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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Saying Good-bye to Just Kiddin’

It's been an adventure!

This is my last entry to Just Kiddin’ because the MomTalk program is coming to a close. I began writing for Onslow Memorial Hospital’s parenting blog three and a half years ago as the “Just Kiddin’” section was getting off the ground, and have dearly loved the professional opportunity.

My first entry was March 8, 2011, and I had two daughters in elementary school. Maggie was wrapping up fourth grade and Connie was in kindergarten. It had been many years since I’d been paid to write and it took a little while to get the hang of the short style, but I appreciated the challenge.

As I say good-bye, it is Connie who is in fourth grade and Maggie’s stories have moved to “Middleville,” another MomTalk blog. I have come to see the archive of entries as a real treasure to my family.

I have many people to thank as I say good-bye. Fellow blogger Kristen Paulsen encouraged me to apply for the position. Theckla Pope has been the blog administrator since the beginning.

Of course my readers are the ones who have helped me keep this position. Without your clicks, I would not have lasted at MomTalk. Every time you have followed my link, and especially when you have left a comment on the site, you have breathed life into this project and enabled it to continue. I thank you for that.

I also want to thank my husband Mike, the occasional subject of my writings and my cheerful supporter since the beginning.

Many of my children’s friends have been mentioned in this blog (usually by first name or image only), and I would like to thank them and their parents who gave permission.

The most important people that I have to thank, however, are the subjects of all these writings, my two daughters. Not everyone would be cheerfully willing to let their mother write about them several times each week.

I have definitely heard the words, “Promise me you won’t put this in your blog!” which I have agreed to. I have also ignored some really good material (without their request) because it is just too personal to them to share publically.

Generally, though, I have mined their lives for the chance to be a paid writer again, and they have let me. I thank them most sincerely and I want to say that they are the most important people in my life. I love them tremendously and am grateful to have them.

Good-bye, dear readers and thank you for giving me one last read.

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