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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Watching Them Grow Up

I love this face!

Some days it really seems like yesterday that Annabel was born.  She was such a sweet, loveable, and beautiful baby and her and I have been inseparable since she was born.  We look alike, act alike, and sometimes even think alike.  Of course, I always think she is smarter and prettier and probably has a better sense of humor than I ever will already but I think all Mom’s feel that way about their kids.

I was thinking the other day of how much she has grown up and matured and while I am proud of the young lady she is becoming it makes me sad that it seems she is growing up so fast right in front of my eyes.  I know we can’t keep them little all the time, but it sure would be nice.

I never understood when my Mom would say she missed me being little, I’m thinking hello I’m right here! But I totally understand what she meant now.  It isn’t that you don’t love your children at every single age but as they grow older you miss the baby smiling up at you like you are the only person in the world or the toddler learning new things at that age when everything is exciting.  Sometimes when I start thinking like this I realize why some people have a lot of children still, it is hard to let go of that baby-fever at times.

I know that I am done with having children so I am enjoying each age and stage with each one now and cherishing how different each one is and taking time to remember the special moments and taking A LOT of pictures.  It makes me sad but at the same time I am so proud of my girls!

Do you ever feel sad about your children growing up?

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