Sister Chats with Dre

 
 

Episode #06 | An introductory episode with my sister, Andrea! If you love #realtalk, you’re in the right place!


 
Sister chats with Dre are happening now on the At Home With Emma Rose Podcast!  We'll be chatting about all the things we know women can relate to, even the stuff they're afraid to say out loud.  My sister and I want to create a safe space for women to feel like they aren't alone and we just know this segment of the podcast will do just that and more!
For there is no friend like a sister

in calm or stormy weather;

To cheer one on the tedious way,

to fetch one if one goes astray,

to lift one if one totters down,

to strengthen whilst one stands.
— Christina Rossetti

You could say that today’s episode is a little extra dear to my heart.

(And no – it’s not just because there were actual IPA’s and “cheers”-ing involved, though that did up the fun factor).

Here are just a few things that make this episode extra special:

  1. Today’s guest is my sister.

    Our voices are almost identical…so to my listeners: Godspeed!

  2. The “interview” takes place IN PERSON.

    Yup, I scrapped my usual high tech set-up for some good old fashioned face-time at Nana and Papa’s house (read: quality guest – mediocre audio.)

  3. It’s a little closer to “home.”

    Most of my episodes (with the exception of my interview with Miss Riley Mae Rose) have been about entrepreneurship and the creative journey, but I wanted this episode to focus specifically on motherhood and marriage.

The truth is that everything changes when you have kids. It gets a whole lot messier, deeper, fuller and all-consuming and what I know is that behind every title “Mom” is a woman searching for more inspiration and connection in their lives to know that they’re not alone
— Emma Rose
Sister chats with Dre are happening now on the At Home With Emma Rose Podcast!  We'll be chatting about all the things we know women can relate to, even the stuff they're afraid to say out loud.  My sister and I want to create a safe space for women to feel like they aren't alone and we just know this segment of the podcast will do just that and more!

What can I say about my sister, Andrea…

…or, “Dre,” as we’ve been known to call her.

This lady has been my cheerleader, my coach, AND my teammate in this life. From teaching me to drive, to being a soft place to land when life got tough, Andrea has been there for me in a way that only a sister can. She’s my childhood Hero, and my respect for her only deepens with the passing years as I watch her do life, run a business, and still manage to love her husband and her FOUR children well.

Let’s hit the pause button for a quick sec here and talk children.

I have one child.

ONE.

And no matter how much I adore that one child, there are days she leaves ragged. (And other days she just leaves me for dead.)

Now multiply that by FOUR. Andrea, you deserve some sort of medal.

During our conversation about all things #momhood, Andrea opens up about the struggle she often faces in explaining the tough things in life to her kids.

For example, Andrea has three daughters – all blonde, as you can see. Their hair is always a topic of great discussion, causing quite a stir whenever they go out together as a family. {See photo below: missing in picture, Crosby and baby Grace!}

ERC_6770.jpgSister chats with Dre are happening now on the At Home With Emma Rose Podcast!  We'll be chatting about all the things we know women can relate to, even the stuff they're afraid to say out loud.  My sister and I want to create a safe space for women to feel like they aren't alone and we just know this segment of the podcast will do just that and more!

And then there’s Crosby…her sweet little brunette boy.

Just what do you say to your seven year old son when he asks why no one notices him?

Why no one comments on his hair? And why his mom (who colors her brunette hair blonde) doesn’t want her hair to look like his?

Heartbreaking, right?

(I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying.)

Sister chats with Dre are happening now on the At Home With Emma Rose Podcast!  We'll be chatting about all the things we know women can relate to, even the stuff they're afraid to say out loud.  My sister and I want to create a safe space for women to feel like they aren't alone and we just know this segment of the podcast will do just that and more!

I believe she echoes the heart of every #boymom with what she said next:

It’s all girl power! Don’t get me wrong... I’m raising three strong girls and I’m one of three girls in our family; I believe in being a strong woman! 
But let’s give our boys some love and some ownership of this world too!
— Andrea

It is such a great responsibility we’ve been given as moms to help our children make sense of the world. They are experiencing everything for the very first time, and they are looking to us to understand it.

Try as we might, we won’t always get it right, but I truly believe there is grace for us in these moments when we don’t know all the answers.

Well, grace and google. Don’t forget google.

There was also much talk of the “seasons” we go through in motherhood and marriage, and how we must learn to fully embrace each one.

While Andrea is definitely in her season of “being with her babies,” she has also worked tirelessly on the sidelines to build her business with Rodan + Fields. She mentions something in this episode that I feel may serve as a major source of frustration for many of my listeners:

[We] are working around our children, and our priorities and all of our work efforts can sometimes seem to others like, ‘Oh, that’s not a big deal because she just works from home....’

(Insert all the Face-Palms here.)

Ugh. Why.

I don’t know how else to say this: What we do – as moms, and as creatives – it’s REAL. It’s honest, hard work – and our day doesn’t end at 5. It’s 24/7, and it is dangerously easy to lose yourself, and your family, to those blurred lines of working from home.

Mom’s, whether you bust your ass at home or off in an office building - go ahead and pat yourself on the back because: YOUR CHOICE IS VALID.

(But I digress…)

We went on to talk a bit about #homelife and our two households go about sharing the workload. (Disclaimer: The purpose of this episode was not to "husband-bash” though, I’ll admit, shit got a little real for a second!)

As a kid, Andrea remembers thinking to herself,

“Why is mom always asking Dad to do stuff?”

 
Sister chats with Dre are happening now on the At Home With Emma Rose Podcast!  We'll be chatting about all the things we know women can relate to, even the stuff they're afraid to say out loud.  My sister and I want to create a safe space for women to feel like they aren't alone and we just know this segment of the podcast will do just that and more!
 

(Like, hello…nag much?)

But we ALL know how this age old argument goes: If we don’t ask, it doesn’t happen. And if we do ask, well….

Moral of the story: managing a home is tough. Marriage is tough. But oh-man are we thankful for our husbands!

Ps. Want real life advice on how to share the honey-do list at home without playing out the above scenario for the rest of your lives? Give this episode a listen! I share what works for Shaun and I, and it rhymes with ‘hello'.’ (It’s Trello!)

Last but not least, during our epic week (for some – two weeks) of family time spent over in Wenatchee, we had the honor of celebrating my Grandma’s 100th birthday!

There’s no arguing the fact that at 100 years old, Grandma has seen A LOT of life. I mean, this lady has STORIES! (The crazy thing is, is that – at her age – she remembers them all).

In case you needed a spot of wisdom for your Wednesday, here’s a little something Andrea shared about Grandma:

The thing that sticks out to me about Grandma is that she has always been so patient, so kind, and so accepting...She never says something to stir the pot which I feel is so unlike me. I’m like, ‘Grandma, how do you do it?’ and she said, ‘Well, I have learned to just accept people the way that they are, to love them, and to always expect the best from them.
Sister chats with Dre are happening now on the At Home With Emma Rose Podcast!  We'll be chatting about all the things we know women can relate to, even the stuff they're afraid to say out loud.  My sister and I want to create a safe space for women to feel like they aren't alone and we just know this segment of the podcast will do just that and more!

Happy 100th Birthday, Grandma!

I hope you enjoyed the little heart-to-heart I had with my sweet sister. If you’re a mom trying to balance it all, my prayer is that this episodes offers you a little more hope and a lot more grace for the journey.

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