TVP – Meet the Crew – Bonnie Engstrom

TVP – Meet the Crew – Bonnie Engstrom April 27, 2015

With our new radio show The Visitation Project set to launch on May 3rd, I thought it might be fun for everyone to get a chance to meet the crew behind this exciting venture. There are four of us if we include our sound guru Keith, and we can never forget Keith, so I’ll be introducing (or re-introducing) all of us leading up to our launch date. If you have any questions I haven’t asked, please add them in the combox, or tweet them to us @TheVisitProject, and we’ll answer them for you.

Next up is the author of A Knotted Life, the beauteous

Bonnie Engstrom!!!!!

1. Who are you?

Bonnie Engstrom. I’m a cradle Catholic from the Midwest. I am very happily married and I have five great kiddos. If anyone has heard of me before it’s either because I host the Sheenazing Blogger Awards at my blog, A Knotted Life, each year or because my son’s alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen was submitted to the Vatican for Sheen’s beatification.

2. Why did you decide to get involved with The Visitation Project?

I decided to get involved with The Visitation Project because I felt like God wanted me to say “yes” to the invitation. I was really nervous, though – afraid of failing, afraid you and Heather would regret your decision to invite me, afraid of the unknown. I’m so glad I said, “yes” though and I’m really grateful to be doing this.

3. What has been your favorite part so far?

I think my favorite part was the second day of recording. We had gotten all our nerves out the day before and we just hit our stride. There was a moment on that second day when I remember thinking, “We’re actually really good together! We can do this and we can do this well!”

We want to really get to know you, so here’s the important stuff:

4. Fill in the blank: When I’m driving and ________________ comes on the radio, I must immediately stop the conversation, crank up the volume, and jam.

Right now it’s Riptide by Vance Joy.

5. Which book do you read over and over and never tire of?

I don’t know if I really do that. There’s so many books I want to read for the first time.

6. Who’s your favorite character in that book and why? Now, see what you’ve done?

I really love Elinor from Sense and Sensibility.

7. Which saint is your go-to guy/girl in an emergency? Explain.

In an emergency: Fulton Sheen. He came through in a big way for us during one emergency so I call on him a lot. When I need help growing in holiness I usually say to The Blessed Mother, “Mary, I need more wine!” She hears that a lot from me.
8. When you were growing, what was your dream job?
When I was growing up my dream job was to be a public speaker. I kid you not. More specifically, I wanted to be a public speaker who didn’t have a sad story or a scandalous history. I sat through so many motivational speakers who talked about that stuff, “I did drugs, now I’m clean. Don’t do drugs.” I wanted to be a speaker who could say in a not annoying way, “I followed the rules and I’m happy I did. I encourage you to do it because having a drama-free life is actually still really fun but you also don’t have to worry about ending up in the hospital or jail or both.” Funny enough, it’s kind of what I’m doing now.
9. What snack do you stash in your house/desk so that you don’t have to share?
Peanut butter M’n’M’s.
10. Do you have a plan for the zombie apocalypse? Any of it that you care to share?
Yes. My plan includes storming the local pharmacy for medications for my sons, water, food, and toothpaste and then gathering my kids, blankets, food, and The Little House books Next we’d head to my parents, getting them; dad’s guns, ammo, and bow and arrows; mom’s canning supplies; and all their food. Then we’d head to my in-laws (my parents included) because they live in a small town, further away from a big city. Part of their yard is fenced in and there we would plant crops, which of course we would can with mom’s help. They have more guns, a fireplace that really puts out heat, and plenty of rooms. We could make it.

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