HerStory: Jenn

HerStory-Meet Jenn

Jenn was one of the first women I connected with after moving to Hoboken, NJ. She was immediately welcoming and invited us to her family’s BBQ one of the first weekends we tried a new church (where we ended up staying). In our two years together there, Jenn became a close friend. We were in a Bible study together, enjoyed dining in the city with our husbands, and met at parks with our babies.

I watched a metamorphosis in Jenn while I was there, which is now clearest after the fact. She was always a creative, determined person, but gained some perspective through mentoring conversations that transformed her into a tenacious solutions finder. Maybe more than anyone I know, Jenn crafts approaches to potential problems with skill. She doesn’t buy into the stereotypes about motherhood that mean being miserable and is a model for finding a balance between being a great wife and mother, and investing in self-care and personal interests.

I’m thankful we continue to stay in touch and support each other across the miles, and she remains for me a sounding board of ideas and hope. Love you Jenn!

Here’s HerStory:

What is your story summarized in a few sentences?  I was born and raised in NC.  After college I taught for a few years in Costa Rica and then moved up to NJ and married the love of my life. I fell in love with city life and the amazing community here. We have family close by, and we continue to feel invested in the neighborhood, church and school communities that bless our lives every day.

What is God teaching you right now?  I think He is trying to teach me to be brave and trust Him as He blesses my life with new opportunities.

What can’t you live without?  Essential oils.  They are my new favorite thing!:)

What’s your day job?  I have a few and I love them all: wife, mom, literacy tutor, ministry coordinator, and I have just started teaching classes about essential oils.

What are your passions?  I am passionate about living abundantly with joy.  In the past year I have felt called to do some type of “healing work.”  I am not sure exactly what this will look like, and am open and excited about what the Lord has in store.

If you could outsource one chore/task, what would it be?  Definitely cooking.

Reflections on mothering:  The greatest thing I have learned about being a mom is that happy moms usually equal happy kids and that self care is super important.

What would your friends say about you?  I think they would say that I am kind.

Are you afraid of anything?  Snakes—fortunately I don’t have to encounter them too often in the city!

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla

Heat or cold?  I like the 70s…not too hot and not too cold!

Favorite verse or quote?  One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 41: 10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What color best represents you and why?  I wear a lot of pink because it feels so cheerful to me.

If you had an unlimited budget and a free weekend, what would you do?  I would hire a baby-sitter or send my sweet little guy off to grandma’s house and have a weekend get away with my husband.    We would go somewhere warm with a pool and amazing restaurants.  Oh, and I’d hire a decorator to “Joanna Gaines” my house while we are away!

What’s your advice for young women? I truly believe that God gives each of us talents meant to be used for his glory. I would encourage you to:

  • embrace your passions
  • focus on gratitude whatever your circumstances
  • in little and big decisions, create a life that you love
  • surround yourself with good people
  • be generous with whatever you have

Comments

  1. Love this amazing woman!