HI! My name is Jennifer. I am happily married to my sweetheart of 19 years. We have been married for over 16. He has a son from a previous marriage who is now married and we are so blessed to have welcomed our first grandson into the world July 2013 and our first granddaughter in November of 2015. We have 3 cats and 1 dog (my littles) and we live in a small town in rural Nebraska.
I am a graphic and web designer by trade, but also love photography, cooking, baking, crafting, sewing, shooting, kayaking, painting, and so much more. I am a quiet person until I get to know you, then... watch out! :) I love to laugh with my friends, I like to listen to loud music, and I love spending time with my hubby and littles. My friends have come to find out that I will probably try anything once. In the last couple of years I have done so many "firsts", some good and some not-so-good. Rode in a helicopter, eaten goat, milked a cow, made cheese, learned how to sew, worked as the main maintenance person for 31 units, painted with oils, grown our own organic food, had a pumpkin patch, mourned the loss of my best friend, helped start a church, held a baby goat and had it fall asleep in my arms, made my first blueberry pie including making the crust from scratch, kayaking, went to and photographed a branding, weighed my heaviest, rode on the back of my husbands motorcycle, had 2 baby calves (only hours old) fall asleep cuddled up against me, made my own pizza dough, made bread not using a bread machine, made butter, shaved my head to a Mohawk and then the whole thing, fell in love with our grandson, made retro collars for goats, and so many more.
Over the years, I have grown so much in my faith. Since moving to Nebraska, slowing down and focusing on who I am, I feel like I have finally found myself. God has stretched my faith, held me up when I could barely move, comforted me through the most heart-wrenching times in my life, guided me to places only He knows the outcome, strengthened my marriage, and most of all rejoiced with me during the times of celebration. Though I get busy, lose sight of what's ahead, and have had doubts, He has never left me. When I lay there at night awake and my thoughts are spinning so fast, I know that He is watching over me, calming my heart, and hearing my prayers.
Where do I even start. I met my husband 19 years ago at a Bible Study that we both went to. He wrote me a note and handed it to me during the study. It said "To enjoy the rainbow, you must first put up with the rain". I was less eloquent and wrote back a smiley face. What can I say, he's the one with all the fancy writing skills. We dated for 4 years. Though we knew that we were destined to marry, God knew that we both needed to do a lot of growing. As I look back on those 4 years, I wouldn't have had it any other way. It has made our relationship stronger and who we are today.
My husband proposed to me on a beach in a private cove while we were rock climbing up the side of the cliff. He got down on one knee, asked me if I had the skeleton key that he had mailed me a week prior, and handed me a box. I used the key to open the box and inside I found a glass slipper and sitting in the opening of the slipper was an engagement ring. He proceeded to take my hand and tell me how much he loved me and asked me to be his princess. I remember crying and nodding, and him saying "Is that a Yes?" I was finally able to get the word out. Most of it is a blur, I am just surprised I didn't pass out, I was so excited. Less then a year later we were married at a little church on the Joint Forces Training Base, by my dad and our brother-in-laws dad (who was the chaplain on the base). We had a small wedding (about 40 people). It was perfect.
I feel like I have been so blessed with 2 incredible families - mine and my husbands. My parents live about 3.5 hours away, and my husbands family live in California, along with my extended family. Though our backgrounds, beliefs, and politics vary considerably, we all get along very well. Our family gatherings are more of a blessing then a disaster. For that I am truly grateful. When we all lived in the same state, Thanksgiving was our holiday to all get together - at our house and I loved every minute of it.
How I Came to Live in a Small Town
Well, the rest is still to be experienced and written. This blog is my outlet for my creativity. Writing this blog has helped me get out of my shell, has helped me experience new things, make new friends, and document my growth.
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2014 Christmas Card
2013 Christmas Card
2012 Christmas Card