MEET THE CO-HOSTS OF UPSIDE DOWN PODCAST
Mama of 4. Journalist turned Writer. Pastor's Wife. // IA
Kayla is a full-time journalist turned work-at-home mom to four sweet kids: Joseph, Asher, Eliza, and Abram. She frequently shares glimpses of chaos on Instagram.
Kayla is fueled by caffeine and hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor. Together they live in small-town Iowa, where they hope to live a story worth sharing. Kayla recently wrote Just Really Joseph, a children's book about adoption, family, and identity.
Joseph joined the Craig family in 2011 via international adoption from Nigeria. Asher joined the family the old-fashioned way in 2013. Eliza arrived in 2015 via domestic special needs (Down syndrome) adoption and Kayla gave birth to Abram soon after in 2016. (Yep, four kids in five years!) Learn more about Kayla here.
Following Jesus. Seeking justice. Journeying downward. // FL
Lindsy loves Jesus, her husband, their five kids, hot tea, hiking in the woods, and good tattoos. Her family lives in Miami where they seek to bring the Kingdom come to the inner-city as it is in Heaven.
When she’s not homeschooling her kids or getting to know her neighbors, she writes about faith, justice, race and more on her blog lightbreaksforth.com.
Mama of 4. Writer. Campus Minister's Wife. // IA
Shannon believes that the Gospel is meant to unite us to humanity, not divide us from it. A former evangelical missionary turned unlikely Catholic, she gets swoony when you start talking about the Incarnation of Christ.
Shannon has lived with a squatty potty in Indonesia and raised a family in a community house in Texas. These days she and her husband Eric can be found searching for the upside down kingdom in small town Iowa while hosing mud off their four little boys.
Shannon blogs at We, A Great Parade, is a devotional writer for Blessed Is She, and is possibly addicted to Instagram.
MEET OUR NEW COMMUNICATIONS SQUAD
We're grateful for our growing team. Here are three great women who will be doing some work behind the scenes for Upside Down!
Brynn lives with her husband, Justin, and their sassy rescue dog, Vivian, in northern Virginia. By day, she works in marketing in Washington, D.C. She loves a cup of coffee (or two), reruns of The Office, traveling with her husband, and sitting down with a good book.
Brynn, a 30-something Catholic from a small town, is happy to be part of a such an uplifting and diverse community of women.
Brynn posts pictures of her dog (and other things) on Instagram.
"I found the podcast about a year ago through Shannon's Instagram -- and I found Shannon through Blessed Is She! I love that the podcast is ecumenical and has fostered a community of diverse women from all over the world.
It is refreshing to find a community where there is room at the table for everyone, including for this 30-something Catholic woman! The hosts aren’t afraid to dive into "big" topics, and they come to each conversation with grace and humility. The podcast and the Upside Down Tribe Facebook group have challenged me, made me think, and given me new perspectives on my faith."
Brenna is a 20-something follower of Jesus and wife to Cody. She just recently returned to her hometown in northeast Missouri, and is finally adjusting to her new/old surroundings.
Brenna is an Autism Specialist for a non-profit, providing therapy to individuals with Autism as well as training for their parents. While she currently has no children, Brenna has a momma’s heart, and is (not-so) patiently waiting and praying for God to fill her arms with children to love.
She and her husband plan on applying for foster care after buying a home later this year, and Brenna is bursting with joy at the thought of it. You can usually find her hanging out with her black lab, Fenway. Brenna enjoys reading, playing board games, training Fenway, watching the Golden Girls, and loving on her nieces and nephews.
"Being from small town Midwest (and living in the almost south for college), I feel as though we grow up in the church and are taught to believe some things that are not necessarily truth. I’ve often felt convicted and out of place in many conversations, because when discussing certain topics people tend to lean on “what we’ve always believed” instead of what God’s word actually says.
Finding the Upside-Down podcast and online community was a breath of fresh air. Finally people who are willing to have these conversations! I no longer feel crazy for having a completely different outlook on what serving God looks like. I love no topic being off topic, and that there’s never any shame in asking questions or having thoughts that may differ. This tribe challenges me to take a look at my life and see if I’m really stretching to live like Christ, or getting to comfortable."
Jazzy is a full-time college student studying counseling psychology in Montgomery, Alabama. She loves Jesus, good nutrition, and serving others in whatever way she can.
Originally from California, Jazzy relocated to the city of Atlanta as a teen where she met Jesus for the first real time. It was at this point that Jazzy made decision to always honor Christ in everything she does.
When Jazzy is not working or in school you can find her hugging sweet babes, listening to podcasts, working out, driving too fast, or helping people all over the world change their life's story. Because of her own experience Jazzy takes pride in her ability to recognize brokenness. Jazzy is living proof that God can bring glory from the most broken things.
"I enjoy listening to the Upside Down Podcast because I love moms. In all seriousness though this podcast is one of my favorites because the hostesses are not afraid to share the very real parts of their lives or the things on their hearts. The episode topics always leave me thinking about how I can further improve the upside down kingdom and be a bright light for Christ. I am honored to be a part of the team!"