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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The After Party

In a previous blog, I wrote about the baptisms of my two oldest children Adam and Anna.  They were both baptized on the same day and I decided to make it a special day that would stand out in their minds.  I wanted to make them some memories that they would carry with them and share with their own children some day.

I invited their grandparents and aunts and uncles to attend the church service and watch them be baptized and made sure that I had my camera handy to take some pictures so that they could see themselves afterward.  We had a cake and dinner at our house following the service in celebration of the event.

It is a special day and one that should be remembered and told about for years to come.  I hope that I made it special to them.  They seemed to have a very good time through the whole thing and I am glad that family and friends were there to celebrate it with us!

And I will have to say, I maybe shed a tear or two!

How do you help your kids make memories?

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