Saturday, November 21, 2009

Black Friday Weekend CD Prize Giveaway

This Black Friday Special is FREE!
Register to win a WinterJam 3-cd Prize Pack including Third Day's Live Revelation, Newsboys' Go Remixed & Tenth Avenue North's Over & Underneath on Smile FM's Win Stuff page, midnight Thursday until midnight Sunday.

Keep it for yourself or use it as a Christmas Gift!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Thank-Fest

Help us give God all the Glory this Thanksgiving by sharing with us what you are thankful for.
Please call us at 888.887.7139, dial extension 4 and tell us your name, city and share with us what you are thankful for.

We're looking from great stories from young and old alike, especially those of us who are even more thankful even during the tough times.
You comments may be used to encourage others on Thanksgiving day on Smile FM. And don't worry if goof up, you can try again when you call our virtual studio line at 888.887.7139 ext 4.

Smile Fm's Virtual Buck Pole is underway!

Share your Big Buck take with us and enter the Smile FM Virtual Buck Pole.
This year's contest is being judged by Rob & Susie Trott from Great Lakes Outdoor.
Bucks must be taken from the 2009 season and enteries will be judges on buck, story and picture/video.
Entries accepted until December 7th. Winners announced on December 9th. 4 Catagories will be award, Best Overall Buck, Best Buck by Male Hunter, Best Buck by Female Hunter, and Best Buck by Youth Hunter. Check back soon for our latest entries.

Cheesing with the Newsboys

Smile FM staff took the opportunity for a photo opp with the Newsboys at the recent concert at Sunshine Community Church in Grand Rapids. Were looking forward to seeing them again in March for WinterJam in Ypsilanti and Grand Rapids where they will co-headline with Third Day.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Welcome Baby Elijah Michael Dempsey

Congratulations to Rob & Amy Dempsey (and big sis Amanda and big bro Spencer) on the adoption of Elijah Michael Dempsey on 11-16-09. They had beeen fostering Elijah since he was a newborn, thankfully were able to officially welcome him to their family today! Due to the sensitive nature of the foster care system, Rob was not able to talk much about Elijah living with them. They are thrilled to finally be able to share this news and pictures with friends and family everywhere! If you are a facebook member, you can see more pics here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Just Say Merry Christmas Concert Tickets

“Just Say Merry Christmas” will visit eight Michigan and Ohio cities in November including the Whiting Auditorium in Flint. A cast of 300 will present many of the most familiar songs of the holiday season during a series of concerts that feature the pageantry, costuming and special effects reminiscent of a Broadway production.
Register to win a pair of tickets to the show on Saturday, November 21st at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint on our Win Stuff page. Entries will be accepted until 5 PM Wednesday, November 18th.
For a full schedule of concerts visit

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blessing of the Hunters featuring Rob & Susie Trott

Please give the video about 10 seconds to start :-) Thanks to Rob & Susie for the blessing. Be sure to get a great picture and/or video of your buck as the Smile FM virtual Buck Pole begins next week.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

What kind of sickness do I have?

Jenn & Brian talked about this great flyer Jenn brought home from preschool about the differences between a cold, seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu.
We had a lot of requests for it, so here is a copy you can print for your home or office.

Paul Colman joins the Morning Espresso

In case you missed the conversation with Paul Colman, you can listen to it HERE.
Paul Colman will be joining the Fresh Fire Conference on Friday night, November 6th at Ignite Flint Church.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Focus on the Family founder and chairman emeritus James C. Dobson, Ph.D., will leave the ministry as its primary radio voice at the end of February, the ministry announced today. Dr. Dobson’s departure from the radio program and from official affiliation with the organization he founded in 1977 is just the "third chapter in a transition that began in 2003," when Dr. Dobson stepped down as Focus president, said Jim Daly, the ministry's president and CEO. It was a mutual decision between Dr. Dobson and the ministry’s board of directors, which Dr. Dobson left in February of this year, Daly added. "The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season – and Dr. Dobson's season at Focus on the Family has been remarkable," Daly said. "He has done a superlative job in modeling the graceful transition of leadership from one generation to the next." "We're excited about continuing the work he began, and following the biblical principles he's always followed, to reach today's families." Dobson, who will continue to record new radio broadcasts between now and the end of February, remains "a man of health and vigor" and will continue to make his voice heard in the public square, Daly said. "Dr. Dobson is a wordsmith, but one word I don't suspect we'll hear him using is 'retirement,'" Daly explained. "We wish him great success in whatever he decides to tackle next."

11 Healthy Energy Boosters

Need some more energy, but would like to do it without the "energy" drink! Check out these great ideas to boost your energy the right way!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Tips from Jonas Brother's mom

Her name is Denise Jonas. Yes, she is the mom of the Jonas brothers. (She seems to be doing a great job with her sons) Here are her top 10 parenting tips:

1. Put in the rug time. I called our family’s spontaneous father-and-sons games “rug time” or “rearranging the living room without a license.” But without a word, the boys and their dad called it love. I learned that no carpet or piece of furniture is worth more than the bonding that happens in rug time.
2. Cook when you can. Life on the road wreaks havoc on kitchen togetherness but I love to cook and I’ve learned to do it as I can. Something’s very comforting about eating food mom cooks.
3. Never mind the hair. Moms also know this lesson as “choose your battles.” As issues come up, I’ve learned to weigh each for its big-picture significance and adjust my response. Some things, like a teenager’s hair, I let go.
4. Buy the drums. Your daughter wants to play softball? Find a team. Your son wants to sing? Encourage it. Someone’s good at drawing? Quick: paper and colors. At times you have to study your kids. Other times their gifts hit you full force. Whatever the case, give them a chance—then stand back and give them room.
5. Celebrate the wrinkle cream. In a store once, I saw a wrinkle cream and mentioned to the boys that I liked it. Next Mother’s Day, I’m unwrapping the wrinkle cream and felt like crying! But the sweet thing is, my sons had heard me and wanted to please me.
6. Trust the detours. First the news of Nick’s diabetes brought shock. Then we responded as a family. We learned about diabetes, followed the guidelines, and stayed the course—and our eyes opened to others with health issues. Bad news has been a backdoor blessing.
7. Stay grateful. With privilege comes responsibility, and we’re grateful for all of it. Yes, everything. Our flight is held up? We’re grateful to be going. Our hotel reservation is one room short? We’ll sleep on the floor. Life isn’t perfect, but in every circumstance, our job is to manage our response.
8. Sit close, hug often. Our family speaks the language of hugs, and we speak it liberally. I’ve learned that when words aren’t enough, holding my child says volumes. Kids outgrow laps but never hugs.
9. Set internal pillars. The world presses in with schedules, expectations, and exhaustion. How my children withstand that has everything to do with what’s inside them. We don’t just assume our kids will pick up good inner structures such as honor, self-respect, honesty and kindness. We talk about those things and praise our kids when those qualities show.
10. Be the mom. My kids don’t need me to be a buddy, a sidekick or a maid: they need me to be a mom. Kids need a mom to set limits, set the example, and set out what they can be and do. Anyone can be a friend. Only the mom can be the mom.