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Designs that celebrate the gift of every day, the joy of family & the love of Jesus
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Hi there!

My name is Jenn, and here are a few (random and completely unorganized) things about me:

  • I love Jesus with all my heart and my deepest desire is for my life to glorify Him.

  • I am a happily hopeless homebody, and nothing makes me happier than a quiet evening at home with my family (in super comfy pajamas, of course!)

  • I’m pretty sure I bleed coffee.

  • I have a weakness for old paint-chipped windows, fabric in all the pretty patterns, and I quite possibly have a glass jar hoarding problem.

  • Washi tape holds my world together.

  • I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was in 5th grade. I got my teaching degree and taught elementary school for 4 years. Then God had other plans. Fast forward a few years, and now I'm an artist and graphic designer. Life is funny. Dreams have a way of changing. But God is always good. He is always working, often in unexpected ways.

  • I have two teenage girls who I adore. But time is moving too quickly and I just want to slow down and be fully present and not miss a moment.

  • My husband was the first guy who ever asked me on a date, my first kiss, my first love. We've been together over 21 years, married for over 17.

  • I'm a recovering perfectionist. The struggle is real.

  • My favorite bedtime snack is a bowl of cereal and milk (any kind will do, but there is a special place in my heart for Cinnamon Toast Crunch).

 
 
 
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My Family is my Heart

 

Of all the things that I get to do, my family is always my first and most important ministry. What I do in the small, everyday moments at home as I invest in my children and my marriage will likely never make any headlines or grow any bank accounts. But the investments made in the unseen rhythms of our family and mundane small moments in our home every day are like drops of rain--over time they become a river of influence in our children's lives, shaping their souls and guiding them into who God made them to be.

It's this quiet, unnoticed work of motherhood and family that is my most important work after all.

 

Something you may not know...

my journey into graphic design

By all worldly standards, I really should not be doing what I get to do. I have no formal training, no art classes or design degrees. I can only credit the incredibly crazy amazing grace of God. My journey into graphic design, lettering, and illustration actually began with a few little Instagram posts of quotes from a book I was reading. On a whim, I tacked on a hashtag. That little hashtag led to a message from my favorite author asking me if I'd be willing to make some social media images for her. At that time, I only made graphics using an app on my phone. I didn't really even know what I was doing. I almost said no...after all, I had no qualifications, no training, no experience. I just doodled and liked playing around with fonts and words. I'm nobody special, from nowhere special. I really shouldn't be the one she was asking.

 
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I had recently been through a season of brokenness and uncertainty. Unexpected challenges and unplanned changes had led me to set aside my own agenda and plans. I didn't really know what was ahead...I was just praying for God to lead me. Then this door that I wasn't even looking for--that I didn't even know existed, let alone knew how to ask for--suddenly appeared and swung wide open. It took a bit of courage to take that first step and say "yes," when everything in me was afraid I didn't have what it takes and I'd just trip and fall on my face. But once I walked through that door, the path beyond has been one beautiful surprise after another, all orchestrated by a God who seems to love to pour out unexpected grace upon grace.

There is absolutely no reasonable explanation for the series of events that have taken place over these past few years...but for God. It's all a crazy story, actually...one that has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the goodness and provision of God. I didn't do any of the things the "experts" recommend when starting a business. I didn't hustle. I didn't knock on anyone's door asking them to let me make graphics for them. I didn't reach out to any publishers trying to publish my work. I didn't start lettering verses or creating art for the purpose of making money. I did it (and still do) simply because it fuels my soul and gives me space to slow and be still and breathe in the goodness of God. Every time someone hires me to help them with a design, or spends their own hard-earned cash on one of my little art prints, it absolutely floors me and leaves me so humbled and grateful. I've seen how art and design can point hearts to Jesus...I've seen how God can take the imperfect work of my hands and use it to help others share Christ and grow His Kingdom...and that is a pretty incredible thing to be a part of. I am grateful every day that I get to do what I do...it is all a crazy amazing grace.

You see, we can dream and plan and think we know what we want to do with our lives, but there's something to be said for holding those plans and dreams loosely and keeping your hands and your eyes open to new and unexpected things. Because God is always working. Sometimes deep under the surface. Sometimes in ways we would never expect. He is always working. And nothing is ever wasted. It is all working together for our good and for His glory. He is writing a story that is far better than anything we can dream. We just have to trust Him with the pen.

That thing you don't understand right now?...that dream that fell through...that goal that didn't quite work out...that plan that went awry? All of those things that you thought you had control of, until you suddenly didn't? What if all of it, even the things you didn't understand or the things that didn't quite go according to plan--all the things that seem to be blocking the path you had envisioned ahead of you--what if those are the very things that are leading you to the path God ultimately has for you? What if He is writing a bigger and better story than you can imagine for your life? What if you let go of your grip a bit and hold all those plans just bit more loosely...what if you left room for God to weave something new and unexpected into your story?

You just might end up with a life you never planned, doing something you didn't know you could...and better than any of your dreams.

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