All About Me

Well as you probably guessed, my name is Jenny. Let me tell you a little more about myself.

I grew up on a small ranch in South Dakota where my parents tried their hand at raising many different animals. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to help care for (and play with) dairy cattle, beef cattle, buffalo, horses, a donkey, sheep, angora goats, dairy goats, pigmy goats, llamas, pigs, a potbellied pig, geese, ducks, chickens, ostriches, emu, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and earthworms. My favorite activity as a child was going on wagon trains and trail rides with my family.

I am now a stay-at-home wife and mother of 4: a girl, two boys and another girl ranging in age from 6 ½ down to 8 months. My husband & I celebrated our 9th anniversary in August. That month also marked 8 years as a pastor for my husband. We live in a small town in Nebraska with our two pets, a dog-Pumpkin and a cat-Sammy. My interests include crochet, tatting, scrapbooking, and anything with horses.

In 2011 my husband decided he needed to try a change of careers. In respect to the congregation he was serving, he announced his resignation before starting to apply for jobs. With his education background (2 Masters and a Bachelors) we expected it to be easy to get a good job. Three months later we still did not have a job offer. The congregation allowed us to stay in the parsonage for those 3 months, but now they needed us to move out and let them move on. In August we moved on a leap of faith, hoping the current job we were waiting to hear about – teaching at a college – would be the answer to our prayers. Thanks to help from family we were able to buy a house, but again the job offer did not come.

We have been here for a year now surviving on pulpit supply (fill-in preaching), adjunct teaching, me working part-time till our baby girl was born, family help, church help, and government programs. Despite applying for several jobs, my husband has not gotten any job offers for a new career.

During this stressful time I found friends and support through my local MOPS group. My mentor mom took me under her wing and encouraged me to turn to my faith to get me through these struggles. It took until this fall for me to finally attend this women’s bible study called Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. I started this study the day after our latest job rejection letter. We really thought this was the job, it sounded perfect, but God said, “no.” However, God said, “yes” to me actually discovering my faith and his promises for my life. (Read more about this on my Sept. 19, 2012 post)

So that’s my story. I look forward to sharing my faith journey with you and sharing my love for crochet, which is another reason why I started this blog. I hope to earn some income with my crochet to help support my family.  Check out the Crochet page to see some of my projects I have done and here more about my passion for crochet.

On a side note, I want to be open with you about my spiritual life and my growth in Christ, but I also want to protect the privacy of my family and friends. For that reason I am going to use initials for names and I will be vague about location details.

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