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Our neighbors are Muslims…

and we love them.

No, seriously…


They moved into our neighborhood about 2 years ago when Jet was born. And Jethro was the type of baby that tortured us with sleepless nights and colick so we could hardly leave our house, much less walk across the street to meet them.  He held us hostage for almost a year. But I digress…

An Interview with Chris Brown.

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Chris Brown came in town.


No, not this Chris Brown


and I don’t mean this Chris Brown…


(although he was in town but I’m still not talking about that guy.)


This Chris Brown-True Stewardship-Chris Brown….

So I like to podcast. And I’ve been listening to Chris Brown’s show, True Stewardship for awhile. Turns out, we had a volunteer appreciation event at the end of January at church and I decided since I just had a baby a few minutes ago, I’d forgo the event and catch the details later… Only to get a text from my husband who was at the event that the Chris Brown had made an appearance to the volunteers and would be  hosting a  Leadership training for some staff later that week. 



Shut up. 



My husband says to me: Out of the thousand volunteers that attended, you were probably the only one that would know who that guy is and you’re not here!




Major bummer,  but I was almost 4 weeks into my “Phase 1” plan which I may explain in another post. Back to Chris Breezy…


Jonathan just so happened to run into him later that week and quickly texted me: Shoot me your questions!

I just so happened to not receive his text for 45 minutes. The window of opportunity has closed. 




When I grabbed my phone, this is what I saw:

HAhhahahaha, my husband is the best. He knows me well and he went out of his way to snag that for me. What a guy!


I was able to catch up with Brown-town’s team later via email to get a few questions out of him. His team got back to me and within 2 weeks, we have ourself a fresh pressed post for your reading pleasure.  Win!


About Chris Brown

Chris Brown is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, pastor and dynamic speaker carrying the message of stewardship and intentional living nationwide as a Ramsey Personality. Available on radio stations nationwide, Chris Brown’s True Stewardship provides biblical solutions and sound advice for questions on life and money. Chris and his wife, Holly, live in Franklin, Tennessee, with their three children. You can follow Chris online at, on Twitter and Instagram at @ChrisBrownOnAir, or at


Tell me about your background. I heard briefly on the show of your rough past? Then you became a pastor? I need details. 

  • I grew up with a single mom who worked several jobs just to make ends meet. Our home was filled with constant violence, poverty and uncertainty. I was left alone a lot as a young kid, often feeling scared and confused. Many times, it was just my Sony Walkman keeping me company (If you can remember those, ha!) I didn’t own any tapes, so I could only use the radio feature. That’s where I discovered Christian radio, and the sermons I heard through the airwaves changed my life. They came at the perfect time in my life, and shaped me into the man I am today. In fact, I’d have to say that the radio raised me! For that, I’m eternally grateful. By God’s grace I made it through middle and high school. I coped by drowning myself in year-round sports and work … anything was better than being home. Through all the hard work in sports, I got a college scholarship to play baseball, and I accepted Jesus as my Savior in my first month in college. I met my wife in college, as well, and soon after we got married. Since accepting Christ, I have only been interested in ministry, and I was ordained as a Pastor in 2007 while serving at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.


What got you connected to Dave Ramsey and his crew?

  • I resigned from pastoring in South Florida in May 2013, and began helping churches all over the country. The Ramsey team heard I was not anchored to any one church so they reached out with interest. They were looking for someone who could raise the banner of stewardship all over the country, specifically for the church and faith-based community. And I have always loved people, stewardship and the local church. I believe it is the bride of Christ, the hope of the world, God’s Plan A. So obviously I am very blessed to be at the perfect intersection of my passions!


What is the best thing that comes from your show True Stewardship?

  • It’s so awesome that the things we talk about every day on the show are having a real, concrete impact on the lives of people out there! Because listeners have been faithful with money, they’ve been able to share the love of Christ with others. And it’s amazing that people are living their lives as stewards of God’s blessings. It’s been such a blessing hearing from listeners how God has transformed their lives because they’ve put into practice everything our show is about: true biblical stewardship. We realize that we will never be perfect but we strive for progress, which makes our Creator smile. My biggest fulfillment is getting incredibly positive updates from callers after they have applied our advice and now find themselves not only in a better spot relationally or financially but also spiritually – living with more peace and joy.

What do you want to be known for? (From the world at large and from your family?)

  • I have always been a guy with three major priorities and they are in this order: God, Family, Ministry. First and foremost, I want to be known as a guy who truly loves God with all my being. I want my words, actions and lifestyle to point towards that #1 priority. It is also very important to me to be a Godly husband and father. I don’t have to be the coolest or the wealthiest, but I do want to be known as a Godly father and husband. And thirdly is a calling to minister. I want my waking hours to be loving God, loving my family and then relentlessly pursuing that love by acting on it through ministering to my family and others. I don’t really care if it is through media, blogs, stages, books, podcasts, radio, or by praying with my neighbor. But God gave me the breath in my lungs for a reason, and I want to steward that breath His way and for His glory.



I enjoy his podcast because he’s a great listener. It’s as if you’re speaking to a good friend or mentor. Nothing preachy, just good encouragement for whatever stage of life you’re in. If you’d like to podcast him or find out what else he’s up to, check out his show Chris Brown’s True Stewardship here or on iTunes.



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Psalm 46

2016 was a tough year. On many accounts. This song by Shane and Shane, inspired by Psalm 46 was a song on repeat in our household when we discovered it sometime near November. The lyrics floor me. How often I have wrestled the Lord…

O Lord You know the hearts of men
and still you let them live.
O God, who makes the mountains melt
come wrestle us and win.

Though oceans roar, You are the Lord of all,
the one who calms the wind and waves and makes my heart be still.
Though the earth gives way, the mountains move into the sea,
the nations rage, I know my God is in control.


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Shepherd by Bethel is a great song I wanted to pass along to add to the ol’ playlist. Jonathan shoved this in song in my ear as I was in the most intense part of labor with my 3rd babe. The chorus, a great reminder of His goodness.




You will lift my head above the mighty waves
You are able to keep me from stumbling
And in my weakness
You are the strength that comes from within
Good shepherd of my soul
Take my hand and lead me on


Just tuck this song back next time you have a baby.  🙂

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How fast is a Gingerbread man?

I’m not quite sure what happened in the last week or so but I’ve been dropping the unicorn emoji LIKE A BOSS!!!!





I must be a girl mom now. 


Many of you have asked the question: Well, Did she shoot out like a gingerbread man?? 


To answer that question fully, you must know some history.  If you know me well, my 3 greatest fears: Boys, sharks, and being pregnant. 


Boys because they can break your heart.

Sharks because- I saw JAWS once and just couldn’t handle that vengeful attitude, attacking innocent beachgoers and capsizing boats trying to kill the captain. I mean, seriously, Who does that?!

Aaaand being pregnant/Giving birth- I witnessed my sister Hannah being born when I was 11 years old and I don’t remember a debriefing afterwards. I’ve been terrified ever since. 


So fastforward 15 years, I’m astonished that I’m actually married and yet had no plans for kids. I told the Lord if He ever wanted me to have babies, they gotta be surprises. And so far, 3 for 3, they’ve all been pretty shocking.


 I read in Scripture somewhere that it says a woman will forget the anguish of birth for the joy she has from bringing forth a child. Well, let’s just say, with my firstborn, I ended up being a science project at the hospital… I DID NOT forget the anguish. Recovery took months.


Second birth, I still questioned if that Scripture could be true. I was 2 weeks late with Jet in July (Btw, I offer spankings for every day a kid comes late we’ve definitely made up for lost time with both boys!) It was a much better experience than the hospital, I was happy with a healthy baby and a 10 hr labor, a bit sore from being poked around by a student midwife but saw that Scripture to be true.


There’s something about fear that always tends to creep back in. You can logically call it out and say it’s irrational but inwardly it can be paralyzing. 


During the month of December, there was a moment I felt uneasy about something (non-pregnancy related) and yet the Lord quickly reminded me of a verse:


“The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 18:1.


If He can encourage me with that verse during something minor, there’s no way He’d leave me hanging during such a great moment as childbirth. I’ll hold on to it for this specific time and for the upcoming labor as well. Too many times, women can get overcome with fear about birth based on the horror stories of other women making Romans 12:2 difficult:


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


During one of my appointments, Rachel my midwife handed me a book called Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. It was such a major faith boost for me and I began to pray for more specifics. 


Here’s what I asked Him for in no particular order…

  1. She would be born in the morning 
  2. My water would break at the onset of labor (Both previous births I had to be cracked open) 
  3. That it would be a peaceful waterbirth
  4. It would happen during a cold front
  5. That I would be at least 5cms at the very first “checkpoint charlie”
  6. That our dog Dakota would be taken care of
  7. That I would gain access to my blog to write about it (been locked out since March/April)
  8. That our boys would sleep through the night of delivery 
  9. Great photography/video to documenting
  10. Boldness and Confidence
  11. Lots of encouragement/mind at peace
  12. Healthy baby! Zero complications
  13. a FUN birthing experience
  14. Gingerbread man status (a.k.a. short push time)
  15. Lots of rest and Bonding time
  16. Easy recovery
  17. That I wouldn’t be rediculously late like the boys were (Remember the spankings?)
  18. A Tax Break Baby? Is that selfish??
  19. A Birth the way God intended it. How do I measure this one?
  20. Unspoken request
  21. A speedy delivery- specifically less than 6 hours.
  22. She’d have hair- yes, I know it’s vanity, Jethro was bald for 2 years!


So here’s what happened…


Dakota was taken care of by the sweetest family (and all the specifics we prayed for with that.#6 ) My brother and his team somehow cracked into my blog mid-December and I got access to it after 9 months of being locked out. (#7) I had no idea who to ask for photography yet my friend Christine randomly offered one day to take pics and she is so FUN so I just got #9 and #13 in one shot! SWEET!


At 7:30pm, my water broke. Instead of any kind of fear, I was totally at peace, no panic button at all.  I was in the middle of cleaning the house, putting the kids to bed. I’m ready to charge this thing. #10. Boldness and Confidence.


We put the boys to bed. I slapped ’em with some essential oils to help them sleep.  I’m hoping they will sleep through the night, but even if they don’t, we’ll roll with it.  


I had ZERO contractions for hours. I called my midwife Rachel just to give her a heads up that my water broke because I knew it would be a fast delivery. At that time, she was delivering another baby and legally has to stay with the new mother for 3 hours to make sure all is well. When she told me that, I knew my labor wouldn’t begin until she was available. 

Sometime after midnight, we had an official pattern of 3-4 minutes apart and called the team over. Rachel just finished with the previous birth and headed to our house by 1am. She checked me and called it: 5cms and 50%. BOOM! Half way there! (#5!)


From there, things kicked up a notch. The doulas arrived and BACKPRESSURE was the name of the game! I felt like a Mogli in the Jungle Book when his midsection was getting squeezed by that Anaconda. Contractions are mighty powerful! I couldn’t wait to jump in the pool and get this over with!

 The contractions were so fast and furious I could hardly catch my breath in between them. I was begging for the doula’s to punch me in the back as hard as they could. The intensity took me by surprise- there was one moment I caught my breath enough to ask someone to pray. I was getting discouraged but trying not to let it overtake me.  Jonathan prayed and soon afterwards played 2 songs for me. One I specifically remembered for Jethro’s birth and then this other song. Oh, yes, that will be the one I remember for this one. 


Jonathan mentioned to Rachel that I  looked ready to go. She told him that it was still gonna be awhile since she just checked me 20 min prior.  Jonathan began to fill up the pool anyway. 

Ginger (our doula) suggested I get up to go to the bathroom. I’m thinking,”what?! Why?!” I could hardly move from the floor. A moment to catch my breath and we hobbled toward the bedroom. 


I guess changing positions is all it takes. Moments later, something was different. I announced she was coming and even though everyone scrambled into position,  everything stood still.  They shuffled me to the bed, and within 3 pushes she was out! GINGERBREAD MAN! (#14)




No tearing, no complications, a healthy girl with gobs of babyfat! YES! (#12) Both boys at 2 weeks late were skinny- she’s just 2 days overdue, (#17) a full pound heavier than both boys! And she has hair, just enough jetblack to make her a beauty! (#22)  


Ten minutes later, I got up handed the baby to Jonathan and took a shower, singing the chorus to the song that was played in my ear. I feel great! How good and faithful God is! That John 16:21 verse is so true!




  • Fat lil Buddha babe...with hair!


And the boys? Well, I’m not sure if it was my concoction of  the essential oils  but they slept through the entire ordeal (lights on, laundry being done, 5 women in the house, and me hollering for an hour!) They actually slept an extra hour longer that morning and were so excited to meet their baby sister. (#8)


She was born at 2:25am (#1) and we partied with the midwives/doula/photographer til 5am. She was also born on Friday, which for whatever reason, the weather dropped that night.. (#4) If I time when a pattern with contractions to the delivery it was about 2.5 hour (#21) (that first hour was pretty easy tho!) and yes, call me selfish or just plain human, I praise God that He can sift through all our silly requests, we’ll be getting that tax break in 2017. (#18)



Rachel came the next day to check on both of us.  “How you feeling?”


Dude, I just signed up for a 5k next week, I feel great!


She knows I’m joking about the 5k thing. I really appreciate her so much and her great care and kindness this past year. I’ve totally needed the support not just physically but emotionally during this pregnancy and she is the absolute best. 


It’s been over a week since the arrival of our newbie and I can definitely say that was the best delivery and so far the easiest recovery out of all 3 pregnancies. (#16)  I feel great. I don’t know but it seems to me that maybe God designed a labor to be easier than it is. (#19?)  Not to say there’s no work involved, don’t get me wrong- There definitely is!  I think we’ve missed something along the way in our modern approach to birthing. But I digress…


So the few things that I prayed for that DIDN’T  happen-  that peaceful waterbirth part-  I was pretty bummed! (But i do remember with my last homebirth stalling out whenever I was in water so, c’est la vie.) My unspoken (#20) and the 2nd half of #11, a mind at peace. There was a just a few minutes where I felt “trapped” right before the doula called the next shot. Outside those few minutes, I kept saying 

I can do all things…

Azel Justice Schroer, December 30th, 2016 2:25am, 8.4lbs, 22″


I say all this not to brag about how quick labor was or how great I feel but how good God is. I don’t deserve any of His kindnesses. I used to believe, even as a baby Christian, that God just blessed “the good ones” and didn’t have much left over for me, no matter how hard I tried. Now I see that God does not show favoritism and He gives good gifts to His kids. We just need to ask!


We had another photosesh with our uber-talented friends Shawn and Christine Rottmann– I am amazed that they actually got pics of the boys looking *not angry*  especially with them being EXTREMELY cranky/overtired from being juggled for a few days. They are talented!

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
Psalm 16:5-6


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Meet the Newbie!


It was the last week in April when a woman came up to me after church, put her hand on my belly and said, “Oh, you got a baby girl in there!” 


“Um, haha, No, it’s a pastabowl”  Thank you very much as I swiped her hands off me. I had just gotten done directing traffic in the parking lot on a blazing hot Sunday and not really up for that kind of conversation. I’m a total boy mom and **finding out I could be pregnant** with a girl*** at church** to be honest, put me in a bad mood.  


That week, through a series of unusual events I found out I was indeed pregnant… During this season, we had already felt under “attack” in different ways. This just kicked things up a notch. 


Weeks and months passed. It was one of the hardest summers I’ve experienced in years. Much of the time, I felt like I couldn’t come up for air. But we’ll skip ahead.


We found out officially,  she was a girl. 


As the Lord would have it, He reminded me that:

1. Everything will be ok with having a girl, and 

2. He’s into the details. 



Before we knew it was a girl, I was trying to figure out what name we’d go with. I already had a boy name months ago but if it was girl, I’m a blank slate. I was renting library books on names, checking  out meanings and different resources.  Nothing. Zilch. Nada.


It was that same week that I got a private message from a girl I hadn’t seen in years. She said she had a dream a few years ago that my 3rd child would be a girl and I really struggled with the name and the Lord was very aware of my plight. She didn’t want to freak me out by telling me back then because at the time, I wasn’t even pregnant with my second son.


That gave me much confidence in the fact that the Lord would give me a name when it was time and that He ordained this whole thing,  even though this pregnancy was not in my Top 10 Things To Do in 2016. I had questioned multiple times what He was up to during the difficult months prior.



Fast forward to November, These photos were taken by my amazing friends Shawn and Christine Rottmann- a husband and wife duo- incredible with wielding the camera and high octane children at the same time. With the rain and super distracted kids, these turned out amazing- I couldn’t have asked for anything better! (You guys better get some business cards rollin!) Check out more from them here.



This being my 3rd pregnancy, it does seem to get harder ever time. So many people asking as I approach the final weeks and days, “how are you feeling?!” I’m trying to have a great attitude about it so my response is always the same:  

                                            “I feel GREAT for being 40+lbs heavier!”  


Every pregnant woman knows, the last few weeks are the hardest physically, mentally and emotionally. The waiting was brutal. The one thing I held onto was something my 4 year old said to me as he came home from school..



“Mommy, your baby is gonna shoot out like a gingerbread man.”

{He completed that statement with hand motions.}


I am so blessed by my funny, creative, kindhearted children. Little prophets, I’ll receive it. Out of the mouth of babes, right?


Being Mr. Christmas that he is, Jonathan made a sign for his light display that we’d put out when she arrived. We were *REALLY* hoping she’d make her debut while it was still “in season”…


Back to the name game. 


We’ve been going with the Biblical name thing which is cool but I’m always flexible. And to follow up with another J name? Oh boy, I never wanted to be the Dugger mom. 


I asked Joram what the baby’s name should be. And he strongly suggested the name,”Snots.


Snots Schroer.. Hmmm, I’ll consider it, thanks pal. 


Jonathan was out watching football one night and I felt the Lord nudge me to stop what I was doing and play Russian Roulette with the Bible.


And there. it. was.


The meaning: Noble.



Ah yes, how much I had  been brewing lately during the season of horrible political mudslinging and such intense toxicity on social media and all I can think of was how important this verse is… 


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things… and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9


We somehow wanted to honor Jonathan’s mom Arlene with the name also. So keeping her initials and mine as well, we landed on AJ, that way I can one day pass Arlene’s ring on to her and tell her the significance of it.  




God answered many specific prayers (I’ll hafta save it for another post.) But for now, please welcome our newest GREAT measure of JOY, pressed down, shaken together and running over! Our lil Schrolette, Azel Justice.





After she was born, my dad was looking up the Biblical reference for Azel. As it turns out, Azel was a descendant of Jonathan, which was something we didn’t know! I guess the Lord really is into the details! 




“For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him”.
Isaiah 30:18


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