2013 in review

Sorry I have been MIA on updating you guys with everything that is going on in my world. A lot of new things are happening, as well as a lot of bad, but we never give up praying. We have huge news coming in 2014, so just bare with us! I can’t wait to get back to updating you guys on our journey. Jade is still dealing with food allergies, and I am learning to adjust to the new way of living. I am even teaching myself how to cook (I know, don’t freak out). I have cooked Spinach Artichoke Dip, Banana Pudding (even if it was instant with real bananas Again, don’t judge me) hahahah!! 😉
I am also getting ready to pack again, but you will just have to wait to figure out why!
Since August 2013,  I have started a Food Allergy Support group for our area: West Georgia Food Allergy Support Group. Our first meeting is the 21st and I am so nervous! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. When Jade was diagnosed I didn’t realize how many people was so unaware of food allergies, even for myself. I am now pushing with all the other food allergy awareness that epipen training should be like CPR training, and should be mandatory. Did you know that bus drivers in our area are not properly trained? However, as of 2014 they will be! My voice is being heard, and I am so excited about making a difference.

Anyway, I will leave you with this note:
“Never give up hope, always trust in Him, and everything else will fall into place. If people walk out of your life, then hold your head high and smile, because you can show them you can make a difference rather they are with you or not.” — From Me!

I wish you all the best in 2014 and I will be back, so hold your horses! And for the ones who have been checking on us, thank you!

God Bless You in everything you do!
Jenna

 

Btw – I am active on my book blog: Werejumpinbooks.wordpress.com So come on over if you enjoy books!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Liebster Award

wpid-liebsteraward I know, don’t faint or anything, but I was nominated for the Liebster Award! The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. To imagine little sweet little ol’ me, is any of those things is encouraging, and I want to thank Jodie Lea for that! Thank You Jodie, for not only thinking about me, but passing the award on to my blog. Be sure to click her name, and check out her blog!

Upon receiving the nomination, you are required to do the following:

a. Tell 11 things about yourself

b. Answer 11 questions asked by the nominating blogger

c. Nominate 11 new bloggers

d. Ask 11 questions to the bloggers you nominated

e. Inform the bloggers you choose

11 Things About Me, That You May or May Not Know

1. I was a band geek. I played clarinet for 6 years, and even concert band.
2. I began my “job” as a Stay-At-Home-Mom before I was even a Mom.
3. I am well on my way to my Third Trimester in my pregnancy.
4. My ironing skills consist of throwing the clothes back in the dryer on “wrinkle free”
5. I do not own an Iphone, maybe one day.
6. My favorite TV shows right now are: Ax Men, Swamp People, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice
7. Trying to take at least 1 friend/family out for lunch a week.
8. My appendix and Gallbladder are both removed within 2 years of each other, on New Year’s Eve.
9. Learned how to do “The Wobble” 6 months pregnant, and still do it!
10. Dishes are my most hated chore. (Doesn’t help that we don’t have a dishwasher)
11. I love reading

11 Questions from Jodie aka Not Pretending (to be sane)

  1. As a kid (or older) when you pretended to be someone else, who were you and why did you want to be them?
    I don’t ever remember pretending to be like anyone. I was an only child, so I had my imagination with stuffed animals.
  2. Have you had your “15-minutes of fame” yet? How did it happen? (If it hasn’t happened, how would you like it to happen?)
    I try to stay out of the “Spot Light”
  3. If you could change one thing about your personality – what would it be and why?
    To not let others use me. I think it is one of my biggest things that I am trying to “change”
  4. What was the last novel you read? Would you recommend it?
    The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
  5. Who was/is your favorite teacher, and why?
    My favorite teacher was Coach Kribbs, he was my History teacher. I think the reason why he was my favorite is because he helped me with my Graduation Exam, he took the time to sit down with me and make sure I passed the history part of it, and I will always be grateful for that.
  6. Besides writing, tell us about one of your other talents.
    I like to craft. I just started back sewing. I also like re-doing furniture. You can see those under “projects” in my categories.
  7. Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?
    I wasn’t even thought of it, and my Mom wasn’t either.
  8. You wrote a novel about your life growing up, and now Hollywood is making a movie based on that novel. Which actor/actress would you want to play you, and why?
    I have no clue, but they would have to be pretty spacey and random to play a part of me 😉
  9. What was your favorite TV show when you were in grade school?  What about now?
    Friends! Oh, I miss that show, I even catch reruns sometimes, and I will eventually own all the seasons.
    Swamp People has to be one of my Favorites now.
  10. What are your top 3 pet peeves?
    Top Pet Peeves
  11. Do you like your first name? If not, what would you change it to?
    I would never change it, I love my name.

My 11 Nominees Are:

  1. Birminghambell
  2. iamzion
  3. Negative Reality
  4. The Prairie Plate
  5. Vicky…the Northern Chicky
  6. Cozycakes Cottage
  7. But That’s For Another Blog
  8. Definingmydash
  9. Life as Modern Wife
  10. Searching for middle ground
  11. Xanax or Running shoes?

My 11 Questions for my Nominees

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Favorite quote?
  3. What is one of your quirky habits?
  4. What would be your realistic dream home?
  5. What are the three most important things in your life? List them off without thinking!
  6. Who inspires you?
  7. Have you ever Googled yourself?
  8. Your favorite post on your own blog?
  9. Your favorite post on another blog?
  10. Kindle or real book?
  11. What are you looking forward to the most in 2013?

We’re Jumpin’ Topics 2012 Review

 

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you everyone who has commented, looked, and searched through my thoughts. I know I am not here a lot, but I want to personally thank every one of you who has followed, and helped encourage me along the way. You are truly one of kind, and again Thank You! May you all have a Blessed and Wonderful year in 2013!
~Jenna

 

Complete with Sunshine

  First, I would like to say thank you to Smiles & Happiness for picking me! Be sure to slide over and check out her blog! I am sure you will leave with a smile, one way or another.

It has actually been awhile since I have received an award, so I am really excited and thrilled. (I know I can be a nerd, haha) Be sure to pass on the love to your favorite blogs.

 The Sunshine Award!

  • Include the award logo in a post or on your blog (see the flower photo above).
  • Answer 10 questions/facts about yourself.
  • Nominate  10-12 other fabulous bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know that they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

So here are the 10 nominees: (In no order, just some blogs I love reading)

10 Random Questions/Facts About Me:

  1. What technology scares you?
    You know finding out that new phones have a tracking app. That is kinda creepy, unless you’re a child, but still creepy in my book. If you don’t trust the person you are with… then move on.
  2. How do I like to be awakened in the morning?
    I like to wake up on my own, unless Jade comes busting through. Usually when she comes in and wakes me up I wake up smiling. She usually says the weirdest stuff in the mornings.
  3. What are you grateful for everyday?
    Waking up, Jade, Hubby, Family, Friends, Lights, Sun, Rain, Food… everything?
  4. What was your favorite TV show growing up?
    Friends! I can still sit down and watch it, even if it is a re-run
  5. What food is too much work for you to eat?
    I would have to say a steak. There is just so many times I can chew one bite.
  6. What do you like about your job?
    Being a stay at home mom, I get to see all Jade’s first. I get to help mold her, and teach her the basics of life. I like the fact that I have my own time, but yet love spending time with her.
  7. If you had an extra room in your house what would it be used for?
    Probably toys, so a play room of sorts. A play room/craft room. And if we got pregnant again I would make it a nursery.
  8. What show have you recently watched?
    I am such a TV junkie. Hubby and I just started watching Numb3rs from the 1 Season. We are only on Episode 3.
  9. I have never flown. Never left the southeast actually.
  10. Trying to lose weight is like sitting at a baseball game with an unlimited buffet of peanuts. I love food, it is my comfort, and I need to fix this asap, but hey I have 4lbs and how I gained 6 lbs I have no clue.. but I am going to Zumba 2x a week!

1 Year Blogaversary

Oh my, it has been ONE year since I have started this journey (a few hours early but hey… I am celebrating early). I have grown so much in a year it is unreal.

In the beginning, I didn’t know where this would go, or where to begin really, but I did find out I am best at writing my thoughts out, not only does it help clear my head, but it often puts peace within my heart.

You guy have seen me go through phases with my Step-dad, Jade’s adventures, weight loss journey, death in the family, bugs in my bed, and learning to grow as a person.

Thank you for being here for me.

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~ Truly Inspiring

The Versatile Blogger Award

Holy Moly! So, I have been in this trace this past weekend from everything going on. On this Monday morning I got this award from the very on Adventures of a Crazy Ass Mama. Thank you so much Jami! ~hugs to you girl~ and those are BIG hugs!!! I never thought this award would land in front of me, but here it is. I don’t think I could think you enough chicka.

The rules are as followed:
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass this award along to 7 recently discovered blogs.
Seven things about myself:
  1. I have been craving a hot homemade brownie.
  2. Getting back in Church
  3. I have figured out I am an emotional eater.
  4. Lisa and I have weird conversations that end up in dividing body parts.
  5. Starting back making bracelets.
  6. I have a secret lover and no one knows.
  7. One of these things are not true.
Seven recently discovered blogs:
  1. Journey Towards Purpose
  2. Analyfe
  3. Life’s Little Slices
  4. Magic in the Backyard
  5. Christina Does It All

Picking just 7 was so hard for me. During the last week I have added onto my list, and trying to just decide on 7 was like really a close your eyes and shoot for the stars, kinda thing. ~I know I usually go and cut the rules and add more, but this time I must be sick, or something, haha~ Thank you again Jami! You are so kind, sweet and just wonderful. Now, may these other 7 be blessed with this award.


 

 

 

Tagging At It’s Best

Thanks Vix (littlemisseverything) for tagging me. This is such a challenge and I think know I can do it. Thanks for sending the tough one to me. 🙂

1. Most beautiful post …
Life, in my little girl’s eyes
I loved writing this post. It really reminded me how beautiful life should be.

2. Most popular post …
Best Friends

73 views since it was published, and still getting searched today.

3. Most controversial post …
Gay Marriage

Well, it seems a lot of people have different views and talk about it around the world. Which I wasn’t surprised with the reactions.

4. Most helpful post …
Forgiveness

I think we all need to learn how to forgive ourselves, or others.

5. A post whose success surprised me …
Delete You

I wrote this post due to the Challenge I am participating in. I really didn’t think it would have got the attention it did. I was just writing how I was feeling at the time.

6. A post that didn’t get the attention I felt it deserved …
There’s a BUG a crawling…

It was pretty funny, but gosh it was scary!

7. Post I’m most proud of …
I Can Forgive Him

It took a lot of me to write this post. It totally helped me and I didn’t realize how much writing about something that you quit thinking about it. I was really proud of myself, to say the least.


Tag 5 some of your fellow bloggers
Life’s Little Slices
My Raw Secrets
Joella Morgan
Just Rambling…
Random Thoughts
Sporks in the Road
Lafemmeroar

★ Blog Love ★

I have to send a shout-out to Life’s Little Slices! Thank you for sending me the Blog McLovin! You are really so nice, kind, and the best! Again, Thank you!!
Also, Thanks for I Swear! We’re not crazy for sending some blog love!

1.  Thank the person who nominated you
~
Clears throat~ Thanks, hugs, small squeezes for sending this to me. So thoughtful of you Life’s Little Slices & I Swear! We’re not crazy.

2.  Share seven random facts about yourself
I am a dork, give or take some “duh” moments.
I have tripped going up the stairs at my moms.
I dance in the kitchen in a t-shirt when no one is home.
If someone comes up unexpected I have to run to put on pants.
I don’t like commercials on the radio, I will turn the channel.
Sometimes I worry too much. Rather it is my child not waking up, or hubby getting in a wreck on his way home.
I believe you need treat others how you would like to be treated.

3. Pass the award along to 15 deserving blog buddies.
A Life Uncommon
The Bad Housewife’s Blog
LittleMissEverything
Maggie Mae’s Days
Make Believe Till Nothing’s Real
Mr T’s Jibba Jabba
My Blogject
My Inner Muse
My Parents Are Crazier Than Yours
Well That’s Awkward
You’ve Been Hooked!

Here is a list close enough to 15, ha!
4. Contact those bloggers to congratulate them.
Thanks for everyone of yall! You guys can make me laugh, find encouragement, inspire me to be better, and just make my day full of ideas.

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