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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to check in here on the blog, which means it’s past time for a 7 Quick Takes post!
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As you may already know if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, my wonderful grandfather passed away earlier this month. He was 100 years old.
As blessed as we were to have him for as many years as we did, his passing was still hard to process. I was his only grandchild, so we were certainly very close.
I frequently posted here on the blog about the amazing meals he’d make for our family and for our priests, even well into his 90s. Born in 1914, he was an engineer who lived most of his adult life in Mexico and South America, back in the 1950s and 60s. He was full of fascinating stories — though you had to ask him to hear them, since he always spent more time listening to other people than he did talking about himself.
His viewing was on my birthday, and the funeral the day after — which seemed oddly appropriate since he had such a big impact on my life. Please say a prayer for the repose of his soul.
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I finally drew my own patron saint for 2015, and I was floored by who the Saint’s Name Generator gave me. Of the hundreds of saints in the database, it pulled up:
My cousin is a Benedictine monk at Mt. Angel Abbey, Joe and I have been discerning becoming Benedictine oblates, and his feast day is the day of the Edel Gathering! (And no, we did not intentionally choose to host Edel on that day because of the Benedictine connection — that just happened to be the only hotel date available).
I chose my saint live on my radio show, and I actually had trouble continuing to speak because I was so floored by who I got.
(Check out the comments here if you want to read other cool Saint’s Name Generator stories!)
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I have a special gift to start your weekend: a fabulous drink recipe!
Last year one of Joe’s clients gave him one of these bottles of ginger syrup. We had no idea what to do with it but hated to throw it away, so I began Googling around for flavors that would go well with it. What resulted was one of our new favorite drinks. We call it the 2014 in honor of the year we invented it, which was so awesome compared to our snakes-on-a-plane year, 2013.
– 3 to 4 tbs ginger syrup
– 3 tbs lemon juice
– 3/4 cup club soda
– vodka (optional)
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice!
Also, this is a recipe that works well as a non-alcoholic drink. Especially with the ginger flavor, I could see it being a perfect pregnancy drink!
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I’ve been having so much fun with the radio show. In fact, on the week of February 2nd I’ll be doing a show every day, from 2 – 4 PM ET! If you have SiriusXM you’ll have to tune in to Channel 129 and tell me how it goes. Also, I’ll be posting on Facebook about ways you can get involved even if you’re not a SiriusXM subscriber!
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You know what Joe and the kids have been doing to pass the time this winter? SWIMMING.
Our neighborhood pool is now heated, and they think it’s fun to head over there on nights when the outside temperatures are in the 30s and 40s and go for a little swim.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe I’m related to these people.
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I miss hosting the 7 Quick Takes blogger linkup every week, but Kelly Mantoan is showing herself to be a fabulous host. If you’d like to read more posts in this style, head over to Kelly’s place and check out the list at the bottom of her post! It’s a great way to discover new bloggers.
Have a great weekend!
When I walked into the ballroom on Saturday afternoon at last year’s Edel Gathering, I was surprised to see a woman sitting in the back row, dabbing tears out of her eyes with a crumpled Kleenex. Soon, almost all the women in attendance would be weeping openly in response to Marion Fernandez-Cueto’s heartfelt talk, but at this point the Saturday event had barely begun.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
She nodded. “I just can’t tell you how much it means to me to see an entire room full of women who understand my life.”
After... Read More
Happy Epiphany! Happy New Year!
I just got back from Nashville, where I was at the mind-blowing SEEK 2015 conference. There were 10,000 college students in attendance, and I had the honor of giving the women’s keynote.
It’s the story of how I used to think that there was only one right way to be a “good Christian,” and the startling moment that God showed me that to be truly Catholic is to by truly myself. (There’s also a Q&A at the very end where I answer questions that were tweeted during the talk.)
I had a ton... Read More
It’s that time of year again!
I spent hours this weekend adding wonderful new saints to the list and updating the code, so the Saint’s Name Generator is cleaned up and ready to go.
Click here to get your patron saint for 2015!
One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is reading comments hearing about which saints people got and what that saint might mean to them. I’d love to hear about yours! I often have to close comments due to an enormous amount of spam, so if you can’t comment here on the blog leave a comment over... Read More
The other day I came across a clip from the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, a movie which has a surprising ability to turn me into a mushy, sentimental mess. I got all teary-eyed to see how the imperfect angel, Clarence Odbody, gave George a new lease on life by coming to him in his darkest hour.
I think one of the reasons I find that scene so touching is because I’ve had so many Clarence Odbodys in my own life. I can’t think of a single crisis I’ve gone through that didn’t involve God sending some “angel”... Read More
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We still don’t have a Christmas tree. I just walked by a broken Advent candle in the toy pile next to a naked Barbie. But it’s all good, because I GOT MY CHRISTMAS CARDS DONE! (Not “done” like “sent,” but “done” like “we got a decent picture and the newsletter is written.”) I’m so excited!
As I say every year, this is one of my very favorite holiday traditions. I love getting everyone’s letters and pictures each year. Even for the families that I already know... Read More
I was surprised by the wide variety of reactions that bubbled within me when I read Kendra Tierney’s post about how she’s not giving her kids toys for Christmas.
In about three seconds, I went from “THAT’S NUTS!” to “It sort of makes sense but I would never do that” to “Maybe I should do that” to “I TOTALLY NEED TO DO THAT!”
After I thought about it a bit more, I decided that the specifics of the idea might not be the right fit for us (at least not for this year),... Read More
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On October 2, 2008 I wrote my first “7 Quick Takes” post. Soon after that I made it a link-up, meaning I put some code on the bottom of each of my own 7 Quick Takes posts so that other bloggers could submit links to their own posts of the same format. In the six years since then, not a single Friday has gone by that I haven’t written a 7 Quick Takes post and hosted the linkup (or at least posted a note with a lame excuse about why I couldn’t).
The 7 Quick Takes blog party has been part of my life week in... Read More
At the beginning of this year, my friend Rachael had the simple but brilliant idea to start having regular dinner parties. She called it the Dinner Club for Underachievers, and she set the rules to be simple enough that even families in crazy seasons of life could participate. The rules are:
Couples take turn hosting the dinner club
The hosts do not have to provide any food — they just provide drinks and paper plates and utensils
Each guest brings a dish (appetizer, main course, or dessert)
The guests don’t bring kids (but the host’s... Read More
At looooong last, my podcast is finally up and running! For those of you who don’t have SiriusXM to tune in to the full versions of my radio show, I can now offer a free podcast of a “best of” segment from each show.
HOW TO LISTEN
If you would like to subscribe, you can find it on iTunes here, or search for The Jennifer Fulwiler Show in your favorite podcasting app (I use Podcruncher).
If you need the direct link to the podcast feed to look it up on your favorite podcasting app, it’s http://jenniferfulwiler.libsyn.com/rss... Read More
I am thrilled to announce that tickets for the 2015 Edel Gathering go on sale this morning, Wednesday 11/18, at 11:00 AM ET!
Here is the link to purchase tickets to Edel ’15!
When you get your ticket, you can print out this PDF for all your egregious #edel15 selfie needs. (Checking out all of the selfies for the last Edel was the highlight of my month. I have been looking forward to this part since the moment we decided to do Edel ’15!)
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I want to celebrate with an audio montage of people announcing... Read More
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I am thrilled to announce that my book, Something Other than God, has made it to the semi-final round in the GoodReads Choice Awards! We are on round 2 of 3, and voting for this round ends tomorrow (Saturday).
I am profoundly grateful for your votes in the first round. The book is one of only 15 chosen in the Memoir and Biography category, and is the only religious book on the list. It’s up against memoirs by celebrities like Rob Lowe, Robin Roberts, Cary Elwes, and Hillary Clinton.
If you have a moment to go give it a... Read More
As I have traveled all over the country this year for my book tour, one of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten is:
“What is up with that Edel Gathering thing?”
People who heard about the event from friends of friends wanted to understand what was so different about this gathering, and I always struggled to explain it. Describing it as a “party” showed how fun it was, but it didn’t capture the palpable sense of camaraderie. Calling it a “conference” made it clear that we had quality speakers and... Read More
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Well, that was ridiculously fun. Lino Rulli came to Austin and I co-hosted his show with him all week. He tried homeschooling my kids; we talked to Abby Johnson about her crazy life as the activist mother of four kids (three of them under age three); we had a visit from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; and we had girl talk with Heather Gardner and Leticia Adams, complete with a bottle of wine.
Like I said: ridiculously fun.
(The whole week of shows are available on demand if you’re a SiriusXM subscriber.... Read More
I just got the very exciting news that my book, Something Other than God, is one of only 15 titles nominated in the Best Memoir and Autobiography category in the 2014 GoodReads Choice Awards! If you’d like to give it a vote, I would be so appreciative and honored!
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P.S. For those of you who were wondering how I’m managing to co-host Lino Rulli‘s show with him this week on top of being a homeschooling mother of six, here’s my secret:
I outsourced the homeschooling duties to Lino.
(And it was everything you might imagine... Read More