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33 Things About Me

04/21/2013 - Author: Jennifer
I enjoy reading lists from people that tell a little bit about themselves. I saw a blogger do this for their birthday, so I thought I would give it a try. So, for my birthday, I give you 33 things about me. If you guess my age, congratulations! I don’t have a prize, but I like to say congratulations to you anyway. Hope you enjoy.
  1. I am so bad at parallel parking that I will walk 1/2 mile if needed to avoid it.
  2. I have never seen: Pride and Prejudice, Les Mis, all of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility and probably a lot of other movies that a lot of other gals have watched. I have tried to watch some of these, but I just can’t do it. History is boring to me. You really shouldn’t live in the past either.
  3. I struggle with inadequacy and jealousy due to low self-esteem. I always feel like I miss the mark or getting something just right is just out of reach.
  4. I LOVE to encourage others and when I do, I do it honestly. Nothing fake here.  I have been known to send a hand-written card and even use the postal service once in awhile. Yes, old-fashioned, but still appreciated.
  5. If I ask your opinion, I expect an honest answer. Crazy?
  6. I enjoy people watching. It really is a lot of fun. My favorite thing I witnessed? Airport proposal. The guy was calm, the new bride-to-be was calm, but her friend. She kept screaming “oh my gosh!” over and over again. I wanted to remind her she DID NOT get engaged, but her friend did. I decided to bite my tongue and let them figure it all out.
  7. I never needed alone time until I became a mom. So, I need to thank my son for helping me teach the value of quiet time. I can go to the movies and cafes by myself and not feel at all self-conscious. However…..
  8. I love to be around my girlfriends–they give me energy and uplift my spirits.
  9. Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are my FAVORITE! Better than any gourmet chocolate out there.
  10. Things I hate– arrogance, lying,  people being taken advantage of, favoritism, and cliques.
  11. I love football. My husband and I are bored during off-season. Baseball is a close second, but I need to be in the stands to enjoy the game. To celebrate 10 years of marriage, we went to see the Boston Red Sox play. For me to see Fenway Park was a dream come true. I am hoping to make it to Chicago to see Wrigley Field.
  12. I love to talk, but am getting better at listening.  I have heard (when I wasn’t talking) that smart people are better listeners, so I hope I am doing better.
  13. I love sarcasm, but a lot of people I talk to don’t like it. I usually keep my mouth shut for fear of being taken the wrong way. I won’t lie, it bums me out to not use sarcasm, but too many awkward silences has broken my spirit.
  14. I am a mom who doesn’t own a minivan, and I can’t imagine ever owning one.
  15. My husband is the next-to-last man I thought I would marry. The last? His brother.
  16. My son forced me to learn to cook. I always thought we would eat out. Reality hit when my son was born. I still NEED recipes, but I am better
  17. I am mostly vegetarian. (No, I do not have a condition). What will break me? Grouper reuben from a place on Anna Maria Island. It can’t be helped.
  18. I used to think that if you wanted to have a girls vacation, you were selfish. Now? I wish I could take one. So on that note–I need to learn not to judge.
  19. I LOVE TO TRAVEL and would do it more often if $$$$ was not stopping me.
  20. I was home-schooled my high school years.
  21. I need to be needed.
  22. I love meeting new people.
  23. I am not crafty and I don’t care. I don’t enjoy it. I have tried scrapbooking, but I just can’t do it.
  24. I can not run. I admire runners and I have tried, but I can’t.
  25. I love being a boy mom. I didn’t want a daughter because I thought it would be easier to have a son. Well, I can’t compare and I can’t complain
  26. My son was born 8 weeks early and we don’t know why. Apparently, I am not a good hostess. Me and my uterus have never gotten along.
  27. On hospitality~~ I used to be better at it, but since moving, I feel I have lost this gift. Maybe I surrendered it?
  28. It doesn’t take much for me to be star-struck. I get excited meeting an author or seeing the local meteorologist at the store. Not.kidding. I do however think that I keep myself together, but you would need to ask those I have met. 
  29. I used to not put much thought into what I wore, but now I put more thought into it since I became a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t want to fall into the lazy/too tired/frump trap.  I still am not girly-girly, but since I have discovered big earrings, I rarely leave the house without them.
  30. I would hate living in the country. I love living in the suburbs. I like having my neighbors close and my yard small. I don’t like landscaping. The less work needed, the better. I think I would do well in a city, but the suburbs will do.
  31. I like small houses. I have never lived in anything bigger than 1200 square feet. I don’t have a basement (which is unheard of where I live). Give me bigger, and I will fill with junk or hold on to stuff that I don’t need. I would hate to be labeled a hoarder.  Also, see above comment about less work.
  32. Whenever someone gives me a compliment, I really don’t know how to respond. I usually question the authenticity of it. Maybe because I am honest with my encouragement and compliments? Why does it make me uncomfortable to receive compliments?
  33. I was raised in a some-what legalistic way. Don’t get me wrong, there is right and wrong, but love and grace were usually missing from the equation. I am getting better.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and, of course, be blessed:)

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04/19/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…


Last night, after coming home from Bible study, I was trying to talk to my 2 year old son. I was asking him about music class and how it went. Well, according to my husband, it went well. I don’t know what led to the next turn of events, but my son jumped. Now, this is not news worthy to a lot of you. I get that, but for me, I wanted to cry tears of joy. MY SON JUMPED FOR THE FIRST TIME! Having a child with delays and wondering what the future holds is scary. When he finally starts to reach a milestone, I want to jump up and down with excitement. So now, hopefully you can see why this mama’s heart is elated!

I can’t honestly understand why my son couldn’t jump. Isn’t it natural? I did have people try and reassure me, but I couldn’t help but worry. I would try and teach him, but I don’t know~~ maybe he wasn’t ready. Maybe he didn’t understand. Maybe it took watching others in music class to figure it out. Maybe he was brave. I don’t know. I do know that he is now starting to jump and I couldn’t be more excited.

Maybe I am to learn from this. To jump in the deep end instead of staying in the safe and shallow end. I don’t know if I am trying to do life on my own and need to swim out in waters that are uncharted to me and trust God more. To take more risks. To search myself more. To love better. To forgive easier. To not hold on to hurt and resentment. To take more chances. To be willing to see what God wants to show me. To do what is uncomfortable.

I do know that in taking risks, I won’t drown. It may feel like, but if I am obedient to God, He will bring me safely to shore. There will be attacks by sharks of different forms. (Ridicule, temptations, more hurt, etc.) Satan knows how to get to me (yes, I know Satan is called a serpent, but work with me here) and I will need to use the weapon (the Bible) that God has given me, and all of us to survive.  It will help me swim against the current of the familiar and the safety that I have known and, due to obedience and trusting God, I will be a better and more brave for the next jump.

I admire my son. I now know that jumping is hard, sometimes unsafe, brave, and not as natural as I thought. He did it and I couldn’t be more proud or excited. That is how I want God to think of me~~ proud. Proud to call me His daughter, and all because I jumped.

Be blessed:)

Side note–yes, I went longer than 5 minutes. Breaking this rule did feel good:)

Five Minute Friday

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21 Days to Finding Purpose in Pain Devotional Giveaway

04/15/2013 - Author: Jennifer

I am so excited and honored to share with you a devotional that I had the privilege of reading.

My friend Stacy has written 21 Days to Finding Purpose in Pain: A Devotional. This is about her struggle with fibromyalgia and her journey to find “purpose in the pain”. This is NOT  just for those who struggle with physical pain. This devotional is for EVERYONE! Life is hard at times and Stacy tells how God’s Word (the Bible) is helping her and her hope is that her journey can help you.

Stacy tells us how her journey didn’t happen quickly. She is honest about her struggle with chronic pain and doesn’t hold back. She talks about being mad at God and has asked God questions. She talks about how her struggles refine her, but not define her. We all have hard times and there is a reason, a purpose if you will.

The purpose of the 21 day devotional is to offer hope and encouragement in whatever hard times (refinement) God is taking you through. You don’t need to have physical pain to appreciate this devotional and to learn from it. This devotional is very relatable because she describes trials from her own life. She doesn’t promise easy, but she points to God.

What do you get every day for 21 days

  • Title
  • Scripture
  • Devotional
  • Few questions
  • Prayer

I know Stacy personally and let me tell you~~ I see her live this out. She is a walking, talking testimony of how God is using her to bring glory to Him. You don’t feel sorry Stacy, you feel inspired. You feel challenged to live more for God and rely on Him with whatever curve balls it seems He throws at you. I highly recommend this for everyone.

Now, for the exciting news! Stacy wants to give a copy to one of my readers!!!! I know, right? Exciting! All you have to do is click on the link below and follow the instructions. The winner will be emailed a PDF of her fabulous devotional.

Thank you Stacy for sharing your story.

Be blessed:)

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04/12/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…


I have a hard time usually living in the here and now. It is not uncommon for me to try and think ahead. I like to think of myself as trying to be prepared. In thinking ahead, I also wonder if motherhood will get easier. Instead of enjoying the moments that are here, or seeing the good right now in the present, I think about how it will be easier when my son is potty trained or when he can talk.

I wonder, often, why God has me here. Why God has me doing what I am doing. It seems difficult for me to feel His presence during hard times. What is His purpose for me being here? How am I to honor and serve Him when I know He has me here, but I feel lost, scared, confused? I know these feelings are not from Him, so I need to rely on Him in the here and now, and also for the futre. I need to praise Him for my past (where He has brought me from), for where I am now (what He is teaching/refining me), and for my future~~ wherever my new here will be.

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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A Wife in Progress

04/08/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Wife in Progress

I remember when I got married.  I had found the one God wanted me to be with and it was the happiest day of my life. He (my husband) was my everything. Big mistake. Reality set in and I had lessons to learn.

  • My first lesson~~ my husband is human. We have disappointed each other as well as lifted each other up. We have hurt each other and helped each other heal. We have made each other laugh as well as cry. I didn’t anticipate the negatives that came with the positives because we were a perfect match. Designed by God, if you will. Yes, our marriage is made by God, but we are human. So, disappointments will come.
  • Another lesson I have learned that has been painful~~ my words have power. I have hurt my husband’s feelings with words that have made him feel inadequate as a husband~~accused him of not being a good husband when he was doing all he could do. The passage in the Bible about the tongue? James 3:9-10 9 “Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” I am guilty!  I have edified my husband, then torn him down with my words. As stated above, this is sin. There is something else to see when reading verse 9~~ the part about being made in God’s image. Anytime I belittle my husband, (or anyone for that matter) or when I throw insults or gossip or speak in any way that isn’t edifying, I sin. I curse the best part of His creation because we were made in His image.
  • Yet another lesson learned~~we are all inadequate. This is humbling. My husband will not have all of the answers. When the hardships come nobody else can do what God can.  Only God can bring happiness, healing, peace, strength, and all other needs to make it through the day. To make it through trials. I can not rely on my husband to fix the areas of my life that are not going well. Yes, men have a desire to fix things, but sometimes, they can’t. (That is a lesson my husband has learned). To rely on my husband, (or anyone else), to bring happiness is too much pressure. They.can’

Now, when I say lesson learned, I need to point out that I am still a wife in progress. I have not mastered any of these. I am now more aware than when I became a newlywed. I am also more aware of God’s grace in my life.

Be blessed:)

Since April is my birthday month, I have a giveaway. Enter this week for a chance to win one of my favorite things: Starbucks! I have a $15 gift card to Starbucks to giveaway to a random winner. Follow the instructions below for a chance to win.

Starbucks Giveaway

The contest is over. Congrats to the winner Kim!

Happy Wives Club

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04/05/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…



What comes to mind when you hear this word? For me, happily ever after. What does THAT phrase mean?

It is often referred to newlyweds, but when does it really start? After wedding planning? I feel that after you say “I do” is when the work starts. Marriage is work, but I can say that it has been worth it.

Maybe your happily ever after starts after you have struggled with becoming a parent and you bring a child home. What you work so hard for has finally come to pass, and yet again, the work never stops, but your happy, right?

If you have fought an illness or gone through trials, when you come out the other side, and have won, THAT might be your happily ever after.

When my marriage has suffered due to a crisis that was NEVER going to happen to me, I have to re-think happy and ever after. I don’t know that I believe in happily ever after, I think that happy is a choice, and an on-going one at that. Happy takes work and what comes AFTER the work is done…..well, hopefully some rest, but usually more work towards your happily ever after.

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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God’s Will

04/02/2013 - Author: Jennifer

I have the privilege to be over at Jenn’s place Running This Thing Called Life. We met on Twitter and I love how when she writes, you can picture it and she is very relatable.

I talk about being in God’s will and the difficulty that can come with it for me. I hope you stop by my friend’s place and talk about any difficulties you have with God’s will.

Be blessed:)

Happy Wives Club

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To drink or not to drink

04/01/2013 - Author: Jennifer

When I was growing up, we didn’t have alcohol in the house. Why? I don’t know honestly. The church that I attended most of my school years implied that drinking alcohol was bad. Then I became an adult and had to think for myself and form my own opinions based on scripture. What conclusion did I come to?  Find out over on my friend Mindy’s blog where I have the privilege of being part of her 3-part series titled HUSH

Be blessed:)

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