About Me

Hi, I’m Jen, a Pacific Northwest girl, raising four incredible kids, along with my husband. I write mostly about education, faith and family. My children bring me incredible joy, and watching them grow are the most beautiful parts of my day.

I’m a wife, a mother, a teacher, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Most of all, a child of God. I ponder little life questions such as “What’s the least amount of sleep I can get by on?” and “Why is the coffee pot dripping grounds into the carafe?” And big life questions such as “God.”

I like water from the well, rich coffees, dark chocolates, Pacific salmon, wildflowers and the poetry that goes with them. I love starry nights and meteor showers, big leafy trees with low branches to climb, and freshly brewed sun tea. And books and children — of course.

My life is lived step by step, and the great musician Rich Mullins so beautifully captured my sense of fragility-yet-strength:

(from Rich Mullins’ Step by Step)

Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days.

~May the Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! Love Jen~

Contact: blessedinthewest@yahoo.com

12 Responses to About Me

  1. Dana says:

    Do you have an email address you don’t mind sharing? I promise I won’t spam you. Mine is available through my profile page on my blog…I have some information on the colloquium in English I can forward to you since I know you were interested.

  2. Jen says:

    Dana, sure, I’m not sure why it doesn’t show up…I’ll have to get my “administrator” (husband ☺♡) to fix that!

    You can email me at: blessedinthewest @ yahoo dot com

    Thanks, I’d love whatever info you have!

  3. Lavern says:

    Hello Jennifer,

    You have a terrific site here. God bless you in your efforts to encourage the homeschooling community.

    I saw a response you gave to Susan Wise Bauer on her comments about Latin.

    You mentioned that you were having great success with your children learning French. My children are working on Spanish and we plan to also take on French in one year. What program are you using and/or what are you doing that makes it such a success?

  4. Sammie says:

    Hi Aunt Jennifer!

    I love to read your website whenever I can. It is so interesting

  5. Jen says:

    Hi Sammie, thanks for stopping by! We love you and hope to see you soon!

  6. Jen says:

    Lavern, thank you for your comments. We do a number of activities for French, including: weekly French conversation group with a native French speaker, hosting French exchange student, Le Francais Facile, French Learnables, and whatever French books/videos we can get from the library. Most helpful, by far, is the weekly time we have with our French friend.

  7. Lavern says:

    Jen, thank you for the french insights. I will definitely work on getting a native speaker for us to interact with in Spanish for now and then in French when the time comes.

  8. george w. bush says:

    howdy do!!!! i luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuve your website soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, Jenny-o. i speak french too. what an interesting country! well, gotta go eat some llama pie, have you ever had it? guess not. not very many people have. hee hee. hope your family is doing well. you have some cute kids. from georgie

  9. Jen says:

    “Georgie,” how nice to have a visit from you! You may not sit in the White House, nor eat llama pie or speak French, but you are very funny, indeed. We’re doing well, hope you are, too. Please come again!

  10. Cassie says:

    hey Jen
    it was awesome to meet you yesterday! so much fun!!! I love your blog!!! all your pics are wonderful! hope to see you around westside!

  11. A. R. says:


    I finally started a blog! I haven’t jazzed it up at all, but I hope some day soon you can give me some tips about “decorating” my site. :) talk to you soon!

    -A. R. –

  12. Christina says:

    Found you through D.Dribble. Thought that I’s hop on over and… You are in the PNW! So am I! How funny!
    In Him,

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