76 episodes

A podcast devoted to the many voices in foster care and adoption. The hosts, Chris and Jihae, are former foster, and adoptive parents, with 7 kids. This podcast highlights personal stories, as well as many experiences from those in the foster/adopt community. Be entertained, inspired, and possibly get involved in the community yourself.

Fostering Voices Podcast Chris and Jihae Watson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 74 Ratings

A podcast devoted to the many voices in foster care and adoption. The hosts, Chris and Jihae, are former foster, and adoptive parents, with 7 kids. This podcast highlights personal stories, as well as many experiences from those in the foster/adopt community. Be entertained, inspired, and possibly get involved in the community yourself.

    Talking About Fitness with Queen Dee Fitness

    Talking About Fitness with Queen Dee Fitness

    This is a great episode featuring an interview with our sweet friend, Dee Lavigne, of Queen Dee Fitness, and The Lavigne life on YouTube and beyond. She shares some simple tips for us all to stay fit and healthy! Give her a follow on social media and YouTube to be entertained, and inspired!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro 
    5:15 - Welcome To The Pod, Dee!!
    10:11 - How Long Have The LaVignes Been YouTubers?
    11:04 - Let's Talk Some Fitness
    21:18 - Accountability and Community
    25:50 - Good Word Of The Day!!!
    Links:
    Dee LaVigne and family on These Four Walls YouTube
    Queen Dee Fitness
    Even more LaVigne-ness!!
    The LaVignes on Tik Tok
    Good Word of the Day!!!:
    Balance!
    Our Sponsor:
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    Connect with us!
     
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us!
    Follow us on YouTube!
    AND we would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE and leave us a review on iTunes! This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 28 min
    Accountability and Achievement in 2022

    Accountability and Achievement in 2022

    Starting off the new year with goal setting is our favorite way to start the year! This helps us to set up ourselves, and our kids, to accomplish things! Accountability is a big piece of the goal setting puzzle, especially because it helps us to remind the kids of the work they need to put in to make sure they accomplish their goals too. We also use the goal setting time to pause and reflect on the great, and hard things, from the year before. We are able to give thanks to God for answering specific prayers, which is always a great thing!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro
    2:03 - Watsy's 2022 Goals For The Year
    8:42 - Here Is Where We *Actually* Talk 2022 Goals!!
    18:06 - Good Word Of The Day!!!
    Show Notes:
    Dave Ramsey Goal Sheet 
    Bek and Kev goal setting with kids
    Financial Goals
    Give a higher percent every year
    And stick to personal allowance
    Spiritual
    Read paper Bible - the beautiful book Jihae talked about is this one 
    Chris is going to refocus on men’s group - learn more about the one he goes to here.
    Prioritize accountability
    Intellectual
    Reading more books - but especially rereading books! Which goes back to the Good Word of the Day last week, where we want to be more effective, not just more efficient.
    Family
    Becoming a family of service and creating memories
    GOOD WORD OF THE DAY
    “Forget the former things;
        do not dwell on the past. 
    See, I am doing a new thing!
        Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the wilderness
        and streams in the wasteland.”
    Isaiah 43:18-19 
    If you would like to connect:
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us!
    Follow us on YouTube!
    AND we would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE and leave us a review on iTunes! This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 21 min
    2021 Year-End Book Review

    2021 Year-End Book Review

    Here are our top 5 books from 2021 with honorable mentions of the other 40+ books we read this year. We love to read as a way to grow our minds to different ideas and perspectives and we hope you enjoy these books as much as we do! 
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro 
    2:46 - Intro to High and Low from 2021
    6:47 - Actual(!) High and Low from 2021
    11:44 - The Books of 2021
    13:28 - Quick Thank You to Our Sponsors
    14:06 - The Books of 2021 cont.
    31:09 - Good Word Of The Day!!!
    33:21 - Continued Focus on Health
    Gigantic 2021 Book Review
    Jihae Books
    1 The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray 2 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 3 Daring Greatly by Brene Brown 4 No Greater Love by AW Tozer 5 The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World John Mark Comer 6 Business Made Simple: 60 Days to Master Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Execution, Management, Personal Productivity and More Don Miller 7 The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy Steve Stoute 8 The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World Rosaria Butterfiled 9 Crying in H Mart: A Memoir  Michelle Zauner 10 Never Lose a Customer Again: Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days Joseph Coleman 11 I Am Here: The Journey from Fear to Freedom Ashley Lemieux 12 Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life  CS Lewis 13 Eat a Peach David Chang 14 Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage Dan Crenshaw 15 Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age By: Jeff Goins 16 Come As You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life By: Emily Nagoski PhD 17 The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom Re-Read Books
    18 For Women Only by Shauti Feldhahn 19 Essentialism by Greg McKeown 20 Love Does by Bob Goff Chris’s Books
    1 Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1 Terry Goodkind 2 What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Marshall Goldsmith 3 His Needs, Her Needs: Building a Marriage That Lasts By: Dr. Willard F. Harley Jr. 4 Nonviolent Communication: Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values Marshall Rosenberg PhD 5 Public Speaking for Success Jim Rohn 6 It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership – Colin Powell 7 Twelve Pillars – By: Jim Rohn , Chris Widener 8 More Than a Carpenter Josh McDowell 9 Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City – Rosa Brooks 10 Re-read The Compound Effect Read Together
    11 Feeding the Mouth That Bites You: A Complete Guide to Parenting Adolescents and Launching Them into the World Kenneth Wilgus PhD 12 Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew By: Sherrie Eldridge 13 The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition: Resolving the Heart of Conflict The Arbinger Institute 14 The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves The Arbinger Institute 15 Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box The Arbinger Institute 16 A Promised Land by Barack Obama 17 How To Have Your Best Year Ever Jim Rohn 18 Your Turn: How to Be an Adult by Julie Lythcott Haims 19 Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life – By: Craig Groeschel  
    Keeping Score:
    Jihae - 29 Books
    Chris - 19 Books
    Jihae is the 2021 FV Pod Book Reading Champion!!
    Other Links:
    Lily’s devo she did on the Bible App - Growing Your Faith 
    Patrick Lencioni 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
    ‎At The Table with Patrick Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions …
    Dave Ramsey Goal Sheet 
    Bek and Kev goal setting with kids
    Good Word of the Day
    “Don’t ask yourself how you can be more efficient, ask yourself how you can be more effective.” –  Carey Nieuwhof
    Wishing you all a great new year of healthy bodies, spirits, and minds!
    If you would like to conne

    • 35 min
    3 Simple Tips to Activate Your Health, with NP Becky Goodson

    3 Simple Tips to Activate Your Health, with NP Becky Goodson

    Becky Goodson, Nurse Practitioner extraordinaire shares with us the 3 things that she tells almost every single one of her patients to be healthy and to operate at their best. Listen in to see how you are faring with these 3 simple things you can be doing every single day!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro 
    0:56 - It's 'Gee-Hey!!'
    1:14 - Health and Wellness
    2:39 - Three Health Recommendations – Vitamin D, 
    8:57 - Gut Health
    13:54 - Omega 3s
    18:49 - Talking About Weight
    25:24 - Ways To Improve Your Health
    29:58 - Good Word Of The Day!!! 
    Links:
    Activated Health and Wellness is the Practice, owned by the amazing Dr. Rodarte, where you can find Becky!
    100 Days challenge was by Michelle Poler on Fearing Less & Doing More
    Get in touch with Becky
    We didn't find any fish with the skin on recipes in time for publication this week. Apologies!
    If you would like to connect:
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us!
    Follow us on YouTube!
    AND we would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE and leave us a review on iTunes! This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 34 min
    Parenting Struggles Pt 1 of 100…

    Parenting Struggles Pt 1 of 100…

    We know misery loves company - so join us as we talk about some of the challenges we have been facing in the parenting front lately. Let us commiserate together, but also encourage one another - cause we are all in this together!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro 
    2:16 - Talking About The B-Word....Balance
    6:09 - The Current Season of Life
    10:38 - The One Device-Related Rule
    26:09 - Reasons For Serving
    31:39 - Good Word Of The Day!!! 
    Links:
    Sun Valley Community Church on YouTube
    Feeding The Mouth That Bites You
    The Good Word Of The Day 
     May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13
    Elf (2003)
    Let’s Connect!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us!
    AND we would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE and leave us a review on iTunes! This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 34 min
    Interview with Author Cindy Branton

    Interview with Author Cindy Branton

    Cindy Branton is a teacher, mom, wife, church worker, Jesus lover, friend, sister, daughter, bunny-owner, sugar inhaler, and now Author. She shares her new book 'Words to Jesus: Children's Litanies to Pray as a Family' with us in this episode. This is an incredible resource to have to help you and your family to draw nearer to God's truths and goodness, in a way that is simple enough for your kids! This would make an amazing gift as the holiday season is upon us!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro 
    3:13 - Welcome Cindy!!
    9:01 - Cindy's Book – Words To Jesus
    12:41 - More About The Book
    17:27 - Good Word Of The Day!!
    20:14 - Focusing On Health
     
    Links:
    The Book!
    https://smile.amazon.com/Words-Jesus-Childrens-Litanies-Family/dp/B09B4VWGBS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35XP2W3PYV52W&keywords=words+to+jesus+cindy+branton&qid=1638555259&sprefix=words+to+Jes%2Caps%2C196&sr=8-1
    Young Adults Group at Sun Valley
    https://www.sunvalleycc.com/young-adults?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnaeNBhCUARIsABEee8WUiFpWDMp6i2SHtPI7IbLHwrhbpZqI1VfsyBXP28eg95rqhTsInsIaAs5BEALw_wcB
    Connect with Cindy on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/cindy_branton_writes/
    Connect with us!!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us!
    AND we would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE and leave us a review on iTunes! This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

andrea0143 ,

Love the Watsons!

I truly enjoy this podcast. As a fellow foster parent, I often feel like I’m the only one on this crazy ride. The Watsons being such knowledge to this podcast. I love the guests they bring on, as each one brings a different perspective to the foster care world! 5/5 highly recommend!

Gamer,,, ,

Real and touching

I am a foster parent from Wisconsin and am always looking for excellent fostering podcasts to learn from. I stumbled on the Fostering Voices podcast and am loving it!!! I am grateful for their honesty and humor. Life is messy and if we only see the perfect side, how can we learn? I definitely relate to the messy bits! Keep up the great work!!!!

Woody Saunders ,

Excellent Podcast

So much information from Chris & Jihae’s story and other foster parents stories, to hearing from judges, and other people in the foster process. It helps hearing from other people’s point of view and gaining the knowledge and perspective of these individuals.

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