A daughter remembers w/Laurel Copeland Brown

When Kari met her she had a little pixie hair cut, a face full of angel kisses, and an infectious laugh. Laurel Copeland Brown is the daughter of Kari's sweet friend Sherry Brown, who lost her battle with cancer on May 21, 2008. Sherry was one of Kari's "mommy mentors" - offering the "calm voice of reason" when as a new momma, Kari was losing her grip. Sherry left behind three little girls who are each so unique and beautiful. In Laurel, Kari has watched this pixie grow into a woman with moxie, who now quite often herself, offers words of encouragement and calm. Sherry left Kari a little piece of herself in Laurel, and she has become a "God-daughter by default" and a treasure to all who know her. In today's chat, Laurel and Kari take a stroll down memory lane and a long look at love, loss and the ties that bind us together. So scootch up a chair, pop the top on a Topo Chico and let this visit wash over you like the warm winds of early summer. And while you've got a cold one in your hand, raise a cheer for a life well lived and for daughters who remember. #ILYMTYLM

Instagram: @laurelbrovvn

Mentions: https://yourcbdstoresatx.com/

Drink: Topo Chico and/or Moscow Mule

Product: CBD Oil

Listening to/Reading: Podcast Serial & This American Life

#BecauseOfRHE w/Kari Lessner

How do you mourn the loss of one of your greatest teachers? You make sure all your friends know her work. And if that means taking the mic to the car, because it's the quietest space in your household, so that you can read some of her words to those friends... so be it.

When Rachel Held Evans passed away, May 4, 2019, she left this world a beautiful legacy in the body of her work. Words that encourage us to wrestle with the Scripture. To embrace the doubt that crouches near our faith - and know to that God isn't shocked or saddened by our questions.

Today, Kari reads a portion from Rachel's latest book "Inspired".

Please hold Rachel's family close in prayer.

<3 Kari

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions

by Rachel Held Evans

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'

by HarperCollins Publishing

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

by HarperCollins Publishing

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

by HarperCollins Publishing

Writing through the Storms w/Cheryl Moses

Cheryl Moses is one of those sister-friends that when you meet her for the first time you think, "Oh! There you are! I'm going to be knowing you for a long time!" In today's episode, we cover a lot of ground, several storms, some writer's blocks, a badge of honor, some sacred space, unifying the church... and in the words of the every wise Cheryl Moses - "We've got some work to do folks!" Scooch up a chair and make room at the table for my precious friend, Cheryl.

Facebook: Cheryl R. Moses - Writer/Coach

Instagram: @ebbyloves

Website: www.cheryl-just-thinking.blogspot.com

Mentions: Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go? by Lauren Flake; Love of Dixie (quarterly Texas Women's magazine); Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker; Skandalon by Cindy Schroppel

Drink: *cold Bai Black Cherry *hot Coffee specifically the Lavender Latte if it's available!

Product: Young Living Stress Away AND the Crowning Jewels (look them up on Insta & FB)

Listening to/Reading: Free of Me by Sharon Hoddie Miller ; Unseen by Sara Hagerty; Becoming by Michelle Obama; 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha

Hashtagable Quotes: #Beau #StillCelebratingMyYearOfJubilee #Companion #LoveYouLillyClaire #BonusMom #SpeakingLifeAndPurposeOverTheseKids #BabiesNeedToHappenWhenBabiesNeedToHappen #TheirLivesAreRicherFullerBetter

Daring interview w/Ashley Brown Ruiz

Kim joins in this week to welcome one of our favorites, Ashley Brown Ruiz, to the table. She started her work as a teacher in an inner-city Houston elementary school for 12 years. There, she learned that there was a lack of language or ability to communicate with one another, which led her to want to go back to school to become a social worker. As the director of The Daring Way, a certification and training program based on Brene Brown’s work that takes other helping professionals through shame resilience work that they can then implement into their work. Cozy up with your favorite beverage for this enthusiastic episode full of laugher, truth, friendship and asking Kari to circle back to say something nice about her (awesomely curly) hair.

Mentions: Santa Maria Hostel, Archway Academy, Camp Allen, The Daring Way, Brene Brown,

Drink: Diet Coke

Project: L’Ange Hair Product

Listening to/Reading: Blue October

Hashtagable Quotes: #widenthecircle #invitation #thedaringway #80shair #resilience

Read to Me! w/Chris Helene Bridge

Long before her two little boys followed her around the house begging her, "Read to me!" Chris Helene Bridge was a storyteller. She wrote of the things her life taught her - both to help her understand them better and to help others. Her little boys have grown into men, and Chris still loves reading, creating, and sharing joy with little learners. So, get your kettle going, and serve yourself up a big cup of your favorite tea. Then settle in and listen to the beautiful heart of this amazing artist, author, and literacy advocate. You may just find yourself longing to read a book to a child - and today's guest has an spetacular selection to choose from!

Books by Chris Helene Bridge: *The Same Heart, Appletime, Red Envelopes, Read to Me!, Spring is Coming!, Consider the Lilies, Andrew's Story, Ganny Says* (Fall of 2019)

Facebook: Chris Helene Bridge

Website: chrishelenebridge.com

Drink: Tea - many ways depending on the tea she's drinking

Product: Electric tea pot

Listening to/Reading: *The Vein of Gold* by Julia Cameron, *Leonardo da Vinci* by Walter Isaacson

Hashtagable Quotes: #FindingJoyInTheStorm #TheSameHeart #ReadToMe

A Little Something Extra w/Megan Champion Greiner

A champion is someone who fights for a cause and today's guest was born a Champion. Literally. Megan Champion Greiner is the wife to one amazing tax accountant, turned woodworker, mother to three amazing humans and a small business owner with Plexus. When her prayers to become a mom were answered, it was as if God said, "I'm going to give you what you asked for... with a little something extra!" We can't wait for you to fall in love with Megan and her crew. God has plans for her life and there's nothing Down About it!

Facebook: Megan Champion Greiner

Instagram: @DiaryofARealLifeMom

Drink: Plexus Slim "Pink Drink" or Bai water (pineapple coconut)

Product: Plexus or Dark Chocolate Almonds (*KAL suggested Ghiradelli dark chocolate cashews)

Listening to/Reading: Bible App devotional: the Lifegiving Leader (*KAL brought up Sara Groves' song Tornado) and then The Holy Hustle

Hashtagable Quotes: #HopeYouLikeKidsAndAnimalsBecauseItsAZooInHere #WorldDownSyndromeDay #ALittleSomethingExtra #Plexus #PlexusPinkDrink #SummerInAGlass #ALittleSomethingExtra #NothingDownAboutIt

The Happy Honey Bee w/Gayla Brown

Gayla Brown has the biggest, sweetest heart, so when this old friend of Kari's shared that she is a bee keeper - it felt like the most natural thing in the world. Her creativity, joy, and kindness are contagious - and like the bees she keeps, this precious heart stays busy keeping her hives, face painting (as a side gig) and making bee's wax products. We had such fun drawing parallels between bees and our spiritual lives. Make a cup of tea, add some local honey, pull up a chair, and let's visit with sweet Gayla Brown.

*Kari didn't get the address of either of her girl's psalms correct - so here they are: "Awesome" Keatyn's Psalm 66:5 "Awesome are your handyworks, O God." "Honey" Karsyn's Psalm 119:103 "How swee are your promises to my taste, sweeter than honey in my mouth."

Email: TheHappyHoneyBeeLLC@gmail.com

Drink: Lemonbalm Tea w/ or w/out honey (both are nice!)

Product: The Happy Honey Bee Cream (look for her website COMING SOON!)

Listening to/Reading: The Jesus Calling

Hashtagable Quotes: #GettingMyAshOn #SweetBees #HotBees #SweetHive #TheyAreBusy #PullYourBigGirlPantsUp #IOweItToTheBees #TheyAreJustTryingToSurvive #TheyAllHaveAJob #TheyTickleEveryFlower #TheyHaveASweetHum #BeesWaxHasTheEssenceOfAllTheFlowersAndHerbs #JohnTheBaptistAteLoctusAndHoney #ProteinAndSomethingToChokeItDownWith #YouLeaveALittleEssence #SweetGiftsStraightFromTheHeart #YouAreJustADifferentFlower #ImJustAWorkerBee

Let's open hearts, minds and a library w/Jana King

If you ever find youself in a line where Jana King is serving something, take my advice and accept a heapin' helping of whatever she offers. Chances are it will come with a warm smile, a hearty hug and words of encouragement sprinkled lavishly over you.

Jana's childhood love of books, spilled over into her parenting and work as a school administrator. As she prepared for retirement, her friendship with Alan & Trish Graham emboldened her to ask for books to be a part of what residents had access to at Community First! Village, and to her delight that idea blossomed in the form of a library. Thousands of book donations filled the shelves lining this tiny library - each one a seed to Jana's hope of opening the hearts and minds of the residents at the Village.

Settle in sisters - because Jana is a hoot & a hollar; You are not going to want to miss Jana telling us the story of "Ruby" the Kansas House!

*For the record - it was Mr. Gary who was Kari's crew chief not Mr. Larry (#ComeOnKariGetItTogether)

Twitter: @JanaBKing

Facebook: Jana King

Mobile Loaves & Fishes website: mlf.org Insta: @mobileloaves FaceBook: Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Drink: Coffee w/heavy cream AND wine (crisp, not sweet, white wines or a wonderfully smooth red wine)

Product: gel mats in front of the sink, stove and baking area

Listening to/Reading: "Delicious" by Ruth Reichl and Kari mentioned "Long Way Gone" by Charles Martin

Hashtagable Quotes: #DexterTheSerialKillerDog #IAmProDexter #PeoplesWorldsAreOpenedUpThroughBooks

#DelightfulReadingSection #ThatMightBeAnExaggeration #NoMoreNetflixingMarieKondo #ImWarmingUpAndNotToppingOff #KinderedSpirit #LittlePodcastThatCould

Community First Village and Friends w/Perri Verdino-Gates

This was one visit that could have gone on for hours! But when Perri Verdino-Gates shared that she worked for Barney and Friends "for years and years" and TOTALLY surprised me with that little nugget, and the question cards went out the door, the wheels came off and we went wherever the Spirit chose to take us. Perri and Kari met during a service day with Mobile Loaves & Fishes' Community First! Village, a 51-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. She unwraps the gift in today's episode layer upon layer - her gift for story telling will have you hanging on to the very last moment where she shares... OH NO! I'm not going to spoil her last story.

Instagram: perri_verdino

Twitter: perriverdino

Facebook: Perri Verdino-Gates

Email: perri@mlf.org

Mobile Loaves & Fishes website: mlf.org Insta: @mobileloaves FaceBook: Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Drink: Topo Chico straight up! (sometimes with lemon or lime)

Product: Pajamas from SOMA

Listening to/Reading: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird; Bad Girls of the World *actual title Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen (KAL mentions Gary Sinise's book Grateful American AND former guest - see Episode 6 - Anna LeBaron author of The Polygamist Daughter)

Hashtagable Quotes: #aministryWITHAustinshomeless #karicantwaittostayintheyurt

Serenity Studios and Siracha the Beta Fish w/Donna Layfield

Donna Layfield is the managing owner of Serenity Studios in the Heights of Houston. Kari met Donna through their mutual sister-friend of the heart Vanessa Vance and we feel it both right and fitting that we opened our time together in prayer. Donna and Kari talk about creative processes, their mutual love for the beauty in imperfect things and for quiete spaces to experience something new.

Instagram: @serenety_studios_tx

Twitter: @serenetystudio3

Facebook: @serenetyartstudios

Drink: Earl Grey Tea (sometimes with a little lemon)

Product: essential oils from doTerra (which you can get right there at Serenety Studios!)

Listening to/Reading: Tools for Mindful Living by Maria Nappoli

Hashtagable Quotes: #theputtputtpuppy #sirachathebetafish #thebeautyofimperfection #embracingimperfection #ramonaquimby #alooserepresentationofthatobject #integratedhealthcare #yousmelllikeamediteraniansalad

A Little Piecrust, a lot of Grace and 3 Topo Chicos w/Tara Royer Steele

Tara Royer Steele invited Kari into her home for today's interview. Sitting at her farmstyle table in old wooden tent revival folding chairs, these two sister-friends sit and dish about Tara's early days at Royer's Pie Cafe, her passion for connecting folks with their truest calling (beloved children of GOD) and her newest venture, a 52 piece devotional/recipe collection #EatPieLove (don't you worry... we'll keep you in the know when the ding dang book comes out!)

You will want your very own Topo Chico by the end of their time together - and you will want a slice of "Junk Berry Pie" to go with it. Because as our friend Tara says, "There's so much grace in pie!"

Instagram: @graceupongracegirl @royerspiehaven

Facebook: Tara Royer Steele (she decided!)

Drink: Iced Tea (not a sweet tea girl - but likes TWO Sweet-n-Low)

Product: Young Living oils, make-up and haircare products (especially Inner Defense)

Listening to/Reading: Using her actual bible (rather than her phone) Remember God (by Annie F. Downs - and for the record, I asked Annie F. Downs to be on You Brew You, Tara. I think her people will eventually get back to @auntspazie - maybe it's time to change it to KariAnn Lessner #bless)


my.bravegirlsclub.com (Camp Haven & Brave Girls Club & Soul Restoration)

Hashtagable Quotes:#heyguysitsjustapie #theressomuchgraceinmakingpie #graceupongracegirl #eatpielove #stopsayingifandjust #usedtoloveaDrPepper

Back to life... again w/Kari's momma Joyce Loy

Joyce Loy, is a retired dental assistant, former stay at home at home mom, and mother of Kari (yours truly). Joyce is realizing her retirement dreams of raising four "precocious" chickens, home grown garlic and soaking up life's simple joys with her husband, Ran.

Pull up a chair for this incredible visit between mother and daughter that leads them back down a hard road - but one where both of them learned so much each other, the rollercoaster of healing and God's great love for all of us.

Instagram: @loy9691

Facebook: Joyce Youmans Loy

Drink: A glass of red wine - 6 oz is good for her heart! But a fresh brewed cup of Twinings English Breakfast tea.

Product: A new rose gold and diamond wedding band.

Listening to/Reading: Pandora's Simon & Garfunkel AND she can get SO MUCH DONE if she puts on this awesome podcast that she loves called You Brew You (*wink*)

Hashtagable Quotes: #iamwillingtobeusedofGod #healingisalotlikebrainbending #arollercoasterofjoy #youcangetsomuchdonelisteningtoYOUBREWYOU #YOUBREWYOUcleaningtimeaccessory

Getting Creative with Genie Thompson Mack

Genie Thompson Mack is one of those people you LOVE to tell folks that you know. Her beautiful heart shines out through her eyes, leaks out in her laughter and sparkles in everythign she puts her hand to. The fact that Kari's daughters both grew in their love of art, color and self expression under her teaching - that's just icing on the cake. Genie's creativity bubbles up in this chat between two friends - she shares about her inspiration as a pet portrait artist (her art has graced the walls of animal clinics, Texas Children's hospital AND a line of PIER ONE dishes!), her incredible candle company Genieology (she and her namesake aunt team up to create), and then there is her line of earrings - simply stunning! She's got her eyes on the skies - constantly looking for inspiration from God's creation. You are going to need a cold brew over crunchy ice for this one (too bad we can't all get one of Genie's momma's iced coffees!)

Genie's website: www.geniemack.com

Instagram: @paintingsbygenie AND @genie_mack

Facebook: genie thompson mack

Drink: Genie's mom's iced coffee (crunchy ice, cold brew) #lookingforaninviteoverhere

Product: Roomba AND her RAM truck

[Pooptastrophe post KAL mentions][1]

Listening to/Reading: You Brew You (the podcast #winkwink); Up And Vanished ( podcast); Homecoming (podcast); Slow Burn ( podcast); STown (podcast); Criminal (podcast)

Hashtagable Quotes: #pethair #thestruggleisreal #hesweetsixteenedme

[1]: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=776220970364&set=a.519796137784&type=3&theater

#SowKind with Alyssa DeLosSantos Episode #35

Alyssa DeLosSantos is the single most hashtagable guest we have had on You Brew You. Her #SowKind movement, birthed in the spring of 2018, is a tale of how her family launched an epic adventure with one letter, slipped under the windshield wipers in a supermarket parking lot. "We all have words and they are free..." Alyssa says, and with "five minutes and the cost of a stamp," she challenges you to move from apathy to encourager. As one of Alyssa's friends reminded her, "#Sowkind isn't new it's NOW!" We are super excited to see how the You Brew You community lives into #Sowkind 

Alyssa's website: www.sowkindmovement.com

Instagram: @alyssadls

Facebook: Alysssa De Los Santos

Drink: Awake English Breakfast *with room for milk

Product: Hello Fresh (no we don't get a cut for mentioning it - but we are open to it @hellofresh - #justsayin')

Listening to/Reading: Accidental Creative with Todd Henry

Hashtagable Quotes: #weallhavewordsandtheyarefree (*this one comes from Alyssa's daughter) #alowtideneverfollowsalowtide #peoplearentdistractions #peoplearentinterruptions #fiveminutesandthecostofastamp

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.