Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Today I had a realization about the way I was raised and how it affects me today.

(Disclaimer: My parents did their best and loved me dearly, and I can never thank them enough for giving me the gift of life. Love you Mom & Dad!)

Because I was given a lot of freedom to make my own choices, I (this is hard to believe) made some poor ones--drinking young, poor relationships, and lying to authority figures. But I have also made some pretty good decisions along the way, too--committing to my goals, following the Lord, and marrying Ryan. Now, I don't have the blessing of raising children yet, but it made me think about the way I wanted to raise my future children. I have so many ideas of how I want to teach them about the world, provide them structure, and show them love. I don't know if I will give my future children as much free reign as I had, but I do know that I want them to have a base structure to fall back on to make good decisions.

What kind of realizations have you had for raising kids? What kind of legacy do you want to leave with them? I would love to read some of your ideas. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's been a year!?!?!

WOW...Good job Jenna. Tomorrow would have been a whole year since I last blogged...and a lot has changed. So in order to not have gone the full year...here is an update:

We moved.

God showed up in a big way when Ryan was offered a CVICU position on the spot with Vanderbilt University. He had been searching for over a year and this awesome opportunity came forth so we took that cliche yet truly scary leap of faith and moved to Nashville from Phoenix.

We were also led to Cross Point Community Church, where we were welcomed with moving help, friendly faces and authentic worship and sermons. How blessed we were to find a church community so quickly.

I am still looking for work, although I still do part time contract work for Ashford University as a Teaching Assistant online. It has been a struggle feeling overlooked and rejected, but I am keeping the faith that something will be revealed for me soon. It is a humbling experience and I know many Americans are going through this same situation.

On top of this job hunting, I am sensing that God wants to use me for creating positive change in people's lives, but I just don't know in what capacity and vehicle it will be. Ministry? Non-profit? Momapreneuer? Leadership? Something as "simple" as having a current and updated blog for people? :) We will see.

But, as promised, here is how to make that chore schedule:
1) List out all daily things that need to happen (mail/dishes/etc...)
2) Do the same for weekly chores and errands (grocery shopping/cleaning bathrooms/etc...)
3) Guess what? Do the same for bi-weekly, every two weeks and monthly things.
4) Get 28 note cards and line up 7 in a row and 4 in a column.
5) Get different colored pens/markers to color code weekly-monthly.
6) Write down all the daily chores on every card in one color.
7) Pick two days a week for bi-weekly chores and write down those in another color in each row.
8) Do you see where I am going with this? Do the same for weekly chores, every other week's and monthly's. Be sure to space them out so you have an even amount of chores/errands every day, and that not all heavy chores are on one day.
9) Label in the corner from 1 -28, gather together in order and put in a holder/container of some sort.
10) Follow the chore schedule and then move the card to the back of the stack after completed. Your house will be sparkling clean in a month and then kept that way!


Don't get discouraged if you don't finish all the chores on the card. Things come up. Time runs out. I would suggest always doing the monthly chores then working towards the dailys. Make a very "light chore" day of the week to save for chores that you didn't finish earlier. Remember, it's not the end of the world if you don't finish a chore...especially a weekly. It will just come around again next week. :) Also, you can use this same system electronically with, for example, Google calendar or Outlook calendar.

If you want me to help you create this, please contact me. I would be happy to talk you through it and give you an estimate, but I won't do your chores for you. :)