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Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as they walk through the doors God opens.
Let's be world changers for good right where we are!

The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast Alexandra Kuykendall & Krista Gilbert

    • Christianity
    • 4.9, 156 Ratings

Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as they walk through the doors God opens.
Let's be world changers for good right where we are!

    Ep.234: Summer Is Cancelled: Ideas for Kids Ages 3-12 with Mia St. Clair & Crystal Miller

    Ep.234: Summer Is Cancelled: Ideas for Kids Ages 3-12 with Mia St. Clair & Crystal Miller

    What do we do with kids who are too young to entertain themselves for days at a time but too big to be carried around in a backpack all day? Especially when a global pandemic causes most large group (or any sized group) gatherings to be cancelled for the summer? Well, we brought in the experts for you: Mia St. Clair and Crystal Miller are both moms of littles and they've got the ideas.

    Let's talk practical when it comes to kids. We've got the everyday, the special, the food, and the crafty. From theme dinners to water play (when the pools are closed) Alex, Krista, Crystal, and Mia all chime in on this mom-to-mom conversation. When we say The Open Door Sisterhood is part practical, part inspirational, this is a practical-heavy episode.

    We see you moms. We know you have some unexpected bumps this summer due to COVID-19. We're here to give a few ideas that might spur more ideas that meet your family's needs perfectly. So don't delay, press play, and then give us your best summer tips and hacks in the comments on the shownotes.

    • 43 min
    Ep.233: Summer is Cancelled: Now what? with Jessica Smartt

    Ep.233: Summer is Cancelled: Now what? with Jessica Smartt

    Because of COVID19, summer is cancelled for many of us. Okay, we realize it's not really cancelled, but it feels that way as camps, programs, classes, and vacation spots send apology letters and emails about why they can't open as usual.
    Today begins a four part series we're calling, "Summer is cancelled: Now what?" We begin today with guest Jessica Smartt talking about perspective. How can we change our lens to see that our situation is no different than the hardships endured by many in our history, and to find courage in the stories of those who have gone before.
    But we don't stop there. We also move into some practical ways we can re-structure our plan for summer by setting up a rhythm for our days, allowing opportunities for work, and using the extra time to build family memories outdoors. Join us for this helpful conversation! 

    • 51 min
    Ep.232: Celebrating Your Graduate (Pandemic Style)

    Ep.232: Celebrating Your Graduate (Pandemic Style)

    High school and college graduations around the world have been cancelled due to physical distancing requirements from COVID-19. We feel a collective disappointment because we know this is a marker and a celebration for graduates and their families. If you have a graduate in your circle, you are likely trying to figure out how to celebrate your senior within the current parameters for group gatherings.

    Krista and Alex invite author and podcast host Monica Swanson on this episode to talk through why we should be intentional about creating both meaningful and fun experiences for our graduates and how we can do that with varying levels of restrictions in place. All three moms bring different experiences, personalities, school communities, and local distancing restrictions to the conversation, offering a variety of ideas. No matter your circumstances, there is an idea in this episode for you.

    At The Open Door Sisterhood we strive to offer listeners content that is part practical and part inspirational. It's the how and the why. This episode is no different. You will be reminded that life markers matter and you'll be given ideas on how to creatively mark your graduate's transition.

    • 36 min
    Principles for the Work / Family Balance

    Principles for the Work / Family Balance

    Working moms, this one is for you. Do you find yourself in a new normal with the stay at home order? Are you struggling to get the same volume of work done that you did before? Do you need some new ideas to stay focused or motivated?
    In this week's episode Alex and Krista discuss how quarantine has impacted the working mom. They discuss the value of limitations, the pressure of expectations, and what it might look like to pivot in our thinking and in our schedule.
    This is a continually evolving and changing topic - the home / work balance. Let's work it out together!

    • 51 min
    Ep.230: The Seasons of Marriage with Debra Fileta

    Ep.230: The Seasons of Marriage with Debra Fileta

    Marriage during a pandemic is no joke! We know this is likely a unique season for relationships. Many have not experienced this much "together time" in recent years or ever! Perhaps financial stress is high or worries about the health and safety of a spouse or others we love is putting you on extra edge. No matter the "different" in our circumstances, it helps to recognize that every relationship goes through various seasons.

    We brought relationship expert and therapist Debra Fileta to the sisterhood to talk about her newest book Love In Every Season. She describes the flow of relationships through various cycles and how working through each one well prepares you for the next. From the newness of spring, to the hot passion of summer, the colorful conflicts of fall, or the quiet of winter you can determine which season you are in these days and how it can build toward overall health.

    Sister, we know this may be a difficult time at home simply because of the unexpected stress that life is throwing at you and your spouse. No matter your season you can make intentional choices to love each other well. You have agency in how you respond to each other. We pray this is an encouragement.

    • 29 min
    Ep.229: Making The Most of This Unique Moment in Time: Part 2

    Ep.229: Making The Most of This Unique Moment in Time: Part 2

    Yes, this life in a pandemic is new. Last week hosts Alex and Krista dove into their emotional responses to the situation. This week they look at the practical opportunities that arise because there is a virus that forces most of us to stay home. This is a unique moment, how will we make the most of it?
    From teaching kids life skills, to TV suggestions, to how to love our neighbors during this time, to ideas for games to play, to how to celebrate birthdays, we look at how we can redeem this time for good in our homes and in our lives.
    If you want to learn how to make more of your time at home focused and intentional, this episode will help.
    Links from Today's Episode:
    Lenore Skenazy
    Intentional Chore Scheduling (DISH DUTY!)
    The Tiger King
    The Grizzly Man
    Redeeming TV:
    Just Mercy
    Little Women
    Mr. Rogers
    Rudy
    The Greatest Showman
    McFarland USA
    Kit Kitridge American Girl
    Loving My Actual Neighbor
    Great Read Alouds for families:
    Love Does by Bob Goff
    Everybody Always by Bob Goff
    Footloose Dance - you can learn too!
    Vidhug website - makes video making a snap for the bday person!
    Games:
    See Krista's Mega List. of Games on her website

    Code Names
    Coup
    Left, Right, Center
    Crazy Powerpoints
    Basketball Tournment
    Nightly Trivia using CrowdPurr

    Dr. Henry Cloud's Podcast

    Morgan Tyree - Capsule Wardrobe Challenge & Organization Challenges

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

KLa786 ,

Adapting to today’s current events

I have loved this podcast for quite some time but have been even more impressed with Alex and Krista’s ability to adapt the podcast to the current pandemic events we are all experiencing right now. Their last several weeks have been filled with relevant, helpful and relatable topics. Thank you for making my weeks just a little better with your amazing podcast!

krisi at camp ,

Krisi At Camp

This is an excellent podcast for women! I enjoy listening to this almost every week and am always encouraged, challenged and /or introduced to thoughtful authors and speakers. I highly recommend this and am so thankful for Krista and Alex’s ministry to women around the world!!

WildflowerAndFern ,

Have loved this podcast for Years!!

I have loved this podcast for many years. I used to drive a lot for my work and these conversations were a life saver for road trips!
Interesting content. Relevant and honest.
Also, the hosts voices are calm and soothing. Thank you Sisterhood!!

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