Category Archives for FAMILY

ADV #244: A Weird Place

The Significance of 244

We start off this week's show talking about the significance of 244 episodes and how the last time we met this milestone, it was the end of an important era for us.

The Sandwich Generation

We then talk about the weirdness of being sandwiched between raising our own children, and having to care for an elderly parent who (in some ways) makes us feel like we're raising a toddler again.  Albeit, one who is much, much older than us.

Time for Fun

Lastly, in celebration of our 23rd Wedding Anniversary, and in light of our recent revelations about needing more fun in our lives, Greg surprises Jennifer with a game to test her own knowledge of trivia about things that have actually happened to US.

Posted by Greg
September 18, 2018

ADV #239: The Patron of Podcasts

Saying Goodbye to Jody

In case you missed this last week, we had a very emotional few days last week as our family dog, Jody, suddenly got sick and made a turn for the worse.

Celebrating St. Max

As we recorded on his feast day, we share how instrumental St. Maximilian Kolbe was in the ongoing success of Rosary Army and SQPN, and how he continues to inspire us to this day by his love of others, Mary, and the use of technology to evangelize in creative ways.

The Assumption and Hector's Anniversary

We also discuss the importance of this week's Holy Day of Observation, which coincides with both the first day of school, as well as the third anniversary of Jennifer's dad's passing.

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Posted by Greg
August 14, 2018

Yesterday was a Tough Day

Yesterday was a tough day for our family.

You see, on January 1, 2007, our family took a huge leap of faith.  I'd just resigned from my career in the IT industry so that Jennifer and I could work as full-time media missionaries, creating podcasts and video and other fun resources to help people through life.  

Given that we'd just taken a huge financial risk by giving up health insurance and a steady paycheck, we're still not sure what compelled us the next day to adopt a rescue dog.

But this 9 month old black dog named Jody just seemed to pick us, as if we were already hers.  As we were deciding what to do, she even let our then two-year-old son Tommy slowly lead her along by a leash, staying by his side with each step.  She was gentle and playful and there was just something about her that made our entire family know she was supposed to come home with us.

Soon after, we began producing our That Catholic Show series and Jody played a major role in the very first video (but my favorite Jody appearance was her cameo in episode 7).

In the ensuing years, Jody's occasional barks and jangling chains made many appearances on various podcasts and our former radio program on SiriusXM. 

She watched over our daughter Lily when she was born in 2009, and was there with us every step of the way through future job changes and two cross country moves.

When Jennifer's mother moved in with us a couple years ago, she and Jody -- now over a decade old -- developed a certain kinship, these two elderly ladies regularly resting within close proximity of each other on the main floor of our house.

Then earlier this week we noticed a large mass on Jody's right side, and she suddenly became lethargic and stopped eating.  When we took her to the vet on Tuesday, it was suggested that a series of medications could bring down the inflammation in her kidneys, pancreas, and stomach. But two days later, the mass had nearly quadrupled in size and the doctor confirmed what we already suspected.  The mass was inoperable and there was little we could do to ease Jody's pain.

So while Jennifer and our son, Walter, stayed at the vet, I drove home to get the other kids and my mother-in-law so they could say their goodbyes.  Even though Jody would soon turn thirteen, we were all in complete disbelief that her end was already here.

We all gathered then around this suddenly very old dog who never stopped acting like a puppy until this very week.  We said a prayer and thanked God for our time with Jody, and for giving her to our family.  And we sat with Jody as the doctor administered two shots and our good girl took her last breath.

We knew this day would happen.  Animals and humans all come to their inevitable end.  But still, we were as shocked by our grief as we were by Jody's sudden illness and death.

When we returned home, we put away her dog dishes and swept the floor.  We saw her everywhere we looked. 

As the day progressed, we were all very, very tired.  We made the obligatory Facebook post and were comforted by the kind words that so many people shared.

Jennifer, exhausted from grieving with the children and from her own sadness, went to bed at 8:00, an unusually early hour for her.  Our younger three kids began prepping for bed shortly thereafter as Walter and I attempted to distract ourselves with an inane 1990's Adam Sandler movie (Billy Madison, for those who are curious).  

But then something completely unexpected happened. 

Around 9:30 PM Walter got a text:

"Hey, we're outside."

He jumped up and went to the front door where three of his friends stood in the dark bearing gifts: two pizzas, and boxes of cookies and muffins.

They'd seen Walt's own Instagram post from earlier in the day and came to cheer us up.  

So Jennifer got out of bed.  The other kids came back downstairs.  Tommy brought his rabbit, Hazel, to the living room, and our cat Marty came in to see what all the commotion was about.  

For the next hour we ate and laughed and played with our two remaining pets.  Our children forgot about their grief for awhile, as they laughed with Walter's friends.  

And so did we.  

We were comforted by others who Jennifer and I barely even know.  These three teenagers, all recent high school graduates, had the character and thoughtfulness to seek out and comfort not only their friend, Walter, but his family, as well.

Some people may say Jody was just a dog, and that perhaps we were taking it too hard.  But these three teens saw what yesterday truly was: an opportunity to bring joy to the lives of others.

I went to bed last night thinking not only of our good fortune at having had such a good dog in our family, and from experiencing the unconditional love of one of God's creatures in this mutt of various breeds.  But more than anything, I found myself so grateful that three wise teens showed up at our door late at night bearing gifts of food, compassion and love.

Who do you know that could benefit from an unexpected phone call or visit from you this weekend?

Your sudden appearance may mean more to them than you will ever know.

Yesterday was a tough day for our family.  But it was a very blessed one, as well.

Posted by Greg
August 10, 2018

ADV #238: Rocky Mountain High

It's Not a Tumor

This week's show kicks off with a conversation about how well we've indoctrinated our children to appreciate classic movies, as well as continually introduce them to highly quotable movies.  Speaking of great quotes, we also explain why we were so incredibly proud of our son Walter for the awesome movie quote he chose for his senior yearbook quote.

Greg's New Amino Acid Protocol

We were a day late in recording because Greg got a wee bit queasy from the amino acid nutrients he's started taking to build up his neurotransmitters.  We discussed the first day of taking TWENTY-FIVE pills (!) and what our hopes are going forward with this new therapy.

Jennifer's Whirlwind Colorado Trip

And lastly, Jennifer recounts her excellent visit back to Colorado and some much-needed mother/son time with our oldest child, Sam.  They hit up a concert (check out the artwork Sam did for the band, Aloris), saw some old friends, hiked so much that Jennifer sprained her ankle, and visited three different churches.

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Posted by Greg
August 8, 2018

ADV #229: Two Down, Three To Go

Walt’s graduation brought up some interesting conversations with our son Ben, we ate a lot of tacos (and other junk), and ponder about the possibility of moving again (and how that would most likely destroy Jennifer).

Plus, don’t forget to take advantage of your FREE access to Exceptional YOU.  Click here to get an inside look at the actual program.

Registration for the full June session of EXCEPTIONAL YOU is happening NOW.  Sessions start June 11.  So sign up today!

If your days are filled with more uncertainty than stability, more worries than dreams, Exceptional You is custom made to help you overcome your specific problems and limits to finally experience the EXCEPTIONAL life you were made for.

Maybe your emotions are out of whack and uncontrollable from one day to the next.

Maybe you feel like you totally missed your calling and purpose in life and now feel unsatisfied and frustrated with your job and finances and how you spend your time.

Maybe your relationships feel like they’re on autopilot.

Maybe you feel this overwhelming pressure building up inside of you that just doesn’t feel right.  It feels like it’s going to pop and something has to change.  But you’re not quite sure what.

Your future depends on what you do today. But past failures, pains, and more keep can keep you locked into beliefs that worked in the past, but don’t work anymore.  Transform your future, discover more joy, and become the person you are meant to be.

Exceptional YOU is a self-paced journey of discovery to walk away from everything that’s holding you back so that you can discover the life that’s been waiting for you.

Registration for Exceptional YOU is NOW OPEN and the online sessions will unlock to those registered on June 11, 2018.

Registration for the next Exceptional TOGETHER Online Marriage Conference has begun accepting early registrations and access to those sessions will be available July 9, 2018.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity!

Rosary Army App Downloads and Reviews

And lastly, don’t forget to download and review the all new Rosary Army Mobile app!  Details and links to download can be found here.

Posted by Greg
June 6, 2018

ADV #228: Off the Walter

Our 18-year-old recent graduate joins us on the show to share the ups and downs of transferring to a new school, making friends, and now launching his own video editing company, Off the Walter.  We’re very proud of this boy, especially considering the numerous challenges he’s had to overcome and sacrifices made over the last couple of years.

Additionally, we dive into a huge stack of awesome email in response to Greg’s new self-employment, our Exceptional Change programs, and the recent positive launch of the official Rosary Army Mobile App.

And as a reminder, registration is now open for the June session of EXCEPTIONAL YOU.

If your days are filled with more uncertainty than stability, more worries than dreams, Exceptional You is custom made to help you overcome your specific problems and limits to finally experience the EXCEPTIONAL life you were made for.

Maybe your emotions are out of whack and uncontrollable from one day to the next.

Maybe you feel like you totally missed your calling and purpose in life and now feel unsatisfied and frustrated with your job and finances and how you spend your time.

Maybe your relationships feel like they’re on autopilot.

Maybe you feel this overwhelming pressure building up inside of you that just doesn’t feel right.  It feels like it’s going to pop and something has to change.  But you’re not quite sure what.

Maybe it’s one or all of these things, or some other nagging thought in the back of your head that’s constantly whispering:

“You’re unhappy.”

“It’s never going to get better than this.”

“You made mistakes and now you’re stuck with them.”

Spurred by the amazing response to our Exceptional Together program, we’ve launched a second installment of Exceptional Together in July, but REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the first Exceptional YOU Online Conference!

Your future depends on what you do today. But past failures, pains, and more keep can keep you locked into beliefs that worked in the past, but don’t work anymore.  Transform your future, discover more joy, and become the person you are meant to be.

Exceptional YOU is a self-paced journey of discovery to walk away from everything that’s holding you back so that you can discover the life that’s been waiting for you.

PLUS – The first TEN registrants for Exceptional YOU will also get up to one hour of personal coaching with Greg and Jennifer!

Registration for Exceptional YOU is NOW OPEN and the online sessions will unlock to those registered on June 11, 2018.

Registration for the next Exceptional TOGETHER Online Marriage Conference has begun accepting early registrations and access to those sessions will be available July 9, 2018.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity!

Rosary Army App Downloads and Reviews

And lastly, don’t forget to download and review the all new Rosary Army Mobile app!  Details and links to download can be found here.

Posted by Greg
May 30, 2018
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