In this episode we talk about unexpected encounters, and how these can be seen as gifts from God that align us toward the happiness He intends for us. We had three of these unexpected encounters this week, and we tell you all about them.
2019 Has been a state of perpetual trust, of reliance on divine providence, of believing God is doing something even in the midst of our extreme weaknesses.
Over the last few weeks, Apple sent out several emails to confuse and torment podcasters. Greg talks about attempting to figure out and keep up with Apple's new requirements (that apparently went into effect last year).
We continue our journey of setting up Greg's new office in our closet (which will double as our recording studio), which necessitated another (longer) trip to IKEA to buy more stuff.
We talk about our brand new Bibles, what to look for in a good Bible, and why we think we made a pretty good choice with ours.
Huge thanks to Hannah for the kind housewarming Amazon gift card! Also, major thanks to new and updated co-producers Pam, Jan, Kim and Cindy, Andrew, Jose, Dr. Elizabeth, Ruth, Yvonne, Angie, Sarah, and Mike!
We've started having Sunday dinners with our friends the Barrons from the Catholic in a Small Town podcast. This week we hosted for the first time and what was supposed to be a taco dinner turned into a late night Oscar watching party (even though none of us even planned on watching the Academy Awards).
After announcing our decision to homeschool our son Tommy after just 4 days of school in Georgia, Jennifer listed to the latest Matt Fradd podcast where he interviewed Steven Rummelsburg on why modern education is not fit for humans. This one podcast pushed even more educational dominoes down in our house and Jennifer made a major life-changing decision that no one could have predicted.
Greg shares additional insight about his current health, including the near-daily difficulty of wrestling with nausea, exhaustion, and an extreme lack of motivation. Despite all these roadblocks, he's pushing forward with new medication and taking daily steps. But as we share, it ain't always easy.
Over the years we've dealt with home school, public school, private school, and Catholic school. Now that we've moved, we're facing new schooling challenges that we didn't expect.
As with schooling our kids, we've learned the very hard lessons that come with stomping our feet and refusing to be open to what God might be trying to do in our lives. With that in mind, we're reminded of the amazing things that can happen when we get out of our own way, even when we don't want to.
After eating some pistachios that he thought were green peppercorns, Walt ended up in the Emergency Room again last week with another severe allergic reaction.
Greg is contemplating a new book idea about dealing with mental health issues. If you've got feedback on this topic, send it to [email protected]
Greg gets Jamaica and Brazil mixed up in the worst of ways, and the worst of analogies. It is, of course, quite humorous.
After the whirlwind of moving, we're finally in our new house in Georgia. Unfortunately, the whirlwind stress is now a Whirlpool. Well, more precisely, Whirlpool appliances are causing us stress.
We talk about slowing down to appreciate the small moments and small gifts found in small unexpected things.
Rest in the midst of chaos was a true gift to us as we were housebound last week during a polar vortex. This leads to a discussion about the value and necessity of rest.
Our Indiana exodus was unexpectedly stalled on Saturday and we share what happened (and how Greg handled it). An unexpected song parody burst forth during this conversation.
We finish the show in the last three hours before (God willing) closing on our new house in Georgia, and talk about some of the last vestiges of anxiety that we're experiencing, and how we're dealing with them.
Podcasting from an inflatable mattress, we share the unbelievable whirlwind of the last two weeks which has brought us to an empty house as we prepare to move away from Indiana and back to Georgia later this week.
We discuss how often people never receive much needed apologies from people who have wounded us, and how beneficial it can be to receive an apology from a caring person who had nothing to do with the original source of pain, even though that person has nothing for which to apologize.
We talk about how incredible it feels to be living on the edge of answered prayer after months (and sometimes years) of patient pleading.
We share the excitement of our whirlwind trip to Georgia and our quest to find a new home in record time. Did we succeed? Have a listen!
We talk about God's reactions to Mary's "yes" versus Zechariah's questions and decide we really don't want to doubt what God is doing in our lives right now.
We share a fairly significant change in the way we're caring for Jennifer's mother, and what that means for our upcoming move.
After months and months of prayer, followed by a nine-day novena to Mary Undoer of Knots, some light becomes visible at the end of a long tunnel.
Like many things in life, we grow in patience by having our patience stretched beyond what we think we can endure. But when God is ready to act, He expects us to act quickly, as well.
So with that, we share huge (and almost ridiculous news) about trying to sell our house. You're never going to believe what happens next (and how fast things are suddenly going to go for the next few weeks!
Our dear family friend, Fr. Leo Stelten, died at age 93 on December 30. He married off 3 of the 6 kids in Greg's family (including Greg and Jennifer) and played a major role in Greg's life. We share some of the many ways Fr. Leo impacted the Willits family.
Book mentioned: Dictionary of Ecclestiastical Latin by Fr. Leo Stelten
We have a great time catching up with our dear friend, Moose. Years ago Moose owned a coffeehouse in Georgia where Greg spent countless hours doing showing prep and other work for Rosary Army and SQPN. We talk the importance of journaling, our faith, and our longtime friendship.
Product mentioned: Shinola journal (the one Moose uses)
We visit Mac and Katherine from Catholic in a Small Town podcast and talk about the pros and cons of what it would be like if we actually sell our house and move back to Georgia near them
We give a round up of our visit back to Georgia and catching up with good friends from our past that are not named Mac and Katherine
Katherine wonders if US Catholics are embracing Mary, the Mother of God, and Greg offers a longer than expected response.
This actually happened while visiting Mac and Katherine. We'll let you guess who did it.
We bring you along with our entire family (minus Ben) as we set out to tackle the one-mile climb up Stone Mountain in Georgia.
Half way up the mountain, Greg gets into a conversation with our 21 and 19-year-old sons, Sam and Walter, about ways parents can keep their kids engaged in the Catholic faith, or try to bring them back if they've fallen away. It's an interesting conversation with a unique point of view from young adults in the midst of transition in life.
Jennifer shares why Georgia will always feel like home, as everyone chimes in on memories and favorite moments of Christmas.
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We kick off the show talking about our plans for Christmas, and preparing the kids for a slightly different kind of Holiday celebration than what they've experienced in the past.
Despite the fact that Greg has a beard because Jennifer wants him to have a beard, apparently he's let the beard get a wee bit too long and scraggly over the last few months. So...a change was necessary today.
We dive deeper into the many different avenues we'd like to explore in 2019 for the New Evangelizers family of ministries including new podcasts, websites, and more. But time is running out on our 2019 Giving Campaign and we'll soon know just how many of these plans can actually come to fruition.