Hi! You must have clicked here because you’re super bored, or maybe you really do want to know more about me?!
I’m messy and cluttered, but working on that (really, I am!). I’m a discouraged perfectionist and a classic procrastinator who probably has both ADD & Autism, so I tend to jump from topic to topic (and activity to activity) without notice. My Love Languages are Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch. I’m an INFP who enjoys friends but loves to be alone. I love getting and giving hugs, and encouragement is a Spiritual gift of mine that can too-easily be turned into the weapon of discouragement, if I’m not careful. I enjoy writing, singing, words, drawing, photography, digital creations and reading. Oh, and pizza, tacos and steak. Now I’m hungry. That reminds me; I eat gluten free and try to avoid white sugar and GMOs as much as possible.
This was written in 2014.
I am what most people might call a grammar freak, though I try to be kind about it. (I have chilled out a lot over the years!)
I’m a whole foot shorter than my husband. My ten year old son comes up to my nose already.
I used to have an amazing memory, but with every pregnancy, I’ve lost some of it. Now my memory is horrid.
My favorite color is purple. It used to be obvious by looking at the site.
I am learning about wearing modest clothing to honor my husband and teach my boys what to view as acceptable.
My favorite music is contemporary Christian, with lots of praise and worship thrown in.
I love singing, writing, photography, digital editing & digital scrapbooking, words, reading, music, pizza, tacos, Doctor Who, Princess Bride, romantic comedies, British period movies, Jane Austen & Elizabeth Gaskell and non-raunchy sci-fi. And I must admit: I cannot choose between Star Wars and Star Trek.
My favorite things to read are Christian fiction romances or Christian fiction mysteries. My favorite author are Chautona Havig, Melanie Dickerson and Jessica Dotta.
I collect prim house decorations, lambs, bear couples and pens.
I coupon and would probably still coupon even if we were billionaires. Once you coupon, paying full-price just feels wrong
My childhood background
I was born in Chattenooga, TN a week before Christmas of 1975. I’m the first child and only biological daughter. Big sister to two. Big sister to many foster kids throughout the years. Adopted sister to one.
I was raised in a conservative Christian home. Normal, middle class family (I use the word “normal” loosely. LOL).
I attended a Christian school, I was homeschooled, and I went to public school. Long stories in there that I won’t go into now.
My husband Jerry is the one and only boyfriend I ever had. I had extremely high standards and wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. He is really everything I ever wanted and more. He’s kind, fun, funny, sweet, strong, caring, understanding, and not to mention super attractive to me. Y
Jerry and I have been married for almost 16 years (October 17, 1998). We met in college as friends of friends and it soon grew to be more. We were married exactly a year after our first date.
Though we grow more in love every day, our marriage has not been easy street. We have had many trials, disagreements and disappointments. One of the hardest things we experienced was infertility.
At first, Jerry didn’t think we were ready for kids. Honestly, not many people can afford to have kids. But they are a blessing from the Lord! When he finally relented (yes, I was the “dripping wife” of Prov. then: Prov. 37:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.), we discovered that it wouldn’t be so easy to conceive.
I have PCOS, which turns my eggs into cysts.
We tried to conceive for nearly two years. I was finally put on a drug called phemara. A month later, no success.
It was at that point that we knew money couldn’t allow us to continue fertility treatments. We put it all in God’s hands.
But almost a month afterward, when our faith was strong and sure that God would make a way, I got a positive test.
My body did not handle pregnancy well. I had Hyperemesis gravidium (severe morning sickness, all. the. time.), but thankfully, the baby suffered no ill effects.
9 months later, our first miracle blessing came to join us. Jeremiah was everything I’d ever imagined and more. Being a gal always well-endowed, I was shocked and devastated to learn that I was starving my baby when I tried to nurse him.
Jeremiah was hospitalized and I had to start supplementing formula. My milk supply grew a bit, but he never stopped drinking formula.
We were thrilled and surprised to conceive again, without really even trying. That pregnancy was even harder with the hyperemesis, and I also developed Gestational Diabetes. (As an aside, this was the son who now has Type 1 Diabetes. It is one of my goals to discover if there is a connection between the two.)
Josiah was born almost a week early, but he was sooo ready to see the world. 🙂 I still had to supplement formula for Josiah, but I had more of a milk supply, so I nursed him more.
Because Josiah was such a busy little boy (he walked at 8 months and ran at 9 months), I began to wish for another baby. Wouldn’t you know it, I conceived soon after the “itch” came. The hyperemesis was even worse this time, but thankfully, no Gestational Diabetes. Jamin came 12 days early. He was tiny, and being the third born, was so easy going and sweet that he had feeding issues and was nearly classified with Failure to Thrive. Our nursing had a slow start, but in the end, he had formula supplementation.
Since Jamin was a little behind developmentally, and was my precious little snuggle baby for so long, that baby itch didn’t come as soon this time. But it did come, and so did my next pregnancy! Unfortunately, I miscarried. We found out that there was no baby in the sac (it’s called a molar pregnancy), but I still mourned our precious Janoah Hope. Miraculously, the next month I conceived again!
Jace’s pregnancy was the worst with hyperemesis. It was so bad that I had to be put on a pump of zofran, putting a liquid version in my body 24/7.
Because it was so awful, during my pregnancy with Jace, Jerry and I decided that we shouldn’t have any more children. It really hurt to do, especially after suffering through infertility, but we made the prayerful decision for Jerry to have a vasectomy. He had it done in 2009. There are still moments that I wish it hadn’t happened, and hope that somehow, some way, we’ll still conceive, if it’s in the Lord’s will.
One of my brothers is married, and they have two children. So I am an aunt to…Wow, I’ve lost count. I married into a bunch of nieces and nephews! One nephew is already married with two kids of his own and one married in October 2014!
Currently, Jeremiah is a 5th grader, Josiah is a 3rd grader, Jamin is repeating Kindergarten, and Jace is in Pre-K.
I have tried several options for homeschooling through the years. Our current system is working the best, by far.
We are using Christian Light Education as the base, with Apologia for Science and CTC Math for Math.
Oh, and if you are interested in a bit more (that might be repeats), here’s my bio on the blog:
From my bio
About Jenn: I’m a Christian wife to an amazing man and a stay-at-home-teaching mom to four special & incredible boys (11.5, 10, 8, 6). I’m messy and cluttered, but working on that (really, I am!). I’m a discouraged perfectionist and a classic procrastinator who probably has both ADD & Autism, so I tend to jump from topic to topic (and activity to activity) without notice. My Love Languages are Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch. I’m an INFP who enjoys friends but loves to be alone. I love getting and giving hugs, and encouragement is a Spiritual gift of mine that can too-easily be turned into the weapon of discouragement, if I’m not careful. I enjoy writing, singing, words, drawing, photography, digital creations and reading. Oh, and pizza, tacos and steak. Now I’m hungry. That reminds me; I eat gluten free and try to avoid white sugar and GMOs as much as possible. Follow me on Facebook (Writer page) (Fan page) (Community group), Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
If there is ever anything you’d like to know about me, or something you’d like me to write about, I’d love to hear from you! Email me at busyblessed at gmail.com (remove spaces) any time! 🙂