Dec 4, 2019
This episode is one that I
recorded a few months ago and wasn't going to air until 2020, but
this episode has been weighing on my mind. I think that was because
this episode needs to be played now. It's the holiday season, but
your not going to hear any mention of the holidays, but what you
will hear is a powerful story and a delightful interview. And for
whatever reason, that I can't explain, somebody is supposed to hear
this podcast now.
Today’s guest is LeAnne Sheddan
Pyzer who describes herself as a pastors wife, mom, grandmother
(WHAT??!!), who just turned 40 years old and is learning to live
beyond surviving. She was a missionary kid/pastor's kid who went
rogue, then was redeemed, and is living life in a rural town in
Northern California. We also discovered that we are related. My
grandfather and LeAnne’s grandmother are siblings.
I do remember my family
receiving Christmas cards from the Sheddans. Which is LeAnne’s
maiden name. They were from exotic locations overseas. LeAnne was
from a missionary family and grew up in Portugal, Japan, and the
Philippines. That’s not all of her story though. That’s just the
beginning. I hope you find LeAnne as delightful as I do and her
story just as inspiring.
- [07:49] When LeAnne was four
months old her family went to Portugal for four years. Then they
would come back to the US for a year, before making another four
year journey. She grew up in Portugal, Japan, and the
- [08:17] The traveling was great
until she turned about 12, then she just wanted to be
- [09:29] LeAnne was adopted. In
1979, when she was born and adoptions were
- [11:15] When she turned 18, she
discovered that she was the product of sexual
- [14:02] When coming back to the
states, she enrolled in High School. She began making compromises
to fit in and viewing her faith and her parents faith as a
detriment to fit in. She went full prodigal.
- [15:56] She believed in God but
didn't want to have anything to do with God and
- [16:13] She rebelled strongly
and did a 180 with morals and values.
- [17:25] She ended up pregnant,
which jarred her back to a journey towards a
- [18:33] She got married super
quickly and super young. LeAnne and her husband were two teenagers
with a baby and another one on the way.
- [19:37] The marriage turned
abusive, but LeAnne didn't want to add divorce to her list of
- [21:29] LeAnne ended up
divorced with three babies age two, three, and
- [22:17] She moved to Northern
California to be close to her parents, and she started going to her
- [24:30] LeAnne had resolved
herself to being a single mom raising her three children. Then she
met the youth pastor who had been single for a long time, but had a
lot of women after him.
- [25:12] He was nine years older
than her. On the first date they went to Red Lobster. He said that
he was interested in a relationship and asked her how she felt
about being a pastor's wife and how she felt about being
- [26:29] They knew by the end of
the night that they were going to be married.
- [26:39] LeAnne and Zach now
have another child.
- [29:14] They were in a small
town called Hidden Valley Lake in Northern California. It was fire
season. The valley fire had been one of the most devastating
wildfires up until that point.
- [30:25] They had about 15
minutes to evacuate before their home was burned to the ground. It
devastated the whole community.
- [30:42] The fire hit with no
warning, and they had to run for their lives. There were only two
ways out, and one of those got blocked.
- [31:01] A couple days later
they found out that their house and their church burned to the
ground. They had the choice to fall apart or stay
- [32:21] The whole community was
devastated, but they decided to stay and rebuild.
- [32:53] The past four years
have been a journey persevering and never
- [34:00] It's daunting to
rebuild your life. Even today, she'll reach for a kitchen tool
that's not there, and it's a reminder of what she
- [36:35] The fire changed
LeAnne's perspective. She started looking at things as
opportunities not punishments.
- [38:51] The heat on the road
was intense driving through flames.
- [40:37] Three months after the
devastating fire, Zach was given a diagnosis of young-onset
Parkinson's disease. He was 46.
- [42:57] God is big enough to
handle your questions, anger, and frustration. It's okay to be real
with him about what you're feeling. It's okay to weep and wail and
question. He is strong enough to handle that.
- [43:33] God has shown up for
LeAnne every single time.
- [46:48] LeAnne loves taco
salads with no beans.
- [47:22] Friendship is being
there for the good the bad and the ugly.
- [48:24] Wynonna Judd would play
her in a movie.
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