Hey there! Welcome to Toddlers, Teens and In-Betweens! I'm Jenny, and I've been married to my husband, Chris (who I call by his nickname "Zack") for the last 22 years. We have 8 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 20, all still living at home. I'm just beginning my sixth year of blogging, and I truly love the friends that I have made through my blog!
My husband, who began his career as an officer in the United States Army and then transitioned to the corporate world when he entered pharmaceutical sales, just recently took on a new job and is now a regional partner and part owner of his own dental offices for a national dental company. It's all still new to us, but we are excited to see where it leads! I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with all my little ones. In fact, I haven't worked outside of the home since our first year of marriage. We moved to Atlanta about a year ago after spending 5 years in Kansas (the longest we've ever lived ANYWHERE!) and are still trying to make the transition, but we are blessed to have found our dream home on over 6 acres of property. I spend most of my time changing diapers, homeschooling, cleaning up messes, organizing schedules, running a shuttle service, grocery shopping, doing laundry, baking, blogging and exploring photography. I love breastfeeding and baby-wearing, and I am rarely without my children or my camera......but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Our first-born graduated from high school in May of 2011, and she is currently living at home with plans to attend photography school this year. She has been stricken with a debilitating disease known as endometriosis at an early age, and she struggles to lead a normal life. She had a rather radical and unconventional surgery in July of 2011 to try to rid her body of the disease, and we are patiently waiting for the results....only time will tell. In light of her medical situation, she has decided to pursue a career in photography, which will allow her more freedom to work around her condition and give her the time that she needs to rest. She is in the process of beginning her own business, and she has a website you can check out for more information!
In addition, God has blessed us with 2 more daughters (one who graduated in 2012 & one who is a junior) and 5 sons! It's a great mix, and we certainly believe God knew what He was doing when he gave us our daughters before throwing us into the world of boys ;D Our high schooler (daughter #3) is currently enrolled in a private online high school program and will graduate in 2014. Up until our move, all of our daughters attended public schools. Our boys were in a private christian school up until the time we moved to Atlanta. At that point, I made the decision to homeschool all of my children. We have many reasons for our decisions (I could write a book), but it's what works for us in this crazy, mixed-up world!
The number one question we get in regard to our large family has to be....so are you going to have any more? Our answer.....that's up to God. We are more than thrilled to have as many children as we do, despite the expense, chaos, obstacles and multiple medical issues we are faced with daily, and we would welcome any more that God might choose to give us with open arms and loving hearts! In fact, our sixth, seventh, and eighth children were born after my husband had a vasectomy reversal (we realized the original vasectomy was a mistake as soon as we did it)!
I would love to hear from you if you have any questions about life in a large family or endometriosis. Feel free to email me or leave me a comment on my home page.
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