In a world of divisions and margins, those who act, look, and grow a little differently are all too often shoved aside. Heather Avis reminds us to scoot over and make some room for those we are prone to ignore and challenges us to listen and learn.
Heather Avis: A wife of 17 years to Josh and mom to their three children: Macyn, Truly, and August.
She is a popular speaker, podcast of The Lucky Few, and Instagrammer.
Heather’s family story has been featured by numerous outlets, including Time, Today, PopSugar, and most recently in a Disney World Commercial.
“We need to embrace who are kids fully are, even if they’re totally different from everybody else.” ~ Heather Avis
OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER: Scoot Over and Make Some Room
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including infertility, adoption, the dance recital, and diversity, plus so much more.
- Feet under the table
- Fitting In
- Down Syndrome
- What’s your name?
- Jesus, the Mold Breaker
- The Orange Couch
- Sriracha and Marmalade Mamas
- Know my babies
- Come as they are
- The Dance Recital
- Hip Hop
- Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
- Diversity and Race
- Racial Reconciliation
- Questions & Curiosity
- Who’s missing?
- Step in the tension
- Typical Day
- Advocate for children
- Posture of the Heart
- The Church
“We weren’t going to raise our daughter who’s black to be like a white girl.” ~ Heather Avis
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Quotes and statements within the interview:
“We tried to have kids naturally and couldn’t. But still wanted to be parents. And so adoption made the most sense for us.”
“The end goal was to be parents. It wasn’t to have a child who looked liked us or who shared our genes. That doesn’t feel super important to my husband and me.”
“There’s brokenness in infertility.”
“You can’t know what you don’t know.”
“I really didn’t start thinking about my need for rest until my thirties, until I was already three kids in.”
“I started finding for myself that the idea of self-care felt like another to-do on my list, and it felt burdensome.”
“My oldest is eleven, and when she shows up in a space, she shows up as she is.”
“And now I just watch it unfold and embrace it, and see what beauty there is there. And I learn so much from her constantly.”
“We’re just so concerned about ourselves that it stops us from showing up fully as who we are and understanding who it is God made us to be.”
“Jesus showed up to the scene breaking all of the molds.”
“And they should be welcomed in every space that we are in, and not just welcomed, but invited into every space we are in.”
“My research was the closest, most affordable class.”
“I want to dance with Macyn!”
“It just takes everybody adjusting a little bit for her to be successful; and it’s not too much to ask a hundred people to adjust a little bit for one person.”
“And to see the fullness of humanity and to see the fullness of God in that humanity, that’s come from my motherhood.”
“But I want to be available to help Truly navigate life as a person of color.”
“Truly has helped to push us into that space where we’re learning and listening, and learning and listening and trying to show up and be aware of our blindspots.”
“Proximity and relationship are really important.”
“It’s a pretty normal life over in our neck of the woods.”
“We will keep shouting their worth as long as people are listening. And even when they stop listening, we will keep shouting.”
“Every human being is an image-bearer of God.”
“I need my kids to be fully included in a church environment.”
What has your story gifted you?
“Relationships with people that I never would have been in relationship with.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- CONNECT with Heather Avis
- BOOK: Scoot Over and Make Some Room
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLuckyFewOfficial/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theluckyfewofficial
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Music by Mandisa – Overcomer
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