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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Grace

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 them.

Children are a gift from God and have to be raised and taught by their parents.  When you pour into them the things they need to know that will make them good citizens and co-laborers and you begin to see the things pour back out it is such a blessing.

Today I was able to see such pouring from my children.  Adam and Anna have both made professions of faith.  They were able to follow in obedience after the Bible and show outwardly the inward change that had been made in both of them through baptism.  Adam and Anna were baptized at our church today and I was one happy mama!

Out of the eleven kids that were baptized, my two children went down into the baptismal pools and then turned and faced the audience with these huge, happy grins and waved at all their family and friends!  It was so cute.  They wanted to make sure that everyone knew that it was them who was in there about to be baptized.  It was also funny that BOTH of my children did this and they didn’t get to see one another be baptized because they were each in the own waiting rooms so they had no idea that they had acted in the same manner until it was over and we told them.

Adam was confident and ready, but Anna was a little nervous and unsure.  She went through with it, but she talked a nervous talk the entire way through it!

Isn’t it funny how similar and yet different siblings can be?

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