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Jenn's HeadshotIMG_8139_394Hello!  I’m Jennifer Dykema.  I am a rule-following, reliable, recovering people-pleaser who loves Jesus.  I am momma to three and wife to my one and only, Mark Dykema (follow him here).

My blog is focused on walking in peace and joy smack dab in the middle of life’s messes—especially the very messy calling of motherhood.  I am convinced God  has more for each of us than we dare to imagine, and I don’t want you or I to miss any of it.

I write on being a Godly mother and wife, serving, challenges of raising humans (rather than the little angels I sometimes anticipate waking up to each morning), and trying to show Jesus to my family each day.  On occasion, I write about something that doesn’t fit right into one of these categories, because, just like you, I’m discovering new things each day and want to share them.

My goal is to create and encourage a community of moms who are comfortable admitting they can’t accomplish this holy task of training children up without the help of Father God and the community of believers in which He has placed them.

I typically post three times a week, to make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via e-mail.  You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

 

My Biography

Wife: In 2007, I graduated from college and married the man of my prayers.   But, people, I am serious when I say this man walked straight out of nowhere and made me feel like I was living all the best parts of a chick flick (And guess what? I’m still crazy about him!).  He is the owner and operator of Biggby Coffee Holland (store of the year nationwide in 2014).  If you’re ever in the area and want a cup of the best coffee served by fabulous baristas, stop in!

Mom: We have been entrusted with  three (as of July 21, 2014) gorgeous little ones (ages 6, 3, and baby boy).  They have multiplied the joy in our home.

Poet: I write mostly narrative poetry; I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Murray State University.  In May, 2014 Finishing Line Press published by chapbook I Call You Light.  The chapbook is a collection of poems dealing with the grief and hope all mixed up in motherhood.

Teacher: I belong to the rare breed of those who don’t ever get enough of school.  So, not only did I continue my education after my B.A., I started teaching.  I taught middle school English, Creative Writing, and Spanish for four years, but didn’t return after our second beauty was born.  Now, I teach Composition I and II and Public Speaking for Northpoint Bible College.  I get to be a part of equipping students who feel God has called them into some kind of ministry, and it is my honor and joy.

Child of the King: Whether you share my convictions or not, I pray it is evident through my blog that I have been adopted by a Heavenly King who has given me far beyond what I ever dared to imagine, and I am doing my best to glorify Him in all I do.

Now, don’t let my silver-lining perspective on things lead you to believe that everything is perfect and in order at our house.  We make messes (and sometimes I forget to clean them up), we forget things, we get frustrated, tired, impatient, and selfish.  But each day, by God’s grace and with His fresh mercies we try again.

Please, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile.

 

 

 

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