Jenni is a mother who homeschools her 7- and 8-year olds and tries to make time daily to read to her 3- and 4-year olds and also to push them on the swings, which she doesn’t always accomplish. She is often troubled and worried about so many things. (Of course, Jenni is more than this, but she is at that weird stage of life where she is so defined by motherhood that when people say things like, “What’s new with you?” she awkwardly gauges whether or not they really want to be regaled with stories of her children, usually decides no, and then gives a vague and even more awkward answer, making her look decidedly more introverted than she actually is.)
But since you happened on this page and are somewhat interested…
Jenni walks with Jesus and has for over three decades. He found her when she was four and continues to find her each time she gets lost. She is married to a recovering addict named Jay who is also regularly found by Jesus, and most days she really likes Jay. She makes soap, bakes, and plans exquisite gardens in the spring that may or may not fruit well because she is better at the planning than the tending. She is a horrible housekeeper but a wonderful read-aloud-er. Her laundry is always behind unless her mother has just visited, and her van is usually messy. (Incidentally, she was convinced for years that driving a mini-van would stunt her personal growth somehow, but as it turns out, the many cup holders cover a multitude of sins.) She thinks Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education is worthy of contemplation (and contemplates it regularly), and she has dreams of owning thirty-seven acres with about eight of them dedicated to a Christmas tree farm. She prefers to spend money on books and art supplies and seeds, she loves poetry, and she believes the Bible. She is overweight, which she is horribly embarrassed by, and she is thankful to be known well by a few people. She loves to read Charles Spurgeon, Elizabeth Goudge, and Erik Guzman.
Before becoming a mother, Jenni was the receptionist at Key Life. The hardest part about having children was walking out the front door there and turning to look back through its window, knowing that she was now going to be on the outside looking in. The best part was everything else.
Articles By Jenni Young
Prone to Wander, Part 3
Tuesday January 8, 2019
I hope you have people who have seen you cry and heard you laugh and know better than to define you by either.
Prone to Wander, Part 2
Thursday December 27, 2018christian life •
I’ve been thinking about the hard work of wandering and how brutal it is.
Prone to Wander
Tuesday December 11, 2018christian life •
No way can ever be understood by a map intended for another way. Therefore, it makes sense to use the right one.
This Nice Lady Isn’t in a Hurry
Tuesday November 20, 2018christian life •
“Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary…” (from Luke 10:38-42)
Building Soul Spaces
Tuesday October 2, 2018parenting •
The painstaking reality is that I am helpless to finish their stories, and sometimes that makes parenting feel maddening… until I remember a story with a chapel builder named Mr. Hickory who also had a vision bigger than his opportunity, and his wisdom gives me hope.
What’s Your Name?
Tuesday September 4, 2018christian life •
He can find you, too. He can free you.
Faith Like a Child
Tuesday August 14, 2018christian life •
God loved and noticed my six year old girl, and He cared enough about her to answer a bizarre prayer for her.
Married to an Addict
Tuesday July 17, 2018addiction • marriage • pain & suffering • relationships •
I believe there is beauty for you that comes as you cling to Jesus, as the wounds that you carry, unseen by so many, are seen by Him and held inside His own.