When Hallie and I started the Edel Gathering, we thought it might be a one-time thing.
Actually, if I’m completely honest, we sometimes wondered if it might be a nonexistent thing when we pondered the sheer amount of work it would take to pull together a multi-day event for over 200 people. There were quite a few moments, especially early on, when there would be long silences on the phone, and one of us would say, “I don’t see how we can do this.”
What kept us going was the fact that this event felt right — so, so right. As I said when we first announced it, Hallie and I felt called to do this with a clarity that both of us had only rarely experienced before.
When I got to the event this past July, I understood why.
Edel 2014 was an experience like nothing else. There was a palpable sense of relief among the attendees, a great group exhale as women realized that they were finally surrounded by people who understood their lives. The joy that filled the room, especially on that dance floor after the Saturday evening dinner, can only be described as explosive.
So many of us walked away from that event refreshed, revived, and filled with a newfound joy for our roles as Catholic women. We were certain that we simply had to do this again.
And so it is with great delight that I announce that there will be an Edel 2015 — and it will be in a different part of the country so that new people can more easily attend! Here are the details:
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Edel Gathering 2015
The Francis Marion Hotel
(with a special rate for Edel attendees!)
July 10 – 11, 2015
Ticket sale announcement coming soon!
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Hallie found the perfect hotel for next year’s event. The Francis Marion is in downtown Charleston, walking distance from the Cathedral as well as famous Charleston restaurants and attractions.
It was built over a century ago, and has a long reputation of hosting elegant banquets and events as only Southerners can.
The rooms have all sorts of gorgeous details — and we got an amazing rate for Edel attendees (more on that soon)!
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more perfect, Hallie told me that there’s a Farmer’s Market right across the street.
At this last Edel Gathering, the staff from the hotel took me aside to comment on how special this event was. They see events almost every night, and they wondered why this event was so different, when the location, food, and decor were similar to any other. Immediately, I knew the answer:
What makes the Edel Gathering the special event that it is is the group of women in attendance. It’s proof that when faithful Catholic women come together — even when there is no agenda other than simply relaxing and enjoying a good party – great things can happen.
We’ll announce ticket sale dates and all the other details soon. In the meantime, mark this date on your calendar. I can’t wait to see you there!
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Well, yesterday was the big day: my first live radio show!
That picture was taken while I sat at a coffee shop next to the studio, about 30 minutes before air time.
I’ll just go ahead and admit that I was extremely nervous. Okay, “terrified” might be a better word. But then I sat in the chair at the studio, put on the headphones, heard the Gregorian chant / rap mashup, and I instantly relaxed. There were a couple of rough spots, but I had a blast with the show. I’m really looking forward to the next one!
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Thank you so much for all the wonderful responses to my big announcement! After I published the post, I was horrified to realize that I forgot to include the most important part:
In one of the demos, I mentioned in passing that my two favorite genres of music are Gregorian chant and rap. The visionaries at SiriusXM heard this, and have created custom intro music for my show based on that statement. Let me put it in all caps in case it’s not clear:
MY INTRO MUSIC COMBINES RAP WITH GREGORIAN CHANT. AND IT IS EVERY BIT AS AMAZING... Read More
I have spent a shameful amount of time offline this summer. I’ve had epiphanies while loading the dishwasher that I didn’t chronicle here on the blog, wry internal commentary that I failed to put on Twitter — I’ve even eaten creatively-plated meals that I didn’t photograph for Instagram! I am really hoping that Fall means much more time for me to stare at glowing screens! (That sounded less pathetic when I said it in my head.)
Anyway, I can finally tell you the reason for my absence (other than the book launch, book... Read More
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Happy back to school week! Or, as we know it here at the Fulwiler homeschool, the week where mommy pretends like she has a principled reason to start school after Labor Day and is not just sitting around and surfing Pinterest to see what’s working for everyone else first.
Also, I am particularly excited about the beginning of Fall. The only way to describe the weather in Austin right now is to say that it feels like you’re jumping into a pot of boiling slime every time you step outside. As if the usual heat weren’t... Read More
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I’m back! I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been savoring my real life. I spend my mornings gazing out the window, prayerfully watching the morning sun filter through the clouds as I sip my coffee. In the afternoons, I bake healthful goodies with the kids before we do crafts related to the Scriptures we heard at daily Mass.
Ha, ha. I’m kidding, of course.
The reality is that having my book release and the Edel Gathering so close together made my to-do list snowball. Then I took a 10-day... Read More
I couldn’t get my post together for this week (taking a 10-day vacation with young children probably having something to do with it), but I look forward to reading everyone else’s. Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy Feast of the Assumption!
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Greetings from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina!
(At least I think I’m in the western part of the state. I keep trying to look up my location on a map, but every time I’m interrupted because my one-year-old has found a crayon and is writing on my aunt’s white couch or is pulling a lamp off the table.)
Anyway, it’s absolutely beautiful out here, and my aunt and uncle couldn’t be more gracious and welcoming. They have a little guest house separate from their own house, and it’s... Read More
I survived the flights out here to North Carolina, and am now at my aunt and uncle’s mountain cabin!
I have to say, for all my prophesying of doom, the flights ended up being…EXACTLY AS DIFFICULT AS I THOUGHT THEY’D BE. But we’ll talk about that more on Friday.
2.5 seconds after this photo was taken, I had to run grab the baby before he hurled himself down the deck stairs.
Meanwhile, one of the things I’ve been able to do here in my mountain hideaway is to clean up the audio files from the Edel Gathering! I know that... Read More
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The official pictures from the Edel Gathering are up! You can check them out at my uncle Kevin Geraghty’s photography site here. My sweet uncle generously offered to come out and handle all the pictures, and I’m thrilled with how they turned out.
You’re welcome to use them on your blogs or social media – just right-click on the images to save them (and I’m sure my uncle would love a link back to his photography site if you think of it).
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Hallie and I have been flooded with questions... Read More
I had this dream that I was on a dance floor with dozens of new friends, and I suddenly saw Abby Johnson to my left, and a unicorn in a dress to my right.
Oh, wait. That wasn’t a dream. That was the 2014 Edel Gathering.
There was singing.
There was wine.
There were talks so powerful that the Omni staff had to scramble to get enough Kleenex for all the sobbing women.
There was my amazing family — my mom, aunt Lisa, aunt Claudia, and uncle Kevin – who paid their own way to come and work the entire weekend, just to bless... Read More
I can’t believe that after all these months, the Edel Gathering is finally here! I’ll be updating on Instagram and Twitter, and you can follow the fun by checking out the #edel14 hashtag.
7 Quick Takes will be hosted by Carolyn Svellinger, so head on over there to read everyone’s posts!
Carolyn is a super-talented artist and photographer in addition to being a funny and insightful writer. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with her, you’ll love checking out her blog.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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The Edel Gathering begins one week from today!
For those of you who don’t know the backstory, this conference came into being suddenly and unexpectedly. In November of last year, I wrote a post telling the story of how Hallie Lord and I took a risk and committed ourselves to this idea somewhat spontaneously. On paper, pretty much nothing about the two of us hosting a conference in this particular season of our lives made sense. Yet we couldn’t escape the sense that we were called to do it, and our husbands even agreed,... Read More
A fun and surprisingly intense debate has broken out among my friends over the past few months, and it revolves around this question:
The Fault in Our Stars: depressing or uplifting?
One of my friends summarized her impression the book by saying, “It’s a sad story where everything is bad and then more bad stuff happens. Why did I need to read that?” She is on Team Depressing, and a lot of people I know are with her.
A note my babysitter found in her copy of the book, left by her friend.
I, however, am on the other team. I loved... Read More
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Last week Lino Rulli brought his SiriusXM radio show down here to Austin, and I co-hosted it with him all week. For your listening pleasure, here is a “best of” audio clip:
Podcast (catholicguyshow): Play in new window | Download (129.2MB)
As you can hear from the multiple moments when I was laughing so hard I couldn’t speak, we had a ridiculous amount of fun.
(Here is everything you need to know about what you’ll hear if you listen to that audio clip: about two-thirds of the way through, we talk about... Read More