That Time I Was on the Today Show
by Jen Hatmaker on June 27th, 2013

Alright. I can only let so many of you tell me You were great on the Today Show! Very poised! Like you’ve done it for years! so many times before my conscience cracks under the illusion. And for the rest of you asking What was it like? I give you the unembellished truth of my four minutes on The Today Show.
 
I’ve told you I don’t answer my phone almost ever because my thoughts tell me I cannot do it or I might die because of the hard things like answering questions and talking, so when an unknown NYC number popped up Sunday over lunch at Doc’s Bar and Grill, I promptly screened it. When they called back one minute later, I was all perhaps you didn’t hear my first screen. Then my booking agent texted one minute later and was like ANSWER YOUR PHONE, STUPID.
 
So I called back Brian the Producer who was all kinds of nice and disarming, tricking me into a light conversation to discover if I should just continue writing rather than talk about my writing on his show. It is a known fact that most writers are strange birds in person having exaggerated our charms and smarts in print, which is exactly the case for me. When people tell Brandon, “It must be so funny living with Jen…” he’s all yeah, she is a barrel of laughs sitting on the couch eating hummus and watching Chopped.
 
But I faked Brian out and passed the Front of the Camera Test, so then he very casually, nonchalantly says, “We’ve already researched flights, and there is only one that will get you here in time, and don’t worry, but you kind of need to pack a bag and start heading to the airport.”
 
After five beats of dead silence, I reached across the table and swatted a chicken strip out of Remy’s mouth and started making panicked monkey gestures to everyone to FREAKING BOX UP THIS FOOD AND RUN TO THE CAR while mm-hming to Brian and acting fake sane.
 
Note: I have been a Today Show patron for as long as I can remember. I’ve written about it in at least three books:

These are my people. I’ve stuck with all the anchors, all the hijinks, all the Olympics coverage, all the everything. In fact, don’t make a big deal out of it, but this was actually my second time on the Today Show, as I made this impressive debut three years ago almost to the day:

Me and T and Lenny: smooth operators obviously.

So we drove 100 miles an hour home, and hand to the heavens, we had 10 minutes to get packed and out the door. Do you understand how much time I needed to obsess over this little dream come true? MORE THAN TEN MINUTES. This required a haircut and manicure and some wonderful new outfit, and if this wasn’t cause for new shoes, then I don’t know what is. I had two inches of gray to color and nine pounds to lose, and there was the small matter of these five kids who live here: Sister, can you stop what you’re doing and take care of my kids for the next two days? Yes?! Good! Thank you! Uh, we’re already gone. Just drive to my house sometime today.
 
So because I only had ten minutes to pack, my brain simply froze and launched full mental strike. I kept looking at my clothes like what are these clothes? I can’t think of what I look like in any of these. I can’t think about what to wear on the Today Show. Sequins? Jeans? A prom dress? Nothing makes sense. I cannot make sense of these options.
 
Since my brain was betraying me, I had no choice but to grab dirty clothes off the floor from my last event, because my brain thought it was a decent outfit a few days ago when it was still contributing to my life. And let’s be real: I’ve already told you I wear the same clothes to all my events, and since you’ve seen the same three outfits posted a million times no matter what city I’m in, we should all probably stop pretending that isn’t a thing.
 
We landed in NYC at 11:30pm, and “my driver” took us to “our hotel” on “Central Park South" (these are "fancy quotes") and if you think I was unable to play that cool, you are correct, madam. I took out my clothes to see what I brought, and the news was bad: one workable outfit and a smattering of unrelated pieces absolutely good for nothing. So I stress ate a burger from “my room service” at 12:30am because I'm careful about nutrition.
 
NBC sent a car for us at 6:30am and said to come with clean dry hair and no makeup because they would attempt to make me pretty. When I went to “hair and makeup” (!!!), there were a bunch of young gangster homies everywhere, and I asked my makeup wizard: “Who are these boy band youths?” Neither of us had any idea, because as I mentioned, I was there for being a lame mom, so the “cool segment” wasn’t the space I occupied. All I know is, 700 thousand screaming teen girls had mobbed the plaza, and I was terrified that they’d swarm this young man and he would lose his pants, as they were sagging into the danger zone.
"Who is this weird mom trying to act like she isn't taking my picture?"

Speaking of segments, I shared green room space with Scott Thorson (Liberace’s gay lover, far left), Russell Brand (who kept throwing up in the bathroom and almost missed his interview), and then in walks someone’s chubby grandpa with his scantily clad, stiletto wearing…I want to say…granddaughter? No, I was mistaken about that. She was actually an employee at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legalized brothel in Nevada and he was her…I want to say…owner? My first reaction was to cover her up, because I’m pretty sure I saw her hinterlands. This was Brandon’s first reaction:
That's right, mister. Better put Grandpa between you and Blondie.

So with an hour of substance clearly lined up, it was time for my “teasers,” of which I had two. I could see myself on the screen behind the cameraman, and it took a Herculean effort not to look at myself, like when Remy watches herself cry.

"Just smile and wave for five seconds." NAILED IT.

Then into the studio where Brandon and my sister were not allowed, because it is approximately the size of my living room, so now I was without my people, sitting on “my interview couch” waiting, and all the funny, charming, adorable quips I planned promptly exited my brain, like the Hebrews fleeing Egypt. I couldn’t remember how to be funny, and my breathing got shallow, which is a particular way my body tries to murder me before something like this.
 
You guys, these anchors, bless them, run, race to each segment. Out to the plaza, run back into the news desk, zip over to the couch scene, dash back out to the plaza, race over to the stools, dash upstairs to the Today Show kitchen, ACT LIKE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ALL THESE UNRELATED SEGMENTS. No wonder they are such miniature, tiny people; they burn 6000 calories an hour. (I could hoist Natalie onto my hip and carry her around all day like a toddler.)
 
Then, Savannah and handsome Carl (the nicest person to me of them all) popped over to my couch and the camera guy started the 5, 4, 3, 2…countdown, and I had a tiny, undetectable heart attack. The lead-in piece rolled, and Natalie did the voiceover, reading parts of my blog less like a sarcastic humorist and more like a pretty robot ("Just. Whatever. Man.”) Bless.

I don’t remember the next four minutes, but I clearly have some sort of hand gesturing disorder, which is incurable I’m sorry to say, and I’d also point out that I giggle when I’m nervous, so basically I snickered and gesticulated nonstop while saying virtually nothing. Also worth noting at the 3:18 mark: I wanted to lean on my elbow to demonstrate how casual I was, but since the Today Show is staffed by wee people with wee furniture, I miscalculated the height of the armrest, thus necessitating an “air lean.” I played it off not at all.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE 4-MINUTE MAGIC. Or just to bear witness to the air lean.

So glad to report that the anchors, the producers, the crew…all lovely and wonderful. The producers and I commiserated because we are all working parents and our brethren in NYC were still in school at the time, God love ‘em. NBC said, “Stay another night in the fancy hotel! We’ll pick up the tab…” Well, OKAY THEN. The whole experience was too fun, like a fake two-day fancy life in the middle of the normal, so thank you, Today Show, for all the awesome.
 

I need to tell you one last thing, and I expect you to be compassionate because I was clearly under duress with these mental anxieties, but in my haste, I forgot to pack underwear, and I told you we didn’t land in NYC until 11:30pm and they sent a car for us at 6:30am, so what I am trying to tell you is this:
 
I went on the Today Show in dirty clothes…commando.
 
Sorry Yellow Couch, but there were two layers between my bare butt and your upholstery, because I may have forgotten underwear but I sure as hell didn’t forget my Spanx.


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267 Comments

JC - June 27th, 2013 at 1:44 PM
How exciting I get to be the first to leave a comment. You are my hero! You were great. I'm taking this and a couple of your other recent blog posts to a parenting group later today. Thanks for being you.
Jessica @The Mom Creative - June 27th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
I love you. So much. Can't stop laughing - and I already knew the punchline. You are the best. xo
MJ - June 27th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
I just cried and peed my pants a little bit all at the same time. (At least I have underwear on)
AmyB - June 27th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Carl Quintanilla tried to rescue a dog in New Orleans during Katrina and he won my heart that day and forever more. I'm not sure I could have shared a couch with him without weeping dramatically about the dog in Katrina, so you fared way better than I ever would have. It was awesome. So was this post.
Sara - June 27th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
I seriously love you! God bless you and your crazy. It's oddly familiar. ;)
Jill DeFehr McDougall - June 27th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Jen, so fun to see you on the Today Show - my parents called and said "turn on the TV- isn't that your friend from college who wrote the book?!" I love this "behind the scenes" narrative. :) Thanks for sharing it! -Jill
Sarah Carter - June 27th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
Love love love you and your witty and wonderful writing! Thanks for making me smile and think and grow.
Michele - June 27th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
You were AWESOME! No one would have known the difference if you hadn't just confessed. Love it! :)
Jennifer - June 27th, 2013 at 1:54 PM
That was hilarious! Thanks, Jen!
Jacqueline - June 27th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
Russell Brand.... sigh. I think having it be a mess is exactly how it is supposed to be. They wanted you, not a phony made up you, right?
Alyssa - June 27th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
This is hilarious! Thanks for being real, Jen!
Lisa Bartelt - June 27th, 2013 at 1:55 PM
This makes me feel better about answering the door in my jammies at 9 a.m. (I hastily put on a bra because no one should have to see that!) the other day. Thanks for being real.
Karah - June 27th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
HAHAHAHAAA! Commando! You never cease to entertain, that's for sure! You really did great - didn't look nervous at all!
Sherry - June 27th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Love you Jen, and love your blog and all your adventures! Thanks for making me giggle on a daily basis!!

Matthew says to tell Caleb "Hi"....(Mrs. Roberts Class, Oak Hill, Kinder).....:)

Take care!
Stephanie Click - June 27th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
You were awesome ... and I'm glad to see you have your priorities straight -- Spanx, never leave home without em! :)
Rhonda Roberts - June 27th, 2013 at 1:56 PM
ohmygaaawwwwsh, I'm dying!!

Lindsey - June 27th, 2013 at 1:57 PM
Loved reading this!
Jessica - June 27th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
I am dying laughing reading this!!!! Loved watching you on the Today Show and loved seeing you again at LifePoint Church!!!!!!
Emily D. - June 27th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
LOVE the air lean! hahahaha
Angie Miller - June 27th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
I think I snorted from laughing so hard. This. Is. Awesome!
KerBear - June 27th, 2013 at 1:59 PM
You make me absolutely laugh out loud.
Jessica - June 27th, 2013 at 1:59 PM
I love that you make me cry and laugh at the same time! BTW, it that a Sevenly "World Changer" sticker on your phone? Too cool!

Jeri - June 27th, 2013 at 1:59 PM
I've been waiting to hear this and I'm so glad you shared it! I would not have trusted you if you hadn't said something about the pretty robot reading your blog in the completely wrong inflection. I hadn't noticed the air lean the first time around but I am now laugh crying which is the best thing for my soul. Thank you!
Jessica Vega - June 27th, 2013 at 1:59 PM
LOL!! Love it... just love it!! Thanks for being real!
Kelly matthews - June 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
The REAL of it all...bless your heart!!!
Michele - June 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Who were the boy band peeps? I have no idea... I wasn't into boy bands even when I was a teeny bopper. But, still... I am curious. :)
Kim Eichstead - June 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
And this is why you are my favorite author. In the world. Owned it.
Sheila - June 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Hahahaha... LOVE the fact that you remembered your Spanx and not your panties. LOL!!!
Samantha - June 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
I don't think I could love this post more. So happy you got to do this, but love that it was as crazy as every day life.
sarah jonsgaard - June 27th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
Hahah I only caught the arm thing because you mentioned it. Seriously though, its got to be rad to be on a show you love..
Amanda F - June 27th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
You totally crack me up! All these people who don't "get" your humor are really missing out on some side splitting laughs! Love it!!
Dorothy - June 27th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
I seriously needed this laugh. Thank you!
Holly - June 27th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
You are some sort of hot mess awesome and I love every molecule of your God-given being.
Ashley - June 27th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
I just attended a conference in MN where you spoke (had been following your blog since I read 7) and I just have to tell you, many days you are like my Prozac...thanks for being real and hysterical...living in a house with 3 littles under 5 (1 a handsome little man who we adopted from Ukraine and has special needs) requires much laughter to stay 1/2 sane.
Jess - June 27th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
You totally played off the elbow lean :) did they miss the fact you've written just a couple books too?? Amazing job.
Melinda - June 27th, 2013 at 2:02 PM
This. Was. Freaking. Hilarious.
Sara - June 27th, 2013 at 2:04 PM
You were awesome! I had to watch twice to even find the air lean. Promise.
Megan Terry - June 27th, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Oh. My. Lord. The air lean? Dying. I've watched those 6 seconds over and over. That beautiful footage should be mixed with some catchy music and just loop over and over!
jennifer - June 27th, 2013 at 2:05 PM
I am absolutely cracking up at this blog... by myself... at mexican restaurant! Yup that is happening. Anyways, thank you for being so honest and real. Transparent. That's how i love my life and I'm thankful for the freedom we have in Christ so we can! I am also a pastors wife and long for honest friendships. Love your books and blogs!
Ruthie - June 27th, 2013 at 2:06 PM
I LOVE the air lean!!!! Too funny.
Zeynep Carroll - June 27th, 2013 at 2:06 PM
You would never have known, during your air lean, that you are sans intimates! Good job, Jen!
karen - June 27th, 2013 at 2:07 PM
ahhhhhahaha! i read this very fast, like I assume you typed/thought it. well played, Jen, well played.
Penny Bevill - June 27th, 2013 at 2:08 PM
I am laughing hysterically!!! I can so envision you slapping the food from Remy's hand and everyone racing out the door towards home. Oh Jen, you have such a gift...no wait, so many gifts! I watched the segment the morning it aired, so I truly enjoyed reading (and laughing hysterically) about your experience. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!!! You raised my endorphin level today. %u2764
VLW - June 27th, 2013 at 2:10 PM
LOVED THIS!
Diane - June 27th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
You brighten my day.
Amber - June 27th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
You are so funny!
Stephanie - June 27th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Haha! Oh my gosh, you are hilarious. Love all of your books and this blog? All time fave.
Kay - June 27th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Jen, you are the best!! I love your blog and loved this post. Then loved watching you on the Today Show when you were on it. But now I love that video and you even more! I cannot stop laughing.......that air lean!!! Priceless!! Thanks for being real......again!
heather - June 27th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
I seriously love the air lean! You rock!!
Jen - June 27th, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Oh. Muh. GAH!!!!!!!!
herbdoc - June 27th, 2013 at 2:13 PM
thanks for keeping it real!

Sherri - June 27th, 2013 at 2:14 PM
I LAUGHED all the way through this post! And absolutely canNOT wait to see/hear you at our Women's Conference next year in Paris, TX!
Trish - June 27th, 2013 at 2:15 PM
I've so enjoyed your blog! You say what we are all thinking but can't articulate nearly as well, and it sure makes me feel like I'm not crazy after all. Bless you for the perspective you give us.
Kim Van Brunt - June 27th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
So awesome. My favorite is your "clap, clap" -- one at the opening of the interview, and one to wrap it up. Adorable!
Brooke - June 27th, 2013 at 2:31 PM
LOL!
Anna - June 27th, 2013 at 2:18 PM
And people like me, we were saying," hey I KNOW her! " like we've really met IRL! Ha ha! Been reading your blog posts since before "after the airport " and Im so glad you've got a message that's true and reaches the hearts of many!
Amber - June 27th, 2013 at 2:19 PM
LOVED the interview and you were just precious!!!
Bryanna - June 27th, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Who needs underwear AND spanx?!
Susan - June 27th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
I had to watch it three times before I caught the air lean. things are never as bad as you remember. I can't help about the underwear, though...
mckennah - June 27th, 2013 at 2:22 PM
ha. im my world spanx = underwear. i got your back - albeit naked - sister!
Parker - June 27th, 2013 at 2:26 PM
Once again I am in tears!! Thank you for a hysterical behind scene peek... I watched the tape over several times... Especially at 3:17!! Dying @ Commando!!! I can never look at that couch the same again!!
Amanda - June 27th, 2013 at 2:27 PM
I am rolling laughing. You sure had it together more than I would've. Which isn't saying much as infrequently count my days as wins if I remember to feed all four kids. Smh. You go on with your bad self.
Crissy - June 27th, 2013 at 2:29 PM
I can not stop laughing! The commando part is my fav! Love the freedom that brings. Thank you for being so normal and a Jesus lover.
Emily - June 27th, 2013 at 2:29 PM
You're definitely not alone with the hand gestures and giggling. It actually made me feel relieved to watch you because I was all "look, she is successful and funny and she talks with her hands too!"
Ashley - June 27th, 2013 at 2:29 PM
Umm whatever, you totally rocked that. And I'm so glad that your transparency is attracting so many people to your blog. I'm not even a mom and I've been reading it for a while. Keep being awesome.
Excellent Rationalizer - June 27th, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Oh, spanx are totally underwear! That's why the have a cotton crotch :-)
Ashley - June 27th, 2013 at 2:34 PM
"It is a known fact that most writers are strange birds in person having exaggerated our charms and smarts in print, which is exactly the case for me."

Your experience is my nightmare. People like me way better on social media and in the vast, faceless, web. I am incredibly weird and awkward.
Jennifer - June 27th, 2013 at 2:35 PM
I missed the air lean live... Too funny! You can always put a smile on my face with your humor- thanks for all the laughs girl!
Sarah - June 27th, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Just YES! Thank you for being you. I saw the "air lean" live and was sure it was going to be brought up at sometime. Love it.
Stacy W - June 27th, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Oh Jen, I may have just peed my pants upon your last few sentences....(don't worry I had 2 layers to go through) LOVE you.
Tammy Rima - June 27th, 2013 at 2:41 PM
You. Rock.
Lauren - June 27th, 2013 at 2:41 PM
This. Is. Awesome.
In every way possible!
Kim - June 27th, 2013 at 2:42 PM
You rocked the air lean!
caroline - June 27th, 2013 at 2:42 PM
just when i think i can't adore you anymore. seriously.
you are absolutely hilarious and i love you so.
Hannah @ Boots & Feet - June 27th, 2013 at 2:48 PM
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You're so awesome.
Elisa - June 27th, 2013 at 2:50 PM
SO fun! What an amazing experience. Great job!
Amy - June 27th, 2013 at 2:51 PM
Oh Jenn, I just love you. Thanks for always keepin it real sister!
Shelley - June 27th, 2013 at 2:51 PM
I am giggling gleefully at your description! Hilarious! I watched the segment and never ever ever noticed an air lean or dirty clothes and, Thank God, the commando bottom.

And just so you know, I would pay very good money to see you hoist Natalie on your hip like a toddler!!!

Love!
Amy W - June 27th, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Oh man. This is priceless. Thanks for be reals, Jen.
Xamayta - June 27th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
You are so funny! I love your writing style...I can put myself in the middle of your story every time, like a bystander watching it all unfold.
Mary Beth - June 27th, 2013 at 3:10 PM
Thanks once again for making me laugh. Made my lunch much more enjoyable. And in spite of all this... You were still awesome!
Audra Blumn - June 27th, 2013 at 3:12 PM
OH MY GAWD!!!! In tears and belly laughing!!!!!
Andrea - June 27th, 2013 at 3:16 PM
My first girl crush has developed, and I'm gonna be in Austin this weekend you bet I'll be keeping my eye out for you all over the city!!!
Missy - June 27th, 2013 at 3:16 PM
You are a HOOT! Thanks for the laughs during my "30 minutes isn't enough time to start something new before I leave for the weekend" period at work :)
Crystal Rouse - June 27th, 2013 at 3:18 PM
I nearly peed my pants reading the last entry Jen!!! God love an honest and transparent sister! Bless.
Carrie - June 27th, 2013 at 3:25 PM
You're 100% awesome.
Billye - June 27th, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Hysterical! I never wear underwear with spanx!
Emily G. - June 27th, 2013 at 3:34 PM
Haha! I'm sure Russell Brand was commando too, so you probably weren't the only one! Great job, by the way!
anna {girlwithblog.com} - June 27th, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Loved this!! Thanks for the giggles this afternoon, and for the rockin' interview. In which you never acted like you had a tiny heart attack, were sans undies, or lame.
Leslie Moore - June 27th, 2013 at 3:41 PM
You made us all so proud during your TODAY Show segment. You, daughter of God, SPARKLED with His grace, His love and yes -- even His sense of humor. God bless you and your sweet family! P.S. I watched the segment while sitting on my couch and wearing pajama bottoms and a t-shirt. Alas, I wasn't commando. Had we all known you were going commando, we would have all gone commando in support of you. LOL! :)
MeganB - June 27th, 2013 at 3:42 PM
I can't begin to tell you how badly I needed this brief respite from my own crazy reality today. Thanks for the chuckle. Also, may I point out the "hall of mirrors" effect in your hair/make-up selfie (in the compacts on the counter). LOVE!
David Snall - June 27th, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Ha! Women should NOT admit to going commando, EVER. Once they do that, no male can refocus or see ANYTHING but your... well, your hinterlands, as you called them. Plus, upon re-reading your hilarious account, the only words that stand out to me now, grown-up 11-year-old boy that I am, are...

"...my conscience CRACKS under the illusion."

"...I give you the UNEMBELLISHED truth..."

Yes, and on it goes. So, um. In the interest of full disclosure, (Wow. There it goes, again!) share that piece of info at your risk.
rodalena - June 27th, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Jen,
Thank you for bring awareness to The Armrest Situation, which is an issue of national importance,and for doing so with such zinging wit. You made all of us strange-but-normal, sort of-introverted-wordy-bloggy-moms proud.
Tracey H - June 27th, 2013 at 3:44 PM
Oh how I LOVE all of your awesomeness!!! Your honesty makes me laugh and feel normal!!!!
Jodi - June 27th, 2013 at 3:44 PM
Bahahha at your last line! Actually - at all of it. LOVE the inside scoop!
Lori - June 27th, 2013 at 3:46 PM
You make me wish I still lived in Austin so I could come to your church and laugh at (WITH) you in person!
David Snall - June 27th, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Ha! Women should NOT admit to going commando, EVER. Once they do that, no male can refocus or see ANYTHING but your... well, your hinterlands, as you called them. Plus, upon re-reading your hilarious account, the only words that stand out to me now, grown-up 11-year-old boy that I am, are...

"...my conscience CRACKS under the illusion."

"...I give you the UNEMBELLISHED truth..."

Yes, and on it goes. So, um. In the interest of full disclosure, (Wow. There it goes, again!) share that piece of info at your risk.
David Small - June 27th, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Ha! Women should NOT admit to going commando, EVER. Once they do that, no male can refocus or see ANYTHING but your... well, your hinterlands, as you called them. Plus, upon re-reading your hilarious account, the only words that stand out to me now, grown-up 11-year-old boy that I am, are...

"...my conscience CRACKS under the illusion."

"...I give you the UNEMBELLISHED truth..."

Yes, and on it goes. So, um. In the interest of full disclosure, (Wow. There it goes, again!) share that piece of info at your risk.
Jeanene - June 27th, 2013 at 3:50 PM
LOVE. Just LOVE. Once again, thank you for your honesty! We all need to hear that we are not alone in the nervous hand gesture/twitching/giggling thing. Actually, though...I thought you did well! ;-) We didn't see it!
Aurelia - June 27th, 2013 at 3:51 PM
Oh my word... this just made my day! You are amazing.... seriously, thank you for bringing me back to reality this afternoon.
Stacy - June 27th, 2013 at 3:51 PM
Oh my goodness, I've never laughed so hard. Loved the elbow lean/scratch my chin ... Priceless. Thank you, Jen for not taking yourself too seriously! There's hope for the rest of us!!
Kristen - June 27th, 2013 at 3:53 PM
Love it. Good to know I'm not the only crazy Today show fan. I don't like to brag, maybe I do, but I was Kathie Lee and Hodas fan of the week last year. I like to think we are BFFs. Standing outside the show with a sign screaming is next on my bucket list.
Sarah - June 27th, 2013 at 3:55 PM
I have grown up on the Today Show too. My poor David, who is 12, gets up sometimes before me and I find him eating cereal and watching Cartoon Network, and I have no mercy, morning tv is mine. And I woke up later that morning to find out you had been interviewed on Today! Hated to have missed it LIVE! I only heard about your writing recently, my girlfriends have read "7" and follow your blog ;)
Angie - June 27th, 2013 at 3:58 PM
I have been waiting for this post & it was everything I hoped for. You are awesome. The end.
gracie - June 27th, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Omg. The air arm rest lean was so funny and never would have caught it. It's amazing how we all nit pick the little things that we do when everyone around thinks it's totally norm. I think you did amazing and love your heart and genuinity (not a real word, but it's my word for you) thanks for sharing ur heart.
Marnie - June 27th, 2013 at 4:05 PM
Can't wait to have you on my show next week! I'm mentally and emotionally preparing myself now. ;)
Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot - June 27th, 2013 at 4:08 PM
Oh thank you and bless you for dishing the dirt. When I watched my stomach was tied up in knots for you.
Should I ever become so awesome I vow never to screen a mysterious call from NYC.

P.S. Spanxs ARE underwear in my opinion
Sarah - June 27th, 2013 at 4:09 PM
I stopped watching the Today after they did sweet Ann Curry SO very wrong. But I made an exception for you. ;)
Rhonda LaBatt - June 27th, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Dear Jen, I love you. I loved your interview. My only hope next time is that The Today Show gives you enough time to talk about all of the deep things of substance for which you really stand. %u2665
Stephanie - June 27th, 2013 at 4:11 PM
You Inspire ME to be real!!! Hugs from Iowa =)

Kara M - June 27th, 2013 at 4:12 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! "I sure as hell didn't forget my spanx!" How many of us have said that line?! You are a style blogger in the making. ;)
Li - June 27th, 2013 at 4:14 PM
Thank you for the entertainment!
Mary Koym - June 27th, 2013 at 4:21 PM
I always thought I was "that" mom. The one that never has it together... The one that they say "oh you know Mary" Seriously?!? You were hilarious and I read that blog and agreed the whole way! Thanks for the laughter... even if I am "that mom"!
Christie - June 27th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Spanx totally count as underwear. Oh, and you rock!!!
Dana - June 27th, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Completely just lost it with the underwear comment. Love it!
Whaaa?? - June 27th, 2013 at 4:52 PM
Well crap. Didn't know I was supposed to wear underwear when wearing Spanx. Which goes first???
Jodi T. - June 27th, 2013 at 4:55 PM
Awesome! I totally watched your arm lean a FEW times. You almost pulled it off!!

This very blog post is what brought me to your wonderful blog. Thank you for consistantly making me chuckle!

Jodi T.
Lorie - July 4th, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This blog post was my initial foray also into the wonderful world of Jen.
Ginger - June 27th, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Love!
Kristen - June 27th, 2013 at 5:12 PM
The whole time Natalie was reading your blog, I was like "Please. Put me on the Today show, I could do SO much better than this."

Regardless of the air lean and no undies, you did great!
Pinktweed - June 27th, 2013 at 5:13 PM
Love every single bit of this you are such a crack up and represented all of us moms with your usual humble witty flair. I am such a big fan.
Randi - June 27th, 2013 at 5:27 PM
Hilarious!! Love the air lean.
Dianne - June 27th, 2013 at 5:52 PM
Loved the air lean!! Bwahahaha!!!
Anna - June 27th, 2013 at 6:07 PM
Hilarious and real! You did a great job commando or not :)
Liz - June 27th, 2013 at 6:26 PM
Yes! This is the best! Dirty Clothes and commando. That is a riot! I watched it and didn't notice the air lean. I am so thankful I will never have a chance to be on the Today show, cause I would be such a spaz.
Michele - June 27th, 2013 at 6:27 PM
So FUN! Love this post (and all the comments that go with it)....It feels like I'm out giggling with a bunch of my girl friends when I read your stuff)! You are sooooo relatable and FUNNY....a real treat!

Tracey Buchanan - June 27th, 2013 at 6:39 PM
Love every single bit of your hot mess!
Lacey C - June 27th, 2013 at 6:40 PM
I knew you were too normal to have not had a mini coronary over this experience. :)
Nikki Bale - June 27th, 2013 at 7:03 PM
Standing in line for over an hour because of a cancelled flight, with a baby attached, dragging TOO much leggage & I am laughing outloud...all the other pissed off people in line are jealous that I found levity in an annoying, inconvenient, earth-bound moment! Thanks (& also thanks for mentioning how brutal the reading of your blog was, way to take all the funny out lady with that news-anchor tone of voice)
Joanna - June 27th, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Just watched the segment. You rocked it. And the spanx comment? Oh. My. God. that was so funny. Also, "Out of the Spin Cycle" is like a life preserver to my SAHM life right now. This job is so tough and I don't think I'm cut out for it, but the encouragement helps. Lots. Keep writing, sistah.
Flower Patch Farmgirl - June 27th, 2013 at 8:22 PM
I swear to the tall, high heavens, this re-cap was better than the actual thing.

((Cory just came in from the grocery and I was all, "Jen Hatmaker dropped a gratuitous Hell!!!!!" (This pleases me for reasons I can't articulate.) Then I read him your last line. His only response? "What's a spanx?"))
Julie - June 27th, 2013 at 8:30 PM
LOL!! That was fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing.
Suellen - June 27th, 2013 at 8:46 PM
I think you did quite well! You didn't look nervous, you laughed, spoke clearly, you affirmed teachers & mothers & your outfit was cool... You were delightful! Your hand motions were important to what you were communicating! I hardly noticed your elbow trying to find the arm rest, but knowing it made it really hilarious!!! I think you speak as well as you write!! You help us all laugh at ourselves! Thank you!
lindsay - June 27th, 2013 at 9:01 PM
You are my favorite of all time! So funny and so real, bless you. thank you. and you looked amazing on the show!
Kelleigh black - June 27th, 2013 at 9:07 PM
You are so stupid!!!! I love EVERYTHING about this!!!
Autumn - June 27th, 2013 at 9:08 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this laugh!!! I am crying right now. You are my hero!
Anne Wilson - June 27th, 2013 at 9:13 PM
I was 20 minutes late for work because I sat on the edge of my bed waiting for your segment like a professional stalker. While putting on mascara and shoving down bits of granola, I hear, "Up next, Jen Hatm-" and I shrieked, dropped everything, and sat. on. my. bed.

This post was worth missing my morning meeting. You are hilarious and live inside my mind. I'm going to pretend that's a completely normal thing to say to another human being.
Christina Putman - June 27th, 2013 at 9:14 PM
Breath of fresh commando air!! Way to be transparent and unabashedly human. God loved you before your 4 minutes on The Today Show and He will long after and unconditionally. I'm glad you allow us to be part of and witness your relationship with Him and those around you. Keep it up!
Lauri - June 27th, 2013 at 9:22 PM
Like everyone, I am cracking up reading this! You were fabulous on the Today show! I also wonder why they didn't mention your books....people will find them when they google you. Best part of blog - commando - reminded me of the trip my husband and I took 10 years ago - a 15 couples only trip to Hilton Head. I flew in from a business trip the night before - plane delayed - re-packed at 6 am. Got to Hilton Head and realized I had forgotten to pack any underwear! I did have the benefit of heading straight to the mall. Oh the joys of trying to get it all done and enjoy yourself and your husband!
Amanda Bartlett - June 27th, 2013 at 9:23 PM
Love this! You're a riot! I love that every time I come to your blog you are so REAL! Stick with it girl brings me great JOY!
Thank you!!!
Colleen - June 27th, 2013 at 9:24 PM
I'm laughing at the mental image of you hoisting her up on your hip like a toddler!!! You were adorable on the show.
Kristen - June 27th, 2013 at 9:24 PM
Thank you for being SO real AND thanks for letting me live my TODAY Show fantasy through you! You were awesome and I can't wait to see what else God has in store for you! :)
KimB - June 27th, 2013 at 9:29 PM
You did great! And spanx totally count as underwear - you are just fine. Great work - love your blog!!
Grace - June 27th, 2013 at 9:29 PM
I watched it live and just watched it again!! It is hilarious!!
TracyE - June 27th, 2013 at 9:34 PM
Watched the segment purely to see the fake elbow lean...GREAT RECOVERY!!! and the commando...hilare!!!
C Goad - August 20th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Me too!..... TWICE! Ha! although we would have never known had you not mentioned it. Love "7" by the way. Good stuff!
lenore - June 27th, 2013 at 9:36 PM
"Sure as hell didn't forget..."
Isnt this a christian blog? Kinda disappointed in the things we do to be cool....:/
Becky - June 28th, 2013 at 12:28 AM
(Deep sigh)
I know you're enjoying looking at those trees, but there's a whole forest out there.
Alex - June 29th, 2013 at 5:55 PM
It's comments like this that make me never want to go to a church again... if you want to be able to talk to people outside of your narrow-minded niche you're gunna need to lighten up a bit.
Marcy - July 3rd, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I loved absolutely everything about the post (and Jen!) but that last bit about hell and commando was maybe TMI. I admire Jen tremendously, God has given her a position of leadership...and with that comes great responsibility.

Now, we can all agree to disagree and respect each others opinions without getting nasty.
Vicky - August 2nd, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I felt the same way. Not sorry to say. I was really thinking maybe too highly of someone. Paul tells us to not think too highly of ourselves and I think that means of others also. We do try to fit into this world too much.
lenore - June 27th, 2013 at 9:51 PM
"Sure as hell didn't forget..."
Isnt this a christian blog? Kinda disappointed in the things we do to be cool....:/
Support not judge - June 28th, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Pretty sure Christ has heard of hell. No reason to judge.
Holy Moly Guacamole - July 1st, 2013 at 11:13 PM
She has tattoos too!. And I'd venture to say that has partaken in a snort or two of the "medicine"! Geez, Lady! Loosen the "H. E. Double Hockey Sticks" up! I know Jenn, although not very well. I've gone to ANC for quite a few years. And, Jenn, in my opinion, is the real deal. Your mileage may vary, chica, but I think her actions speak for themselves, and JC don't care if there's a colorful word or two in our vocabulary, but rather are we loving our fellow human. And, I've seen Jenn, love on the homeless and others numerous times without pretense. I'd gladly have my daughter learn some salty language from Jenn if she also learns how to love others like her.

Amy - June 27th, 2013 at 9:59 PM
...shut it... Is that a Sevenly sticker you are rockin on the back of your phone?....I knew we were friends...especially after the foundation garment debacle!! Doing 7 now...it's clothing week...I couldn't count foundation garments...it would have rendered me pant less ;)
David Small - June 27th, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Sorry for the multiple (triple) posts. I'm just showing my age and relative technological lameness by doing that.

Sigh...

But, again, what fun to read that back story! Thanks fer sharing!
Jennifer - June 28th, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I see 2.
Susan - June 27th, 2013 at 10:02 PM
I got to be on the Today Show VERY unexpectedly a few years ago (I had lost 140#). Loved my 15-well, more like 4-minutes of fame-even though I was so nervous I could hardly breathe! I was on with Kathie Lee and Hoda who were both very nice. You did just fine!
Chantal - June 27th, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I am dying.
Jeanette - June 27th, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Hysterical! I just put my 9th grader in public school this past year after 5 years of homeschooling... good heavens, the projects at the end of the year! About pulled my hair out! And my son's hair...
deb - June 27th, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Thinking you probably weren't the first to go commando or in dirty clothes to the Today Show, but definitely the funniest!
Laurie - June 27th, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Oh my gosh! Had to pause reading this for a "bathroom" break because I was laughing so hard! You are a breath of hilarious air!

Abby - June 27th, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I can't stop watching the arm lean...the chin scratch ws super smooth. Love your writing!
Kelly - June 27th, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I love the elbow move and the scratch your chin move to play it off! Stinking hilarious!
Sheree - June 27th, 2013 at 10:50 PM
You're awesome!!!!
Caroline - June 27th, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Ok, so I love this on so many levels. But let's be honest, I have neither time nor space to list them all. Too. Many. Words. But...I will assure you, that from now on, everysingletime my friends make fun of some kind of fool thang I've said/done/blogged - I adore u that I can now smile and reply "Ya, but Jen Hatmaker went commando on the Today Show and then blogged about it to thousands of people." :) Glory.
Love, love - "Crazy Caroline" :)
Joanna - June 27th, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Oh my goodness. I just woke my sleeping child twice! First while reading this blog and second while watching the air lean. Needed this laugh today and adore Jen Hatmaker even more!
kelcie - June 27th, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Thank you for making me laugh. out. loud. Needed it.
Maggie - June 27th, 2013 at 11:36 PM
You are too funny. I thought you were great on Today! Natalie totally butchered your blog post. Oh, and my daughter also watches herself cry (is that a thing?)
Wendy Hagen - June 28th, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Laughing out loud. What a line up on that show - the hooker, the pimp, liberace's lover and J Spanxmando. And if you are wondering, why yes. Yes, my cousins grew up across the street from Liberace in Vegas. I believe they made him brownies once or vice versa. Or maybe they just saw him once. Whatever. It's a major connection right there. Dang I need to hound my church again to get you at our church.
Bj - June 28th, 2013 at 1:48 AM
I'm dying to know why Russell Brand was puking!!!
Natalie Burton - June 28th, 2013 at 2:38 AM
AIR LEAN!!!!!! Your elbow rejected that armrest like it had the same magnetic pole in it. ;) Awesome. I would have totally talked into their next question. You were precious!! So funny. And, I am sorry, but "Remy watching herself cry"--funniest concept ever. :)
Michelle - June 28th, 2013 at 2:39 AM
Wait, so who were those boy band youths??
kim - June 28th, 2013 at 6:44 AM
bwhahahaha commando for real!? nice one.
Kim Vest - June 28th, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Didn't know I was suppose to wear underpants under my spanks:)))
Stephanie - June 28th, 2013 at 8:21 AM
I collapsed on the floor about the commando situation. So so funny. You are so so awesome. :)
DMarie Moe - June 28th, 2013 at 8:41 AM
Of all the wonderful things - just in terms of starting the day with a little hilarity - about this, I am so delighted that Jen Hatmaker got in front of the millions of people who watch The Today Show BECAUSE that means a lot more people will read your blog, learn about your mission, and see that the word "Christian" doesn't have to mean... well, all the negative stuff it has come to mean. That it's possible to love God, do what Jesus said to do, and still have a humble sense of "we're all in this together, let's help each other".
Ange K - June 28th, 2013 at 8:59 AM
I've learned I cannot drink my coffee and read your blog at the same time because I ALWAYS spray it out in fits of uncontrollable laughter! Jen, Jen, Jen. Love you too much! I'm about to watch the infamous air lean...
BethA - June 28th, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Love ya, girl. And AMEN, SISTER!!!!
Tera - June 28th, 2013 at 9:05 AM
Just when i think i can't adore you anymore. seriously.
you are absolutely hilarious and i love you so. > DITTO, DITTO, DITTO
Nicole - June 28th, 2013 at 9:05 AM
crying-laughing! thanks.
beth - June 28th, 2013 at 9:06 AM
oh, i just loved reading this, jen. you write what we are all thinking.... for real. (and i never remember to pack underwear... i have NO idea why..)
Jill - June 28th, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Once upon a time I would have skinned myself alive rather than go commando. Now? Some days there just isn't enough time to do ALL the laundry...and well, I have been known to go to work sans undergarments. It's sort of my own weird little secret. Hey, whatever gets you through the day, man.
Abbey - June 28th, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Ahhhh!!! Jen honestly I'm dying to know who this boy band was that you side camera stalked!! Haha. I was in the wilderness with no tv and no Internet at the time if the interview and after listening to me talk about how upset I was for missing it my husband goes "Honey it will be on the Internet forever, you can see it when we get home." NOT SOON ENOUGH. I left the camp and drive to Walmart to view it on their store model iPad. Too tally worth it, arm lean, commando and all.
Jenna - June 28th, 2013 at 9:42 AM
oh my gosh, I can't believe you told us all this, but it's amazing that you did, thank you! And what a crazy mad amazing experience it sounds like for you. Can't believe you did it commando, but way to go not having a heart attack, or throwing up, right on the camera -- you did awesome!
Jennifer - June 28th, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Jen, you KILL ME!!! The Today Show sans skivvies....thanks for making me laugh.....again

Sandy S - June 28th, 2013 at 10:48 AM
The air lean!!!! Beautiful, great recovery!! I give it an A !!!
Lea - June 28th, 2013 at 11:53 AM
You. Are. BEYOND. Awesome. Loved this.
Alona - June 28th, 2013 at 12:49 PM
You are so real, I needed a laugh and I wasn't laughing at you, I was laughing WITH you :)

Veronica - June 28th, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I seriously love your blog....thank you for being so real....Hey at least you had the spanks!

April - June 28th, 2013 at 2:20 PM
That was hilarious watching it again after reading your description!!! :) So funny!!!
Meg - June 28th, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Air Lean?!?! Hysterical - just hysterical. I am now religiously (no pun intended :)..) following your blog. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. Keep it up girl! The world could continue to use your brand of Christianity.....
Julia W - June 28th, 2013 at 3:22 PM
This was wonderful. This is the first blog of yours I've read but I see you posted all over my obviously mom friends facebooks and I love how I can empathize! Thank you for sharing and I'm so happy God gave you a gift of authenticity and transparency :)
Erin - June 28th, 2013 at 3:58 PM
I love this. So much.
Allison - June 28th, 2013 at 4:59 PM
This was awesome! I saw the footage before, and never noticed the arm rest thing until you pointed it out. All I saw is what a wonderful job you did!!!
Kristi - June 28th, 2013 at 6:09 PM
Oh my gosh... Hilarious. I'm a first time blog reader, and I see me sticking around.
Erin - June 28th, 2013 at 6:57 PM
THIS! This had me laughing out loud. And the "air lean!?" You are priceless, Jen Hatmaker. Priceless.
Alysa - June 28th, 2013 at 7:41 PM
AIR LEAN! That was amazing. Glad to know I'm not the only one who is completely uncomfortable on live TV. Especially with the teasers, they aren't awkward at all...(Do I smile? Wave? Show teeth? How long does this go on?)

You made it look easy, way to go :)
Ellen Stamey - June 28th, 2013 at 9:14 PM
Well Jen Hatmaker - yes, this was fun and funny; then your witness blown by your last comment on your blog! "I sure as _ _ _ _ didn't forget...." I've already spent time this morning encouraging a dear friend of mine by reminding her that you are human too after she told me how disappointed, shocked and let down she was in your last sentence. My heart hurts for you for not even realizing the comment you made (cussing) could do damage. "Are you making certain choices today that your conscience would not have allowed in the past? If so, you may have become desensitized over time." - Dr. Charles Stanley (1 Timothy 1:18-19).

I will use this as a teaching point Sunday morning in our bible study - we are working on "Interrupted." I will explain that this is why it is so important not to put ANYONE on a pedestal and go in realizing they will let you down - they're people.
I will be praying very specifically for you - that this is something you will apologize for and explain to the many, impressionable ladies reading your every word. Be careful Jen, I do love you and what you have done for our Lord! Thank you for being so available to HIM! In His grip, Ellen
Teacher - June 29th, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Granted, the word is offensive to many of her Christian readers and probably to many of your Bible study members; nevertheless, if you want to turn her non-Christian readers off to Christianity, hostility disguised as Christianese is a great way to do it. "Thank you for giving me an example of why we should never put people on pedestals and I will be praying for your repentance" translates pretty transparently as "Neener neener neener, you just proved you aren't as perfect as everyone thinks you are, and I'm glad because i'm jealous of you, so there." How long have you been reading her posts and waiting for her to make a mis-step so you could pounce with your public, 3-paragraph scolding? Sounds like maybe you need to examine your own heart and your own motives before you teach your Sunday school class.
Ellen - June 30th, 2013 at 12:06 PM
No hostility at all here, sorry you read it as that. Simply put, I believe as sisters in Christ, we need to hold each other accountable. I have several believers in my life that do the same for me and I praise God for them. Just a "plank-eyed saint" holding another in Christ accountable, I love Him too much to say nothing.
Teacher - June 30th, 2013 at 6:26 PM
Accountability is a good thing, and if I had run my previous comment past an accountability partner of my own before posting, she probably would have told me I sounded as harsh as I'd accused you of being. I am sorry. No shortage of planks over here either, clearly! To try again: You were expressing concern for believers who see the word "h___" as a stumbling block; I was (not doing a very good job of) expressing concern for nonbelievers who might have recently discovered this blog via the Today Show, and are turned off from Christianity when believers argue over relatively small issues like bad words. I think we'd agree that both groups are important to Jesus, though %u2026 and I'm thankful that all sorts of verbal sins, including Jen's 4-letter words and my ill-chosen words, are covered by His grace!
Suzi - June 30th, 2013 at 6:44 PM
AMEN!!!
annie - June 29th, 2013 at 3:08 PM
I mean no disrespect, but while you are praying for Jen in regards to her saying "hell", I will be praying for Jesus to reveal Himself to you on a more personal level. On a level that is a whole lot more about love than it is about rules. Her "witness is blown" because she said a word that some think is bad? That is not how God works and I am so thankful for that.
not your white horse, pedestal sitting, missionarymama - July 1st, 2013 at 8:19 PM
She didn't say "go to hell" or "no way in hell" or "get the hell away from me". She said, "sure as hell". That is actually QUITE a Christian thing to say as most unbelievers don't believe that hell is sure. And it surely is!! And I totally get it cause I might forget my underwear, my toothbrush or my wedding rings, but as sure as there is a God in Heaven and as sure as Hell exists, I would not forget my spanx!!!
HeatherM - July 2nd, 2013 at 6:17 AM
Well put! :)
Catherine - July 6th, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Holy bible thumper!! This is the exact reason I do not attend church. Because of judgmental, religious rule bashers like you.
Andreia - July 10th, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Catherine, obviously from the comments above, we Christians are not perfect, and we make lots of mistakes about how we follow Christ, and some of us take different approaches, much like my sister-in-law is a neat freak, and I only dust when the dust has piled up so much that it forms dust bunnies that float around the house. The church is a messy place because it is made up of messy, imperfect people who are thankful that God loves us. I pray that you will find a church where people can walk this messy walk with Jesus with you.
Debbie - July 17th, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Yup, Andreia, that is so right! I also am a non-duster, but wish I dusted. Churches are full of people and people are strange beings! But Catherine, you can't blame US for not going to church. What exactly are you doing all the time? God says to "forsake not the assembling of yourselves". He means for you to go, so go to church and be a testimony to others there! I am one of the "judgmental" people who would really rather that Jen not go around using the word Hell. Not a good idea. But when someone calls her on it, why does everyone jump on that person? Nice.
Bev Eagen - August 29th, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Hell, it didn't offend me.

I say that to make a point. Not everyone operates the same way and I think that someone like Jen has a far greater reach for Christ than the "prissy" standoffish people who are barking on here about her use of a "four" letter word.

I don't believe people should be judgmental about this. Honestly. Do you have any idea the impact REALNESS has on people's lives outside of the Church? Jesus came for the sinners, not the saved and Jen is reaching far too many in the "real" world than people might expect.

I know many of you reading this dismiss it right out because of my intentional use of Hell in the first sentence. That is fine by me. Jesus and Me are on great terms and he loves me for ME. See, his Father created me and my name is engraved on his hand. I don't need your approval because I have His. Same goes for Jen. If you don't like her use of "colorful" language, so be it. Don't read her stuff. As for the rest of us though, we appreciate Jen for KEEPING IT REAL. And for people like me and Jen, well, real might mean the use of a colorful term now and then.
Ellen - June 28th, 2013 at 9:45 PM
I did not even notice the "air lean!" Great recovery!
Ansley - June 28th, 2013 at 9:58 PM
You are a hero for the rest of us out here!! Thank you for your fun honesty and representing the moms of today's kids... couldn't have done it better!
sue - June 28th, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Jen. I had a horrible day and I thank you for sharing yourself -and being so honest and funny. I didn't think anything would make me laugh tonight but this was hilarious....thanks! You have a gift and you must realize that far more of us are thankful for your genuineness and we wouldn't judge you as the person did a few entries above. Constructive feedback is best in private! Thanks for sharing your talent .... Love love love it!
Kendra George - June 28th, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I just read this while in a hotel room with my 2
Sleeping children...I was laughing too loud, shaking
The bed, and crying. So I was banished to the bathroom
...this is hilarious you help all of us to find the normal
And the depth to life. Somehow I feel like I know
You after just finishing interrupted with our small group and
Read 7 with some ladies!! You brought deep laughter to
What has been the best and hardest of weeks all in one!! Love your
Honesty!!!
Diana Trautwein - June 28th, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Holy crap, Jen - you can tell a story like nobody else. Loved watching you when it happened - love hearing about it now. You ROCK.
Krista - June 28th, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Just... I love you!!!!
Amie - June 28th, 2013 at 11:06 PM
You know how funny this is...so let me tell you how I walked in on my girls watching my recorded Today Show segment because I know better than to trust my brain to remember to watch it the first time. I say, "Are you watching the Today Show?" As drool runs down their chins they nod enthusiastically. I'm all...are you watching Jen Hatmaker? I recorded that so don't erase it! Then, there on the screen is that little boy singer sitting next to you in hair and makeup about to sing...Austin Mahoney is apparently his name. They couldn't believe I accidentally recorded him on the Today Show for them, lol! Win, win! ;)
Teacher - June 29th, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Granted, the word is offensive to many of her Christian readers and probably to many of your Bible study members; nevertheless, if you want to turn her non-Christian readers off to Christianity, hostility disguised as Christianese is a great way to do it. "Thank you for giving me an example of why we should never put people on pedestals and I will be praying for your repentance" translates pretty transparently as "Neener neener neener, you just proved you aren't as perfect as everyone thinks you are, and I'm glad because i'm jealous of you, so there." How long have you been reading her posts and waiting for her to make a mis-step so you could pounce with your public, 3-paragraph scolding? Sounds like maybe you need to examine your own heart and your own motives before you teach your Sunday school class.
Teacher - June 29th, 2013 at 8:09 AM
(In response to Ellen's comment above)
Carol Allen - June 29th, 2013 at 12:21 PM
It is hilarious how you happen to get on the Today Show with all "those" guests!!!!! I am rolling off my chair laughing at the women who doesn't get your humor!!!!! The Southern California girls who saw you at Rock Harbor, are all keeping up the you. You are an inspiration to us, and we love your humor!!!!! Loved your book "7" and are looking for new ways to follow Jesus, and get the dust from His sandals all over us!!!! You Go Girl!!!!!
Nell - June 29th, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Love you, love TODAY, loved your worst end of the school year mom ever piece. And your teacher appreciation piece. Because I am an inner city teacher mom of two special needs boys, and darn it, being a mom is hard. But we keep at it, with or without our underwear.
DavidDrury - June 30th, 2013 at 6:14 PM
Forwarded this to my wife so she could laugh along
loved it
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