This blog is the story of life as I went from a world traveling pastors wife to a home-schooling mom of 4.


By Jen | August 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

If you know me at all, you know that I hate (with a passion) bugs. But, for some reason, this little green guy didn’t bother me at all. He came in on Justin’s neck and must have gotten there by falling off a tree. I didn’t touch him, but I did find myself thinking of how cute he was. Maisie adored him and he became her little play buddy for a couple hours until she freed him on a weed growing in the cracks of the mostly pavement city we live in. Is he cute or what? I think I could handle this bug because he didn’t have long antennas or long legs and he wasn’t trying to turn into a disgusting moth that would get into my food or clothes. If there are any tricks to getting over antennas and long legs, please help. I am in desperate need…

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Enjoying Life, Being Grateful

By Jen | August 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

I’m really trying my hardest to stop my ridiculous complaining. I’ve been trying to sit back and enjoy life… and it’s working! Since quitting facebook, I feel more alive. I am not comparing my life or family or whatever else to other people because I no longer am stalking those people. haha Here is a little video that I took the other day. Feels so typical European, doesn’t it? Justin and I slept through church this last Sunday. It would only have been our second week in a row to go to Saint George’s, so I guess we aren’t off to a good start! It ended up being such a pleasant day though. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and then later met up with our good friends who are leaving town for a month! A lot of Europeans take the whole month of August off. Lucky!!! Justin…

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double standard

By Jen | July 30, 2011 | 4 Comments

Do you ever have one of those days where you realize how crap of a parent you really are? Today I totally had one of those moments. I was getting so tired of Maisie complaining about something, so I continued to give her a little speech about how EASY she has it compared to other children around the world. I told her about the children in Somalia who were starving and had no water or food and I told her about other children who are forced to work. Then about an hour later, I complained to a friend and Justin that, “Justin didn’t buy water and there is no way I am going to drink the tap water…. because I don’t want to throw up.” In reality, the water is gross and probably not the healthiest water that ever was, but it is water! Can we say DRAMA? My friend…

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Facebook Free!

By Jen | July 24, 2011 | 6 Comments

I’m taking a two month facebook break, and so far, so good! I’ve been spending more time with my kids, cleaning, cooking, and getting creative! I’m also hoping to get back to my very neglected blog. Here is what we’ve been up to! Along with the tutus, I am also starting a little business with a Catalan friend here. I’ll post more on that another time! I feel like I am starting to make the best of each day and it feels good. I do wonder once in a while what certain people are up to, but for the most part, I feel really happy and content with the way I am living my life. Missing my people, but other than that, life is good!

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Hello, My Name is Jen and I am a People Pleaser

By Jen | November 12, 2010 | 3 Comments

I have always been a people pleaser. I have always wanted people to like me. I have this deep unhealthy need to be liked by all. I’ve always admired the people that don’t care what other people think and let them know just that. My daughter is really giving me a run for my money with this issue. It kills me when she doesn’t respond to someone when they say hello. Or what about when she doesn’t like a certain kid?!? She must like everyone, right??? This might be the American in me (and I think it is a bit), but I feel like she must be kind to all, friends with all, and do her best not leave anyone out. Yesterday her school had a little festival and a friend from her class last year showed up. Maisie instantly ignored her current friends to play with this little girl.…

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