2018 Advent 3

We are enjoying a third cup this week. This week our episode includes thoughts, quotes, a poem, and meditations to reflect on for a few minutes using the questions found on our website: youbrewyoupodcast.com Example: - What is one area of my life that God would like to be more a part of this Advent/Christmas season? Do I have room in my life for wonder? Do I have a sense of the presence of God throughout my entire day? Why? Why not? Grab a cup and let’s start filling up on the good stuff!

Joyce Loy reading Mother Teresa’s Words to Love By

Kari reading from Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

Charlie Neimeyer reading from Rev. Scott Stoner’s writing for Living Compass on A Generous Soul

Kim reading from Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado

Elizabeth Yale reading her Advent Poem

Kari reading from The Drama of Christmas: Letting Christ into Our Lives by Morton T. Kelsey

Ruth Trout reading from To Bless The Space Between Us by John O'Donohue

Laurel Copeland Brown reading from both Julian of Norwich The Revelations of Divine Love and J.K. Rowling’s Prisoner of Azkaban

Diane Rader reading Words to Ponder by Brother Curtis Almquist

Kari with a third helping of her writing from O Wisdom published by Forward Movement

2018 Advent 2

Brew up a cup of something warm (one of K&K’s favorites is Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice) and then join us for Cup of Wonder this advent season. This week our episode will include thoughts, quotes and meditations to reflect on for a few minutes using the questions found on our website: youbrewyoupodcast.com Example: - How is this cup like my life? - Does the cup’s transparency or cloudiness have something to say to me? - What does this cup have to say about my prayer life?

Kari reading from Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli

Sarah Condon reading Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Lost At Sea Found Their Way Home by Stephanie Phillips and Charlotte Getz

Kim reading Julie Polter’s essay from Sojourners Magazine

Danielle Word Antley reading Melody Beattie’s Language of Letting Go

Michelle Riske reading Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling

Jamie Martin-Currie reading from Monday Matters Advent offering from Jay Sidebotham

Molly Carr reading the Magnificat (the canticle of Mary)

Kate Whaley reading First Coming by Madeleine L'engle

Rachel Jones reading from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Kari reading her devotion offering from O Wisdom by Forward Movement

Preview of our January 29th You Brew You guest Genie Thompson Mack and her incredible candles #genieology, pet portraits and AMAZING earrings! You can find more of her things at her website www.geniemack.com.

2018 Advent 1

We invite you to participate in Cup of Wonder with us at You Brew You this advent season. Each week on Tuesday, our episode will include thoughts, quotes and meditations to reflect on for a few minutes using the questions below. Every day in between, we will post quotes on Facebook and Instagram. We hope you’ll journey through advent with us.

Sarah Condon reading “Are You Anybody?: A Memoir” by Jeffrey Tambor

Christy Orman reading an excerpt from Bishop Michael Curry’s royal wedding sermon

Kim Thompson reading Jim Burns with HomeWard

Kari Lessner’s writing from “O Wisdom” by Forward Movement

Veta reading from C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”

Kari’s reading a meditation from “A Conversation with Cary Grant”

Preview of January 22nd’s You Brew You guest Alyssa De Los Santos and her #SowKind movement!

Find us on Facebook (You Brew You) to see the Questions for Reflection. So excited to share this journey with you!

We wish you a holy Advent, friends.

❤️ Kari & Kim

Episode 34: Third Coast Charm with Tori McClure

When today’s guest comes to mind, a thousand memories flood Kari’s senses - the sounds of worship and laughter, the smells of Dolce & Gabbana and sunscreen, the taste of salty tears from a good cry with a sister-friend and amazing food at the Los Lessner table (thank you Ron!), the sights of her daughters snuggled up close to her side and the feel of hands held together during prayer. Tori McClure is a real live Rock Star in our opinion, and not just because she writes, plays AND sings music that you can actually listen to on iTunes. But because she is authentic and genuine and sold out for Jesus. We love her on You Brew You - and chance are you already do too! I mean - she DID write our music. Y’all, scoot over and make room at the table for our favorite musician, Tori. (Incidentally, she is tiny but she likes to sit criss-cross applesauce which makes us love her even more!)

Tori’s Website: http://torimcclure.com
Tori’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deartorimcclure/
Apple Cider Drink 
Shampoo: Marc Anthony  
Ben Rector Music
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey  
Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin  
Inspired by Marty Cagan 
Remember God by Annie F Downs 

Episode 33: Run with the big girls!

When Kari first met this week's guest they were both trying to find ways to link up with a whole slew of new "sister-friends" - and sweet Julie Shreve had a camera in her hands. That camera was her connector. Julie is an AMAZING aunt, a worship leader, a realtor, a two time half marathon runner and a connector of friends. Julie's blog is one of the things God is workin' on in her - but there is PLENTY on the horizion. Kari calls her the girl from the mid-west with a heart as big as Texas. Y'all scooch over and make room at the table for Julie Shreve.

Julie's blog: http://www.runwiththebiggirls.com

Episode 32: Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day we are pleased to share a new opening (a blog post that Kari wrote after the death of her cousin James Bradsher, III - who served several tours with the Army in Afghanistan) and a the re-airing of the You Brew You Episode 14 of her cousins Katie Draheim-Youmans Eichler and Kenzie (that first aired in July) about the life and service of Sgt Joshua Youmans (Kari's cousin.) We at You Brew You want to thank the men and women who serve in our armed forces both here and abroad. Thank you for your service.

Episode 31: You Brew You and Rock the Vote!

Thank God this is a podcast and not a videocast - Kari was touching up her roots while she recorded this. We want to encourage all our listeners to head out today and vote! This episode comes with an ask, a challenge and a song. THE ASK: Please exercise your VOTE today. 

THE CHALLENGE: between now and Christmas, let’s start a wave of encouragement. Send three encouraging texts, per day, to those who are in your contact list. We are talking six minutes - and like Kari says, “If you don’t have six minutes to send out some positivity in your world, you are too busy sister!” THE SONG: Finally, Kari wanted us to encourage you to listen to Nicole Nordiman’s Sound of Surviving which has been such an anthem for her during a difficult year

The story behind the Sound of Surviving Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey (the liturgy shared in this episode)

P.S. How many times does Kari say “encouragement” in this episode? #SOmanytimes

Episode 30: What is an Enneagram and Why do I Need it in my Life? with Danielle Fanfair

This week, Kari sits down in the home of her new friend Danielle Fanfair, who teaches those who are interested in having a deeper compassion for themselves. Danielle and her husband are raising a beautiful daughter and one gill-baby, Icthus. Her ultimate goal is to show others how valuable they really are and the Enneagram is one of her favorite tools. Through her work with this ancient tool she helps folks find new ways to understand themselves and those they live and work with. Get ready to join her for #40DaysOfSuperpower beginning November 1st - because this is a gift that you can give both yourself and those you love.

Connect with Danielle:
Website: daniellefanfair.com 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielle_fanfair/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielle.fanfair 
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellefanfair
Store: https://daniellefanfair.selz.com/
Blog: https://www.daniellefanfair.com/blog
Linktree: https://linktr.ee/danielle_fanfair 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/daniellefanfair

40 Days of Superpower Planner: https://daniellefanfair.selz.com/item/40daysofsuperpower
Go From Confusion to Clarity: The Inner Work: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1726188647 
Enneagram Text (free): https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/test 
Favorite Drink: “Liquid Gold” Jinka http://a.co/d/fDFsWKi 
Favorite Product: My Butter Bar https://www.mybutterbar.com/
Favorite Book: Laura Vanderkam 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think: https://lauravanderkam.com/books/168-hours/

Episode 29: Opening These Gifts One at a Time with Leslie Martone

Hitting the reset button is how today’s guest describes her summer (how is it possibly almost November!?!) Kari interviews her friend Leslie Martone, wife to Mike, mother to Nate the Great, Jacob (the incredibly awesome), and President of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, in Houston, Texas.

In their time together Kari and Leslie talk about the importance of family first, knowing when to tap out and staying curious. Though they wander off topic and suffer from what they both call “camp flashbacks”, their friendship and sisterhood shine through. Leslie unpacks the gifts of faith, autism, blindness, and Multiple Sclerosis.

The Little Free Library https://littlefreelibrary.org 
My Quotable Kid: A Parents’ Journal of Unforgettable Quotes http://a.co/d/fqab4gt 
Mom, Share Your Life With Me Heirloom Edition http://a.co/d/fPG2rla

Episode 28: Sacred Ground and Sticky Floors with Jami Amerine

Jami Amerine is the author of the popular book and blog Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, where she posts about Jesus, parenting, marriage, and the general chaos of life. She holds a master’s degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development. Jami and her husband, Justin, have six kids and are active in foster care.

Kari and Jami visit in the car (because coffee shops are loud, yo!) about how she unintentionally became a Christian writer/blogger. Her writing went viral with An Open Letter To My Children, You’re Not That Great and then shot forward with the release of her book Stolen Jesus.

Connect with Jamie on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sacredgrounds.stickyfloors/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamiamerine/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sacredsticky/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamiamerine

Buy the Book and Visit The Blog

Episode 27: Makeshift Farms & Editing with Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones is Kari and Kim’s nutty-sweet friend Rachel is the Associate Editor for Forward Movement, a publishing ministry in the Episcopal Church, the parent company of Forward Day By Day. She works in Cincinnati and lives in rural northern Kentucky on a 90 acre farm (Makeshift Farms) that she and her husband, D.W., found on Craigslist. They have a dog, some cats, chickens, rabbits and a prolific jalapeno garden. Some of the harsh realities of farming lend themselves to food for thought as well as food for the belly. The way Rachel shares the duality of farming and editing has had Kari journaling since their chat.

Some things referenced in this episode:
Holderness “Our Biggest Fight: The Battle of the Bra” 
Irish Acres Gallery
The Glitz

Follow Rachel:
Facebook: Rachel Jones

Amazon Prime is her fav!
Kari is featured in one of Rachel’s projects this year:
O Wisdom, Advent Devotions on the Names of Jesus

Episode 26: Finding Rest on the Buen Camino

It’s an amazing thing to find something you really want to put on your bucket list. It’s even MORE amazing to find yourself planning, preparing and walking that dream into fruition. Our precious friend Kate Whaley shares her experience on one of Kari’s bucket list items - walking the Santiago de Compostela - in English the Way of St. James; an ancient pilgrimage that ends at the alleged burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James in the Spanish province of Coruna. With the sounds of Ron and the girls in the background, Kate and Kari spent some time poolside this summer, reliving Kate adventures on the “Camino”. “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 You are going to want to brew a cuppa, and settle in for this beautiful episode chalked full of faith, determination and beauty. Kari hasn’t booked her flight yet. Until then, “Buen Camino” to you, friend.

Savoy Coconut Milk
Mary Kay lip Gloss 
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

Episode 25: We found a lost episode!

We found a lost episode! Somewhere in the hub-bub of finishing up summer camp and heading out on vacation, it totally slipped Kari’s mind that she had this interview “in the can” (as we say in the biz.) A HUGE thank you to Sweet Linda Porter (mother of today’s You Brew You guest) for asking when it was going to air! And so it is with great pride and deepest pleasure that we’d like to introduce you to our guest, Jenna Barbee. When we spoke in June, on a bench beside the blob at beautiful Camp Allen, Jenna was a nine days from walking down the aisle to become Mrs. Alan Barbee. Kari and Jenna talk proposal, weddings, all that unsolicited bride advice one gets, as well as hopes for the couple’s future. Serving as a 2nd grade teacher in one of San Antonio’s most economically challenged areas, God is using Jenna to profoundly impact the lives of her students. We’ve made plans to interview her again in the summer of 2019 - and see what kind of difference a year of marriage makes. Congratulations to Alan & Jenna Barbee - a blessing on your heads, hearts and homes from all of us on the #YouBrewYouCrew


Jodi Picolt Small Great Things https://amzn.to/2QJBJxU

Bora Bora #howdoesBoraBorasound #sexysexy

Episode 24: No Coconuts Were Cracked in the Making of this Podcast with Jillian Morales

No coconuts were cracked in the making of this podcast today - you’ll have to listen to understand those shenanigans. But there was a copious amount of laughter (and a few snorts) from both Kari our guest Jillian Morales, the Queen of Positive Self-Talk. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) Fish Whispering, Master Juggler of all the Things, Professional Freelance Makeup Artist Encourager, Dietary Nutritionist and Motivational Mommy Mentor. Kari had a blast spending time with Jillian outside a coffee shop/juice bar, in her car in the middle of a thunderstorm. Jillian talks candidly about her daily choice to make time for the things that are important to her — family, friends, beauty and health.

Follow Jilliam on Instagram:
@jillian_mor (for beauty & lifestyle) and @fitsperation_withjillian (for healthy eating tips)

Quotes by Jillian Morales:
Her personal mantra: I am awesome, the universe is awesome and we are one.
When you take on too much you end up losing yourself.
We are all beautifully different.

Products discussed:
Urban Decay 
Maybelline Clear Mascara 
2 Faced Melted Matt Liquid Lipstick 
Sheet Masks 
Terri Savelle Foy (podcast) 
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Episode 23: You Have Our Votes for "Public Servants of the Year" with Gabe and Kim Duran

Gabe and Kim Duran (our first couple - and the first guy on You Brew You!) are two of the world’s most fabulous people, and our pick for “Public Servants of the Year!” Kim is the assistant EMS Manager at Texas A&M EMS while Gabe works as a police officer, the city of Bryan. They share a calling as first responders, though in totally different capacities, and give us a glimpse into the life of those who serve and protect. They make ONE INCREDIBLE announcement - this is one episode of You Brew You, you don’t want to miss. Thank you, Kim & Gabe for all you and your co-workers do. We honor you today!

Mr. Yuk (a.k.a. Poison Control) 1.800.222.1222
Travel Coffee Grinder: https://amzn.to/2PycZHi 
AeroPress Coffee Maker: https://amzn.to/2Q4N1fR 
Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs : https://amzn.to/2Q4RM8S 
Rosalums: A Camp Allen Alumni Community on facebook

Episode 22: Harvey Moms Spreading Kindness One Idea at a Time with Stephanie Mooring

Coming up on a year since Hurricane Harvey, Kim and Kari traveled out to Clear Lake, Texas to meet with Stephanie Mooring. She and her husband have two kiddos, a six year old girl and a two year old boy, and we caught her the day after they returned from a family road trip. Stephanie and group of her stay-at-home-mom friends were immediately moved to help those affected by the Hurricane Harvey and haven’t stepped spreading kindness since. Each using their unique gifts, these women continue to respond to the direct needs of those in their community, from providing Halloween costumes to thirty kids to partnering with Learning Resources to give 500 toys during the holiday season to filling the role of contractor for a family’s home repair project in Pearland - just to name a few. Be inspired by these women of heart and action. They are helping their community with their kids in tow.

Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Blend  
Italian Sweet Cream Creamer  
Hattie Now Designs Jewelry 
Justin Timberlake Music  
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker  
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert  
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor  
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow 

Episode 21: Finding Joy In Plan Bee! with Rachel Najera

Hands down Rachel is our guest with the most infectious laugh - to date! Her joy radiates through the conversation with Kari as she shares how life took a different turn than the one she originally set out on.

Former physical therapist, Rachel Najera’s found herself choosing a different set of intentions after the birth of her son, Little Ric. With her DIY sensibility and a homemade lotion bar, what started as a family bonding time, slowly grew to a family business that became her very own Rachel’s Plan Bee.

In August of 2018 this natural skincare company celebrated it’s 6th birthday - with cupcakes and so much JOY!

Rachel reminds us that even though things may not go as planned, you can create something beautiful with a Plan Bee!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RachelsPlanBee/

Rachel’s Peach Margarita recipe. 2 ripe peaches 1/2 oz lime juice 2 oz tequila 1/2 oz orange liqueur 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur 1/2 oz simple syrup (or to taste) 1 oz sparkling water crushed ice (2) rocks glasses

Natural Deoderant - Smarty Pits https://www.grove.co/catalog/product/prebiotic-deodorant/?v=2490&attrsrc=18&attrpg=catalog

Our personal favorite Beach Body https://www.rachelsplanbee.com/collections/body/products/shimmering-body-oil

Rachel Hollis “Girl Wash Your Face” https://amzn.to/2PqHGPx

Episode 20: I'm Glad You Asked; The Game to Get Us Talking with Tracie Jae

Kari sits down with Tracie Jae, lover of Converse All Stars, a woman who speaks her mind whenever possible, and wants people to ask good questions of themselves and of the world. She’s a mom of three with her youngest at home, about to graduate from college. Tracie Jae has created a game called aim Glad You Asked. It encourages people to get to know each other in a deep, meaning, and fun way! She woke up from a deep sleep and had all the instructions on her heart and in her head. The response to the game has been amazing, noting that it have given them an opportunity to get to know the people around them in a real way, not just know about them. I’m Glad You Asked is non-competitive, and the only aim is to put down your phone and have great conversation. Questions like these invite conversations like no other! Examples of prompts include: I’m impressed by... Have you visited the Hamptons? Can you quote Jay Z? What’s your favorite website? Can you quote Indiana Jones? Light seasoning or heavy seasoning?

Tracie Jae has events coming up, as well as expansion packs and a redesign, so be on the lookout!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traciejae/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519794367 
Website: http://traciejae.com 
Glad You Asked Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gladyouaskedgame/ 
Glad You Asked Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/sogladyouasked 
Glad You Asked Website: https://www.gladyouaskedgame.com 
Sweet Tea: https://amzn.to/2AUuFKT
Converse All Star Canvas Shoes:https://amzn.to/2M2l6i0 
The Art of Now by Eckhart Tolle: https://amzn.to/2nlNehh

Episode 19: There Are A Million Ways To Build A Family with Christy Trabun

Kari multitasks while she speaks with Super-Mom-of-Four-Kids-Under-Eight, Christy Trabun. She and her husband Mike, Associate Pastor for Outreach at Trinity Fellowship Church in Richardson, Texas, also have a rescue dog named Ginger. Nine years ago, Kari saw Christy post something on Facebook called Embryo Adoption, something she had never heard of before. Christy and Mike had been open to growing their through adoption, and after having years of no success conceiving, they decided to attend an information session. Because of her belief that life begins at conception, they were very interested in the opportunity of adoption through this process. Their oldest and youngest, a set of twins, were conceived through embryo adoption from the same family, and their middle son was traditionally conceived. As a stay at home mom who is homeschooling the older two, Christy feels thankful for the time she has with all of her children and the way they teach and form her. She walks listeners through some important topics to discuss if they’re considering this while lifting the veil from a unique opportunity.

The Glorious and the Mundane Podcast
Genius Foods by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal, MD
YoungLiving Essential Oils
YoungLiving Essential Oils Christmas Spirit
YoungLiving Essential Oils Tranquil Roll On 
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
Life Without Lack by Dallas Willard
Hearing God by Dallas Willard

Episode 18: Healing and Empowering through Community at the Magdalene House, Austin with The Rev. Beth Magill

Friends, move over and make room for the wonderful Beth Magill! She is an Episcopal priest and currently serves as the Rector of St. Michael’s in Arlington, Virginia. Kari and Beth discuss Magdalene House, which is a two year residential program focused on wholistic healing for women who have experienced trafficking or prostitution. She started a location in Austin, Texas, and modeled it after the original location in Nashville, Tennessee. Women choose to participate in this self-directed program. Each location works to create a social enterprise that moves the Magdalene House to be self sufficient. Beth encourages listeners to be curious conversation partners about the needs of your own community.

Thistle Farms  
Lipsyl Lipbalm 
Organic Manuka Honey Drops 
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast 
Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult