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'!


Making New Friends

We recently moved into a new subdivision and when we moved here Annabel was very hopeful that she would meet friends her age. Unfortunately, we moved into the end of the subdivision which is still being built and we have very few neighbors and the ones that we do have either do not have children or have children that are very young. I hate to see her so discouraged when she goes outside to play’ she generally ends up playing with her sister and then comes inside asking me almost every time, “When am I going to make friends?!”

I honestly do not know how to answer her because the houses near us are not finished and there is not telling when they will be sold. This doesn’t even guarantee us that she will find children to be friends with. When I was younger I remember playing outside for hours with the neighborhood children and I really want that for her but so far no luck!

I am hoping that when the houses next to us are sold that they have children her age that she can play with but again, there is no guarantee of this. I love where we live and I know she does too but the lack of children her age has really surprised me! Here’s to hoping that the new neighbors have friends for Annabel, because if not Annabel is going to be one disappointed little girl!

Do your children have friends in your neighborhood?  Did it take a while for them to find friends due to construction, etc? How did you deal with this?

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