About Your Blog Hostess…

Who am I? Well…To my husband I’m “the wench.” Guess you’d have to be there to appreciate the humor.

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(Princess Bride should give you a clue.)

To my oldest daughter–eternally independent, Bekah–I’m “Jennifer.” (Of course, I am. She’s such a ha-ha.)

My 6-year-old grandson calls me “Mom.” (He lives with us.) However, the other day I heard him call me Jennifer. (Thanks, Bekah.)

To my seven other individually precious grandchildren, I’m “Nana Jen.”

(Who knows what the neighbors call me.)

What do I like to do? Let’s see…

I really, really love to laugh. And my very funny, extremely witty husband makes sure that I do. At least once each day before we go to sleep.

I also like quilting, scrapbooking, and photography.

Then there’s that old fondness for frolicking in the dirt: pulling weeds, planting, and transplanting; sometimes I’m the doggypooper-scooperupper too. (Just comes with the territory. And, it keeps things in perspective–if you know what I mean. Kinda hard to be full of yourself when you’ve got a shovel-full.)

Of course, I love the challenge of writing, that yard-duty task of taking the thoughts that go romping through my mind and group them into useful vignettes. Useful to me, first of all, because writing helps me to make sense of my reactions and responses.

Useful to mothers of little children, since I raised four of my own and two stepsons–all of whom are now fully grown and have since flown the coop or are about to shortly. Lots of great stories there.

Useful to wives who desire to serve their husbands well and also be fulfilled as women, as individuals. I learned so many things the hard way but have since come through to the other side, smiling, laughing, thriving.

But my passion is for new Christ-followers, and even to those who’ve been calling themselves ‘Christians’ for years but haven’t seen much growth in their relationship with Jesus.

I love Jesus. I love how intimate He’s been with me over the years. Since 1997, in fact. My ‘coming to Jesus’ story is in this blog. And I want others to experience that same intimacy. “All the way my Savior leads me.” So true, so true.

So come back in January. I’ll be starting this blog back up again, with new posts. Until then, have an awesome three months!

Jennifer

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7 thoughts on “About Your Blog Hostess…

  1. Rick Alvey says:

    Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by my ilifejourney blog and for the “like” on today’s entry. I’ve enjoyed browsing your blogs and especially your account of coming to Jesus. What an amazing testimony! I am debating an attempt at an ebook so may get with you for some of your editing services if I end up on that path. I am husband to a wonderful woman, father to six great kids as well as one daughter-in-law and grandson. I am also a pastor who writes to inspire followers of Jesus to explore further and live out more consistently what it means to love God and love others. Thanks for sharing the journey!

    • J. R. Hamilton says:

      Thank you, Rick. In writing circles there is something referred to as “show, don’t tell.” Perhaps you’ve heard that phrase. In movies, it’s alot of “showing” the audience what’s going on inside the character, right? In writing, there is the need to “show” the reader more than “tell” him what’s going on, in order to give the reader an experience.

      So much of Christian nonfiction is pure “telling,” and readers feel like they’re in class, taking notes. Which isn’t a bad thing. I have shelves of those books, and I love them. But it’s been on my heart to “show” my readership what it looks like to be pursued by a God who sometimes seems absent; what it can look and sound and feel like when a person comes to Christ, gets to know Christ and begins walking with Him.

      It was equally good to see the ministry you have going. Looking forward to hearing more about your ebook. God bless you, your wife, and all those kids. And God bless your pastoring. Take care.

  2. egrafton says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I really enjoyed meeting you at the Inspire Writers Conference. Came by to check out your website. I’ll be back. I really enjoy your style and sense of humor. And I’m all fired up after the conference. My mind is ready to spill……

    • J. R. Hamilton says:

      Hi Eileen. I didn’t know that you and Jennifer were attending the conference, and I’ve been wanting to meet you both. So it was quite a nice surprise to find you there. I hear you about the conference. “Write as if your life depended upon it” (Steve Scott) really took hold of me. So much was barely touched on that I left craving more, but more time was just not available.
      I did visit your website too…Wow! You’ve managed to make history and archeology warm and inviting. Congratulations! And how exciting, that you and Susy were recently in Israel together–for the book I assume? I’ll keep you both in my prayers as you journey together on this writing venture.
      I’m afraid I stopped writing on my blog quite a while back. I only got a website and blog site because people kept telling I needed to do that. But now I’m rethinking things. I’ll eventually get back to it, but I want to be sure why I’m blogging. So, please pardon the inconsistencies therein.

      Happy writing to you. And thank you for taking the time to drop me a note. I hope we have opportunities in the future to get to know each other. Blessings,
      Jennifer

      • egrafton says:

        Jennifer,
        Blogging has been a great way for me to start building the beginnings of a platform. It’s fun to write short snippets of history, put it out there and see what happens. Is there another way I can ‘follow’ you besides the blogsite? I’d like to keep in touch. I like your journey. Stay in the flow 😉 Eileen

  3. egrafton says:

    Oh … and your portrait above is PERFECT. Of course the real you is very pretty, but that portrait really nails the essence. Fun!

    • J. R. Hamilton says:

      Yah, when I saw that portrait I had to grab it. It nailed what I was going for. I’m thrilled that you like it. Honestly, who could look at that portrait on not start laughing! You must have a very similar personality. And thank you.

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