Death by Minivan Goes South: A Book Tour

Death by Minivan Goes South: A Book Tour

Please note: this schedule is updated as much as I’m able! Thank you for your patience.

Hello, friends!

Things have gotten verrrry interesting around here, and I am pleased as punch to finally be able to tell you that I’m embarking on an adventure of a lifetime this Friday (yes, I said this Friday).

DEATH BY MINIVAN IS GOING SOUTH!!

That’s right, y’all: as soon as the uber driver picks me up in my driveway at 3 a.m. (yes, I said 3 a.m.), I’m heading to PDX, taking an early morning flight to Texas, and getting this crazy book show on the road!

And here’s the really exciting part … I WILL HAVE BOOKS! ON! HAND! TO SIGN FOR YOU! … even though they won’t officially begin shipping out until Monday, October 8th. Eeeeeeeek! Thanks to my publisher, OSV, for making this happen. WOOT! Go, #DeathByMinivanOSV team, GO! 

((By the by, you can still get the ebook version TODAY and read the WHOLE ENCHILADA on your smartphone or other device! You can also pre-order the physical book!))

Here’s what the tour looks like right now, and I’ve even included a few white spaces in my schedule (see below!), so … if you’d like a parish mission, moms’ group meeting, lunch and learn, moms’ night out, bagels and brunch, Q & A, etc., hmu! Let me know ASAP and we might be able to work something out. #willworkforcoffee and also #cashmoney because, hello! Driving is expensive! haha Also, here are some events I’ve done in the past as reference.

DBM Goes South 18 imageFriday, 9/28/18 and Saturday, 9/29/2018: 

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS

Sunday, 9/30/18 and Monday, 10/1/2018:

AUSTIN, TX

Tuesday, 10/2/18

HOUSTON, TX

  • 9-11:30 a.m. CST Bagels & Books event at Little Flower Bookstore in Katy, Texas
  • 12-1:30 p.m. CST Lunch & Learn for St. Anne’s Society of St. John Vianney Parish in West Houston 
  • Intimate Meet & Greet At Copperfield’s Bookstore in Spring from 7-9 p.m. Only the first 20 RSVPs will attend. Click here to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, 10/3/18:

LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

  • Evening Event (details coming soon!

Thursday, 10/4/18: 

NEW ORLEANS

Friday, 10/5/18

  • Friday morning in NOLA area open Click here to inquire.

MOBILE, ALABAMA

  • Private event (evening)

Saturday, 10/6/18 and Sunday, 10/7/18

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

Sunday, 10/7/18:

  • Fly home to PDX from Pensacola, Florida by way of ATL

That’s it, folks! That’s the #DeathbyMinivanTourGoesSouth in a nutshell! I would be so grateful if you’d help me spread the word. And, you know, I wish I could have announced and planned sooner and better, but, you know what? LIFE. That’s what. #truth

So … will I see YOU when I’m down South? I sure hope so!!!! Otherwise, I would greatly appreciate your prayers. For real and trues. This ain’t no lie.

God bless y’all!

heather

P.S. To answer your questions:

  1. I will be gone for nine days total. #WOW
  2. Yes, this is the longest I’ve ever been gone from my babies and I have a lot of feelings about it. #allllllthefeels
  3. My hubby is taking vacation time from work to be Even More Amazing Daddy while I’m away, and … would you please pray for him and the kids??? #please
  4. Yes, I am driving from Texas to Pensacola. #epicroadtrip
  5. Yes, I am driving by myself. #coffeeme
  6. Yes, I have a Death by Minivan playlist to pass the time. #jams
  7. No, I will not be renting a minivan (unfortunately). Too expensive, as it turns out! Who knew??
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One Beautiful Dream – Giveaway!

One Beautiful Dream – Giveaway!

Jennifer Fulwiler, Heather Renshaw, and Kelly Wahlquist at Catholic Women Rejoice 2015
I owe a lot to Jennifer Fulwiler. She and Hallie Lord concocted The Edel Gathering several years back, and because of their “yes,” this weary, overwhelmed Mama of five (with undiagnosed PPD) had the time and space to let her hair down and dust off her latent charisms of “dancing on chairs” and “rapping the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song.”
Edel 2014. We bad.

At Edel, I laughed until I cried, cried until I laughed, and met a gaggle of amazing kindred spirits, several of whom are part of my tribe to this very day. I remembered that I like to dance, sing, laugh, and that it is OKAY TO HAVE FUN, dang it! For some reason, I’d forgotten all about who I was and what *I* liked doing beneath the never-ending avalanche of laundry and demanding chaos of large family life.

It was Jen who encouraged me to keep writing and to resurrect my blog. And, while keynoting at our Portland women’s conference the next year, Jen recorded a clandestine clip of me doing my MC thang. She emailed it to her booking agent, saying: “You need to get this person on the Catholic speaking circuit TODAY.” It sounds sort of audacious, but that’s the kind of person Jen is—she dreams big, and inspires others to do the same.

Which leads me to the reason for this post. I’m so grateful to Jen, whose amazing second book, ONE BEAUTIFUL DREAM, launches TODAY!  I hope you pick up a copy for yourself and your friends and allow Jen Fulwiler’s special brand of encouragement to uplift and inspire you to follow your dreams just like she did for me.
But, better yet, wouldn’t it be awesome to WIN a copy? Just in time for Mother’s Day, I have one for YOU or someone you love! Woooooo hoooooo! ???
Follow @realcatholicmom and @jenniferfulwiler for a chance to win THIS BOOK in time for Mother’s Day!

Simply head on over to my giveaway post on Instagram and tag as many friends as you’d like in my feed. You MUST be following me and Jen on Instagram to qualify–I’m gonna check and double-check! The contest ends on Friday, May the 4th (be with you), and I’ll pick and announce a winner on Sunday, May 6th just in time for my birthday. Man, I love giving good stuff away!!

Oh, and … If I look tired in this picture, it’s because I am. LOL ? Motherhood and chasing my blue flame isn’t easy. There are only 31 days until my first book is due to the publisher. THIRTY-ONE. And I’m really feeling the squeeze. There are super early mornings and late nights and lots and lots of prayer and coffee. But I’m happy. Blessed. Clinging to Jesus. That’s the way any of this works–bottom line–I cling to him. Personally, my one beautiful dream is to do all the things I want to do while still getting enough sleep. So.

Okay! That’s it for now–don’t forget to enter the giveaway. Open to U.S. residents over the age of 13 only.

PS: Congratulations again, and lots of love, Jen! Can’t wait ’til the next party! ??????
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{SQT} Almost Summertime and the livin’ is busy

{SQT} Almost Summertime and the livin’ is busy

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It’s most definitely almost summer in Oregon, and Mother Nature is just plain showing off. It’s days like these that just make me praise the Lord!! Perhaps it’s my Franciscan background. Annnnyway – here’s some stuff I want to share with you this week. Yes, indeed-y.

1. Hey! They haven’t kicked us off the air yet! LISTEN to yet another new episode of The Visitation Project THIS SUNDAY on the all-new Mater Dei Radio at 7:30 p.m. PST. I still can’t even believe I have a weekly radio show. But it’s true. If you missed any episodes from previous Sundays, please catch up with the #TVPCrew via podcast here! Also … are you following #TVPRadio on Twitter? Instagram? You should be. Please do. We miss you when you aren’t around. 🙂

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Ya Rabbi Jesu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. There’s still time to register for the upcoming Summer hotness that is Catholic Women Rejoice featuring Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary + the Edel Gathering, Catholic Evangelist Kelly Wahlquist, and yours truly. Seriously – this is a no-brainer, West Coast ladies (and Idaho/Nevada/Montana gals, too!). For less than the cost of dinner and a movie, you will enjoy a FABULOUSLY refreshing and inspiring time with other Catholic women. And I hear Edel is on hiatus 2016, so if you want to get your party on with Jen, register today. Seriously. You will thank me. I promise.

3. Lots of interesting things happening around the web these days. Here’s the best article on the web right now (IMHO) about the Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner situation. Written by Jenny Uebbing, it’s compassionate, smart, and 100% Catholic. Read on, friend. Oh, and speaking of brilliant, this week Simcha Fisher reminded me (yet again) why I love reading her articles with this piece at the National Catholic Register about why Church teaching will not – indeed, cannot – change. “Humanae Vitae. BOOM,” she writes. Boomshakalaka. The other thing you need to know about is the #WhyIRemainCatholic project … please check it out and participate when you can. I really, really want to. I am trying to come up with all the words right now.

4. I know this is, like, light years away in internet time, but I just recorded my first Building Bridges podcast  with the unstoppably amazing Jenna Guizar (Blessed is She Guru, all around Queen of Awesome) and the indefatigable sassafrass Cristina Trinidad (Faithfully Social, etc. etc.). They were a blast to chat with, and I look forward to when my episode airs … in 2017. Just kidding. July 20, 2015.

5. What else have I been up to? Oh – my latest article on Keeping the Spirit of the Visitation Alive was over at CatholicMom.com (check),  RealCatholicMom was fabulously featured over at Catholic Sistas (check), I submitted my first article for Ignitum Today (not published yet, but check), I submitted my first for New Evangelizers (also not published yet, but check), and am working on my first article for LovesChoice.com (an adoption site), and my second article for Catholic365 (here’s my first). And I haven’t even mentioned the other podcast I need to submit to – STAT! before they “unannounce” my affiliation (gak!) – and the 5,000 words that are due at the end of the month … Woof. like I said: summer’s almost here, and the living is BIZZZZZY.

Photo courtesy of Anthony & Amanda Sloan
Photo courtesy of Anthony & Amanda Sloan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. And … shoot me now … I honestly cannot remember what #6 was going to be. Oh! I know. I am so blessed to be an affiliate for Organic Mama’s Shop. Shannon has GREAT stuff, y’all. Just the best. And, if you click through my link to order her amazing wares, you help support this woefully underfunded writing habit I posses. #bonus!!

Help support the #RCMBlog
Help support the #RCMBlog. Please and thank you so much. Please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. And now, without further ado, the cutest picture I took this week. Where we live, spring can be confusing. It was 88 degrees this day, but the next it was in the high 50s and rainy. Some may call my son silly – I call him a prudent prophet.

A boy and his bear.
A boy and his bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace.

heather

Linking up with the super cool Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum. I would challenge her to a dance-off, but I’d totally lose.

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{SQT} SUPER GINORMOUS AMAZING FANTASTIC #CWR15 ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

{SQT} SUPER GINORMOUS AMAZING FANTASTIC #CWR15 ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

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It’s been so long since I linked up with Seven Quick Takes that Jen’s not even hosting the party any more! But no worries. Jen’s spirit lives on. And Kelly is awesome. I saw her literally drop a mic last summer and not bat an eyelash. Lady has skillz.

But I digress.

Please, be my guest and follow me down the rabbit hole for just a moment …

  1. Guess
  2. what
  3. is
  4. happening
  5. in
  6. 28 Weeks????
  7. No, no, no – it’s not a baby. C’mon guys. LOOK!!!

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I am totally freaking out!!! It is going to be fan-FREAKING-tastic awesomeness. And that’s just the beginning.

See? Told ya Jen’s spirit lives on. 😉

xoxo,

Heather

 

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