It’s been a while…

I have been so busy in this year that I’ve abandoned this blog. I need to be better at posting my adventures, but it’s difficult to know where to begin. This is Noah’s last week of being an 8th grader, and boy is he excited to finish taking his finals!

Jen and Noah

I will try to post more on our adventures!


Family, Palmyra New York

Trip to Palmyra, New York

In June when Jim and Noah flew to Ambridge, he stayed with us for a week. Before he flew back to Houston, we drove Northeast a few hours to a small town Palmyra in upstate New York. This is where Joseph Smith grew up and prayed to know which he should join.

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Seth and Noah posing in front of the Hill Cumorah monument.


The Sacred Grove

We visited Joseph Smith’s family farm where he prayed and had what the First Vision in answer to his humble prayer. The area where the above monument is located is where an angel showed him sacred gold plates, which is an ancient book of scriptures about people who lived in South America. While we were there, we felt the peace of the Holy Spirit testify that this is sacred ground, and I’m so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who is mindful of all of us.

I highly recommend you visit this sacred historical site regardless of whether or not you are LDS (Mormon).


Max & Erma’s

Max & Erma's

The first time Jim and I attended our church Institute class together we hit it off. We talked, and talked, and talked, without the usual awkward silence when you go out for your first long car ride.

When the class ended, we drove back to Cranberry Twp and ate at Max & Erma’s. Jim was different than anyone I’d ever met, and I felt so comfortable around him, like I already  knew him.

While we were in Pittsburgh working on our investment house, we drove back to Max & Erma’s on a Friday night, and we enjoyed our date as we talked and talked.  It brought back so many fun memories of a younger, less complicated life.

Oh how I ❤ this man!

Family, Investment Home

A lot of Painting!


Last week while we my family and I were in Ambridge, we enlisted the help of our extended family and and two of the sweetest sister missionaries I’ve met so far!

After making many repairs on the walls, they primed and painted all the rooms downstairs, the hallways, and then moved upstairs to paint bedrooms with VERY bright colors.

I wished I’d thought to take more pictures of them painting, but am so glad to have this one.

Family, Investment Home

Investment House Progress

I’m so glad that my kitchen has FINALLY been worked on by a contractor. I’ve included some before and after pictures below.

Above is a picture of the kitchen when the house was on the market in 2016.


Kitchen Faucet
I bought a new sink and faucet.
Ambridge Construction Kitchen
This is the kitchen as my contractor Mike worked on it. 
The microwave is in! My contractor is so talented.

My cabinet pulls and knobs need to be inserted, and the beautiful flooring that I bought will hopefully be put in this week. Yay!!

It’s been so challenging to live over 1,100 miles away from Jim and Noah, and I find myself continually reminding myself that this is for our financial freedom.



New Family Pictures



Today we finally went to Target for our family photos with the four of us. Seth and Noah have grown so much since December of 2014 and seem to be growing more each day!

Although Jim and I look a bit older, I don’t mind. Too much.

We’ve been through a lot since our last professional picture, so I believe that each new wrinkle has added to my character as I’ve overcome many challenges, and a few that are ongoing. This perspective has helped me remember to love myself.