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” in the form of a kind friend, neighbor, or family member who helped see me through.
I bet you also have angels in your own life, and I thought it would be fun to recognize them on the radio this Christmas!
Send me an audio clip at email@example.com telling me about an “angel” who helped you in 2014, and I’ll play it during the Christmas edition of my radio show on SiriusXM!
- Open up your smartphone’s Voice Memo app.
- Record a message saying your name, the name of your 2014 angel, and what he or she did that was meaningful to you. (And don’t worry about making it perfect! Nobody will notice a few “umm”s and “uhh”s.)
- Use your app’s share button to email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here’s an example:
“Hi, I’m Greg from Cincinnati. My 2014 angel was our neighbor, Angela. We had a series of illnesses in our family this year, and Angela arranged for neighbors to bring our family meals, as well as offering free babysitting for our kids, and she refused to let us do anything to repay her. We couldn’t have made it through without her. Thanks, Angela!”
Depending on volume, I might not be able to use every clip I get on the air — but if I use yours, I’ll email you and let you know, and I’ll include a virtual card you can pass along to your angel that says that he or she was mentioned on the show!
I need all clips by Saturday morning. Can’t wait to hear them!
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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
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Yesterday I issued a “$10 and 10 Minutes” Halloween costume challenge on my new Facebook page! I asked people to give me suggestions for Halloween costumes that use no more than $10 in supplies (outside of normal household stuff) and take no more than 10 minutes to put together.
I got a bunch of fabulous suggestions, which you can see here. Who knew being on Facebook could be this fun?
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We had our pastor, Fr. Dean Wilhelm, over for dinner on Tuesday. We talked, laughed, got blessings for our house and... Read More
After thinking about it for, oh, EIGHT YEARS, I’ve finally decided to get on Facebook. You can check out my page here, or like it by clicking the button below:
Technically the page has been up for a while, but it was just an auto-generated feed of my blog posts. Now that I have a radio show I found myself thinking, “I wish there were a way to chat with people that had the immediacy of Twitter but the ability to have longer discussions of blogging. Someone should invent something like that!”
It finally dawned on... Read More
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By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to South Dakota! I’m speaking at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday at 7:00 and at Immaculate Conception in Watertown at 9 AM on Saturday. If you’re in the area, come say hello!
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How is this for a crazy travel schedule? I’m flying in to Sioux Falls this afternoon (Friday), speaking tonight, getting up early to travel almost two hours to Watertown on Saturday, speaking in the morning, driving almost two hours back to Sioux Falls, then flying... Read More
YOU GUYS!!!!! I have been waiting not-so-patiently to share something with you:
Last week, musician Marie Miller was a guest on my radio show on SiriusXM. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was thrilled that she came down to Austin just to do the show with me.
I wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion, so I gave Marie a challenge:
I asked her to write a song using nothing but texts between my husband and me as the lyrics.
When I heard the song right before last Thursday’s show, I actually jumped up and down... Read More