Big news for our family!

March 21, 2016 | 36 comments

Those of you who have followed our family’s story over the years, or who read my book Like Living Among Scorpions, are familiar with Yaya.


Yaya who crushes wasps in her fist.

Yaya who once brought an oversized Easter Bunny to the house and expected the kids not to touch it.

Yaya who sends the kids home with bags of scorpions.

Yaya who quickly developed a great relationship with St. Anthony, despite not being Catholic.

I’m thrilled to tell you that Yaya’s latest adventure is that she is entering the Church! She has been in the Rite of Christian Initiation and will receive the Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil Mass.


Watch out, Church! Yaya is about to be in the house!

Also, I think I have the concept for my next book: Yaya Meets Catholicism. That has bestseller written aaalllll over it.

It’s going to be a wild week so check Facebook, Instagram (@JenniferFulwiler), and Twitter (@JenFulwiler) for updates!

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P.S. In other awesome news, I interviewed a rap battle artist on my radio show! It was one of the best moments in radio history, as far as I’m concerned. You can take a listen here:


  1. JoAnna

    That’s so great! Welcome home, Yaya!

    My MIL entered the Church this past January. Isn’t it wonderful when family comes home?

  2. Kayla

    Oh my gosh, this is wonderful!! Welcome home, Yaya!!!

  3. Catherine

    Love to see what the Holy Spirit can do! Welcome to the fold!

  4. Becky

    This is SO exciting! I’ve been a longtime follower and have always enjoyed the Yaya stories. Please give her a big welcome into the church from me!

  5. Cajuntexasmom

    SHUT UP!! YAYA in da Catholic house!!!! I am so excited for her, and for your family. Welcome home, Yaya. We already love you <3

  6. Sarah Scherrer

    Wonderful news! Welcome, Yaya! Blessings galore 🙂

  7. Candy Hartmann

    Praise god. she will be in my prayers!

  8. Beth

    Welcome, YAYA. Jen, what I love is that you have loved her dearly and have never indicated anything but delight in Yaya’s help, love, goodness and deep faith regardless of her denomination.

  9. Jessica

    What wonderful news! I am thrilled for Yaya and for all of you. Thanks be to God!

  10. Maggie Toney

    What a blessing! Yay for Yaya!

  11. Liesl

    Praise the Lord! Welcome home, Yaya! 🙂

  12. Maureen

    So exciting and so happy for Yaya and your entire family. What a joy!

  13. KimP

    The Angels are singing! This news made my day!

  14. Courtney F.

    Hooray for Yaya! 🙂 What a joy.

  15. Elena

    What great news! She — all of you — must be so excited.

    Just FYI — I love that I able to download your previous shows on my Sirius/XM app on demand.

  16. Beth Ellis

    Happy, happy, happy for Yaya! And also for ME – I am entering the Church at Easter Vigil too and I am probably older than Yaya! We are never too old to finally get the message and come fully to God! Praise Jesus!

    • Aileen

      Congratulations, Beth!!!!

  17. Debra

    Yaya rocks. And so does the Holy Spirit. What lovely news.

  18. Barbara

    Lot’s of prayers for you, YaYa! I am also a convert and have a special place in my heart for RCIA!

  19. Colleen

    Amazing news! Congratulations Yaya and the whole family!

  20. Lisa

    Amazing news! Welcome, Yaya!! And bestseller FOR SURE. 🙂

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  22. Amanda

    So excited for YaYa! I’m a convert, too, and Easter Vigil is my absolutely favorite night of the year. May it be a blessed liturgy and may God’s grace and Holy Spirit sweep Yaya away (without any scorpions, please!) Welcome to the club, Yaya! Make sure to keep reaching into that giant treasure chest of the Church and finding new trinkets and exquisite jewels to delight and inform. I rejoice with you all!

  23. Jen G

    Welcome Yaya! That’s great.

  24. Jesabes

    How exciting!! I’m thrilled for all of you!

  25. Tina

    Thanks be to God, always and forever! This is awesome news.

  26. Gabriel

    Yup. I know her. She is in same class with Noe Rocha and me!!! Feeling blessed helping out! I’m gonna be there as a sponsor for someone In the class.

  27. Leigh

    Fabulous! What good examples you set for her. Know you are thinned :-). Welcome home YaYa

  28. Maureen

    I would totally buy that book. Congratulations YaYa! Congratulations Church!

  29. Erin Bussian

    YaYa is a genius, so this news is not surprising, merely delightful! You and your family now have ample reason to party ridiculously this Easter. God bless you all, and thanks for sharing the great news!

  30. LPatter

    Yayyyyyy for YaYa!!!! Remember praying for her after that beloved St. Anthony post way back! 🙂

    Such a beautiful testament to the fruits of your own conversions. Joe must be thrilled.

    Blessings for a beautiful Holy Week and Easter.

    Welcome to Rome Sweet Home, Yaya!

  31. Gina

    I reaaalllly want to read that book! 😀

  32. Carol

    I’m such a Yaya fan! I always knew she would. Woohoo!

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