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The Epik Life

Summary: 7 kids. 17 years married. A million stories! Support this podcast:

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 Episode 20 - When Risking Everything Fails (left homeless and stranded) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3371

Today we talk about the scariest, most trying and defining time in our life. We moved across country on a promise, with 5 kids and ended up homeless and stranded. Listen as we talk about how many events saved us and how many people played a roll in where we are today --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 19 - Cozette's Emotional Home Birth Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3661

Today we reminisce the birth of our sweet baby girl Cozette. It was scary and emotional but ended so beautifully. --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 18 - How We Parent Our Sick Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3621

Let’s talk about sick kids! How do we deal with it and when do we rush to the doctor? What is our take on natural medicine?  Burning questions:  *How has our unemployment or struggles from the past affected our kids? *Does our family know about and watch our social media? Browse the products we like and use Check out our new mech!! --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 17 - Running Away From My Abusive Parents | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4334

Today we talk about how and why I (Neysa) ran away from home at the age of 15. How my abusive past almost made me commit suicide and how a multitude of events saved my life. I share my emotional story regarding my time in foster care and dealing with the court system.  How did I overcome this season of my life? What pushed me forward to where I am now? Stick around and find out! Check out our new Merch! Stuff our family likes and use --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 16 - This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3924

Why we can’t have nice things… why is that? Today we talk about how kids, especially toddlers, can make your pretty things, not so pretty in a short amount of time. How do you deal with the messes, the drawing on the wall, the broken furniture? Let’s chat! Later, we tell a story about the first nice couches we bought and why we regretted it. We share why we shouldn’t be angry over kid messes and how to still be joyful. We answer your questions about our favorite and not so favorite places we have lived! Don’t forget about our MERCH! Limited time only! Things we like and use listed on Amazon --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 15 - Ebenezer’s Emotional Diagnosis With PANDAS Syndrome (The Real Story) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5053

Today we share our emotional journey with our son, who has PANDAS syndrome.  We talk about how it started, his diagnosis, the trials, and our emotional rollercoaster. We share things we never have before and update you on where he is now, and what we are doing for his current treatment. PANDAS Syndrome is not rare but is not widely recognized We urge you to have your child evaluated by a specialist if your normal child suddenly has a dramatic change in behavior. The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor and/or vocal tics, obsessions, and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones. What is PANDAS?  PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders suddenly appear following a strep infection (such as strep throat or scarlet fever); or  The symptoms of OCD or tic symptoms suddenly become worse following a strep infection. The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor and/or vocal tics, obsessions, and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.  What causes PANDAS?  The strep bacteria are very ancient organisms that survive in the human host by hiding from the immune system as long as possible. It hides itself by putting molecules on its cell wall so that it looks  nearly identical to molecules found on the child’s heart, joints, skin, and brain tissues. This hiding is called “molecular mimicry” and allows the strep bacteria to evade detection for a long time. However, the molecules on the strep bacteria are eventually recognized as foreign to the body and the child’s immune system reacts to them by producing antibodies. Because of the molecular mimicry by the bacteria, the immune system reacts not only to the strep molecules, but also to the human host molecules that were mimicked; antibodies system “attack” the mimicked molecules in the child’s own tissues. Studies at the NIMH and elsewhere have shown that some cross-reactive “anti-brain” antibodies target the brain—causing OCD, tics, and the other neuropsychiatric symptoms of PANDAS. --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 14 - Dangers Of Putting Our Family On Social Media | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3776

Today we talk about the dangers of putting our family on social media, particularly our children. We talk about the implications it can cause and how to not live in fear.  We tell stories of our personal experiences and share how to avoid comparison. Do our kids have their own social media? We answer! How does real life coincide with social media? Learn why. We answer your BURNING QUESTIONS! --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 13 - Escaping The Poverty Mindset! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3653

Today we talk about not having a poverty mindset and how to overcome poverty and become successful. We share our stories of how we grew-up, and where we are now.  Don’t forget to stick around till the end to hear your voicemails as we answer your burning questions! Check out things we like and use on our Amazon page including the books we recommended from this podcast --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 12 - Naming Kids With A Purpose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4396

Beginning: We start out with a funny story about our neighbor stealing our recycling. Main Topic: How we named our kids, why they each have two middle names, and the stories surrounding them.  Naming your kid is important and this is our reason why!  Ending: A Burning Question! --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 11 - Forgiveness in Marriage (let’s get real) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3542

Beginning: We chat about Shepherd’s haircut and how we judged the barber before we even arrived.  Topic: Today we talk about how it’s hard to seek and give forgiveness to your spouse at difficult times. We talk about how one silly argument made us both crabby.  How sympathy, empathy, or compassion are essential tools to a healthy marriage.  --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 10 - A Childhood Trauma (Verbal Abuse) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4414

In today’s special podcast Neysa gets very raw and emotional as we talk about the effects of verbal abuse in her "Childhood Trauma Story Series". I (Neysa), did not grow up in a safe and loving home. Today I want to share some important raw stories with you, in hopes of encouraging others. Thank you so very much to our sponsors, we appreciate you! You can support this podcast too through the Anchor app. Feel free to leave us a voicemail on the Anchor app to have your questions featured on the podcast! --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 9 - Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Parent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3582

Probably the funniest podcast yet!  Things we swore we’d never do as parents like: Would you wipe snot from their nose with your bare finger? Do you let your kids eat in the car? What about peeing in public? I think we must all bribe our kids at some point but here’s the funny version.  We chat about not judging that mom at the park on her phone and why it’s important to be sensitive to their situation.  Burning Question: These are from you guys!  Don’t forget to leave us your burning questions via the Anchor apps voicemail function to be featured on our podcast! Thank you to our fans who are now sponsoring us and keeping the podcast ad-free! -Mary Henderson  -Henry Wilier (although we joke this could very well be The Fonz Henry Winkler haha) --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 8 - When You Don't Belong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3978

Today we talk about how to deal with not fitting in or feeling rejected. We banter about kids making messes and laugh about our lack of football knowledge. Stick around until the end to hear some hilarious stories! Beginning: why do kids always spill a million gallons of water during bath time!  Giving thanks to our sponsors (that’s you!) Topic: We discuss how to deal with being the new person in a group and how your past can impact your future, especially if you have insecurities. We chat about staying strong and being the person you were meant to be.  Ending: We talk about our lack of football knowledge, and really laugh at ourselves. You’ll have to listen for yourself!  Burning questions:  -Will we send our kids to collage? -Does Neysa or has Neysa ever worked outside the home? Thank you again to our sponsors: *Jessica Hammond *Sarah Blihteness *Jon Wellman *Lilly Baker *Shipt Become a supporter of ours through the Anchor app or you can buy us a coffee through PayPal @ --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 7 - Why Do We Have So Many Dang Kids?! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3912

Beginning: The sugar talk, how all Neysa wants is a cookie! Middle: Why do we have so many dang kids?! We talk about each child, how they came about, and why we chose to have more. Will we have anymore? We go in depth on why it was so emotional for Neysa to become a mother and why she never thought she would.  Burning Questions: We answer questions about homeschool and Hawaii . Ending…. Banter!  Support us by buying us a coffee through PayPal @ or the Anchor app! --- Support this podcast:

 Episode 6 - I Wish I Knew This Before Marriage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3929

I sure wish I knew these things before we got married.  Speaking of marriage, let's have a little bathroom banter! Plus we open up with a hilarious chat about brownies and one day getting that six pack! The stages of marriage: Honeymoon, you bug me, I hate you, I think I might like you again, then finally I’m in love with you.  We talk about how to get through those stages of marriage and how to avoid divorce.  We share our stories with raw and real chat about the realities no one tells you like: How your childhood baggage will effect your marriage and the benefits of learning your spouses love language.  Then we answer some of your questions which include leaving friends behind when we move.  Support us by buying us a coffee through PayPal @ or the Anchor app! --- Support this podcast:


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