Pro-Lifers Urgently Need to Engage in the SEO War

Monday, October 17, 2011 7:06 AM Comments (28)

There are so many good things going on in the pro-life world right now. Forty Days for Life is in full swing, and Simcha Fisher recently posted a roundup of encouraging news like the closing of abortion facilities, investigations into Planned Parenthood, states fighting back about abortion funding, and poll results showing that the public is increasingly uncomfortable with abortion. The pro-life movement is making great strides right now. However, there is one area where the fight for life is not going well at all, and it happens to be one of the most important arenas for evangelizing the culture: the online world.

Web developer Craig Berry recently did an analysis of how Catholic websites...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, internet, new media, pro-abortion, pro-choice, pro-life

What I Miss About Not Having Kids

Friday, October 14, 2011 9:25 AM Comments (49)

I’m not sure if I have ever been happier to see a Friday roll around. This has been one of those weeks where I started to wonder if I was part of some secret experiment to see how 34-year-old women react to hours of physically and mentally exhausting work after being exposed to extreme sleep deprivation and constant noise.

Yesterday, at the same time my Will-To-Live-O-Meter dipped down near zero, I came across a picture taken shortly before we had kids. I was standing on a bridge on a summer day, smiling. I didn’t seem to be barely holding myself up under the weight of crushing exhaustion, and there probably weren’t any short people pulling at my pantleg and screaming. As I thought about...READ MORE

Filed under breastfeeding, motherhood, parenting, television

When We Redefine Marriage, These Five Wedding Traditions No Longer Make Sense

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:36 AM Comments (104)

All this week I’ve been thinking about weddings. My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary, and then Hallie Lord is hosting a little online party where bloggers are writing about their honeymoons. Reading through the stories of all these Catholic weddings and the ensuing celebrations reminded me of something I haven’t thought about much since my own nuptials: Many of our cherished wedding traditions make no sense with the new, secular understanding of marriage.

I was an atheist when I got married, and I held a common secular view of marriage: It’s simply a public statement that two people are going to stay together for the long term. That’s it. Quite a few of my friends got...READ MORE

Filed under secular society, weddings

The Apron: The Ultimate Symbol of a Culture of Life

Monday, October 10, 2011 7:31 AM Comments (95)

A while back, I announced to my husband that I had an idea for an invention that was going to make us rich. Like a good sales person, I started by explaining the problem: Almost every day, I ended up going out of the house looking like a slob. I’d put on a nice, crisp pair of jeans and a spotless shirt in the morning; then, by the time I ran out the door to the grocery store or soccer practice or whatever the activity of the afternoon was, my shirt and the top part of my jeans would be splattered with some mix of ketchup, spitup, cooking oil, and a couple of substances heretofore unknown to science.

“So,” I explained, “Here’s the invention: It’s a piece of fabric that goes over whatever...READ MORE

Filed under culture of death, culture of life, culture of life vs culture of death, motherhood

8 Social Media Tips for Increasing Turnout at Your Church Event

Friday, October 07, 2011 9:14 AM Comments (12)

My career background is in web development and marketing, so I used to spend a lot of time figuring out how to use new technology to generate buzz for products and events. Even though I’m now out of the workforce, being Catholic has given me tons of opportunities to put my skills to good use. There’s always so much good stuff going on in the Church, and I’ve enjoyed working with local faith-based event organizers to figure out how to draw the maximum number of attendees to their functions. As an aid to others who put together great Catholic events throughout the country, below are the top eight strategies I’ve found to be most effective:

1. Make sure the event meets a felt need. When...READ MORE

Filed under blog, bloggers, blogging, facebook, new media, social network, twitter

Don't Judge Parenthood by the First Six Years

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 7:47 AM Comments (44)

This past weekend, we celebrated my oldest child’s seventh birthday. For me, it was also a celebration of my exit from the “tunnel of parenthood,” that crazy phase of life when all your children are little.

I’ve had five children over these past seven years, so there were times when the tunnel was pretty dark (and loud). As a lazy introverted only child, battling morning sickness and exhaustion while having three kids in diapers ranks as one of the more difficult things I’ve ever done. Add in a medical condition that makes pregnancy dangerous for me and means that I have to give myself shots every day while I’m pregnant, and you can understand why there were more than a few moments that I...READ MORE

Filed under mother, motherhood, parenting, parents, sterilization, vasectomies

Marriage: A Covenant is Never Temporary

Monday, October 03, 2011 6:47 AM Comments (58)

Well, this is disturbing: Lawmakers in Mexico City are proposing temporary marriage licenses so that couples can opt out of a lifelong commitment:

The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.

“The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill.

“You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce,” said Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has...READ MORE

Filed under covenants, divorce, gay marriage, marriage, same-sex "marriage"

How to Capture Family Memories in Two Minutes Per Day

Friday, September 30, 2011 8:25 AM Comments (10)

I have this fantasy that one day I will create The Most Amazing Family Scrapbook Anyone Has Ever Seen, not to mention elaborate personalized books for each one of my children. However, that day may take a while to get here. Having five children from age seven down to newborn means that I have little extra time. Also, when I imagine myself spreading my scrapbooking supplies all over the kitchen table, I immediately flash to an image of us in the ER an hour later, a surgeon removing a decorative charm that says something like FAMILY FUN from my two-year-old’s ear.

Meanwhile, I didn’t want all the cute moments from daily life to be forgotten while I wait for the day that I can capture them in...READ MORE

Filed under families, family, family life, technology

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About Jennifer Fulwiler

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Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer and speaker who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She's a contributor to the books The Church and New Media and Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, and is writing a book based on her personal blog, ConversionDiary.com. She and her husband live in Austin, TX with their five young children, and were featured in the nationally televised reality show Minor Revisions. You can follow her on Twitter at @conversiondiary.