Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Jessica Thompson and gosh I just love her. I met her for the first time this summer and since then I have loved getting to know her more from afar. Jessica is an author and has some great books out about parenting. Please get your hands on at least one of her books before the end of this year.



In this podcast we discuss how neither one of us are good at buying gifts for our husbands. At the time we recorded this I was looking for a gift for Aaron for his birthday, and I had no idea what to get him. He's so hard for me to buy gifts for.

We spent a lot of time talking about Jessica's newest book that she co-authored with her mom, ANSWERING YOUR KIDS' TOUGHEST QUESTIONS. We both realize how difficult it is to talk with your kids about things that are so hard, but boy is it so necessary.

I mention another one of her books that our family has been using for some family devotionals before advent started and we love it! This devotional, EXPLORING GRACE TOGETHER, is a great way for your family to see the gospel of grace each time you all open this book together. This will help you put the gospel into every area of your life.

Jessica and her family live in San Diego and of course you know it, I started singing {why? why? why do I keep doing this?} “where in the world is Carmen San Diego?”

For Halloween Jessica was a whoopie cushion and she tweeted a picture to prove it, and so now I'm sharing with you!


Of course we talked about SERIAL because we both love it so much. At the time we recorded there were six episodes, and now they are up to ten. If you haven't taken the time to dive into this, we both highly recommend!


  1.  What are some of the toughest things you have had to talk with your kids about?
  2. What are some of your favorite podcasts you listen to?
  3. If you listen to Serial, please tell me your thoughts!!!


Jessica is so gracious to be giving away some books to some of you guys! Leave a comment and in a week I'll pick the winners! You are going to LOVE her books, so make sure you enter!



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