by design episode #50: LINA ABUJAMRA // Living with Power

Alright guys… so today is episode 50 for us…and we’re probably more excited about our GUEST than we are about it being #50!!! Today we have LINA ABUJAMRA on the show, and if you haven’t heard of her yet, you need to listen in because she is doing some amazing things in the name of Jesus. Lina works as a Pediatric ER doctor in Chicago, and she also founded a non profit called LIVING WITH POWER. On top of that, Lina is a gifted speaker (we’re talking anointed!), has written multiple…

by design episode #49: The Verb with Dr. Holleman {CHOSEN}

Dr. Heather Holleman is back in this episode to discuss the verb CHOSEN. As we’ve mentioned before, Heather has a PhD in English Literature and has been teaching writing at Penn State for 10+ years. She also writes books (like life changing ones!) and we’re excited to share her passion for verbs and knowledge of God’s word with you all! Today we chat about what it means to be CHOSEN from Ephesians 1. Heather shares 7 reasons WHY God chose us, and the way she breaks it down for us is super encouraging. Oftentimes…

by design episode #48: shannon courtaney // intentional parenting

Today we get to talk with one of our favorite ladies! Shannon Courtaney has mentored Lyn in SO many ways over the years and has always pointed her to truth both in her words and by modeling it in her own life. She’s a mom to four sweet kids and is someone who many of us look to for wisdom and encouragement in our little community here in Valparaiso, Indiana. Shannon and her husband Brad are not the perfect parents by any means, but we believe they have been gifted with grace and wisdom, and we are excited…

by design episode #47: lisa-jo baker // never unfriended { bonus episode! }

Since this weekend is Mother’s Day, we thought we’d treat you all with a BONUS episode!  We’re chatting with the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker in this one, and seriously, who better to encourage us all for Mother’s Day than this gem?! Lisa tells us all about her new book Never Unfriended and unpacks the beautiful and sometimes painful concept of friendship. She shares some really great insight about how to build friendships that last, and we’re so inspired by her take on this that we wanted to share a quote…

by design episode #46: gleaning from Jesus in the book of mark // earring frame DIY

We’re just starting to dig in to the gospel of Mark and today we chat about what the Holy Spirit is bringing to the forefront for us as we begin to comb thru this book. We talk about the great compassion Jesus had for those who crossed his path and how his heart for them was to set down the world, turn, and follow. And boy, that seems like a daily calling, doesn’t it? To set down what we’re gripping so tightly and turn our faces back to One who we were made for…

by design episode #45: Kay Warren // Sacred Privilege

Today’s episode was such an honor to record. We chat with the radiant Kay Warren about her new book Sacred Privilege, which releases TODAY! Kay shares a bit of her journey as a pastor’s wife with us (Kay and her husband Rick Warren co-founded Saddleback Church in California) and she even shares a few of the very real road bumps and valleys along the way. We chat about her heart for those in the midst of ministry and she gives some great words of encouragement and wisdom for those struggling thru the hard places. We…

by design episode #44: marriage & shiplap

Today we’re chatting about our marriages. We talk about what we’ve learned, some of the best advice we’ve been given, and what it looks like to love well even when circumstances make it difficult. We also have some fun chatting about Lyn’s ongoing home renovation. We chat about the shiplap they’ve added, the walls they’ve opened up, and she shares some pics of their progress. Seriously, it looks SO great!!! Thanks so much for listening, xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest board: https://www…

by design episode #43: Kristen Welch // We are THAT family

On today’s episode we chat with one of our favorite writers and humans, Kristen Welch! Kristen blogs at www.weareTHATfamily.com, she’s written a couple of books {two of which are on Lyn’s list of the BEST books eva!} Rhinestone Jesus and How to Raise Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, AND she founded a non profit in Kenya called Mercy House. She’s a gal who started writing to encourage young momma’s thru the journey of motherhood, and she’s found a way to share her story of faith…

by design episode #42: Cutting Gardens

Spring is in the air, and we’re so excited to share a new project with you all! CUTTING GARDENS!!! Join us as we chat flowers, the diy basics of a cutting garden (because hello, some of us aren’t flower gurus!), and be sure to check out our website for some helpful links to get you started. This really is a great way to bring the glory of the outside into your home to enjoy all summer. It’s like decor that keeps on blooming???! Our design minds are seriously geeking out over here. Thanks so…

by design episode #41: Spring Decor Ideas

On today’s episode we share some decor ideas to freshen up your homes for Spring. We chat wreaths, terrariums, and few simple diy’s to bring some life and greens into your spaces. Happy Spring! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/bydesignpodcast Spring Decor Ideas Add a boxwood or magnolia wreath to your wall or door Add in a few small boxwoods or other greens to your mantel or tabletop Dried flowers and petals are a nice touch Terrariums are an easy and pretty way to bring the…

by design episode #40: The Verb with Dr. Holleman {GUARDED}

This week we’re talking with one of our favorite people, Dr. Heather Holleman! We’re starting a new segment on By Design called The Verb with Dr. Holleman where we’ll chat with Heather about a specific “verb” used in the Bible and how that one word can change both the way we live and how we see ourselves in light of God’s word. Heather has a PhD in English Literature and has been teaching writing at Penn State for 10+ years. We have been so blessed by this gal, and we…

by design episode #39: Christina Stembel // FARMGIRL FLOWERS

Today we have none other than Christina Stembel – founder, CEO and creative genius behind Farmgirl Flowers! We chat with Christina about her company and how they got started, her love for business, knack for creating beauty, and she even offers up some advice for would be entrepreneurs. And seriously, this gal is a GEM. Not only is she super hardworking, genuine, and crazy talented, but she’s built a successful, thriving business, and doesn’t even have a college degree. So listen in while we chat flowers, business, and giggle a little about Christina and Dannette&#8217…

by design episode #38: Pastor Josh Reasoner // What About Repentance?

This week on { by design } we chat with the brilliant Josh Reasoner about repentance and what that looks like in the life of a believer. Josh is the Pastor of Family and Children’s Ministries at Calvary Church in Valparaiso, IN where he lives with his wife Christy and their three sweet kiddos. Josh also holds a BS in civil engineering and is currently completing his MA in Christian Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. As we’ve been learning about the freedom we have Christ, we’ve also been asking ourselves some hard but needed questions…

by design episode #37: Having Faith & Living Like We Believe It

Dannette and I are so humbled to be in your ears every week! This episode we talk about some burning questions we’ve both had on our heart. God’s been showing and growing us in what it means to truly believe and have faith that God will provide, no matter the circumstance or need. We chat about how it looks to really LIVE your faith, even when the impossible is knocking at your door. We look at Exodus, Joshua and 2 Chronicles and discuss our need for faith and repentance, and the incredible freedom and healing that…

by design episode #36: rebekah lyons // you are free

On today’s episode we chat with the lovely Rebekah Lyons about her new book You Are Free…which releases TODAY! This is such a great book, friends!!! We devoured it, giving air high fives and crying tears of conviction. Yep, it’s THAT good. We chat truth and get to hear about a few of Rebekah’s design loves. You don’t want to miss this one! Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and now You are Free: Be Who You Already Are. She…

by design episode #35: valentine’s day & painting brick

IT’S VALENTINE’S DAY YO! On this episode we chat about the things we love to do to celebrate our loved ones. We chat marriage, movies, our favorite date ideas and of course…tacos. We also talk about painting brick, in particular fireplaces, because YES. It sounds daunting, but it’s really not that hard to tackle. AND it can transform your space. So if you have an old fireplace that has a brick color that cramps your style, you might want to consider giving it a fresh coat of paint! Thanks so much for…

by design episode #34: home from kenya & kids alive

Hey friends!! Today’s podcast is super exciting for us as Lyn is finally back and telling us all about her family’s trip to Kenya!!! You won’t want to miss it… especially if you’ve ever wanted to do something that has forever impact. She shares all about Kids Alive International {kidsalive.org} and how they’re doing an incredible job of saving kids that are vulnerable and at risk around the world. Stories of real life kids who now have hope because of people like you and me. People who feel…

by design episode #33: Being in Community

Today we talk about what it means to be in community with others. We’ve touched on this subject before, but today we dig a little deeper and talk about how important this idea of community is for us to grow and mature in our faith. And it’s hard, right? To invest in relationships for the long haul and allow people to see the real you is just not that easy. But it’s SO worth it, and we don’t want any of you to miss out on it. So if you have a…

by design episode #32: Resource Global

On this week’s episode we hear from Mary & Sandy at Resource Global. They share the heart and vision of this unique nonprofit and how they are working to equip and charge young leaders all over the world to live more fully for the Lord. They currently have groups in Chicago and Jakarta, Indonesia and are exploring cohorts in other countries like Nairobi, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Lima. We absolutely LOVE what this organization is about and what they’re doing to “ready” people of faith in the workplace. We also chat about the dynamic of…

by design episode #31: being small, abiding & going to Kenya

Today we talk about being small and abiding. These are the words we’ve chosen to wear for the year (you know how we love our giving keys)! We talk about perspective and what it means to each of us to live out these words. We also chat about Lyn’s up and coming trip to Kenya with her whole family, their heart for the people there, and why they chose to bring the kids along this time. ♥ Thanks for listening. As always, we’re praying for you! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design…