Hi, I’m Jen, and the pictures above are hilariously staged and unrepresentative of my daily loud/messy/amazing life. But they are cute, no?
First and foremost I’m a sold-out Jesus girl. I’m also an Oregonian through and through, and have a weakness for kettlecorn, coffee and macaroons (not at the same time, necessarily). I’m wife to my college sweetheart and mama of three: a spunky blonde, a sassy redhead and a charming little Southeast Asian who joined our family through adoption in 2012.
A freelance writer, substitute teacher and occasional speaker, I’m also the blogger formerly known as Brazenlilly. I write primarily to connect with other women and moms, and I tend to deal with the absurdities of motherhood through sarcasm and exaggeration. I’m constantly aware of how inadequate I am at this whole parenting gig, and I desperately cling to Jesus to help me make it to bedtime each night without ruining my babies. Dark chocolate covered espresso beans also help.
Unfortunately, you will never find adorable house decorating tips, DIY tutorials or clever organizing suggestions on this site. I do hope you will find encouragement from a mama who rarely (if ever) has it all together, but is able to see God’s grace and beauty even in the tantrums, the bodily fluids and constant crumb-covered kitchen floor. I also love telling you about other people, books, blogs and organizations who are inspiring me–or making me laugh.
I am always interested in learning more about adoption-related issues, and am especially passionate about supporting adoptive moms in their journeys. In 2013, I co-founded a non-profit ministry, Called to Love, which provides an annual retreat for foster and adoptive moms. C2L is my fourth baby and the women I’ve met through the ministry are incredible gifts in my life.
Everything about my life right now is loud and messy, but I’m also amazingly blessed. Thanks for visiting!