My guest for The Happy Hour #138 is Lauren Casper. Lauren is the author of It's Okay About It: Lessons from a Remarkable Five-Year-Old about Living Life Wide Open, and founder of the internationally read blog laurencasper.com. Lauren is a top contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team and has had numerous articles syndicated by The Huffington Post, the TODAY show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. She and her family live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 

Lauren is an adoptive momma of two kiddos from Ethiopia. On today's show, she shares about her adoption journey, including their struggle with infertility. She also shares about the unique experience of adopting from Ethiopia and how they decided to keep their children's birth names.

Lauren's son was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. In our conversation, she shares about that life-changing diagnosis and how she has learned to reshape her expectations and see the beauty in the brokenness.

Lauren's book about the lessons she has learned from her son is coming out next week, so make sure you scoot over and grab a copy here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Lauren's Blog

Lauren's Book: It's Okay About It

Anne Bogel's Podcast: What Should I Read Next 

Start With Amen by Beth Guckenberger + Love Does by Bob Goff + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff + Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

What Lauren is loving: Spring, all things dog and donuts

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Lauren

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram


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