Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


MomTalk Farewell

On behalf of Onslow Memorial Hospital, we would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has been involved with our MomTalk program and used it as a resource over the years. We hope it has provided valuable information and guidance to parents and families in our Onslow community and beyond. We are very fortunate to have had such passionate local mom bloggers willing to share their meaningful experiences, advice and support.As of October, the MomTalk program has been suspended. Although we will no longer actively maintain the website or feature new blog content, we invite you to visit (or revisit) our past blog posts that will remain on our website. For additional resources, Onslow Memorial will continue …


Saying Good-bye to Just Kiddin’

It's been an adventure!

This is my last entry to Just Kiddin’ because the MomTalk program is coming to a close. I began writing for Onslow Memorial Hospital’s parenting blog three and a half years ago as the “Just Kiddin’” section was getting off the ground, and have dearly loved the professional opportunity.

My first entry was March 8, 2011, and I had two daughters in elementary school. Maggie was wrapping up fourth grade and Connie was in kindergarten. It had been many years since I’d been paid to write and it took a little while to get the hang of the short style, but I appreciated …



I have really enjoyed Mom Talk and I am sad to see it come to an end.  My time over the last three years getting to know other moms and having a place to express my thoughts, concerns, triumphs, advice, and questions has meant a great deal to me.  I have grown as a mom and my kids have grown through these blogs and I am very thankful to have had this opportunity to share with each one of you.  Thank you for reading!!!!  Thank you for your comments.  Thank you for sharing a part of your life and family with me.  Thank you Onslow Memorial Hospital for seeing this …


Ever After High is her new love

Last week my daughter introduced me to “Ever After High,” which is a new series of stories and dolls from Mattel, the makers of “Monster High.”

The stories follow the teenage children of famous fairy tale characters, primarily exploring whether or not to embrace their destiny to be just like their parents, or strike out on their own.

Connie found the books at her school’s book fair and jumped right in with Book 3, which seems to focus on Lizzie Hearts, the daughter of the Queen of Hearts. We’ve been reading the book together.

She had already viewed the three episode web series on Netflix, however, and so knows more about all …


Time for a Little Music?

With so much time invested in gymnastics, Connie hasn’t gotten to do much with one of her other interests, music. She has wanted to take piano lessons, but there is neither time nor budget for that. Fortunately we have figured out ways of sneaking in a little music here and there.

First of all, we own a piano and I have taught her a few little things. I know that if she is really motivated to learn, she will show me. Her interest has remained casual so far.

She has always enjoying singing and ringing handbells at church and decided to continue with that program again this year.

Finally, because our public school …


A Lesson on Sportsmanship

Adam and Anna have been to the park twice now to play kickball with some other homeschool families that we know.  The first time was new and exciting, but the second time just didn’t have as much gusto as the first.

Adam’s team lost the first week, but he didn’t seem to mind too much because he had a good time.  He had made a few good kicks and had scored a run or two.  This week his team lost again, but I noticed that this week his sportsmanship had a lot to be desired.  He was complaining out in the field during the game that his team was not good …


The After Party

In a previous blog, I wrote about the baptisms of my two oldest children Adam and Anna.  They were both baptized on the same day and I decided to make it a special day that would stand out in their minds.  I wanted to make them some memories that they would carry with them and share with their own children some day.

I invited their grandparents and aunts and uncles to attend the church service and watch them be baptized and made sure that I had my camera handy to take some pictures so that they could see themselves afterward.  We had a cake and dinner at our house following …



I am so blessed to have four healthy happy children.  They are good and loving and kind; they work hard and want to please.  But they don’t come that way naturally.  Children have to be taught all of those things.  I think about a pitcher; you get out what you put in.  If you make lemonade in a pitcher and later get you a glass and pour some out of the pitcher it will not be sweet tea.  It will be lemonade because that is what you made in it.  Kids are like this; if you put goodness, love, and kindness into them that is what you get out of …


Connie Enters the World of Social Media

One of Connie's recent posts entitled "Pillow"

Connie recently asked if she could set up an Instagram account. While I made Maggie wait until the “legal” age of Facebook, which is thirteen, she was allowed to set up an Instagram earlier, and our experience has been positive.

After discussing it with her big sister, I decided to let Connie have a private account. That means that her photos (Instagram is all photos and videos) will only be seen by members whom we approve.

Maggie helped her set up the account, and told her a bunch of social rules that she had to follow (limiting her number of posts, …


Looking Forward

We are finishing up our last week in our first nine weeks of school and the kids and I are looking forward to our fall break.  Yes I did take the time to schedule dentist and doctor appointments during the first part of the break, but the rest of the break will be relaxing and hopefully enjoying some fall weather.  Jared has even taken off the last week of our break and we are hoping to head down to Myrtle Beach for a vacation.

At the end of the nine weeks, we all agree that we are liking this year-round schedule.  Looking forward to three weeks of no school, no schedule, …


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