The Many Paths to Motherhood… and Why They’re All Amazing

Jordan talks with author and mother to 8, Angela Braniff, about the many paths to motherhood.
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...and I wear a lot of hats. I have an obsession with helping other ambitious women achieve their dreams while ditching hustle and prioritizing their well-being. Around here, you'll find tips and tools to help you do just that!
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Have you ever planned out your life only to feel like nothing went as expected?

Maybe you planned a pregnancy, but ended up experiencing miscarriage, infertility, or other challenges. Or maybe your idea of what motherhood would be like for you was turned upside down.

Or maybe you realized that there’s something better than living a “checklist” list and marking off all the things you should do – that there’s something to be said for stepping out of your comfort zone and following where God leads.

If there’s anything I’ve learned from living a life of faith, it’s that if we can get outside of our own expectations and plans, we may just find that God has unique avenues for us where we least expect it.

And that’s why I’m so excited to share today’s podcast with you – because I think it will inspire you to listen to where God is calling you, even when it’s unexpected or unplanned.

In this episode of SHE, I spoke with YouTube creator, author, and mother of eight, Angela Braniff, about the many paths to motherhood.

As someone who has experienced pregnancy, secondary infertility, domestic and international adoption, and embryo adoption, Angela has a lot to share about the many ways God can build a family!

Her story was not always linear, and it often included suffering and setbacks, but, man oh man, did God use it to build a beautiful family!

Meet Angela Braniff

The founder of the popular YouTube channel This Gathered Nest, Angela Braniff is an adoption advocate, home school mom, content creator, author, podcast host, and adventure seeker.

Her book, “Love Without Borders“, is an uplifting story of her unusual path to becoming the mother to eight children through various methods of adoption and biological approaches. It was a winding path to motherhood, complete with heartbreak from failed adoptions, challenging pregnancies, and secondary infertility, but through it all, Angela found the unique adventure God had for her.

From her experience, she encourages women and mothers to embrace the unique purpose that God has put in their lives.

Learn More About the Many Paths to Motherhood

If you’re ready to hear how God can work in unexpected ways, tune in to learn:

  • Angela’s journey to becoming a mother of eight
  • Why God guides us one step at a time
  • How unexpected paths can bring unexpected blessings
  • The reality and challenges of adoption
  • Lessons learned from suffering through infertility

Ready to dig deeper? Explore more at

And let us know in the comments: how has God worked in unexpected ways in your life?

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Hi, I'm Jordan.
& I Wear a lot of Hats.

I have an obsession with helping other ambitious, multi-passionate women succeed while ditching hustle and prioritizing their well-being. My days are spent writing books, hosting the SHE podcast, and creating resources rooted in biblical values to help you do just that. Glad you're here!

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