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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Memory of the death of my first pet still lingers

Over last weekend, three of my friends lost pets. The death of one of them was quite similar to the circumstances of my first cat, Amos, and led me to remember his death in my early childhood as well as my two most recent losses two years ago this month.When I was five years old, my father brought home two kittens to my brother and me. My father named them Amos and Otis after the baseball player who played for the Kansas City Royals at the time. I claimed Amos and my brother got Otis by default.A couple of years later, Amos was killed by dogs while we were on …

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Home School How-To

I am a home school mom of four and I often get this question: How do you do it?  Well, I often ask myself how a working mom outside of the home does it.  But I have decided to take this blogging time to share how I make it work in our house.  And I would like to hear how you make it work in yours.

I get up early with my husband in the mornings and we feed both our bodies and souls together through breakfast, prayer, and bible reading.  I find that this is the perfect recipe for a great day.  I get to spend time with the LORD …

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Sculpture Camp was a Welcome Change this Summer

Connie's first sculpture

Last week Connie tried out a new camp at a relatively new facility. The Swansboro Parks and Recreation department is having its first ever summer camp season.

Connie’s first week at the program was for “Sculpture Camp.” She is forever telling me how much she loves Art at school, and even that she would like to be an artist or an art teacher, but that interest falls way behind gymnastics in the time she is able to devote to it.

I thought this camp would be an excellent way for her to explore her artistic side using a new medium. The very first day, she and …

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Creative Zucchini

I must  take a moment to boast in the LORD at how bountiful our garden has been this year.  This is our first summer garden in our new home and it has been the best garden yet!  We have been very pleased with the production of produce that has come from it.  So much so, that we are thinking of setting up a veggie stand in our neighborhood next year to sell extras!  We have given away so many squash, zucchini, ad cucumbers and it has been such a wonderful blessing to be able to do so.

I have blogged previously about pickling some of our cucumbers.  That turned out successful. …

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No Camp Makes for an Unusual Week

Last week was the first one the girls had “off” this summer. While most weeks are filled with day camps, Fourth of July week was anything but typical.

When we planned for the summer, Maggie wanted to go to a photography camp, but it got canceled. I had also planned to take them to their grandparents in WV, but that didn’t work out either. Finally, we just decided to let it be. Their father was off work on Monday and Tuesday, and I had Friday off.

Since the girls were free, they did the daily housework, which we do room by room, with each part of the house having a different day …

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Early Risers and Late Sleepers

Do you have early risers or late sleepers at your house?

In our house this summer, we have an even mix.  I have decided to again try to get up early with my husband in the mornings.  I am NOT a morning person.  I LOVE to sleep in.  However, it has not been working out very well for me.  My husband rises early to go to work in the mornings and since I don’t have to go anywhere to work, I sleep :)!  Usually, I sleep until I am awakened by the kids.  Now that the kids are older, however, I am often awakened after they have been up for a while.  They are aggravated with each other often because they …

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Learning to Surf

Last week Connie finally got to take a surfing lesson. She had wanted to learn for a long time, but the provider my husband spoke with only took kids ten or older.

Recently I found out South Swell Surf Shop in Emerald Isle offered lessons at any age, so we signed up both girls, though my older daughter Maggie was quite reluctant.

My husband tells me that they spent a very short time on the beach going over the basics and safety rules. They were quickly in the water and remained so for the remainder of the two-hour lesson. Both girls led with their right foot, which made them “goofy footed” in …

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School Set Up

Anna's graduation board signified the end of the school year. Now it's time to put up something for the new school year.

One of the things that I used to love about teaching was working in my classroom over the summer preparing new things for the upcoming year.

First of all, I am a planner so this fit my need to plan, but second of all, I love all things school.  During the summer, especially as summer winded down, you go in the store and see the school supplies and decorations for welcome back and all things like that and I would get so excited!  I love being …

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Best of All

As a Christian and a mom, I can’t think of any greater joy than seeing your child become a Christian themselves.  As a parent you work hard to teach your child and instill in them things that are a part of you.  You try to teach them goodness and love and mercy and responsibility and how to think for themselves and be safe.  After all, you want them to be a productive part of society.

Well as a Christian, I teach my children about the Bible and God and how he sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for us to pay the price of our sin debt so …

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You Got It From Where?

On the way home from church Wednesday night, Thomas informed us that he had money in his pocket.  When asked where it came from he answered simply, “my pocket”!

While I was helping him get dressed for bed, he wanted to put the money in his piggy bank and I asked, “So who gave you the money?”  He then proceeded to explain that he found it.  His older brother interjected that he had found it at church.  ”Where at church did you find it?” I asked.

“On the offering table,” he said.  Very simple and innocent.  Obvious to me he had no idea what he had done.  Now we are teaching …

 

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A Living Donor

I have previously blogged about organ and tissue donation.  It is a close …

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