The Dark Side of Adoption with Carrie O’Toole Dec29

The Dark Side of Adoption with Carrie O’Toole...

Carrie O’Toole is an author, speaker, filmmaker, and mom. After adopting her son Sam when he was 3 years old, Carrie & her husband spent the next 8 years in a heartbreaking battle. They went through therapy, surgeries, and multiple diagnoses as Sam struggled to fit into the O’Toole family. Ultimately, Carrie & her husband made the painful choice to relinquish custody of Sam and place him in the home of another adoptive family. Carrie’s story is emotionally “heavier” than most of the stories we share on the Inspiring Awesome Podcast, but we believe her story will inspire you in the midst of painful situations. In this episode, Carrie shares: 1) The importance and power of adoption, but the dark side, the stuff people don’t always want to talk about. 2) Lessons on how to use your painful scenarios for the betterment of others. 3) The reality that we’re all messed up in some way or another, and how being transparent brings opportunity for healing. Your battles aren’t the same as Carrie’s, but we hope her story gives you the hope and strength to fight through them. To stay connected with Carrie, visit her website. You can also follow her on Twitter & Facebook!...

Mentoring Strippers & Adopting Sick Kids with Christina Gibson Dec08

Mentoring Strippers & Adopting Sick Kids with Christina Gibson...

Christina Gibson is an author, speaker, wife, and mom who’s on a mission to make the world more awesome. She believes that engaging a hurting world is messy, but absolutely necessary. In this interview, Christina shares: 1) The reason she’s in the Emergency Room every single month 2) What led her to mentoring an exotic dancer 3) Why she has an ongoing relationship with Poison Control Christina isn’t just talking about world change, she’s actually doing it…and this interview will inspire you to do the same! You can follow Chris’ incredible story by checking out her blog. Wanna listen to this episode on iTunes? Click here. Make sure to ‘subscribe’ while you’re...

Sympathy Doesn’t Help Orphans with Tony Merida Oct06

Sympathy Doesn’t Help Orphans with Tony Merida...

Tony Merida is a husband to Kimberly and a father to his 5 adopted children. When he’s not wrangling his troops at home, Tony is an author, pastor, professor, and speaker. In this episode, Tony shares: 1) Why adoption is directly tied to the Gospel. 2) Two things that every father should strive to do with their family 3) Why “being secure” can be a bad thing. Tony shares something he wishes he would’ve done in his mid-twenties, instead of his mid-thirties. Make sure to check out Tony’s book, Orphanology, click here. You can also pre-order his new book, Ordinary, click here. Stay connected with Tony on Twitter or his website. Wanna listen to this episode on iTunes? Click here. Make sure to ‘subscribe’ while you’re...

On This Planet to Make Change with Renaut van der Riet May19

On This Planet to Make Change with Renaut van der Riet...

Renaut van der Riet is the Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church, founder of Axum Coffee, husband and father of eight children (including 4 adopted from Ethiopia). In this episode, Renaut tells us: 1.) his heart behind giving away 100% of the profits from his coffee shop 2.) why he’s convinced his children will change the world in bigger ways than he has 3.) the reason he adopted older boys into a home with younger girls…even though it’s really stupid Wanna listen to this episode on iTunes? Click here. Make sure to ‘subscribe’ while you’re...