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Simi John: About Purpose
Simi John is wife to her husband Jayson, pastor of New Life Bible Church, she is mom to two sweet kids, Physical Therapist and a woman walking in her purpose to share the gospel. On this episode, Simi shares about her family immigrating to the U.S. from India, how she came to know Jesus, and the story of her father’s radical transformation and healing from alcohol addiction. We also talk about social media, boundaries, and societal pressures to “hustle.”Simi addresses the misconception that when we choose Jesus all the hard goes away. She encourages us that even though the situation may be the same, with Jesus there is HOPE. Simi reminds us that Jesus changes everything. She also reminds us that there is no past mistake or history that disqualifies us from grace and sharing the gospel, and she challenges us to be bold in sharing our faith. Simi is encouraging and her story will challenge us all to tell others about Jesus and to walk in our purpose. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchNew Life Bible ChurchInstagram: @simijohnYouTube: https://youtu.be/odQ7D5agMxIThanks to Simi for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire
When the Holidays are Hard
Ryan and Lauren Frampton have been married for ten years and share two kiddos together. They love time at the lake, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Thunder!On this episode, we talk about navigating grief and hard things during the holidays, and how we can choose Jesus and show up for the joy, even while navigating the grief. We do not by any means have grief figured out and we are not therapists or licensed professionals at dealing with hard stuff. But when you’ve walked through hard, sometimes your experience is the best way to encourage others going through it. Whether it’s a pregnancy that hasn’t happened, a pregnancy that didn’t end with a baby in your arms, a death , broken relationships, anything that is hard we just want to remind you that you’re not alone, encourage you to lean into your people who love you and let them support you and let them point you to Jesus. He is the reason we celebrate, and no matter what we walk through, he is still good and God still sent his son and that is something we can all celebrate.Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com. Mentioned:North ChurchThanks to Ryan and Lauren for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire
Kandi Jones; About the Myth of Being Unlovable
Kandi Jones is a mom to two girls  and wife to Todd. Kandi also serves as the NorthKids Director at NorthChurch and leads a thriving bible study group for moms called, Where Moms Connect. On this episode, Kandi talks about growing up with challenges that started early on. Kandi talks about the realities of being born with a cleft lip and palate, seeing alcoholism up close, the loss of her brother and more. She also shares the pain of miscarriage and walking through hard changes and challenges in her life. Kandi’s honesty is refreshing as she shares the lies she believed about herself, the difficulty in dealing with complex family relationships and words left unsaid after the death of her dad. Kandi addresses the lies and speaks of the truth of Jesus. She reminds us that our identity is based on him, and not the choices of family members, physical attributes, or accomplishments. This is such an encouraging episode for any girl (or guy) who has ever believed she is unlovable. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchThanks to Kandi for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Lisa Woodson; About a Southern Girl
Lisa Woodson is a Project Manager, has been married to her “Snooky” for 38 years, a mother of three and grandmother to 9! On this episode, Lisa and Kayla talk about Lisa’s childhood and the extremely hard things that became a part of her story at a young age. They talk about identity issues in the complexities of not knowing her dad was her dad and his subsequent death, sexual abuse, her southern accent, and more. Lisa’s story is one that is full of unimaginable pain and hurdles, but she tells her story through the lens of Gods grace. She reminds us all that our identity is found in Jesus. In the absence of a father, she has found peace in knowing we have a Father who loves us and calls us his own. Thanks to Lisa for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Kasi Kennedy
Kasi Kennedy is the owner of Kasi Kennedy Productions, mom to her fur baby Bella, and loves working with her favorite group of teen girls through her volunteer work in church ministry. Kasi is sharing her story of surviving sexual assault and how she learned to trust God and allow her community to help her heal. We talk about corporate culture regarding reporting assault, forgiveness, and the way Jesus pursues us in such a personal way. Kasi reminds us that we are capable of not just surviving, but thriving. She shares her story with hope that other survivors will know they are seen and heard, and hopefully encouraged. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireMentioned: Show Sponsor- Kasi Kennedy Productions, a production company specializing in storytelling through videography and photography.Thanks to Kasi for joining About the Girls today. You can find Kasi here:Instagram - Kasikennedy1Facebook - Kasi KennedyProduction and Editing by: Kasi Kennedy
Hope Varughese
Hope is married to Samson, pastor of Northchurch Deer Creek and is the proud mama of an 8 month old son, Charlie. He lights up a room as soon as he enters it. Hope is a nurse, world traveler and advocate for the disadvantaged.We discuss Hope's childhood and the labels placed on her from a young age, traveling to Africa, and Hope and Samson's incredible story of conquering their debt. Ultimately, Hope wants women to take the time to get to know Jesus through scripture reading and spending time with him.Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireThanks to Hope for joining About the Girls today. You can find Hope here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXun-wYTqxK9mcsKFZQvmQMentioned: NorthChurch Deer Creekhttps://north.church/deercreekProduction and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Skye Latimer: About Health and Boundaries
Skye Latimer is an entrepreneur, connector, dancer, social media wizard, encourager and all-around BOSS. She is most proud of her new role as Momma to Kal and wife to Mills. On this episode, Skye talks about setting boundaries in family relationships, building community and knowing your worth in the workplace. Skye takes some of the hard things she’s walked through, such as strained relationships with family members and difficulties at work, to give us practical tools to being emotionally healthy and setting boundaries. Skye talks about the importance of community and what it looks like to really create space for and cheer on other women. Mentioned:Studio 7 - https://www.studio7okc.comThe Folded Owl - https://foldedowl.comThanks to Skye for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Episode 13: Somer Carrasco; About Overcoming Shame
Somer Carrasco is the photographer/owner of Mia Photographs and a Big fan of all things 90’s. She and her hubby have three cute babies and are in the process of opening a new restaurant called, Leonardo’s Mexican Grill. On this episode, Somer bravely shares about a tough past that includes attempted suicide, addiction, abuse and more. Somer reminds us of the importance of choosing love rather than judging the girls around us, because we never know what they’re going through. Her story is a beautiful picture of grace and the fact that your future is not defined by your past. Mentioned: Mia Photographs Leonardo’s Mexican Grill                 (Both found on Facebook)Thanks to Somer for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
About Hope for Samson
Samson and Hope Varughese are pastors, parents, and one of the greatest couples. Surprise! About the Girls has another guy on the show! In our first episode, Hope mentioned she and her husband conquered a mountain of debt in a short amount of time. We wanted to dig a little deeper, so we invited them both back to share their story. We thought it was important to have both of their voices because this was such a team effort and a truly beautiful picture of what can happen in marriage when two people pursue Jesus together. Samson and Hope share the real, funny, and raw story of how they overcame debt and conflict around the issue of money in their marriage. They offer practical tips and there is an AWESOME giveaway exclusive to About the Girls listeners at the end so stick around. This episode is one you don’t want to miss! Mentioned:Hope for Samson: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXun-wYTqxK9mcsKFZQvmQNorth Church: north.churchHER Night: https://north.church/womenGIVEAWAY: Follow About The Girls on Facebook or Instagram, subscribe to the Hope for Samson Youtube Channel, Send a message to About the Girls on either platform to let us know you would like to be entered. Winner announced on the next episode. Thanks to Samson and Hope for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire
About the Guy
Zack Anderson is the man behind the production and editing of the About the Girls Podcast. When he’s not working for the girls, he works as an accountant for Chesapeake Energy. Zack is husband to host, Kayla and they share a daughter named Zola and a son named Titus. This week, in honor of Tuesday being 8 years of marriage, Kayla is interviewing Zack for a fun look at some behind the scenes of running the show as well as behind the scenes of marriage. Zack and Kayla get real about working with your spouse, marriage after kids, and they have a very honest conversation about some parts of marriage people aren’t talking about. This episode is full of honesty, laughter, and so much fun, but we also hope it’s encouraging and a reminder of our very real need for Jesus to love each other well! Mentioned:North Church: north.churchThanks to Zack for letting us coax him into joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire
Launch Day with About the Girls Host, Kayla Anderson
Kayla Anderson, host of About the Girls, is starting off with episode #1 to share a brief overview of her story and why she felt led to start this podcast. In this episode, Kayla is interviewed by friend and producer Kasi Kennedy. They talk identity, marriage, friendship, and her deep desire for women to live life in community. Kasi and Kayla start off the show talking about how they met working at the OSU Foundation in Stillwater, OK. Kayla shares about her two kids and her husband and a little bit of her background being an Air Force brat. Kasi and Kayla get into a quick overview of some of the things Kayla has struggled with growing up, and how those things motivated her to start About the Girls, as a reminder to women to be kind to each other. We never know what another woman is walking through. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireYou can find Kayla here:https://www.facebook.com/Production and Editing by: Kasi Kennedy Productions
Shirley Mears: About Seeing God in the Hard
Shirley Mears has been married to her high school sweetheart for 47 years, she has five grandchildren, has been a radio host, tv personality, and is a savvy businesswoman. On this episode, Shirley talks about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and the anger she felt with God. She talks about changing her diet and her thinking, as she walked the hard road of battling cancer. Shirley encourages us to battle against negative thinking and self pity, by digging into God’s word and using his scripture to change our thinking. She talks about choosing to serve and love others during her hard season, rather than focusing on her own pain. This episode is a POWERFUL testimony of what it looks like when we choose to focus on Jesus and use His Word rather than the pain of our circumstances. Shirley reminds us that in this world we will have sorrow and pain, but we can choose to look for Jesus in the hard places. He is the hope in the hard. Don’t miss this encouraging episode! Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchFacebook: Shirley MearsWebsite: shirleyemmears@wearelegalshield.com Healing Secrets from the Bible: https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Secrets-Bible-Patrick-Quillin/dp/0963837214Thanks to Shirley for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire
Holidays with About the Girls: April Haddock, About the Traditions
April Haddock is back on the show, with her bestie Whitney, for part II of their holiday episode. On this episode, the second of a two-part show, April and Whitney are back to share some more Holiday goodness. We are talking fun ideas for traditions with kids, comparison, expectations versus reality, seeing our friends who don’t have kids during the Holidays, and settling our hearts on Jesus during this season. It’s another fun one and this duo is sure to brighten your Tuesday! Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com. Mentioned:North ChurchNorth Pole City: https://northpolecity.comThanks to Whitney and April for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire
Raegan Alvarez: About Leaving a Legacy
Raegan Alvarez continues in the family business of investing in the next generation as a teacher. On this episode, Raegan shares the heartbreaking story of finding out her dad was terminally ill. She details the journey she walked with her family in the short time between finding out their new reality and saying goodbye to her best friend. This conversation with Raegan is a tough one, but it is a necessary one. Raegan talks about feeling like her prayers were not answered and wondering how God could give them such a heavy burden, which is a feeling most can relate to whether through the loss of a family member or some other devastating situation. But, Raegan reminds us of the goodness of God even in hard times and how He is so sweet to give us reminders that he sees us. This episode is an encouragement for those grieving, that you are not alone and for those walking through hard things that you can make it through. Raegan’s story is also a gentle nudge to love your people well and to lead a life filled with joy, just like her daddy. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchThanks to Raegan for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media preview: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Evelyn Chavira: About PPD
Evelyn Chavira is a mother of two, engaged to her love, and works in the medical field. On this episode, Evelyn bravely shares her experience with Postpartum Depression. She describes what it has looked like for her in her day-to-day, how it has impacted her relationships, and how she is working to dive into community to make sure she isn’t coping alone. This conversation with Evelyn is by no means meant to be a complete representation of PPD, as we know people experience it in different ways. However, we do hope her bravery in sharing her experience will open the door for more women to be able to talk about it and seek help if they are struggling. Evelyn’s goal is to help women remember they are not alone in this, because she knows the personal struggle of feeling like it was her fault or that something was wrong with her. If you are struggling with PPD we hope you will seek help, and if you love someone who is struggling with PPD we hope this encourages you to love them well. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchThanks to Evelyn for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Heather Poe: About Redeeming Love
Heather Poe is a mother of two, is celebrating 21 years of marriage with her love, and is a business owner.On this episode, Heather is getting REAL about things we rarely talk openly about. Heather talks honestly about a time when she and her husband were looking outside of their marriage and how Jesus saved them from what felt like a hopeless situation. She shares about losing her mother, how the grief felt overwhelming, and believing the lie that her “stuff” was too much. Heather talks about how her desire to not burden anyone led to feeling like suicide was the only option.Heather’s story is packed with hard things, BUT JESUS. Because of Jesus, Heather is here today talking about a redeemed marriage that is thriving because of Jesus. Heather shares how God used her best friend to save her from ending her life and how she and that same friend carry each other’s burdens. The honesty and authenticity in the way Heather shares her story is refreshing and she credits it all to the goodness of Jesus. Heather reminds us that the truth in God’s word is what combats the lies we believe, that there is freedom in letting go of the shame we carry, and that even in hard things, God is still good. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchThanks to Heather for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonGraphics and social media: Lauren Frampton Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Jennifer Washington
Jennifer is a Nurse, a fitness junkie, and loves all things natural. She is married to her military man, Billy. Billy and Jennifer have a sweet 8 year old named, Jordan.We discuss the season when Jordan was diagnosed with autism, and what that has meant for their family. Jennifer talks about educating herself, finding resources, and advocating for Jordan in situations where she needed to be his voice.Jennifer reminds us that in a world where it is so easy to compare everything, including our children, it is so important to focus on our child individually and their specific growth. Jennifer’s goal is to inspire and encourage other moms who may be in a similar situation to keep fighting for their children. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireMentioned: Louder Than Words, book by Jenny McCarthy Thanks to Jennifer for joining About the Girls today. Jennifer would love to encourage you or answer any questions. You can find Jennifer here:Instagram: jenn_w_22Facebook: Jennifer WashingtonProduction and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Lea Schoeffler
Lea Schoeffler is a hairstylist and makeup artist, married to Jake, and they have two beautiful babies.  On this episode, Lea shares her family’s story of fostering and adoption. Lea is real and honest in such a beautiful way  as she talks about her fear of the “what-ifs” and some of the hard times as she and her husband opened their hearts to God’s calling on their lives. Lea reminds us, in a powerful way, that sometimes faith means stepping out even in fear, to be obedient. She uses her story to share truth about how God is in the details. Her beautiful family is such a great example of how great our Father’s love for us truly is. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireMentioned: Angels Foster Family NetworkBeauty Therapy with Lea (Facebook) Thanks to Lea for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Kortnee Turpin: About Being Enough
Kortnee Turpin is a Momma to two, a wife, and a lover of Jesus. On this episode, Kortnee talks about a traumatic event in childhood where she witnessed the shooting of her mother. She talks about how that affected her, being raised without her parents, and a decision to have an abortion. This episode covers so many hard topics, but Kortnee is courageous in showing up to share the difficult parts of her story to encourage others. Kortnee story reminds us that we are wanted, loved and never too far for God’s grace to reach us. Mentioned:North Church: north.churchThanks to Kortnee joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Episode 17: Tiffany Ramirez; About Resilience
Tiffany Ramirez is doing big things in the community through her job in foster care prevention. She also serves diligently at her church in several areas. On this episode, Tiffany shares about being a dual citizen of both the United States and Mexico, and some of the unique challenges she has faced. We talk about discrimination, hard conversations in the church, and we also talk about being single and thriving as she walks out God’s calling on her life. This episode covers some tough topics, but Tiffany is brave as she speaks openly and honestly about what how Christians can be better in the way we approach topics regarding immigration, race, and expectations of marriage. Tiffany’s episode is one that is so important, and through it all, she points back to Jesus! Mentioned:LilyfieldThanks to Tiffany for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Episode 10: Whitney Fairsheets
Whitney Fairsheets is a speech pathologist, married to Ryan and together they share two sweet little girls.Whitney tells the story of walking through the grief of miscarriage and the anger she felt. She gets real about how heartbreaking it is to lose a pregnancy and how it impacted her in future pregnancies. Whitney reminds us that God can handle our emotions, including anger. She points back to Jesus as she tells the story of her babies waiting for her in heaven and her journey to her sweet girls earthside. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireMentioned: Every Bitter Thing is Sweet, by Sara HagertyNorth Church: north.churchThanks to Whitney for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Lauren Frampton
Lauren is wife to Ryan, mom to Anniston and Beckham, and ATG’s very own Creative Director. Lauren grew up in Oklahoma City and loves photography, baking, and being with her sweet family at the lake. We talk about Lauren losing her daddy, how it changed her prayer life, and how some very sweet people showed up for her during such a difficult time. Lauren wants you to know that God is right there with you in your grief. She also encourages us to talk to someone that will point us back to Jesus during the hard stuff. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireShow Sponsor: Jordan Stephens, Realtor (The Nest OKC)Mentioned: Welcome Ave Designs (@welcomeaveThanks to Lauren for joining About the Girls today. You can find Lauren here:Instagram: loframp Facebook: Lauren Frampton*If you have a special event coming up or just want to try the best cookies of your life, check out Lauren’s custom cookie company, Brookie’s Cookies. Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Episode 15: Natalie Bergstrasser; About Grieving & Getting Back Up Again
Natalie Bergstrasser is a momma to two sweet and spunky girls, wife to NorthChurch Creative Director Michael Bergstrasser, and a warrior for foster care and adoption through her job with Lilyfield. On this episode, Natalie discusses her experience in foster care, grieving the loss of special people in her life, and the way her life came full circle as she and Michael made the decision to foster. Natalie’s story is so powerful as she talks about leaning into Jesus in the midst of suffering and seeing grief as an opportunity to know Him more and love others well. Show Sponsor:Erin Hernandez, The Joy Project; If you are interested in learning more please visit https://linktr.ee/erinhernandez_nnp.  Mentioned:North Church (north.church)Lilyfield (www.lilyfield.org)Thanks to Natalie for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack AndersonIntro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire 
Jackie Buchanan
Jackie Buchanan works in education, is married to Matt and between them they share six children. Jackie is talking about walking through the heartbreak of her first marriage ending in divorce. She discusses the difficulties of mothering her two babies as she walked such a hard road, working toward forgiveness, and overcoming the lie that she was unwanted. Jackie reminds us of the importance of community, and the impact we can have by just showing up for those we love. Jackie describes what it looked like to forgive where no apology was given, and how forgiveness is about you and not the one who hurt you. Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireMentioned: REAL Ministries Foundation: www.realsinglemoms.org North Church: north.churchThanks to Jackie for joining About the Girls today. Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Susannah Hooper
Susannah is a proud OSU grad (pistols firing) married to Quinton. Together they share two beautiful children, Aidan and Addison. Aidan gained his angel wings and The Hooper family honors his legacy by living out love and “spreading good in the world.”We discuss the grief Susannah and her family walked, the way people showed up for her, and her family’s choice to not just survive but to thrive. Through unimaginable grief, Susannah and her family live their lives in a way that points straight to Jesus. She reminds us that He is truly close to the brokenhearted.Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_AspireMentioned: Aidan’s Legacy, found at aidanslegacy.comNorth Church, found on instagram @northchurch, @northchurchdc, and @guthrie_nc. Website can be found at www.north.church.Brookie’s Cookies, found on instagram @brookiescookies405Thanks to Susannah for joining About the Girls today. You can find Susannah here:Facebook: Susannah Marley HooperProduction and Editing by: Zack Anderson
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 8th, 2019
Latest Episode
Nov 26th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
38
Avg. Episode Length
37 minutes
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