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'!

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Helping With the Tornado Recovery

The Recovery Begins.....

Days before the tornado hit here my daughter Annabel asked me out of the blue what room in the house we should go to if a tornado were to hit here.  We discussed what room would be the safest and what we should do and I honestly thought little of it.  It was important to me to ensure that she knew what to do and where to go but I never thought it would be something we would be experiencing so soon.

The Saturday that the tornado hit here my kids were both terrified of the storm but honestly where we live we had some rain and a decent thunderstorm but nothing like what I would have thought we would have gotten knowing that a tornado hit just a few miles a way from us.

After hearing about the devastation, I wanted to help.  I gathered some items from the pantry that I run out our church and took my daughters with me on base to drop them off.  Annabel was very proud to help me.  She helped carry the items to the donation center and as we drove off base and saw the houses that were destroyed or damaged she wanted to know what she could do to help.  I was so proud of her at that moment.  She has always been a very caring little girl but I really saw then that she understood what had happened to these individuals and she knew that we should try to help if we could.

We are currently both working in conjunction with our church to provide some items that are needed.  She wants to go with me to purchase and drop off everything and I will definitely take her with me.  Children are never too young to learn how to help others.

How did your children react to the tornado?  How do you teach your children to help others?

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