About Me

Hi!  I’m Jen, Jenny Louise Marie as my Grandaddy used to call me, and I am so glad you found me. I’ve been reading ‘how to start a blog’ posts for some time…wanting to….wondering if I could….thinking I have nothing to say….BUT ~maybe I do, maybe you wonder about the same things as me, maybe you just want to feel like you’re not alone in life’s challenges.  As a new mom (back in the dark ages) I joined a new mom’s group at my church.  This group became my lifeline as I embarked on the trip of a lifetime – motherhood.  I can’t put into words how much those friendships meant to me as well as just knowing that sometimes, they didn’t have time to shower either!  (life as a new mom is hard!)  As I am approaching a new frontier (the college years – I did say it was back in the dark ages, right?)  I find myself longing for those connections again.  That is why I decided to blog. SO,  here goes!

I’m a 40 (ahem) something mom of 3, wife, child of God, teacher, DIYer, crafter, and a woman just now finding herself ~ maybe “finding” isn’t quite right, more like accepting. I hope I’m not alone when I say that. Surely there are other women out there who have done what was expected, made all the “right” choices, and perhaps are just now deciding  to just be who you are – let the chips fall where they may.  Even as I type those words, I am thinking – that’s a lot easier said than done.  We all want to be liked and accepted.  Being just me is kind of risky, right?

I am not a model #hugeshock  #serioussarcasm. I will NEVER be a model. Age aside, I am 5’5” and that is only one reason why I will NEVER be a model. I am America’s most common size for women and have never been okay with that. I have spent my entire adult life trying to workout my way to a better body. #fightinggeneticsalltheway It hasn’t worked. I’ve visited countless doctors on my quest for the answer to “Why can’t I lose weight?” I’ve heard it all ~ you’re getting older, you’ve killed your metabolism, you’ve burned out your adrenals, just accept it. Blah. Blah. Blah. I have a feeling that I’ll still be fighting to achieve thinness when I’m 80.   Since Americans spend billions of dollars each year on weight loss, I know I am not alone.  Argh…please let me off this ride!  Can’t we all just be okay with it?

I am married, 23 years, to J.   We met on a blind date (set up by my stepdad) and got married 3 years later.  He is definitely the ying to my yang.  While I tend to be more high strung, he is super chill about most things.  He is super supportive of everything I try.  He is my partner in crime on all of our home improvement projects, and he is pretty handy as it turns out.

Growing up, I said I didn’t want to have kids when I was a grown up…what did I know? When we decided to have kids and grow our family, I just knew I wanted a girl.  I imagined all the hair bows and party dresses.  I imagined a shopping partner and a best friend ~ much like my relationship with my mom.

Me and my boys – life is not easy being the shortest!

God had a better, more perfect plan for me.  I have 3 boys now and cannot imagine life without them. They bring such joy and purpose into my life ~ along with a some headaches, a large grocery bill, a lot of noise, and unending potty humor that seems to ratchet up the older they get. They are my life’s greatest accomplishment, and I have been on a mission to make their childhood’s special.  Sometimes I cannot believe that I have created such awesome people. Maybe, just maybe, I’m a pretty good mom to turn out such fantastic people. #momoftheyear  #moresarcasm  Then I think….okay maybe there were some other people involved ~ like their dad.  Duh.

What makes me happy? (in no particular order)

  • making stuff – anything crafty
  • flavored coffee with creamer to match 🙂
  • family movie nights
  • snow days with a day off from school – it’s still the greatest feeling
  • winning at any game against my boys (seldom happens – sigh)
  • anything Christmas – decorating, shopping, trees ~ I love it all
  • looking through decorating magazines
  • travel
  • reading, reading, READING!!!
  • shoes, what can I say?  It’s a girl thing
  • the color pink …  I think that just be all these years with boys

I love nothing more than a good project at home. I LOVE redecorating, repurposing, and generally re-doing anything. I wish I had an unlimited budget and could spend my days decorating my home ~ or anyone else’s really. There’s really not a project out there that I’m scared to try.  I hope I can inspire you to try a few projects as well.

I love Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Madam Secretary, and the Real Housewives #don’tjudgeme #guiltypleasure.  Sappy commercials make me cry – remember the welcome home soldier with the clydesdales?  Tears.  Anything sentimental like videos of my boys, pictures, and hallmark commercials will definitely bring on tears.  In my family, we call it the Irish Disease – we can be real weepers!

How would friends describe me?

I believe people who know me would tell you I am creative, organized, busy, productive, smart.  My friends and family might add to that:  hard-headed, perfectionist, an overthinker, and a tab bit bossy.  I would just say I like to get things done and I love the details.  #detailsmatter

For months (oops, it’s been a year now), hubs has been telling me to write a blog. So, here we go. This is me. I have no idea where this adventure may lead, but here’s what I DO know.  I love to entertain and create memories.  I especially love to make my guests feel welcome and special when they are in our home.  My goal is to host a gathering every month this year.  I hope I can inspire you to entertain your friends and family more with some easy to use ideas as inspiration.

Since you’re here, I hope you’ll stick around to find out what’s next.

Now tell me, who are you?