Welcome to Blessings Overflowing! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere. I am so glad you are here. My name is Jackie. I am a child of God, a wife, and a mom to 5 wonderful kids. I love all things DIY, and I have more hobbies than a busy mom probably should.
I have been a working mom, a stay at home mom, a work from home mom, and now I am back to being a working mom as I have gone back to teaching after a 15 year hiatus. I teach 7th and 8th grade Family and Consumer Sciences and Language Arts. Teaching this age group is both challenging and rewarding.
Nearly thirteen years ago I started this blog when I was expecting my fourth child. I had just decided to close my home-based embroidery business, and I thought it would be a great way to keep track of my DIY projects and share family updates.
It took me about 1 1/2 years before I made this blog public, and I have added many new topics in the years I have been blogging. One thing that hasn’t changed is my focus.
I chose the name Blessings Overflowing because I was, and still am, a mom whose blessings are overflowing.
In the beginning…
One day I was all warm and snug and the next thing you know I was thrust into the world where everything was noisy and bright. There were lots of strange people to meet and new things to experience. Someone put a shirt and diaper on me and stuck me in a little cart on wheels. They even covered my hands. What was up with that?
Did I go back too far?
Is my “about me” page supposed to cover my entire life’s story?
Let’s try this again.
My name is Jackie. I have had several jobs since I graduated from college. I was a teacher, an embroidery business owner, a home-based preschool teacher, a freelance web designer, and now I am a teacher again. However, my favorite job of all is being a mom to my five awesome kids.
I have been married to JT for almost twenty-five years, and our children are Julia, James, Joshua, Joseph, and Janna. They have grown and changed so much since I started this blog, and I am so thankful God chose me to be their mama. There is never a dull moment in our home, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why I Am Still Blogging After 10+ Years
I have been blogging since August of 2007 when we found out that we were going to have our third son. I have tried to pinpoint over these years of blogging why I keep going. There are two reasons that I have come up with.
First, I am a person who likes to figure out how to do things myself. Whether it be sewing, crocheting, crafting, gardening, canning, or whatever else is floating my boat at the moment, I enjoy the process of creating. By having a blog I get to share with others and get ideas as well. All of the people who read this blog make me want to keep writing and that seems to be good for my sanity.
Secondly, and probably most importantly, I like having a record of what is happening in our lives right now. Someday my children may look back at the things I have written about them and laugh at how silly their mother was. But maybe, just maybe, they will be glad for this glimpse into the inner workings of their mother’s mind. Maybe some of the sentimental things I have written will help them remember just how much I love them.
While I haven’t shared everything about my life, maybe I have given you just enough that you might be interested enough to stop back by sometime. That would totally make my day. 🙂
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.