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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Connie Leads The Way

We hadn’t even slept in our new home before 7-year-old Connie had made a friend. A 5-year-old girl and her grandmother were walking down our street and heard my daughter’s little voice. They stopped to investigate.

While talking with them, we met another neighbor who was walking his dog, and later in the week, we met our next-door neighbors, who just happen to have an 8-year-old granddaughter who visits frequently.

Having children certainly has given us the opportunity to integrate into our new home much faster. When we moved into our last home, Connie was an infant and her big sister Maggie was only 4. Even though most of our neighborly contact was still through the children, they didn’t have the freedom they have now, which meant we eased in more slowly.

Moving is so stressful and physically taxing. It is definitely not the circumstance you want to be in when you meet new people! My new neighbors met me with no makeup, wearing my worst clothes, and sweaty. They were kind enough to acknowledge that they know moving is hard and they look forward to getting to know us when we feel “settled” (and have had a shower, perhaps!)

But it’s much easier for the kids, and they’ve been great about entertaining ours without slowing down our progress. Last weekend the next-door neighbors and their granddaughters entertained them at a pool all day while we unpacked.

Very soon we will be settled and ready to make some new neighborhood ourselves. Until then, I’m grateful for the natural ease of children and understanding neighbors.

Do you find it’s easier to make friends when you have children? How have they helped you along?

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