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Blended Kingdom Families Podcast

English, Christianity, 4 seasons, 230 episodes, 3 days 18 hours 6 minutes
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Welcome to Blended Kingdom Families Podcast! We are a ministry that is committed to equipping marriages, uniting families and igniting faith through Gods word, biblical foundations and practical tips. We are your hosts Scott and Vanessa Martindale and we are so excited to have you here with us! Our hearts desire is to serve and help blended families flourish in Abundant Kingdom life. God did not create us to just get through life, but He created us to live life abundantly. He will complete the good work He began in your blended family, for nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
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Intimacy & Sex in Second Marriages

On this episode of the Blended Kingdom Families Podcast, Scott and Vanessa tackle the sensitive topic of physical intimacy and sex within second marriages. They share vulnerably about their own experiences, and highlight the importance of working through past trauma, triggers, and comparison. The conversation centers on the importance of open communication, patience and grace for each other, and embracing joy and pleasure in physical intimacy. If you’re struggling in this area of your marriage, we hope this episode gives you courage to have those needed conversations with your spouse. Don’t let comparison and the past steal your joy in your current marriage!We pray this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3euYWdd6dg
19/02/202418 minutes 49 seconds
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I Feel Alone! Finding Community in Blended Families

If you have ever felt alone and isolated or have struggled to find a supportive community while navigating blended family challenges then this episode is for you! Navigating life in a blended family can be a beautiful but complex journey. In this episode, I Feel Alone - Finding Community in Blended Families, Scott and Vanessa Martindale are joined by special guests Tim and Sandie Noack, small group leaders with 20 years of experience! In this episode they dive into the life-changing value and importance of small groups specifically designed for couples in blended families. Join us as we explore how small group gatherings can provide encouragement, understanding, godly counsel, prayer, and growth for you, your partner and blended family. Why Small Groups?Small groups offer a unique setting where couples in blended families can share experiences, challenges, and successes. It&apos;s a space where vulnerability is welcomed and personal growth is nurtured. Disco
12/02/202431 minutes 48 seconds
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Enmeshment With Ex-Spouses: Blended Family Boundaries

Welcome to the latest episode of the Blended Family Podcast - Enmeshment with Ex-Spouses: Setting Boundaries in Blended Families. Join hosts Scott and Vanessa Martindale as they discuss the intricate dynamics of blended families, focusing on the challenges and nuances of enmeshment between ex-spouses.In this episode - Enmeshment with Ex-Spouses: Blended Family Boundaries, we explore what enmeshment means in the context of ex-spouses, discuss several examples of enmeshment and solutions. Learn about these topics and more! - Signs of Unhealthy Enmeshment: Learn about the red flags such as inappropriate closeness, emotional manipulation, and feelings of obligation that might indicate unhealthy ties between ex-spouses.- Strategies for Setting Boundaries: Scott and Vanessa discuss practical ways to establish boundaries for the well-being new marriages and blended families.- Co-Parenting Communication: Tips on how to involve both spouses in co-parenting
05/02/202417 minutes 31 seconds
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Enmeshment Between Parents & Kids - Maintaining Healthy Boundaries in Blended Families

Enmeshment between parents and kids is an important factor in families and maintaining healthy boundaries in blended families can help. Dive into the complexities of enmeshment in blended families on this podcast episode: Enmeshment Between Parents &amp; Kids - Maintaining Healthy Boundaries in Blended Families. Hosts Scott and Vanessa shed light on scenarios in which parents and children grapple with enmeshment issues that may have formed after a divorce or other life-changing event. This can include a parent&apos;s over reliance on a child for emotional support, a parent inhibiting a child&apos;s independence, or other similar unhealthy connections.Scott and Vanessa offer practical advice on overcoming enmeshment, emphasizing the importance of open communication and setting clear boundaries. They talk about the benefits (and necessity) of seeking counseling to re-prioritize the marriage and foster healthier relationships within the blended family unit. They als
29/01/202417 minutes 2 seconds
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Blended Families: My Nest is Empty—Coping with Kids Leaving Home

In this episode, Scott and Vanessa Martindale are joined by guests Eric and Keisha Gomez to talk about the empty nest phase of marriage and family. Eric is the XO Marriage Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Keisha is a Marriage Mediator at XO Marriage. Together, they talk about preparing for the empty nest before the last child leaves, the importance of intentionality in growing your marriage in this phase, and some of the fun benefits of living in a house with no kids. We pray this episode blesses you! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: <a href='https://blen
22/01/202420 minutes 7 seconds
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Preparing to Launch - Sending Kids to College in a Blended Family

In this episode Scott and Vanessa Martindale are joined by guests Eric and Keisha Gomez. Eric is the XO Marriage Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Keisha is a Marriage Mediator at XO Marriage. Eric and Keisha share personal experiences and advice for sending kids to college as a blended family, including preparing children academically and spiritually, coping with letting go, dealing with identity attacks and much more!We pray this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamil
15/01/202427 minutes
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The Power of Untethered Worship - 2024 Word of The Year

In this podcast episode, Scott and Vanessa talk about their practice of asking God to give them a word for the year ahead. They share how they both seek God for a word individually as well as for their blended family, and how this annual activity draws them closer together. We pray this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/donate/ For more resources visit: Blended Kingdom Families Website</b
08/01/202426 minutes 56 seconds
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Trusting the Uncomfortable & Growing Through Discomfort

Scott and Vanessa reflect on 2023, a year of growth through trusting God during hardship. They recap ministry highlights like launching video curriculum, Uversion devotionals, conferences, groups across the country, BKF coaching, and podcasts. Looking ahead, 2024 plans include expanding coaching, more resources like books and studies, events, fundraising, and partnerships to help more blended families.We pray this episode blesses you today!Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/donate/
01/01/202416 minutes 51 seconds
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Blended Family Traditions: Finding Joy, Love, and Peace During the Holidays

Join us in this special episode of the Blended Kingdom Families podcast as we share heartwarming stories and tips on navigating the holiday season in blended families. From decorating Christmas trees to serving the community, discover how new traditions can bring joy, gratitude, love, and a sense of connection.We pray this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/donate/ For more resources visit: Blended Ki
25/12/202315 minutes 7 seconds
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How to Navigate Blended Family Holidays: A Teen's Perspective

In this special holiday episode of the podcast, Vanessa and her son, Michael, to talk about the holiday season from a teenager&apos;s perspective. He shares tips for blended families on making holiday transitions smoother for kids. He talks about the importance of communication, flexibility, and involving kids in the planning. Vanessa and Michael also discuss setting boundaries, laying aside differences, and focusing on what is best for the children.We pray this episode blesses you today! For more resources visit: www.blendedkindomfamilies.comhttps://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamilieshttps://blendedkingdomteens.comhttps://www.buzzsprout.com/2131623https://www.instagram.com/blendedkingdomteens/https://www.tiktok.com/@blendedkingdomteensWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, <a href='https://www.facebook.com/blendedkingdomfamil
18/12/202319 minutes 24 seconds
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Q&A: Answering Audience Questions So You Can Build a Healthy Blended Family  

Discover the secrets to a healthy blended family in this insightful Q&amp;A episode of the Blended Kingdom Families podcast. Join Vanessa and Jessica Russo, Director of Donor Relations here at BKF, as they tackle real questions from audience members facing past relationship wounds, co-parenting conflicts, and frustrations with former spouses. Vanessa shares her personal journey as a divorced and remarried mom, offering valuable perspectives on the challenges of blending families. Gain prayerful and Kingdom-focused encouragement for your own blended family journey. Don&apos;t miss this empowering conversation on overcoming obstacles and fostering a thriving blended family.Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube
11/12/202322 minutes 14 seconds
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Q&A: Managing Stepchild and Biological Child Relationships in Blended Families

In this episode, liscensed professional counselor and blended family coach Scott Martindale takes the mic to answer listeners&apos; questions. He shares practical advice on stepchild relationships, discipline roles, conflict resolution, and more. His unique perspective will give you actionable steps for improving your blended family relationships. Listen in to hear your questions answered! We hope this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/donate/
04/12/202314 minutes 42 seconds
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The Heart of Step-parenting: A Stepmom's Perspective with Special Guest Cheryl Shumake

On this week’s podcast episode, hosts Scott and Vanessa Martindale are joined by a special guest, Cheryl Shumake, a stepmom with a powerful ministry dedicated to supporting and inspiring stepmoms. Cheryl shares her insights on navigating the challenges of blended families and discusses her latest book, &quot;Waiting to Be Wanted: A Stepmom&apos;s Guide to Loving Before Being Loved.&quot;The conversation delves into the importance of empathy, the 100% chance of success in blended families when done God&apos;s way, and the role of faith in the journey of step-parenting. Cheryl encourages listeners to shift their focus from the pain of waiting to how God wants them to show up in their roles.Join the BKF podcast community as Cheryl, Vanessa, and Scott share stories, wisdom, and practical advice to help you thrive in your blended family journey. Don&apos;t miss out on the full video format available on the Blended Kingdom Families YouTube channel. Li
27/11/202324 minutes 53 seconds
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Blended Family Holidays: Fostering a Heart and Mind of Gratitude

The holidays can be a challenging time for blended families. In this uplifting episode, Scott and Vanessa share how cultivating gratitude and thankfulness can bring joy and strengthen family bonds.Learn how starting traditions, quiet reflection, and extending grace to co-parents can foster unity and create new positive memories. Whether you&apos;re gathering with grandparents, looking back on the year, or facing grief, you&apos;ll be inspired to see blessings and goodness. Tune in for a hope-filled perspective on embracing thankfulness in all circumstances and discover how gratitude can deepen your connection with God and others this holiday season!We hope this episode blesses you today!Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3euYWdd6dgR0g48zuUuE
20/11/202312 minutes 36 seconds
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Learning to Honor God in Dating and Marriage

Honoring God in dating can be challenging in todays world. In this episode, Scott and Vanessa discuss God&apos;s design for dating and marriage. They emphasize the importance of identifying values and traits that are non-negotiable in a spouse, while also being open to the Holy Spirit’s leadership. They also discuss the importance of open communication, premarital counseling, and being bold about pursuing a Christ-centered marriage.We hope this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blende
13/11/202318 minutes
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How to Set Boundaries with Extended Family: Extended Family Dynamics in Blended Families, Part 3

One challenge that blended families face is setting healthy boundaries with extended family members. Boundaries are the limits and rules we set for how others will interact with us, and they are vital for the health of any family. In this final episode in our series on extended family dynamics in blended families, we unpack the importance of boundaries as a means to protect and preserve the nuclear family unit. We also provide examples of boundaries and the process for creating and maintaining them. We hope this episode blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here
06/11/202322 minutes 23 seconds
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Fostering Positive Relationships: Extended Family Dynamics in Blended Families, Part 2

When we go through a divorce, our relationships with our extended family members can be affected, which can then affect our (step)child’s relationships with them. In the second episode of this series, we discuss the value of allowing our children and stepchildren to keep strong bonds with their extended family members after divorce, and we offer small steps we can take to rebuild or maintain those bonds.We pray this podcast blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/donate/<
30/10/202321 minutes 45 seconds
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How to Be a Great Step-Grandparent: Extended Family Dynamics in Blended Families, Part 1

Blended family life can be a challenge, but what is it like to be a step-grandparent? What are some best practices for being a great step-grandparent? In this episode, our hosts Scott and Vanessa Martindale talk with a step-grandparent, Mike Hill. Mike is the Marriage Pastor at Beltway Park Church in Abilene, Texas. Together they talk about the experience of being a step-grandparent, what it means to foster healthy relationships with grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and how to support their adult children who are in a blended family.We pray this podcast blesses you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the w
23/10/202322 minutes 8 seconds
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Mirror Mirror: An Honest Look at Body Image

Welcome to a special episode of the podcast, where we dive deep into the important subjects of image and body image. Join hosts Scott and Vanessa as they sit down with Rachael Gilbert, a licensed therapist, author, speaker, and podcast host. Together, they explore the impact of media, culture, and personal experiences on our self-perception and body image. They also discuss actionable steps to bring our self-perception into alignment with what God says about us.Rachael is the author of Image Restored: Tear Down Shame And Insecurity To Experience A Body Image Renovation, a book/workbook that helps individuals and small groups begin to  experience healing and wellness grounded in God’s love and builds us up in truth. She also hosts the podcast, Real Talk With Rachael, which bridges the gap between mental and emotional health and faith.We pray this podcast blesses you today! Rachels Info: Website rachaelgilbert.comInstagram.com/rachaeljgilbert<br
16/10/202324 minutes 53 seconds
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How To Build Strong Stepparent-stepchild Connections, A Teenager's Perspective, Part 3

In this episode, we dive into the unique experiences of a teenager navigating life within two blended families. Michael Singleton, in a conversation with his stepfather, Scott Martindale, shares candidly the highs and lows of parental divorce and subsequent remarriage. The two of them talk about the early blending years, how their relationship has evolved over time, and how their relationship is changing again as Michael prepares for college. If you’re a new stepparent seeking insights and guidance, this episode is a must-listen!We pray this podcast blessed you today!Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive
09/10/202312 minutes 8 seconds
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How To Build Strong Stepparent-stepchild Connections, The Dos, Part 2

Discover the keys to nurturing a resilient stepparent-stepchild bond in the second episode of our series on &quot;How To Build Strong Stepparent-stepchild Connections, Part 2.&quot; In this episode, Scott and Vanessa Martindale discuss crucial action steps for fostering trust and connection. Learn how both biological parents and stepparents can create a safe and comfortable environment, encouraging the stepchild to embrace and flourish within the blended family dynamic. Listen in to ensure your stepparent-stepchild relationship thrives!We pray this podcast blessed you today!Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to r
02/10/202318 minutes 3 seconds
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How To Build Strong Stepparent-stepchild Connections, Part 1

The relationship between a stepparent and their stepchildren can be complicated and complex because there are so many factors at play. Sometimes, those dynamics can delay or derail step-parent/stepchild bonding. In this episode, Scott and Vanessa talk about the role step parents play in creating a solid bond with their stepchild; they also offer suggestions for nurturing and growing those relationships.We pray this podcast blessed you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com
25/09/202319 minutes 26 seconds
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Married Men Tell All: Mindset, Motives, And Needs

In this special podcast episode, Pastor Jon Chasteen and Brent Evans, join Scott Martindale in the studio to talk about life, marriage, and parenting from the male perspective. They clear up some common misconceptions wives have and peel back the curtain on how men think differently than women. They talk about the unique mega needs of men, men’s desire to please their wives, and why they want their wives to be their best friends. To connect with our guests: Pastor Jon Chasteen is the Lead Pastor of Victory Church and Podcast host of The ReLeader https://www.instagram.com/jonchasteen/ https://www.youtube.com/ @TheReLeader Brent Evens is the CEO of XO Marriage and host of the XO Marriage Podcast https://xomarriage.com/podcasts/ We pray this podcast blessed you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families
18/09/202347 minutes 50 seconds
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Co-Parenting Boundaries: Navigating Transitions for Your Child's Well-Being

This week, Scott and Vanessa discuss how to establish healthy boundaries with a co-parent during the child’s transition from one home to the other. They talk about their experiences during both successful and challenging co-parenting seasons. They also shed light on essential factors to consider when creating boundaries with an ex-spouse and emphasize the importance of prioritizing children&apos;s needs.Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, To support this ministry and help ensure that blended families around the world continue to receive biblical equipping click here: https://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/donate/ For more resources visit:
11/09/202311 minutes 54 seconds
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How To Create A Financial Plan, Blended Family Finances, Part 3

Financial planning in blended families can be complex and overwhelming. This episode talks through practical steps to simplify and start planning. We cover vital facets of financial well-being, including transparent money management, strategic estate planning, beneficiary designations, and the importance of tax planning. You don&apos;t want to miss the conversation Vanessa and Scott Martindale have with Tim &amp; Alexis Woodward are Certified Financial Planners™, Certified Kingdom Advisors® and Co-Founders of Blend Wealth, a Kingdom-focused financial planning firm that serves clients virtually all over the country.Budgeting apps mentioned: You Need a Budget (YNAB)- https://www.ynab.com/Everydollar- https://www.ramseysolutions.com/ramseyplus/everydollarFaithFi - https://www.faithfi.com/ You can connect with Tim and Alexis at: Website: https://blendwealth.com/  Instagram: <a href='https:
04/09/202334 minutes 41 seconds
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Money Talk: How To Have Better Conversations About Money, Blended Family Finances, Part 2

Scott and Vanessa talk about the importance of discussing finances with your spouse when you are newly blended, especially if the two of you did not have those conversations before marriage. They also offer suggestions for ongoing financial conversations moving forward. If you’re newly blended and you haven’t talked about money, it’s important to start having those financial conversations as soon as you can. Lay it all out on the table: monthly bills, consumer debt, child support, sources of income, a monthly budget, and any triggers from a past marriage. Also discuss whether the stepparent will participate in the financial obligations related to their stepchildren. Transparent, ongoing conversations around money is a key aspect of a healthy marriage.We pray this podcast blessed you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: <a href='https://www.
28/08/202319 minutes 9 seconds
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Back to School with Blended Families

In this special episode, BKF founders Scott and Vanessa Martindale talk about the unique situations blended families face as school ramps up for another year. They discuss how parents and co-parents can prepare for school and how to help their children and stepchildren thrive in an educational setting. They also offer practical suggestions for using back-to-school activities as an opportunity to build bridges with co-parents.We pray this podcast blessed you today! ResourcesFree download for 7 Prayers for the New School Year: http://blendedkingdomfamilies.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/7-Prayers-for-the-New-School-Year.pdfBlended Family Conference - in person or watch onlinehttps://blendedkingdomfamiliesministries.brushfire.com/blendedcouplesconference/540816Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: <a href='https://www.instagram.com/blendedki
21/08/202315 minutes 45 seconds
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Blended Family Finances, Part 1

This episode is the first in a new series, “Blended Family Finances.” Scott Martidale shares his perspective as a therapist. He has worked with many couples who are in conflict because they don’t know how to handle finances as a blended family.  He suggests areas of financial conversations to discuss before marriage, as well as ongoing money conversations that are important for blended family finances.Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
14/08/202313 minutes 54 seconds
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Sibling Unity in Blended Families, Part 4

This is the fourth and final episode in our series on sibling unity in blended families. Scott and Vanessa tackle the topic of creating unity among siblings and stepsiblings when you are beginning to blend. They provide a child’s perspective of blending  (it’s not easy!), and they explain why the kids can get along one minute but despise each other the next (it’s normal!).  If you and your new spouse bring children into the marriage, this episode should be at the top of your playlist!We pray this podcast blessed you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube<a href='ht
07/08/202314 minutes 20 seconds
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Sibling Unity in Blended Families, Part 3

In this third episode in our series “Sibling Unity in Blended Families,” we talk about helping step siblings build strong bonds when there is a significant age gap. We share from our childhood experiences of having step siblings, and we offer suggestions for fostering step sibling relationships despite the differences in ages. If you are a parent, stepparent, or co-parent of step siblings, check out this episode!We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovement #stepsiblings #stepfamilies #blendedandredeemed #blendedfamilies #stepbrothers #stepsistersWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='
31/07/202313 minutes 10 seconds
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Sibling Unity in Blended Families, Part 2

This is our second episode in our series, “Sibling Unity in Blended Families.” If your children and stepchildren are struggling to get along, this podcast is for you! We give you an honest look at siblings and stepsiblings, what to expect as your family blends (all kids argue from time to time!), and practical suggestions for fostering better relationships among them.We pray this podcast blesses you! #blendedkingdomfamilies #blendedandredeemed #stepsibilingrivalry #stepsiblings #siblingrivalry #blendingafamily #blendedfamilies #stepmom #stepdad #christianparentingWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/c
24/07/202313 minutes 11 seconds
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Sibling Unity in Blended Families, Part 1

This podcast kicks off a new series on sibling unity in blended families. Scott and Vanessa offer practical tips for working toward sibling unity and the challenges inherent when two families merge into one.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
17/07/202312 minutes 2 seconds
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Biological Parent & Stepparent Relationships, Part 5

This is the fifth episode in our series on the biological parent-stepparent relationship. Vanessa and Scott talk about the benefits of developing a good relationship–and possibly a friendship–with our ex and their spouse. They discuss how these relationships can make co-parenting smoother and help our children and stepchildren thrive in the home and beyond.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovement #christianfamilypodcast #christianpodcasts #coparenting #stepparenting #stepparents #reconcilation #childrenofdivorce #singleparent #lifeafterdivorce #divorcesupport #raisinghealthykids Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href
10/07/202313 minutes 16 seconds
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Biological Parent & Stepparent Relationships, Part 4

This is the fourth episode in our series on the biological parent-stepparent relationship. Vanessa and Scott discuss how a good relationship with your ex-spouse can make co-parenting smoother and help our children and stepchildren thrive in the home and beyond. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovement #christianfamilypodcast #christianpodcasts #coparenting #stepparenting #stepparents #reconcilation #childrenofdivorce #singleparent #lifeafterdivorce #divorcesupport #raisinghealthykids Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube<a href='https://www.
03/07/202315 minutes 44 seconds
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Biological Parent & Stepparent Relationships, Part 3

This is the third episode in our series on the relationship between biological parents and stepparents. Scott and Vanessa talk about parent alienation and child manipulation and its negative effects on children of divorce. They talk about repairing your relationship with your ex (if possible) for the sake of the kids and for your own mental health. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovement #christianfamilypodcast #christianpodcasts #coparenting #stepparenting #stepparents #childmanipulation #parentalienation #reconcilation #children #childrenofdivorce #singleparent #lifeafterdivorce #divorcesupport #raisinghealthykids Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, <a href='https://www.faceboo
26/06/202318 minutes 48 seconds
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Biological Parent & Stepparent Relationships: Part 2

In this episode, Scott and Vanessa Martindale talk about expectations, how comparison affects identity, and the unique but different roles of parents and stepparents in blended families. They also offer suggestions for overcoming comparison and competition.Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
19/06/202316 minutes 38 seconds
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Biological Parent and Stepparent Relationships: Part 1 - Comparison & Competition Between Biological Parent and Stepparent 

Rachel Scott joins us on the podcast for a discussion about biological and stepparent relationships. She joins Scott and Vanessa to talk about the problem of comparison and competition and the reasons those traps surface, particularly for women. They talk about the value of humility and empathy in the biological parent/stepparent relationship and offer suggestions for better interactions.  Website: www.rachelgscott.comInstagram URL: iamrachelgscottFacebook URL: iamrachelgscottWe pray this podcast blessed you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamilies#blendedkingdomfamilies #blendedandredeemed #blendedfamilies #stepparenting #stepparent #stepmom #stepdad #christianpodcast #christianlife #christianbloggers #christianpodcast #christianpodcasters #coparenting Follow us: <a href='https://www.ins
12/06/202326 minutes 14 seconds
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How Do I Heal From Generational Trauma?

This is the fourth episode on mental health in blended families. In this segment, Scott and Vanessa sit down with Sonia Noorany, a licensed professional counselor, to talk about generational trauma. They define it and identify ways to recognize it, and they talk about EMDR, a unique therapeutic tool for dealing with past trauma.We pray this podcast blessed you today! Want to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamilies#christianpodcast #christianlife #christianmusic #newpodcast #christianwomen #applepodcasts #christianblog #christianposts #christianfaith #christianbloggers #christianpost #christianinfluencer #faithbloggers #christianpodcasters Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/channel
05/06/202319 minutes 41 seconds
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Mental Health Awareness Month: Part 5 - What a Pastoral Counselor (and Parent) Notices in Kids 

Kammerin Hunt, former youth minister and currently a pastoral counselor with SEVN Therapy, is in the house! He joins Scott and Vanessa to talk about parenting–the fears, the struggles, and the need to give grace to ourselves. They offer a peek behind the counseling curtain and explain what children and teens are thinking and feeling, and they offer suggestions for getting help for kids when they need it.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamilies#christianpodcast #christianpodcasts #podcasters #podcaster #podcastshow <a href='https://www.instagram.com/
29/05/202332 minutes 9 seconds
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When Should You Go to Couples' Therapy?

Alicia Williams, LPC, joins Scott and Vanessa for this episode. Together, they discuss the signs that tell you it’s time to see a counselor. They highlight the misconceptions about therapy and discuss the benefits of having an unbiased counselor to speak into your situation. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovement #blendedfamiliespodcast #stepfamilypodcast #marriagepodcasts #mentalhealthpodcastsWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
22/05/202319 minutes 45 seconds
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The Role of Empathy in Your Blended Family

This episode features Sean Reed, pastoral counselor and Director of Operations and Outreach at Sevn Therapy. He talks with Scott and Vanessa about the importance of empathy within the blended family. They talk about the role of empathy in conflict resolution, triggers, anxiety, and parenting. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesTo contact Sean Reed: https://www.seanandlanette.comIG: @seanandlanettereedFB: @seanandlanetteYT: @LifeWithSeanandLanetteTikTok: seanandlanetteFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='https://www.youtube.com/cha
15/05/202330 minutes 13 seconds
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Working Through Trust and Trauma with Your Spouse

This episode features a conversation with Heather Seguin, a licensed counselor specializing in couple’s therapy.  Vanessa and Scott talk with Heather about building and rebuilding trust in marriage, working through trauma, and navigating difficult conversations. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
08/05/202326 minutes 23 seconds
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Working Through Traumas and Triggers as a Couple

In this episode, Scott and Vanessa dive into the topic of past trauma and the triggers that often accompany them. They define trauma and triggers, identify common origins of trauma, and explain how men and women express their triggers differently. They also provide suggestions for how husbands and wives can support, encourage, and help each other work through trauma. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website</b
01/05/202318 minutes 5 seconds
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Let's Therapy: The Power of Affirming Yourself

In this episode, Scott and Vanessa talk about the power of self-talk and positive affirmation. They discuss the role that thoughts play in our beliefs and our actions. They also provide several examples of truths we can speak over ourselves to counter the enemy’s lies. Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
26/04/20239 minutes 21 seconds
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Being the New Stepparent in a Blended Family

This episode features Alex and Marshall Dilworth, a blended couple learning how to do life together. They talk with our host Vanessa Martindale about the different dynamics involved in both the co-parenting relationship and the relationship with the children. They offer suggestions on how spouses can support each other as they engage with co-parents and as they parent.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website</
24/04/202316 minutes 38 seconds
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Co-Parenting in Your Blended Family 

Special guest and BKF team member Alex Dilworth joins Vanessa in the studio to talk about co-parenting. They talk about the unique challenges of being a single parent and co-parenting, some good practices for the co-parenting relationship, and mistakes they have made and want you to avoid.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Families Website
17/04/202324 minutes 10 seconds
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What Happens When You Don’t Communicate with Your Co-Parent

Dr. Cassie Reid joins Scott and Vanessa Martindale in the studio again to talk about a common issue co-parents face: lack of communication. They talk about what motivates a co-parent to keep their ex-spouse out of the loop in making decisions about their children. They also talk about repercussions of not communicating– the children bear the consequences. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us:<a href='https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&amp;redir_token=QUFFLUhqbkloWjUzMXNPQ05LZXhqODhZVnVLNmQ3eUtXQXxBQ3Jtc0tsc25yWjhiUEFSaUJWRTJ5cS1uakliSGwteDVhR2R0TGIwcTFUeFQzdmIwWF95bGdtUzhGR0Q2NEdwOU03RTRyaGZadnVLaEQtNmZEQzVpV3JjNmR0NWdFQ21RbzYzRHh3VFNyOC1iMi1fcWEzSjBHbw&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Flinktr.ee%2Fblendedkin
10/04/202325 minutes 30 seconds
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When Co-Parents Disagree About Faith

Dr. Cassie Reid is back in the studio! In this episode, Scott and Vanessa Martindale talk with Dr. Reid about what to do when your co-parent holds different faith beliefs than you do. They discuss the importance of respect, laying a solid foundation in your home, and living out your faith for your children. They also talk about the danger of using faith as a tool for child manipulation and parent alienation.   We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us:<a href='https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&amp;redir_token=QUFFLUhqbkloWjUzMXNPQ05LZXhqODhZVnVLNmQ3eUtXQXxBQ3Jtc0tsc25yWjhiUEFSaUJWRTJ5cS1uakliSGwteDVhR2R0TGIwcTFUeFQzdmIwWF95bGdtUzhGR0Q2NEdwOU03RTRyaGZadnVLaEQtNmZEQzVpV3JjNmR0NWdFQ21RbzYzRHh3VFNyOC1iM
03/04/202322 minutes 41 seconds
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Beginning to Blend, Part 4: The Damage of Misplaced Priorities

In this final episode of the series, “Beginning to Blend,” Scott and Vanessa talk about the importance of keeping your marriage as the top priority (after Christ) in your blended family. They offer practical suggestions for guarding and cultivating your relationship with your spouse when the nitty-gritty of real life makes blended family life a challenge.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
27/03/202313 minutes 19 seconds
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We’re All in One House, Now What?

In this third podcast in the series “Beginning to Blend,” Scott and Vanessa discuss potential challenges facing blended families after everyone has merged into one household. They talk about how to navigate rivalries, guidelines for blending children of differing genders, and fostering relationships among family members.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
20/03/202313 minutes 11 seconds
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Prepare for Blending While You’re Engaged

In this second podcast in our series on “Beginning to Blend,” Scott and Vanessa discuss what you can do during the engagement period to prepare for blending your families. These discussions and action steps can pave the way for smoother transitions into your new life together.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
13/03/202312 minutes 26 seconds
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When Do I Introduce a Potential Spouse to My Children? 

In this episode, we address a question we get asked a LOT: When do I introduce a potential spouse to my children? Scott and Vanessa use their dating story as the backdrop for this conversation. They share their experience and offer their suggestions for when and how to talk to your children about your romantic relationship.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
06/03/202314 minutes 38 seconds
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Communication in Blended Families with Dr. James and Ginger Dellaripa

In this episode, we had the privilege of talking with Dr. James and Ginger Dellaripa, creators of The Family Core, an app to help families of all kinds with communication, organization, and engagement. Together, we talk about the importance of communicating and staying informed across blended households. Their app is available on their website, www.thefamilycore.com, in the App Store (iOS) or in the Google Play Store (Android). Website:www.thefamilycore.com Facebook URL@thefamilycoreInstagram URL@thefamilycoreTwitter URL@thefamilycoreFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube<a href='https://www.blendedking
27/02/202327 minutes 41 seconds
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Enhancing Sexual Intimacy in Your Marriage

In this last episode in a three-part series on sex, we have an honest discussion about enhancing sexual intimacy. We offer you the perspective of both the husband and wife. We also give you tips on cultivating a more fulfilling sex life with your spouse.  Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
20/02/202317 minutes 25 seconds
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How to Talk About Sex in Your Marriage

This podcast addresses an important question: How do I talk about sex with my spouse? Communication about physical intimacy is an important part of your marriage. Sometimes these conversations will feel awkward and uncomfortable, but they are necessary for a more fulfilling marriage. We talk about the best ways to approach the subject.We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
13/02/202317 minutes 11 seconds
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How To Have More Sexual Intimacy In Marriage

This podcast is the first in a series focusing on physical intimacy in marriage. We discuss what may be hindering more frequent connections as well as steps you can take to create more intimate encounters. Every marriage is different, but sex is vital to every marriage. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamiliesFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
06/02/202318 minutes 19 seconds
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When Your Ex Marries Again

In this episode, we tackle the tough topic of what to do when your ex marries again. We talk about the emotions that can surface for you and your children, how to have those awkward conversations with your ex’s new spouse, and how marrying again can affect your children. Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
30/01/202324 minutes 43 seconds
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Episode 158 - Conversations About Sex in Your Remarriage with Dave and Ashley Willis

In this episode, we sit down with Dave and Ashley Willis to talk about their book, The Counterfeit Climax. We broach the subject of talking about sex with your spouse, overcoming intimacy issues together, and more. If you and your spouse are going through a rough patch, do not lose heart. Your marriage—and your physical intimacy—can be rich and meaningful.For more of Dave and Ashley Willis: https://www.instagram.com/daveandashleywillis/https://www.youtube.com/@DaveandAshleyWillishttps://www.daveandashleywillis.com/Be blessed in all you do! #marriageworks #marriagegoals #marriedlife #marriageadvice #marriagetips #marriagerocks #marriageministry #remarriage #intimacyinmarriage #remarriageissues #physicalintimacy #thecounterfeitclimax Follow us: <a hr
23/01/202335 minutes 23 seconds
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Blending with Children in College with Dr. Phil Schubert

In this episode, we sit down with the president of Abilene Christian University, Dr. Phil Schubert. We talk about the benefits of Christian universities, important college experiences, and how parents in blended families can prepare as their children  leave for college. Letting go of our children and stepchildren can be scary, but God has already prepared them and you for this chapter in your blended family life. We pray this podcast blessed you today! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/[email protected] us: Instagram, Facebook, <a href='https://www.youtu
16/01/202325 minutes 16 seconds
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Why We Don’t Say “Divorce”

In this episode, we discuss the danger of mentioning divorce in a season of marital difficulty. We talk about the power in deciding it is not an option (except in some cases, of course), and we share tips to strengthen and fortify your marriage. We pray this podcast blesses you this week! #blendedkingdomfamilies #restoredfamilymovementWant to join the Blended Kingdom Families Community? Connect with us: https://linktr.ee/blendedkingdomfamilies#marriagematters #marriagepodcast #marriageisforever #healthymarriage #marriagegodsway #marriageminded #strongmarriage #couplespodcastFollow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website<b
09/01/202321 minutes 4 seconds
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Q&A with Scott and Vanessa Martindale

In this episode, Scott and Vanessa sit down with our podcast producer, Dyanna Groves, to answer questions brought to us by our Blended &amp; Redeemed Launch Team. We discuss a variety of topics, from working with your spouse and using the Blended &amp; Redeemed Study Guide to parenting teens in blended families and praying for your ex-spouse. If you have questions that aren’t answered in this episode, please comment below. We love hearing from our community members, and we hope to be able to do more Q&amp;A sessions soon. We pray this podcast blesses you today!Follow us: Instagram, Facebook, YouTubeBlended Kingdom Family Website
03/01/202335 minutes 43 seconds