Raising Girls
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Raising Girls

If I could have asked my younger self where I would be at age 31… I promise you I never would have imagined a mom to two beautiful girls! I always thought that I would make a great boy-mom, and truly anticipated having a home full of dirt-covered little dudes and a family room covered in sports balls and legos!  BOY was I wrong! God has a great sense of humor.  Instead I have a home full of princess dresses, an over-sized bright-pink Barbie Dream house, drawers of bows and headbands, and baby dolls around every corner… and the crazy part is, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Raising Girls

It is true when they say Jesus has you exactly where you should be. I have never felt so blessed for my family and my surroundings. 

+++ A blogger friend of mine asked me to write about what it is like being a “girl-mom,” for a guest post on her motherhood blog series.  Until that day, I had never really thought too much about it, but as I started writing, and I realized that I LOVE being a mom to girls.  Here is my featured post at Life of a Minister Mom Blog!!! +++

My girls are sweet, quiet, drama-filled and emotional… all at the same time!  They will literally smile at you until your heart melts and then disappoint you on the turn of a dime, because they didn’t want to share their tutus.  However, it is amazing how at such a young age, I can already see the differences in them.  My oldest is the quintessential first born girl.  She is a perfectionist (borderline OCD) and likes structure and guidelines.  My second born daughter, on the other hand, is wild and quirky, and extremely independent.  One thing both girls have in common; they are extremely stubborn!  I wonder where they got it from …??!!!

Raising Girls

If you are a parent and you haven’t read the Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman, you absolutely must!  My husband and I were blessed to see him speak in person and he is spot-on with his stereotypes of children according to their birth order in the family.  I think as parents, we have our first and we expect the next one to come out the same, but that is far from the truth.  We need to have realistic expectations and understand that our kids are all given unique talents and gifts, and as their parents we must nurture them and help them grow into these strengths as individuals.  As a mom of two girls, I am doing all that I can to equip myself to be realistic while being fun and full of grace and truth.  I want my girls to love and respect me, to trust in me as their confidant and their friend, but to never forget that I am, first and foremost, their mom.  I must remember that God has entrusted me as their mom to raise them to be strong, independent, loving, and kind.  My goal is to do just that.

My girls are still young, and I can already admit that I have stumbled in some of these areas, but one thing I promise you … I will never give up! Remember moms, it’s okay to mess up. We are not called to be perfect, we are called to do our best for God’s glory; “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31.  As much as I want to constantly invest in them, I must always remember to start with me; I need to be the best I can be because they will learn more from my actions then they will ever learn from my words and my lessons.  Thank goodness every day is a new opportunity.  Like I said, Mommin’ Ain’t Easy! So… Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, embrace the hard days and celebrate the winning moments!

Raising Girls


Raising Girls

If you are wondering where I got this beyond adorable “Raising Girls” shirt, let me introduce you to Ford + Wyatt.

I fell in love with this beautiful company on Instagram and I am thankful to call the owner my friend.  Ford + Wyatt makes the most classy graphic-tee style shirts for moms, dads and the little ones!  Their quality is superb and the shirts are uber soft! Take the time to check them out and I promise you won’t regret it!


Thank you God for the incredible blessing that is motherhood.  I pray that you give us moms the strength and the grace that we will need in the hard times and I thank you for the joy and the kindness in the good times.  

Next time you see a mom who looks rundown, struggling or just having a bad day, stop what you are doing and encourage her.  Pass on a “You are doing great!”  It may be just what she needs to put a smile on her face and the confidence to tackle her day.  Let’s support one another – Mamas unite!espressoeverafter.com


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  • Reply Kerry July 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Loved this sweet post, friend! And your shirt is so cute! Mamas definitely need more support and less comparison and negativity from other moms. We’re all just trying to get through the day.

    • Reply Jenna July 19, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Kerry, Hey girl! SO TRUE! We all need to love on one another in this mommy stage! I am glad you like the post and the shirt! XOXO

  • Reply Patricia July 17, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Love this Jenna!! Thanks for linking back. You’re an amazing mama!!

    • Reply Jenna July 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Patricia – OF COURSE! Thank you for letting me guest post on your blog!!!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs July 18, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    So sweet! I love the shirt!

    • Reply Jenna July 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Chelsea – Thank you so much! This shirt from Ford + Wyatt… is the BEST! I highly recommend their cute gear! 🙂

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