WHO IS THE LUCKY FEW PODCAST?
For 3 seasons, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara has become even closer friends than ever before. Together, they take on conversations in the Down Syndrome Community that not only we want to hear, but need to hear and share as we shout the worth of our loved ones with Down Syndrome.
Heather Avis is wife to her handsome and hardworking man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August and Author of "The Lucky Few" (available everywhere books are sold). After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay at home mom when she and her husband adopted their first daughter, Macyn, in 2008. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, they adopted their second daughter, Truly. And in 2013, their son August was born and came home to be theirs. Heather currently resides in Southern California where between oatmeal making, diaper changing and dance parties she shares her heart by putting words on paper and using her hit Instagram account @theluckyfewofficial, to share the awesomeness of all things Down syndrome and adoption. She cares fiercely for the underdog and believes God's goodness and beauty are found in the most seemingly uncomfortable places.
Mercedes Lara prides herself on the experiences that we all know we have, and rarely share with honesty. She is known on the show to “do you” as you need to, and always use your intuition to determine whats best for you person with DS. She formerly worked vocationally in the different abilities industry for 10 years, and most recently since March 2018 has co-founded Dear Mom, Conference creating space for moms raising a person with Down Syndrome to find rest, community, and inspiration at her event. She is wife to Andy Lara, producer of The Lucky Few Podcast. Has three children, Sunflower, Rhodes, and Shepard and might be the most vividly beautiful person you could ever meet.
I believe in friendship, psychotherapy, marriage, family dance parties, bearing one another’s burdens, and beautiful words, not necessarily in that order. I believe in city-dwelling and rural living (I’d like to do both at the same time but I’m not sure how) and reading and learning how to love the people you live with. I believe in asking questions, and building friendships with people who look and believe differently than you. I believe in leaning into doubt, in laughing, in hiking in the woods. I believe in kindness, in manners, in inclusion. I believe peace on earth might be directly tied to how many babies in the world wear tiny glasses. (Hate cannot exist in the midst of babies in glasses.) I believe in ancient Christian spiritual practices and I believe in coffee—good coffee—brewed by my husband.
I believe in ocean and prairie sunsets, consignment stores, kitten snuggles, grocery delivery, and avocados for breakfast.