Hi! I’m Jennie, and I’m very pleased to meet you.
Allow me to introduce myself.
I am a homeschooling mama of nine (!!!) children. Whew! If you’d asked me twenty-two years ago how many children I wanted, I’d have said, “One!” But, my goodness. I had that first one, my Brenna, who is twenty now, and I said to my husband, “We have got to do this again!” And so we did. Again and again and again. These children have been such a blessing to us, and I’m so grateful for (almost) every minute I’ve gotten to spend with them. Now, I’m 44 years old and my youngest is coming up on his first birthday. I sometimes think I might be a little crazy.
David is my husband and we’ve been married for twenty-two years now. Most of that time, he was serving in the United States Army. We’ve traveled pretty far from our native New Jersey because of his career, living in Colorado, Germany, Illinois, Georgia, and now Kentucky. We’ve also weathered quite a few deployments, and all the heartache that goes with them. I can’t watch videos of soldiers’ homecomings anymore. It hurts too much. But I still like the Army Strong song.
We retired in 2012 to a little homestead-style farm near Fort Knox. I run a small raw milk dairy, which you can find here, and we raise beef, chicken, pork, lamb, eggs and veggies besides. That’s how we feed all the children wholesome food!
I don’t really like to be idle, so I’m always working on a project, and usually learning something new. Somebody asked me once, “Is there anything you can’t do?” I thought for a moment, and then replied, “If there is, and I need to know how, I’ll learn!” As soon as I master one thing, I move right on to the next.
I can knit and crochet, sew and quilt, and lots of other things. I’m a really good cook and an excellent picker of books. The laundry never gets away from me, but I seldom mop and there or may not be cobwebs dangling from my ceiling. I’m learning how to use sourdough and reading Russian literature. Most nights, I go to bed early with a baby in one arm and a book in the other.
I know a lot about raising children, home education, nutrition, and figuring out how to work around faults. That’s why I blog. I have stuff to share! 🙂 These days, I’m also calling myself a photographer. For me, photography is another form of prayer. It’s a way for me to give thanks to God for all the beauty I see all around me. I can even find the beauty in the mess, and that’s really something.
What else do you want to know? I’m an open book. You can email me anytime. Maybe you have a suggestion for a blog post, or just a little something you’d like to chat about. I really and truly love to hear from you, and if I get to help another mother love her family a little better or solve a domestic problem, I’m on cloud nine.
Thanks for visiting with me, and I look forward to getting to know you! Don’t be a stranger, okay?