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  1. What a lovely read!

    You are very encouraging, and it’s so fun to learn more about you and your family!
    I aspire have land and livestock someday, hopefully sooner than later!
    I love being a homemaker but all my friends in kind of scoff at me actually *wanting* to stay home and have more kids. I have three kid and even my “closest” friends say, “but you’re done now right?”. Or they’re shocked when I say I want to homeschool. Some people just can’t wrap their heads around it!

    Can’t wait to read your next post!

    1. Hi Kristy! Thank you for taking the time to encourage me as well! My husband wanted me to keep Titus 2 in the forefront of my mind when I started this blog. Just keep loving your husband and those babies! You will have great reward!

  2. This is such a great post about your passion for being a homemaker….and I love it! I loved how you shared all the things you thought you wanted to try in life. I did too! I wanted to be a photographer, a model, a teacher etc… It is kind of interesting how all the things I wanted to do…I am doing now as a blogger. I always wanted to be a wife and mother and now a grandmother 🙂 and I cherish all of our family moments we have together. I too believe that God has a plan for each of us and as we go through life the things we are interested in have a part in our life either now or later. Great post! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday Linky Party on my blog and share this post with us.

  3. As you can imagine, I loved this post Jennifer! When I started The 21st Century Housewife website 18 years ago (which became AprilJHarris when I rebranded, although I’m still known as The 21st Century Housewife) some of what you are writing about is what I was sharing. I was so interested to read your take on it – and I have such admiration for you raising 10 children. (I have one son who is now grown up.) I have always loved homemaking and it can be very fulfilling for those of us who feel that way. Like you, I agree that not everyone is cut out for homemaking and that it’s all about personal choice. Thank you for sharing your journey and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community.

    1. April, Thank you so much for visiting and for your thoughts! I love to hear that you have been blogging for that long! What an inspiration you are!

  4. Jennifer,
    Great post I love the idea that you Love being a homemaker, It is a fulfilling and wonderful job. I worked most all my adult life, but I still had time to be home and doing all the homemaking things that I loved. I’m really a do it type person and I am self learned on a lot of my skills. I have always wanted to be home always doing my thing. I’m retired now , but I still love my home and doing things that make it a home. It makes me happy to have my grands come over and say Nanny what have you been doing with yourself! Thats our reward.. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. Debbie

  5. Jenn, I just think you’re a rock star! I love reading more and more of God’s story you’re living. He’s certainly using you for so much good!!

    1. Jenny, thank you for the kind words! Living life with Jesus is never dull…it’s truly an adventure!

  6. I just loved this post, Jenn. This is something that I am currently struggling with. I have loved being a homemaker for twenty-five years and I never felt judged for staying home with our four children and homeschooling. Now that my kids are grown and I am retired from homeschooling I feel societal pressure to go out and get a job. It’s probably one of the things that pushes me to make my blog a real business. But the deal is, I don’t want to go out and work outside of the home and neither does my husband. I’m perfectly happy and busy at home, always lots to do. Thank you for sharing this and I look forward to your other posts!

    1. Oh Elise! Yes to all of that! I only hope I will be able to put into words all that I believe about this! Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

  7. Wonderful post, Jenn! Just love your story and your heart for what you do. I too love homemaking and learning all the things! So many things to learn and try…the list is never ending and the days are never dull.
    You have such a gift for sharing and writing and I always enjoy what you post. While I miss my blog, I realized that it was taking me from my love of home and family…and I was never so gifted at writing as you. So glad to see you keep up your blog and keep the balance so well. Kudos!!
    For now, I am so enjoying just DOING the things of home and family and not writing and photographing them. Lol! God bless you in your journey as you bless others with knowledge and wisdom!

    1. Oh Julie! It’s always fun to hear from you! You are way kind! You did a great job with your blog, but had about 50 other things going that I don’t! Your farm and all you do there is plenty I am sure! Hope you are doing well this crazy year!

  8. Wow Jenn, this really resonated with me! I’m pregnant with my 4th child and officially became a “full-time” stay-at-home mom when I quit my part time job about a month ago. I wasn’t working much outside the home, but something about cutting that last tie to my “career” has freed me up so much to LOVE homemaking/mothering and see it as my full-time gig and calling.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I’m glad this resonated with you, it’s so fun to reflect on how God leads us through this crazy life!

  9. Jenn, I just love this post, and I’m so glad you’re writing this series! I think it’s really timely–I think there may be a lot of moms who discover during these trying times that family life would be more fulfilling with a full-time stay-at-home parent. You are so kind and encouraging and nonjudgmental as you lay out your own journey. Bless you!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  10. This is so sweet! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I also have a love of homemaking that came from watching how my grandparents grew their own food, processed it, and fed us such great meals. There’s so much joy that can come from daily life and I connect it to a type of mindfulness. So glad to have connected! Thank you for reaching out to me on my blog!

    1. Hi Rachael! Thank you for stopping by! I’m so glad to hear of those fond memories, I think of those things often too! It’s amazing how it shapes who we are!

  11. What a delightful post. I was home when my children were small and then worked only part time when they were older teens. Now that they are grown and have children of their own I work full time at a Montessori school as a toddler teacher. The photo of your sofa with the blue flowered pillows and the buffalo plaid pillows was a great inspiration for me. I have been looking for pillows for my love seat and haven’t been able to settle on anything I like. After seeing yours I know just what to look for. Your home is beautiful. I’m so grateful that I was able to be home when my children were small. My daughter is home now with her two littles (and one due in January) and it makes my grandmother’s heart so happy.

    1. Congratulations to your daughter! I’m glad you find such joy in your grandbabies! As far as the pillows go, the blue ones were a Waverly fabric from Walmart, it’s a toile scene. The buffalo plaid ones were cheapies from Amazon, but are actually pretty nice!

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