About Jen

I am delirious as I write this right now, so we’ll see how this ends up.

Jen is my wife. She is also my best friend. And even on top of that she is an excellent mother to our little girl Maisie. I could literally talk about Jen for hours. I have lots of favorite things about her. I love her laugh. I love her honesty. I love watching her become who God has made her to be. I love that she is emotional and vibrant.  

And speaking of emotional…the last few years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds…have been emotional for us. Just 4 years ago, we were well on our way to being happily ever after. We both had good jobs. We had a brand new house. Our house was decorated by an interior designer…a friend who did it for free, but it was still one of those houses that was too put together. We had a nice car. We were talking about starting to have kids. But then things changed. We sold the house. Quit the jobs. Moved to Europe and life took a different path. And life will never be the same again!

But back to the stuff about Jen…Since going to Europe Jen has really grown. It’s weird because being in Paris was not easy for us. Yet, we grew in some significant ways…especially her. Right before my eyes she’s learning more and more who she is. For one, there isn’t even a shadow of a co-dependent person who only does what everybody else says is right. To be honest, it was a lot easier when Jen would just ‘go with the flow’, but in the end I think that she was betraying herself by acting like that.

We’ve been married for six and a half years now. We’ve been a couple for almost 9 years. That’s almost a decade. The girl I married is now a strong woman who is ‘heaven-bent’ on being true to herself and who God has made her to be. And dog-on-it…it’s inspiring.  A lot of times people don’t know what to do with Jen. Her freedom and willingness to not be status-quo is offsetting to some. Her unwillingness to toe the line frustrates people who want her to be in a box…that includes me sometimes. 

Here is another one of my favorites…yes plural. She is incredibly wise and discerning. She has an ability to read people that I am amazed by. One of my greatest desires is to see Jen be more utilized ‘in ministry’. Whatever that means. The truth behind my own growth and maturing (pause to bask in my own light) is that Jen has been the single most influential person who has helped me grow up, make right choices, be less selfish, and love other people. She taught me about self-awareness before I had even heard of the word.  

 I guess the main reason that I am writing all of this is because Jen has been a funk the last few days. I so often talk about myself and what I am going through in an attempt to be therapeutic, but I also lead a family that I need to encourage and love. Writing all of this stuff about my wife on the world wide web is a simple way to shout to the world that I am madly in love with her and think the world of her. She is one the best people I know and I want to be like her when I grow up. I feel like anyone who misses the chance to hear from, be told what’s up by, and laugh with Jen has missed out. That’s all I want to say about Jen right now…You can check out her much-more-entertaining blog here

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  1. Amy Ginther on March 6, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Justin-I agree with every single word you put here! She is an amazing person in SO many different aspects of life. How blessed she is to be married to a man who sees how brightly her light is shining (even if sometimes it is a different colored light than the rest of us are used to). And how incredible for her to know that you opened up your heart to the WWW for all to see! You guys are amazing. I cherish our friendship! Thank you for sharing this wonderful lady of yours. 🙂

  2. alyssa on March 6, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    You guys are two of the most amazing people I have ever known and I am so thankful to be able to learn from you and laugh with you! I will add to the Jen praising and say that she is so inspiring! I want to be like her when I grow up too. 🙂

  3. Christine on March 6, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for loving, cherishing and honoring my little girl. Many of the reasons she is the incredible delight that she is, is not due solely to the excellent parenting she received as a child (ha ha), but much of it comes from basking in the love of a man who cares so much about affirming her, even when she’s in a funk, that he would post it loudly on his blog. I’m so grateful for my dear sweet child. AND I’m so grateful for you.

  4. Jamie on March 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Justin, I think one of the things I appreciate most about watching you, Jen, and you and Jen together is your ability to help one another grow. I agree with you about your amazing wife. There is something about her that is so engaging and dynamic. There is a literal ache when the both of you are gone. I love you. I love her. I love you together (and of course Maisie Rae).

  5. Bandna on March 14, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    THATS THE JEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH AND CANT LIVE WITHOUT! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING PEOPLE ALONE BUT TOGETHER YOU TWO ARE EXTRODANARY EXAMPLES OF CHRISTS LOVE AND GRACE AND STRENGHTH..LOVE YOU GUYS ITS LATE SORRY FOR ALL CAPS AND THINGS SPELLT WRONG!

  6. Diane on March 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Now, that is true love. God new what he wss doing when he brought you two together.
    I don’t really know Jen but have met her and chit -chatted with her a few times. I guess I know her pretty well actually, since she is so honest about her feelings and shares so much on her blog. 🙂 I love her honesty, she glows with inner and outer beauty as well has finding the humor in life.

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