Hello! My name is Jessica Harris. I’m so excited that you are here checking out this blog! I have always loved writing, and this blog is a great outlet for me to be able to get all the words rumbling around inside my head out. I am by no means a technologically savvy person. In fact, designing this blog has pushed and challenged me farther than I ever thought I would venture. But I am a firm believer that any thing worth doing has challenges to overcome.
What I want most for this blog to be is not only an inspirational and artistic release for me, but I want to create a community of Mamas who are doing one of the toughest jobs on the planet day in and day out. Motherhood has, to date, been my deepest challenge but my greatest reward. On my blog, I use organization systems, parenting strategies, DIY, decorating projects, and delicious meal ideas to help you and me create a happy and successful home-life.
Background Info On Me
I was born and raised in the Northern Colorado area and have remained in this neck of the woods for my entire life. What can I say? If it aint broke, don’t fix it. I LOVE Colorado. My husband and I like to hike, bike, and take walks when the weather is nice enough. To me, it is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Fun fact: I have never been skiing despite my access to steep, snow packed mountains virtually in my back yard.
I married my high school sweetheart, Jason
I met my husband Jason when I was sixteen years old. We were both working at a movie theater. One particular shift he and I were alone on the cleaning crew. We had plenty of time to talk as we swept up popcorn and other lovely items that people leave behind (seriously I have some stories). I remember thinking “Wow, who ever marries him is going to be really luck.” Seriously. Four years of dating later, we got married. Now we have been married for almost 9 years, and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Marriage isn’t always easy but it helps that we genuinely like each other.
I did not always want to be a Stay at Home Mom…and there are days where I question the sanity of this decision
I have been a Stay at Home Mama for about three years now. That was not always the plan. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in History with Secondary Education. I taught Social Studies in a middle school (7th and 8th graders) for two years. My first year of teaching, I became unexpectedly pregnant with my son Judah. The next year, I returned to work and put him in day care. I thought that I would be a working Mom because I loved teaching. However, when we became pregnant with our little girl I decided to take the leap and quit my job to be a SAHM. I am glad that I made the switch, but wow what a switch it has been. In many ways, teaching middle school students and staying at home with toddlers are very similar. I am often shocked by the similarities, because I find myself saying things I would say in my classroom, “Why are you touching him?” “What’s in your mouth?” “You just went to the bathroom!” Staying at home and raising children is not for the faint of heart. It has been a challenge to adjust to the fact that I am at “work” 24/7. Yet, it is so rewarding that the kids I now teach and pour into everyday are my own.
Creating my family did not go the way that I planned
So I had my life all planned out. My plan was to: marry young, have a baby after 2 years of marriage, space my children 2 years apart, and have a total of 3 children. Well in 2011, every thing was going according to plan. I had married young (age 20…wow that feels really young now), I had completed two years of marriage and was pregnant with our first baby, a little girl. On March 22nd 2011, the bottom fell out of my life. All my precious predetermined plans came crashing down around me, when my husband and I learned that I was in preterm labor and that there was little hope of being able to stop it. I was 23 weeks pregnant which is the very edge of viability for a preterm baby. On March 23rd, I delivered our beautiful Aleah Grace. She was 1 lb 3 oz. Jesus let us have her for 59 minutes and then she peacefully died. To read more of Aleah’s story click here. A year later, after months of waiting to become pregnant again, we became pregnant. But at six weeks into the pregnancy, that precious baby went to be with his sister in heaven. I had about given up hope of having biological children. My heart felt like it could not survive another heartbreak. Then God gave me the surprise of my life, my Judah. His pregnancy was extremely complicated but he was delivered full term and healthy. Then two years later, our sweet Selah also survived a complicated pregnancy and came to us full term and healthy.
Out of our loss, my husband and I have a huge heart for adoption and other couples who have experienced loss/ infertility
Losing Aleah and our second baby transformed my life. I began to look at the world with different eyes and truly have compassion for others who had experienced loss and disappointment. My husband and I started realizing the tragedy that occurs when a family is broken up no matter what the cause. If the future, we would like to adopt. I am not sure how this will look/ how it will happen (I have learned my lesson about creating plans over things that are not actually in my control). But I know that God can take the brokenness and pain in life and transform it into something beautiful. If you have lost children or babies you have never met, my heart is with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear your story.
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