Here's My Twelve

Okay, let's lighten up a bit after that last series :-).  
Two people have now tagged me to share my twelve.  See Laura's post from Oakland Avenue and Amber's post from Mommy's Me Time to get an idea of what it is.  I worked on this a while back, so some of my answers for the second half (12 questions) were a bit outdated.  I'm just leaving that part out and giving you random facts paired with some questions for you, my readers.  


pics from doing hair / makeup at Laura's wedding (something I've had the pleasure of doing for both of my sister-in-laws on their big day!)

Twelve Random Facts

1)  I've been to one Harry Potter book launch party...I can't remember which one, but I know I stayed up for like 2 days and read the book start to finish.
2)  In high school I started helping friends do their hair and makeup for school dances.  Ten years later, I still do hair and makeup for weddings and special occasions several times a year.  It's a fun hobby for me.
3)  When it came time to pick a major for college, I had a difficult time deciding what to do with my life because deep down I just wanted to be a wife and mom.  I thought college was important, so I pressed forward with something I was interested in, but the day I got my dream job was the day my first son was born.  I honestly love being a "stay-at-home-mom", even on the hard days...I can't imagine doing anything else!
4)  Brad and I had a short engagement lasting just 11 weeks, and it was awesome.
5)  I've been journaling off and on since I can remember being able to write.  My first journals were literally full of pictures and a few words.  Now, I mostly journal prayers and thoughts on a private blog.
6)  When we first moved from my hometown of Kansas City to Iowa, I was afraid I would always miss city life.  Three years later, Ames feels like home and I can't imagine living anywhere else.  I'm excited to raise our family here.
5)  I was a dancer for 15 years and competed across the country for much of that time.  At 27 years old, having not danced now for almost 10 years, I still occasionally have nightmares that I have to compete in front of judges but I don't have my costume and can't remember the choreography.
4)  When I was growing up, I thought I was a Christian because I intellectually believed in God and Jesus, but I didn't actually become a born-again follower of Christ until August of 2006 when I was 20 years old.
3)  ...The following summer I was baptized at a pool in Holt, Missouri.  I was thankful my family came to watch, even though they baptized me as an infant.  Being baptized as a believer was an act of public profession of faith I felt very strongly about.
2)  All of my children were considered "late pre-term infants"....I had Lewis at 36 weeks exactly, and the twins at 35 weeks 4 days.
1)  I love my sister-in-laws and don't really consider them "in-laws" as much as I do just plain sisters.  They are honestly my two best girl friends and I know I can tell them anything. 

With the New Year and the new little babies in my life, I'm doing some thinking about blogging the coming year.  Writing this blog has been a source of encouragement to me through the recent months, when I've been deep in the trenches of caring for children and haven't been able to do much "adult talk".  In the background I write about 4-5 draft posts for every 1 blog post that actually gets published. This is for a lot of reasons...sometimes the content never pans out, sometimes I fear it's too controversial and I can't do it justice, sometimes it's too long, and sometimes Brad and I can't agree on the post (my husband reviews every post before it goes live).  It feels like I'm often wanting to go so many different directions, it's hard to finish any topics.  So I would love to hear your feedback!

  • What has been your favorite post or series of posts on "From the Jensens"?
  • What posts have you skimmed past because they don't interest you?
  • Is there specific content you would like to see on "From the Jensens" this year (for instance: more on homemaking, more on twins, more on decor or fashion, more lifestyle, more everyday moments etc.)

Thank you for leaving your thoughts in the comments!

p.s.  I tag you, dear Sam and another twin mommy, Allison to do "The Twelve". 
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