Mr. Wonderful

So my darling husband and I are foster parents to two girls… and those girls will be officially our adopted daughters, come February 13. Woohoo.

I was with Big Sis today, at a Christmas Tree Farm with her 1st grade class… and I was talking to a few other parents and teachers about the adoption, and I hear, “You two are just the most wonderful people ever.” And it sort-of drives me crazy. I’m not looking to be wonderful. I’m looking to INSPIRE. So that other people will see the need and do what we’re doing….

Or that others will see ANOTHER need and address that one.

I don’t want praise, because all glory is God’s. What I’d like, though, is that if you think anything about me is praiseworthy, pay it forward by doing a kind deed for someone else. 

Whether seen or unseen, God sees the good deed. 

Tomorrow we’re giving homemade cookies, candy, and lip balm to our garbage men. Little Sis is in LOVE with the big truck and the fact that they honk at her every week. 

Mr. Wonderful and I are in a bit of a rough patch at the moment, but with prayers and God’s direction, we are both confident that things will come around quickly. 

Coming back from Captivity

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

I am no longer captive to sin and the enemy. Praise God! And even though God forgave me many long years ago, my recent admissions will be the cause of much counseling.

I won’t discuss it here… but it was before I began this blog… before I was the person I am now… before I truly trusted in God… 

So now, with God’s help, I will come back from the Captivity of sin and death. I am ready to live my life now, the way God intended. And for that reason alone, I’m shaking the name Jayleigh. Jayleigh is a gal who I thought I wanted to be. But she’s an idealized version.

Hi Blog friends, my name is Jenny. Many of you know that already, but I want a fresh start. I am ready to work at making things new. I am ready to trust and be trusted. I am ready to love, in the purest sense of the word. I am ready to LIVE.

there’s just so much good

I’m driving home from work right now. I hate how dark it is, and it’s driving me nuts I’m talking on my cellphone to my website.. what crazy things we do Andy’s modern years.

it angers me that the enemy is always trying to make me think that things my life are so bad. when in reality, if you look around it’s not so bad. People really try to do a lot of good for other people.
I noticed this today at work when my mother in law came in with my husbands cousin… she’s not quite right the cousin, and my mother
in law was taking her around to find a birthday card for her friend.

if I’m honest I will tell you that my sister in law is not quite right either, although we love her very much. she does her very best to help out her mom and help out her cousin too.

so many people who come into my store are like this and they are just barely scraping by and get there helping other people too. I just wanted to remember that now.

This Journey

Just over 19 years ago, we began this journey to become parents. We never did conceive. And now just 5 months from my 40th birthday, Rob and I are talking about one of us becoming sterilized “just to make sure”…

Because the girls’ adoption should be final in March or April, and then there are two more babies from the same family who may need a home soon.

Just pray for us, please? With everything in me, I’m praying that my Jamey boy will come home.


Rob just cook a picture of me


Belly Laughing

My girls are upstairs in their rooms getting ready for their day. I have about 20 minutes before I need to hit the shower and I am listening to them goof around and giggle and full-on belly laugh while they run back-and-forth between their rooms. My life is so good. Thank you God!

it’s so close

the girls final visit was last saturday. that’s the last time they will see their biological mom until they are 18 years old and graduated high school.

they’re so very much emotion tied to those last 2 statements. it’s making the last 26 months melt away in my mind.

the fear and anger, the disgust, the rage are beginning to melt away and be replaced by peace and light and love.

our god is truly amazing.

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