categories. I need to expand my podcast listening! :)

Cease Striving


It was past midnight, I laid in bed unable to sleep, warm tears soaking my pillow. I was so unhappy and feeling so guilty for being so unhappy. There were so many good things in my life, how could I possibly feel so lost?

In the dark of night, I began to pour out my heart on paper:

I want to feel alive
I want to feel the sand running though my fingers
Each grain slipping through, rubbing against my hands
My hands that so easily take to busyness, to work

Too busy to enjoy life
Too busy to feel alive

I want to see the smile on my daughters’ faces
Study each tooth, each line, each movement
Feel the joy exuding from them

To lay in bed next to my husband,
Hear his heartbeat,
His deep breaths as he falls into a slumber
Remembering from where we have come
But looking forward to our future

I want to feel alive
Taking the cool air into my nose,
Filling up my lungs
Recognizing the Creator
In awe of the One who gave me this life

To stop
To pause
To feel
To be


Night after night I poured out my heart on paper, random thoughts, raw emotions, spilling on the page…

Sometimes I want to shout from the rooftops, “I am here!” “I matter!” just so I believe myself.

What do I like and dislike?

What do I enjoy doing?

What makes me happy?

What brings me real joy?

WHO am I?

I was so lost. I had forgotten how to find delight. I had lost all sense of who I was. I allowed myself to get so tired, so worn down, so overworked that I had forgotten how to find delight in anything at all. I literally didn’t even know where to start to find delight. I was too tired for a hobby. Too exhausted to go out with friends. I wanted to enjoy my kids and my hubby and the life that was whirling around me but I was too tired…mentally, physically, emotionally DONE.

As I started praying and seeking the Lord, Psalm 46:10 kept “popping up.” Don’t you love those “coincidences?” Sweet whispers from the Lord. “Be still, and know that I am God.” This is a seemingly simple part of Psalm 46:10 and while it has been redundant to my ears many times, it hit me like a ton of bricks this time. The New American Standard version says, “Cease striving and know that I am God.”

God’s words to my heart:

Just be. Stop striving. Stop looking for more, stop wondering what will be, what could be, what could have been. Just be. Take Me in, learn about who I really am. Take in the life around you, your kids, your husband, creation that is all around you. Exist in the space that you are in. Stop going from one thing to another while thinking about the next thing. Just BE.

I played these words over and over in my mind.

My prayers for myself before all of this were often prayers of, “I don’t know what to pray for myself but God help me.” Now I had clarity for what to pray for myself, “God help me be. God teach me how to cease striving.”

I have these beautiful lives right in front of me and every day that I am in a fog of anxiety or depression or busyness, is a day that I have swallowed up. Danielle Bennett says in her poem “Kairos” (a moving spoken word poem that you should totally listen to), “I want to taste the day before I swallow it.” I know that learning to “be” is going to be a lifetime journey. A life of learning to accept what is in front of me. A life of learning to enjoy what exists around me. A life of constantly surrendering myself to His glory. A life of learning to be ALIVE.


What I Want For Mother’s Day

There’s something about this third baby that has totally changed the way I see my life. I feel like there are so many times that I am taking “visual snapshots.” Slowing down is still something I struggle with, but I find myself lingering longer, studying my girls’ features, trying to mentally capture each tiny thing. Suddenly I know how fleeting these moments are.

There’s a Mother’s Day video going viral right now that really bums me out. I’m not sure when Mother’s Day became a day to get away from your kids or a day to wish your kids were different. I mean, that’s not exactly what the video says but moms everywhere are agreeing with this mom who says that she just wants one day off. I mean I could use a day off too, I’d love to get some sleep for once, or to watch a show that isn’t animated or to not be cleaning the kitchen at 9 pm. A break WOULD be nice but this mom’s Mother’s Day wish is that her kids call for their dad every time they want to call “mom” and she doesn’t want them to talk to her unless they are going to tell her how much they love her. Someone give this lady a break! Give us all a break! We need a break!!!! But is Mother’s Day really the day for that?

Motherhood in the Trenches

You see here’s the thing, I don’t love listening to my kids argue with each other, and sometimes I just want to yell, “Everyone find a corner and stay there until dinner!” even when it’s only 3pm. Sometimes listening to their tattles problems drives me insane. “Seriously, my dear children, just deal with it! Life is not all about YOU!” Sometimes I dread the sound of, “Moooom!” But here’s the thing, someday not too far in the future, my kids are going to want to have dinner at their friend’s house and there will be an empty seat at our dinner table. If I don’t listen to their problems now, one day they will stop telling me their problems and will find comfort in the ears of their peers. One day my girls will be completely self-dependent and won’t be calling, “Mooooom!” nearly enough.

I’m not trying to be sappy here, I’m being genuine. It’s taken me six years to realize this, these years are so fleeting. Not just these infant years but every single second. Big Sis isn’t always going to come skipping into my room to sit next to me on the bed. Little E isn’t always going to want to cuddle for 5 seconds before she runs off to the next adventure. Baby Girl is changing by the minute. I don’t want to wish these days away, not even on Mother’s Day. I KNOW it’s hard and there are times, every single day, that I think, “I need a break!” but this Mother’s Day I want to watch my girls run around. I want to hear their stories, as long and tedious as they may be. I want to look into their eyes and let them know that they are loved. It won’t be all rainbows and butterflies, I have a two year old after all. There will be meltdowns and ungrateful attitudes, there will most definitely be a lack of sleep and of course the stress of getting out of the house to make it to church on time, but I want to enjoy every moment and let my kids know that I am enjoying them too.

I could use a break, a spa day sounds amazing! It’s so easy for me to slip into a selfish mentality, and I have spent many a Mother’s Day expecting to be pampered but not this Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day I’m going to be extra careful to pay attention to every aspect that makes me a mother, even the really hard moments, and thank the Lord that He has given me these people and this opportunity.


Hey Baby!

It’s been over three months since I’ve last posted and the Dallas family is now a party of five.


After what seemed like the longest pregnancy and shortest labor, our third baby girl joined our family on January 3rd.

Hey Baby 1

She’s teeny tiny compared to my other two girlies.


She is my third baby with colic which was so hard. I’ve cut out dairy from my diet completely and she’s become a pretty easy-going baby, which I couldn’t have said about my other two, even when they did get over their colic.


She’s been such a joy.


I was so nervous about having three kiddos. I heard from so many people that the transition to three kids is really hard but so far it hasn’t been bad at all. I think by now I’ve learned to let things go and just focus on what’s most important. Some days that meant everyone just remained fed and alive but everything gets a bit easier with each day that passes. It does take us a LONG time to get out of the house but we are back to homeschooling and nature days out exploring. We made it to church on Easter and again last week. I’ve survived a few shopping trips with all three kids but I try to run errands when the hubby can watch at least one of them. We also survived for 8 days while Dirk was in Iceland! That was quite an accomplishment and everything went so smoothly. There are times that all three girls are melting down and we can’t help but look around us and just laugh. It’s chaos but it’s also so fun. Overall the adjustment hasn’t been bad at all. I’m looking forward to getting back to “normal” and jumping back into blogging. I have lots of posts pending that I’m hoping to share with you all soon. Thanks for sticking around!


I’m Back and With Big News!

I love to blog and have missed it so much. Our first year of homeschooling required a lot more from me than I had anticipated, add to that hosting and Eisley’s health issues and unfortunately the blog had to go on the back burner for awhile. I’m back and I have some fun things to share in the coming weeks.

But first…there’s big news in the Dallas family!!!

Baby Announcement with the Help of a Drone! from Dirk Dallas on Vimeo.

That’s right we are officially going to be “Dallas Party of FIVE.” And we’re having another girl! I laugh every time I think of it. I always thought if I didn’t have a mix of boys and girls that I’d definitely be a “boy mom” but alas I am a “girl mom.”  A girl mom who doesn’t know how to French braid or really do much more than pigtails or ponytails, I am horrible at painting nails and have had maybe three pedicures in her entire life. I’m not very girlie but to know that God saw it fit for us to raise three girls in this world is a challenge that I am happily and prayerfully accepting. It’s gonna be a wild ride so stick around. :)