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Welcome to my blog. I am so glad you stopped by!

Here are some fascinating facts about me:

1. I started blogging about four years ago – and took a brief sabbatical in 2010 to write privately for a while.

2. I live in the South with my husband (Hugh – my lovely, bearded man!), my three young children, and a large American Shorthair cat named Pippin and our Bagle (beagle/basset mix) Harley.

3. I love to read. A lot. Anything from George MacDonald to Meg Cabot…C.S. Lewis to US Weekly. Seriously.

4. I am passionate about sharing what God is currently talking to me about in my life. Whether He is convicting me, pouring love on me, or leading me through hard memories of my painful childhood – I love to talk about how He is showing His faithfulness to me in all of it.

5. I try to be funny in some of my posts, though sometimes when I reread what I write, I realize I think I am a lot funnier than other people do.

7.  I have the bestest best friend in the ENTIRE world (do you see her picture at the top of this page? Isn’t she fun?).  Amanda has walked with me through so many difficult times in my life, constantly reminding me to follow Christ and turn wholeheartedly to Him in all things.  I am so blessed to have her in my life.

8. I was a Junior High and High School teacher at a local private Christian school. I am completely nuts about my students – and I adore teaching.

9. I am so excited you are reading my About! Have a fantastic day!

27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2007 2:34 pm

    My Dear Sister-in-Christ,
    Love the way you love the Lord! You are an encouragement and inspiration to us all. 🙂 Don’t take that nasty bait from the enemy. You are stronger than him because of 1 John 4:4. He’s got it covered.
    Thanks for being so transparent. I need someone who can relate to this fleshly struggle.
    Love ya tons,

  2. August 11, 2007 10:59 pm

    hi! just found you and wanted to say i was/am blessed by your blog….
    shalom to you….

  3. Carissa permalink
    August 13, 2007 11:05 am

    Jess…I am so glad you started this blog. It turely ministers to me. You are so honest, funny, and your love of the Lord is apparent, even in your smile. Thank you for sharing your life and your walk. We need a girls night!


  4. August 13, 2007 11:26 pm

    hi jess!
    i truly enjoyed meeting you tonight. i am so glad that God has put you in my path. i look forward to our times together!! i am honored and excited to be in the “momtourage”!!
    i just found your blog and will add you to my blog list!!!!!
    talk to you soon.

  5. hljourney permalink
    September 1, 2007 2:07 pm

    Hi Jessica,
    I truly enjoy reading through your blog! Thank you for sharing; I am blessed & happy that God has brought your blog to my attention! I’ve added you to my bloglist – hope that’s okay! And I had a quick question as I’m new to WordPress (was using another service before)… how did you get the “Book’s I’m Currently Reading” on your sidebar?

    God Bless, Heather

  6. erincraig permalink
    November 2, 2007 9:15 am

    I just ran across your blog and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. So many people’s blogs are the same old thing all the time; yours is real and it is just the kind of stuff I want to read. It is very encouraging and I can relate! Good job on getting yourself out there and letting others see the real you! Keep on writing and I will be back!

    God Bless

  7. November 2, 2007 4:08 pm

    Nice blog you got there. Congrats for having time for being a mother and to express your feelings and thoughts so nicely! 🙂 God be with you.

  8. Becky permalink
    November 30, 2007 7:15 pm

    Jessica…just wanted to say I love reading your blog! Always encouraged by how you share your heart and walk with the Lord. Thanks for encouraging others! See you Sunday

  9. January 16, 2008 11:29 am

    You have inspired me in many ways since I have started reading your blog. I was trying to do the prayer journal this year as one of my new habits and find that I am having trouble getting this started. I know you have talked a lot about using a prayer journal and was hoping that you might have some advice for me. Please e-mail me or leave a comment on my blog with any advice you might have for me. Thanks so much.


  10. Laura permalink
    January 24, 2008 3:42 pm

    Hi Jess, I “found” you from a link on Randy Alcorn’s blog. I just love your site! You are
    now book-marked for every day reading. Thanks for the encouragement.

  11. January 25, 2008 1:46 am

    hey Jess,
    I met you a week or two ago walking along with Kelly Hubatka. I’m thinking of people that would be good in the praise pit for the live recording February 10th and I know that there have been several times on Sunday mornings when I do background vocals on stage that I notice you and your husband worshiping. I think you guys have an amazing energy and passion for God and Elevation, and it would be cool if you guys were in the praise pit. If you’re planning on going to the recording, if you could give me your email address so that I could pass it along, that’d be great. My e-mail is Thanks.

    p.s. your blog is awesome, too!

  12. Patty permalink
    February 26, 2008 5:39 pm

    I don’t remember which blog I was reading when I ran into yours. The title called my attention. And today, I came back to check it out and saw your testimony about prayer. Who knows if I will ever meet you (especially since I live in the NW!) but know that you are an encouragement to me. Thank you for being so honest and sharing from your heart! Keep up the writing. 😉

  13. March 9, 2008 8:23 pm

    Just wanted to say “thank you” for this site. While as a guy I had to quickly skip past anything having to do with shaving and waxing 🙂 , learning about your background and struggle to be a better Christian has encouraged me in my own “pilgrim’s quest.”

    Keep up the good work and best wishes to you, Hugh and the kids.


  14. April 27, 2008 10:14 pm

    Hi, I found your blog through sing4joy’s site. Great meeting you, and I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

  15. July 24, 2008 5:40 pm

    Blessed to meet you my sister! This post is eerily familiar except for the cat named Pippin and the Amazon thing. God is so faithful!

  16. September 9, 2008 10:44 pm

    thank you for your blog. I think I need a prayer chair! God bless

  17. September 13, 2008 2:25 am

    I enjoyed my little “visit” with you here this evening. It was thought provoking and fun.

  18. Sarah Palin permalink
    September 16, 2008 8:40 am

    That Amanda sounds like one heck of a gal! And you do too of course 🙂

  19. September 18, 2008 1:36 pm

    just found you through Cindy (Still His Girl) and have made a mid-year resolution not to blog stalk, so i thought i’d let you know i was here 🙂


  20. September 18, 2008 9:30 pm

    Wow! Love the new place! 🙂

    And I love this About section! Your humor (I do personally find you quite funny….really downright hilarious), your passion for the Lord and for prayer…I just love coming by your blog!

    Blessings, sweet Jess!

  21. Taylor K. permalink
    October 22, 2008 4:28 pm

    i need help designing a prayer basket. 🙂

  22. November 3, 2008 9:50 pm

    Hey, I found you! 🙂 Looking forward to browsing through your posts. Sounds like you’re doing well!

  23. November 24, 2008 1:57 pm

    Hi Jess! My SIL Karen referred me to your blog and I just wanted to let you know that I love it. You’re an amazing writer!

  24. Sylvie-Nadege permalink
    April 16, 2009 10:51 am

    Life is a tulip!
    I’ve never forgotten you, old friend.

  25. zng permalink
    April 30, 2009 8:49 pm

    Hi Mrs. Hopper!! Lol, i finally found your blog! 😀

  26. August 12, 2009 11:39 am

    Jess, you’re an Amazon Primer, too? I just signed up last month. I hope it’s worth it. So addicting, though. I heart Amazon…Sigh…


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