Curious about our blog story and our family? Here’s the long version :)

I’m Jenn, the writer and owner of The Purposeful Mom. I am a daughter of Jesus, a wife to a wonderful husband and mom to four sweet kids.

I grew up on a farm in northern North Dakota (literally 10 miles south of Canada). There were difficult moments of course, but I am so thankful for a loving family, a safe childhood and lifelong friends.

I continually strive to embrace the “Northern Prairie Culture” I learned from my family and others in my home state and local community: the pressing on through hard times with a strong faith in God, working hard toward your dreams, bearing one another’s burdens and showing extraordinary kindness to everyone, simply because it’s the right thing to do.

My husband and I met in college in the Twin Cities and once he finished seminary, we moved back to North Dakota (yay!) where we served for 8 years. We now live in South Dakota, where my husband pastors a church in the largest city in our state.

I never anticipated being the wife of a pastor (I grew up Catholic so it didn’t even cross my mind!) but I have been blessed tremendously by our church family and ministry, our home and our four children (ages 13, 10, 7 and 5)! My main “career” is staying home with our kids but I also have been growing my blog into a business and managing the website and some of the marketing for our kids’ Christian school.

Our family enjoys spending time outdoors (although we don’t do a lot of hiking or camping!) and we’ve been working on creating yearly traditions to bring our family closer. We used to live near our extended family but now that we’ve moved away, we realize how important it is to establish our own traditions!

Life hasn’t been easy (no one’s is!) but it’s good to be reminded of how blessed we really are and how God has sustained us in the hard times.

Why “The Purposeful Mom”?

God created us for good reason and so I want to live each day with that in mind! My original tagline was “living with purpose, walking by grace, one day at a time”. The grace of God is the only thing that gets us through life and is what enables us to live intentionally during each day that is put in front of us.

Now the tagline is “nurturing faithful, grace-filled Christian motherhood”, because I also want this to be a place where you can experience transformation and have confidence in your mothering, powered by the grace of God and know that faithful Christian motherhood is possible, even when life feels crazy!

My blog started in late 2011 as a place for me to share what the Lord was teaching me through time in His Word and cute crafts my kids did at home. That was all I did for quite some time.

After praying over my blog, I felt led to make it a part of my daily life as a way to share how to thrive in motherhood and faith. I mixed in some homemaking, recipes and financial posts as well.

As the years have gone on and time has brought changes, the topics here at The Purposeful Mom have changed a bit too!

But what hasn’t changed is what I’m here to do. Teach you to trust in grace and embrace motherhood purposefully, without the pressure to be perfect, so you can see God in the everyday and live out your calling with peace and confidence.

What you’ll find here are practical and simple encouragements and tools for your faith life and for your children’s faith, like these:

I am FAR from perfect and God is teaching me daily to rely on Him for strength, wisdom and patience in these endeavors!

Some days my writing is practical, other times contemplative and occasionally I make at attempt at wit. But on all these days, I’m here to encourage you and help you experience real change in your faith and family life!

Thanks for being here!

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