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This is a podcast is about finding freedom from perfectionism to show up for the life God has for you. Mom life is messy, unpredictable and just plain hard sometimes, but isn’t it also amazing? I believe God uses it all to grow us into the women He wants us to be.

The Perfectionist's Guide to Mothering Andrea Fortenberry

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

This is a podcast is about finding freedom from perfectionism to show up for the life God has for you. Mom life is messy, unpredictable and just plain hard sometimes, but isn’t it also amazing? I believe God uses it all to grow us into the women He wants us to be.

    E39: Leaving a Legacy of Faith

    E39: Leaving a Legacy of Faith

    Welcome to Episode 39 of The Perfectionist’s Guide to Mothering!

    Today I’m talking with Kathy Howard. Kathy is a treasure hunter. She hunts for the creamiest chocolate and richest coffee. She searches for cherished stories of faith that still impact hearts. And, she digs deep into God’s Word, mining His eternal truths for herself and to share with others. She is the author of 10 books, including the Deep Rooted devotional series and her latest book, Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith (October 2021). 

    We talk about her what is means to leave a spiritual legacy and what the Bible has to say about it. Kathy gives practical tips on how busy moms can incorporate faith for their family into everyday life and during the holiday season. 

    In this episode we mention:


    Kathy's latest book: Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith
    Deuteronomy 6
    Psalm 78 
    Episode 7 of The Perfectionist's Guide to Mothering with Ginger Ciminello
    Operation Christmas Child
    The World and Everything In It Podcast

    You can connect with Kathy via:


    Instagram: @kathyhhoward
    Facebook: @kathyhowardunshakeablefaith
    Her Website: kathyhoward.org

    • 32 min
    E38: The Perfectionist's Guide to the Holidays

    E38: The Perfectionist's Guide to the Holidays

    In today's episode, I'm sharing my best strategies for not just surviving the holidays but enjoying them along the way.

    Some of the resources I mention include:


    MOPS Blog: Thrifty Christmas Gifts
    Mom Personality Quiz
    My Instagram Profile: @andreafortenberry
    Chains, Ashes, and Forge by Laura Halse Anderson*
    The Hard Good by Lisa Whittle*
    "Joyful" by Dante Bowe
    The Grove Collaborative: Use this referral link to receive a free $35 gift basket with your first order. 

    *Affiliate Link

    • 29 min
    E37: Messy Hope

    E37: Messy Hope

    Welcome to Episode 37 of The Perfectionist’s Guide to Mothering!

    Today I’m talking with Lori Wildenberg. Lori is a friend of mine I met through Called Creatives. Her passion is helping families build connections that last a lifetime. She is a licensed parent-family educator, speaker and author of six parenting books. Her most recent title is called Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression or Suicidal Ideation.* She and her husband have four adult children, three bonus in-laws and three grandchildren.

    We talk about why we need to impart our kids with hope, how to help our kids who are struggling, Hope Busters, and practical ways to infuse hope into our homes. 

    Some of the resources we mention include:


    Love Does* by Bob Goff
    Everybody Always* by Bob Goff
    All That Is Secret* by Patricia Raybon

    You can connect with Lori via:


    Her website: loriwildenberg.com
    Instagram: @loriwildenberg
    Instagram: @momstogether
    Facebook: @momstogether

    *Affiliate Link

    • 46 min
    E36: How to Live Generously

    E36: How to Live Generously

    Welcome to Episode 36 of The Perfectionist’s Guide to Mothering!

    Today I’m talking with Leah Wacek. Leah is a teacher, wife and mom of four who lives in Minnesota. Leah and I met on Instagram, where a friend of mine, Sarah Wood (who was on Episode 34 of the podcast) shared about something she won from Leah’s account @a.generous.life. Leah is here today to talk about how to live a generous life.

    Some of the resources we mention include:


    Feed My Starving Children
    Leigh's Blankies/Leigh's Mission
    The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel*
    Seinfeld

    You can connect with Leah on:


    Her website and blog: A Generous Life
    Instagram: @a.generous.life

    • 51 min
    E35: Living with Limits

    E35: Living with Limits

    Today I’m talking with my friend, Dena Dyer. Dena loves Jesus, her family, all things literary, coffee, and British television. She’s an author of ten books and many articles, a professional speaker, and a book proposal coach who’s been married to her hubby Carey for 26 wonderful years. They have two young adult sons. She spends too much time online or in the fast food drive-through--but she and the Lord are working on it.

    We talk about how Dena has navigated motherhood and chronic illness. She tells us how she had to let go of perfectionism early on and how accepting her limitations allowed her to focus on what truly matters. 

    Some of the resources we mention include:


    MOPS
    Jenn Fulwiler
    The Chosen
    The Repair Shop
    Brit Box
    Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream
    Soap and Glory Hand Food
    KLOVE
    Air1
    Dena's Grace for the Race: Devotions for Busy Moms
    Dena's Free Bible Study: Weary Women of the Bible

    You can connect with Dena on:


    Instagram: @denadyer
    Facebook: @denadyerauthor
    Her website: denadyer.com

    • 36 min
    E34: How to Disciple Our Kids

    E34: How to Disciple Our Kids

    Welcome to Episode 34 of The Perfectionist’s Guide to Mothering!

    Today I’m talking with my amazing friend, Sarah Wood. Sarah is a wife, mom, sister and friend, living on the sunny east coast of Florida. She is the Editor in Chief at Mom Mentor, and fiercely believes in the purpose and power of encouraging Moms in their everyday lives. An evangelist at heart, she loves to blaze new creative paths to share the love and saving grace of Jesus.

    In this episode, we talk about what discipleship is and why it's important for us and our kids. Sarah shares her wisdom and experience of how she learned how to disciple her three children. She gives practical tips and encouragement for moms of every step in their faith journey. 

    Some of the resources we mention include:


    Mama Bear Apologetics* by Hillary Morgan Ferrer
    Parenting* by Paul David Tripp
    The Hard Good* by Lisa Whittle
    Turner and Hooch on Disney+
    Music by Mack Brock, Brandon Lake, and Vertical Worship

    You can connect with Sarah through:


    Instagram @sarahwoodwrites
    Mom Mentor
    Instagram @mommentor 

    *Affiliate Link

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

@kimstewinspired ,

Hope for imperfect moms like me

I love how Andrea and her guests help imperfect moms like me, no matter how old our kiddos get. This “9” especially loved her convo with Amy Wicks on the Enneagram for Moms. ❤️

KatieJTrent ,

Love this podcast!

I love the focus on intentional living! Such an encouraging and inspirational podcast!

lovemylilpeeps ,

Andrea gets it!

God sees what we are doing, no matter how deep we are in the trenches. I’m thankful for the kind and powerful insights Andrea shares every week. Every mom will benefit from hearing this podcast!

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