Behind The Butter

On Life + Grace

Tomorrow is Good Friday and this whole week, I’ve been really pausing to take notice of all the gifts in my life….most importantly, the gift of grace.

It truly boggles my mind just how much God loves us that He sent His one and only son to die for us all on the cross. He actually watched His son die a slow, agonizing death so that we all could live. And all He asks in return is for us to love and glorify Him. That’s it.

This has been a full week.

Adam and I were asked by our best friends to be the legal guardian of their son if anything should ever happen to them. I’m making lasagna for 150 homeless friends over at the nonprofit ministry I volunteer at. We are continuing to pray about adoption someday. I’m preparing my heart for a big trip this summer. Adam is up to his neck in business meetings and work stress. My heart is heavy, as it is every year around this time, because in a few weeks it will mark another year gone by without my brother.

Through all that “stuff” — the good, the sweet and the heavy — we remember the depth of meaning this holy week brings with Good Friday tomorrow and Easter on Sunday. It’s about more than hiding Easter baskets and eating chocolate bunnies. It’s about the radical, crazy, unbelievable love God has for you and how He wants you for you, no matter how many times you’ve messed up in the past. Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect or have it all together. Rather, it’s about admitting you’re sorta messed up and need a savior.

The true meaning of this week is accepting the gift of grace that Christ’s death brings and the freedom that comes along with it.

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  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    March 28, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Amen, sista! Thank you for sharing a post that encourages us to take a moment to contemplate about the bigger things in life that we so often tend to neglect. Sometimes life gets so hectic and we forget why we are here.

    Your brother seemed like a great person (from what I’ve read in your book). And I’m sure he is watching over you, and would be proud of the things his big sister has accomplished.

  • polly
    March 28, 2013 at 2:40 am

    sweet little sis this is my favorite post. you are such a light. i love you so much and have just so much joy from knowing how amazing God is and how he works. To think back at how your story so perfectly and sometimes crazily wound together with Adam’s to be at this place today is so cool and obviously pre-planned by God himself. to think about where we are now and where he has for us yet to go is another mind blowing thing that only makes me even more thankful and excited for the future.

    I will never understand or comprehend the unconditional love that God showed us by sending Jesus but i am sure glad he did and we can take that gift of grace and let us ooze from our lives to make God more real to others. You do that so beautifully, Jenna.

    I am so thankful to have met you and Sarah (Mama Pea) and Heather (HEAB) through the blog world, as each of you are my treasured friends and sisters and God can even use the internet to bring sisters together. 🙂

    love you!!! and Happy Easter sweetie pie.

  • Monika
    March 28, 2013 at 2:40 am

    as I see is not the best timing for You, but you still are brave and inspired by life.
    Hope you will have nice Easters with family and friends.
    We are so lucky of this nice life we can create for ourselves so we should enjoy everyday be with who we love and always keep in our harts ones we can’t be with anymore.

  • Live Love Yum
    March 28, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Jenna, you get it. You really, really get it. I wish more people who don’t even understand what Easter is about or what LIFE is really about could read this.

    Please – Keep spreading your heart.

  • Krista
    March 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Thank you Jenna! This brought tears to my eyes and reminded me just how important it is to teach this to my children this Easter and throughout the year : ) Happy Easter!!

  • Stacey
    March 28, 2013 at 4:04 am

    …and that grace is just so, so sweet. Better than any gift I’ve ever gotten. Praying that you’re able to have a light heart among all of these wordly worries. He’s right there with you, Jenna! Thanks for this reminder. Another reason why I love your blog so much 😀

  • Betsy
    March 28, 2013 at 4:17 am


  • Lauren
    March 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Just what I needed to read this morning. Thank you Jenna for such a beautiful heartfelt post.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 28, 2013 at 4:29 am

    So, so well-put Jenna! Ever since I was old enough to understand what Easter was, my mum has always reminded my sister and I what the true meaning is. Like you, there are a lot of things that I can choose to be heavy-hearted about, but during this time of year especially, I’m choosing to be nothing but grateful. Thanks for this today!

  • Amber
    March 28, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Isn’t so awesome that no matter how long you have turned your back on God he welcomes you back with open arms? We are so lucky to have that in our lives. Thanks for your post. Reading this was a great way to start the day.

    • Stacey
      March 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      My mind is blown by this All. Of. The. Time.

  • Sallie
    March 28, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Oh what a lovely post. A Blessed Easter to you Jenna. Thank you helping make many of our days a little brighter, a little yummier, and reminding us our purpose. You are indeed a blessing. Hope your weekend is full of light and life and grace too!

  • Annie @ What's Annie Making?
    March 28, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Amen sister.

  • Jennifer
    March 28, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Well said.

  • Terri A.
    March 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I love all of your posts, but this is by far my favorite one.

  • Emily
    March 28, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Amen. This year I have also tried to spend more time reflecting during Holy Week, and this really sums it up. Beautiful words, beautiful savior.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    March 28, 2013 at 5:10 am

    This is what we need to see. We get too distracted by petty things in life that don’t matter. This matters.

  • Mom
    March 28, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Pride and Love ~ You

  • dessertfortwo
    March 28, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Oh, Jenna! This is music to my ears. It’s been a heaven Lenten season for us too.

    I’m still finishing up Songs of Ascent in SRT, and I got to the part where we should put ourselves aside and push for the success of others. I’ve been doing that and the blessings coming my way are too much to handle. I don’t know what I did to deserve them. But that’s the awesome thing about God–He just wants our love.

    Sending you love & happy Easter 🙂

  • Kate
    March 28, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Thank you for being a bright, shining light to the blog world, Jenna!

  • Kel
    March 28, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Amen and well said. May your words reach someone in need of Jesus!

  • britt
    March 28, 2013 at 5:56 am

    love this!

  • jen
    March 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I have been reading your blog for years and rarely comment but I am so thankful for your boldness in this post. I pray that God would use your words to open the hearts of many who read this.

  • valerie
    March 28, 2013 at 6:04 am

    jenna, i read your blog regularly and i have to say this is my favorite post ever. you are a blessing and it is clear God is using you in a powerful way. i pray that you will continue to let your light shine for Him and that this transparency that you possess and exude will never be covered up. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

  • Elisabeth
    March 28, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It is exactly what I needed on this Holy Thursday.

    God is good.

  • Nicole
    March 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

    What a great post to read to start my morning! Thank you for the reminder of what this week is really about and taking time to reflect on the true meaning of Good Friday and Easter.

  • HilJo
    March 28, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Thank you. I have been way busy this week (apparently checking blogs comes before self reflection?) and I really appreciate this reminder 🙂

  • K.
    March 28, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Jenna, I am not a Christian myself–or even a religious person–but I’ve been enjoying your blog for years and I always love posts like these because they remind everyone what life is about: giving of yourself. You really stand behind your words in your everyday life, and I admire that so much.

    • Casey
      March 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

      I couldn’t say it any better. xx

  • Katina
    March 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

    What a blessing you are to so many Jenna. God is using you and will continue to use you in great ways. You are so right on with this. Praise God for your boldness. The adoption thing is very exciting. 🙂

  • Dawn H
    March 28, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Jenna, thank you so much for sharing. It was wonderful to get a reminder about what this week really means, amidst the constant bombardment about Easter sales and candy. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. This is my first Easter without my dad; I can relate a little to the pain you must be feeling. Praise God that there is a better place than this.

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Lovely post, Jenna. While I’m not religious, I’m sending positive feelings for you as you remember your dear brother. Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your loved ones.

  • Brindi
    March 28, 2013 at 6:29 am

    This was a beautiful post. Please keep sharing your heart and your faith. God bless you.

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch
    March 28, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Agree. Love this week, and I love the photo you chose. God is so good!

  • Margarita
    March 28, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I love this post… So often we get caught up in our own little world that we forget how wonderful our lives are. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Pam V.
    March 28, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I second what jen said…your boldness is encouraging! Sometimes it’s hard enough to remember what day of the week it is, but pausing to reflect- especially this week- is so crucial to our well-being and to the nourishment of our relationship with our God. Thank you for the reminder!

  • Jamie @ A Healthy J.D.
    March 28, 2013 at 6:40 am

    This is a beautiful post Jenna. I’m Jewish and Easter tends to be more of a time to get together for my family out of respect for my father and the other Christians that have married into our family. Sometimes I forget (and need to be reminded) the importance of this week to both Jews (Passover) and Christians (Easter) alike.

  • Brittany from Counting My Cupcakes
    March 28, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Such a beautiful post, Jenna. God’s grace is an amazing gift and it’s so encouraging to know he is always by our side. He will never give us more than we can handle. Happy early Easter!

  • Colleen
    March 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I was surprised, when I became a Christian, just how much more Easter and Christmas become to celebrate. Wishing you a happy Easter holiday!

  • Mary
    March 28, 2013 at 6:51 am

    You’re amazing, Jenna. Thank you for this post <3

  • Carrie
    March 28, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Amen!!!!! Blessings to you and your family this grace filled week!

  • Christa
    March 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Beautifully said. Thank you for sharing what has been on your heart this week.

  • Becky
    March 28, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Thank you, Jenna! What a beautiful and inspiring post to wake up to. This is just what I needed to read this Maundy Thursday. Easter blessings to you and Adam!

  • Sharon
    March 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Well said. Thanks for posting a great message!

  • Edmund Yeo
    March 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I agree with what you mentioned in this post about gifts. Having an attitude of gratitude will keep us clear-headed and welcome more blessings into our lives.


  • Alysa (InspiredRD)
    March 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Yes girl! Thank you for posting this. I need to slow down and remember what this Friday is all about (then throw my hands up in a CELEBRATION on Sunday) 🙂

  • Madison
    March 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

    What a great post, Jenna. Thanks for taking a moment to post something a little deeper than bunny cupcakes and for helping us remember what this Easter season is truly about.

    Thinking of you as you remember your brother and celebrate the fact that you’ll get to see him again someday because of what Jesus has done for us.


  • Hannah
    March 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

    God is SO good. Thanks for this wonderful post!

  • Melanie
    March 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I’ve had a bit of a falling out with religion over the past year, so I don’t consider myself very religious anymore but the heart of your message-being thankful- is always a good one to be reminded of. There’s always something to be thankful for! Your blog is a wonderful outlet for so much ‘good’ Jenna.

  • Nancy in Naples
    March 28, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Beautifully written and so true . . . wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

  • Maryz
    March 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

    WOW! This really touched my heart! Thanks for sharing this awesome post.

  • Arianna
    March 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful, Jenna. So important to remember what this season is truly about.

  • Joey Campbell
    March 28, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I LOVE this type of post from you. Exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you and Happy Holy Week.

  • April
    March 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Amen Jenna…i hope more people will celebrate the true meaning of Easter.

    BTW, i started going to the Reality Boston church and i love it. I know it was started up near you right?

    • jenna
      March 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

      It was started in LA — I go to Reality San Francisco and love it! Glad you like the Boston branch! 🙂

      • Katina
        March 30, 2013 at 12:05 am

        That is awesome that you go to Reality in SF! One of my friends is working as a pastor there. His name is Dave Dealy and and his wife’s name is Noelle. They are super awesome! I used to work with them at a Private school in southern California. 🙂

  • Joy
    March 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I feel so much gratitude and love this week, too. God is so good. Happy Easter, Jenna.

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I’m totally messed up. And absolutely need Him. And fellowship with sweet friends like you. Well said.

  • Chand
    March 28, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Perfectly put.

  • Julia
    March 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Indeed messed up, and most certainly need a savior.. thank you Jenna. I agree with so many of the other peeps.. I love all of your posts, but this one really spoke to me:)

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    March 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I applaud you for your honesty in this post.. It’s tough to post in this type of forum about issues of this nature, but you’ve been doing it more and more lately and I respect that and the message of today – being thankful and living a life of grace is always a great thing to remember. I just bought an Emily Ley print about that, actually! 🙂

  • gwen
    March 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for your boldness! Since I’ve started my first “big girl” job, I’ve been contemplating how to “live into the status quo,” so to speak, and glorify the Lord in my everyday circumstances, including my workplace. Your blog is a good example of that!

    I love to idea of making dinner for everyone involved in your nonprofit ministry. I’d love to do something like that, too!

  • Ella
    March 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Amen sister. He is risen!

  • Rochelle
    March 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Jenna, I’m a lurker, not a commenter. However today’s post deserves a comment. Thank you for that! You have a beautiful spirit & it shines in your blog. That radiance & grace is Jesus in you. May God bless you & Adam in the venture of marriage. I know He will!in the meantime-Happy Easter!

  • Jane {In the Pink and Green}
    March 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful written Jenna and I thank you for sharing your heart! Such an encouragement! Have a blessed Easter weekend! xo

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health
    March 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    what a beautiful post Jenna. Its little gifts and grace of God that matters at the end 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend

  • Gwyn
    March 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Wow, this is beautiful!!!! I really needed to hear this today!!!! Thanks

  • Heather Kneisler
    March 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Beautifully said, Jenna. Grateful for a Savior who is faithful in the midst of highs and lows. :.)

  • Elisabeth
    March 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Thank you for the beautiful words, Jenna! Hope you have a joyous Easter. 🙂

  • Emma
    March 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for this beautiful post! I have enjoyed your blog with the yummy recipes and amazing pictures, but it is this is what keeps me coming back. You have such an awesome opportunity to share Christ’s love in your words, and I am so thankful you do!

    Happy Easter!

  • Katryn
    March 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Wow, BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for the reminder of what this Holy week (and life in general) is all about!

  • Charlotte Marie
    March 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful. Amen. Thanks for a great post!

  • SarahD
    March 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of God’s love, gifts and most of all, His grace!

  • Corinne
    March 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Thank you.

  • Lisa
    March 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Well said. Amen to everything!! Happy Easter.

  • Meg
    March 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Beautiful, and so true. 🙂

  • Avery @ YoungAspirations
    March 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Wonderful words Jenna! Even as a devoted believer, it’s admittedly still hard to keep my focus truly on the good news of the gospel when the world around us is celebrating bunnies, eggs and chocolate. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  • Jamie
    March 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for being such an inspiration, Jenna!

  • Lauren C
    March 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Thank you and amen!

  • Caroline L.
    March 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

    This is so beautifully written and I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve put so eloquently! God has helped me through so many struggles and questions, and I am so very thankful for all that He has done. His Grace astounds me constantly!

  • Bekah @ She.Walks.In.Freedom
    March 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Jenna, thank you so much for your encouragement and the awesome reminder. Continue to be bold and share your heart!!! People need to hear the Truth! Including you and me!!

    Isaiah 26:3

  • Erika
    March 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Amen sister! 🙂 I loved this post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • kayleigh
    March 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    so thankful for you and this post! you are in my prayers!

  • Anon
    March 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm


  • Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens)
    March 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing, it is so nice to read posts that remember Jesus this time of year.

  • Sarah @ An Apple A Day
    March 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you for this. Thank you for taking time to remind us what this week is all about. Thank you too, for sharing everything. My prayers go out to you during this hard time and for all the exciting things to come in the future.

  • Elle
    March 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    The lawyer in me is thrilled to see young parents naming guardians for their kids! So important and yet put off by so many people.

  • Sharon
    March 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I also lost my brother unexpectedly so I know the pain in your heart. Our family had what we consider an adoption miracle that I think you will appreciate. My sister and her husband always knew they wanted to adopt and were just waiting for the right time. Well that time came after many years of marriage and two wonderful sons, and they welcomed a precious little girl into their family. Our miracle is that her birthday is the same day as my brother who passed. We know this is truly a gift/miracle from God and now our hearts are filled with joy on this day instead of so much sadness. God is good.

  • Mr. & Mrs. P
    March 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    What a beautiful post!!!

  • Jenna
    March 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    May I say respectfully that I think this a totally inappropriate post? Love the title: being thankful, but there are so many ways you could have gone on to talk about that without going on about Jesus dying a painful death. I realize that this is your blog and a reflection of your life, but not everyone believes in those things.

    • Meredith
      March 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Agreed. A nice message no doubt but this was way too much for me. Please keep your non-religious readers in mind.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    March 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Beautifully said, Jenna. 🙂 Happy Easter to you and your family.

  • Olviya
    March 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I love this Jenna. All of it!
    I am truly inspired by you and how you give back.
    It’s going to be 7 years since by brother passed in a few weeks as well. It’s always a hard time, but I’m so thankful for our wonderful Comforter.

    Have a blessed Easter!

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  • Lindsay @ prettylittleparadise
    March 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    love this. i am not a very religious person, but this week, reading something like this really put things in perspective. thank you! have a great weekend!

    • Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock
      March 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Wonderfully put, Lindsay. This short work week had me running around and keeping busy. I really needed this perspective too! Thank you so much Jenna. Happy Easter.

  • Jess
    March 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Amen. Again and again and again…

  • Urban Wife
    March 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    You are amazing, bold and such an encouragement! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. It really is refreshing. You’re in my prayers, especially next month. Because of what Jesus did, you will be reunited with your brother someday and that hope is a beautiful thing. Be blessed!


  • Kelsey
    March 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    This really spoke to me today. Thank you Jenna.

  • Jaleh
    March 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    YEAH! That last line just feels so good 🙂

  • sherri
    March 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Amen! May the peace of the Lord be with you.

  • rachel
    March 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    i love this, jenna! it’s what i absolutely need to remind myself everyday.

  • Marcie
    March 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I have just following your blog and enjoy your writing lots! This post was very meaningful to me. You should be a pastor. 🙂

  • Soly
    March 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    As a Muslim who has read your blog for many years but has never commented, I want to commend you for your courage and strength in your faith in posting this. As women, we must stand united and support each other to express our thoughts and convictions about that which is important to us. It is what makes the world beautiful and each one of us unique.

    • Live Love Yum
      March 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Incredible 🙂

    • Jamie
      March 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Yes! Well said, Soly. So encouraging to see that yes, some of us DO have convictions and values, and yes, they may have to do with believing in a higher power! We need to celebrate our beliefs and encourage each other! We don’t have to hide away in shame from the rest of the world and be fearful of what others may think!

  • Jenny
    March 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Love, love, LOVE this post. You couldn’t have said it more beautifully. Thank you for reminding us what Easter is really about!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    March 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful post!

  • Linda
    March 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Moved to tears about the lasagna for the nonprofit ministry…
    .and your brother.

    • julia
      March 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

      i was moved to tears about you having 150 homeless friends, just beautiful jenna. god loves you.

  • Tieghan
    March 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    This is so beautiful and so well written! You just lifted my sprit after a rough day. Thank you!

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  • Jeff Logan
    March 29, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Hi Jenna: just a lovely way to phrase the gift that God has given us, even though we are woefully undeserving. I also took note of your mention of adoption and wanted to offer perspectives from me or my wife on making that decision and then pursuing it. We are parents today to two wonderfully fascinating daughters who have added an entirely new dimension to our family life. We adopted these sisters at ages 4 and 2. Reach out if you’d like! –Jeff

  • Stacey
    March 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Lovely and bold. This was so well written. All day I’ve been marveling at that fact that I’m such a scumbag sinner, and that my Heavenly Father sacrificed His beautiful, perfect son for me. Thank you, Father.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian
    March 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I’m definitely not Christian nor religious really (raised Catholic), more like spiritual/Goddess views 😉 but I must say that your faith has given you a big heart that truly shares the love. A lovely and inspiring post that is a great reminder of the bigger picture of our lives, the giving of self and love. I admire your strength and words and respect your belief in your faith.

    Blessings to you and Adam on Easter Day.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful post. Tears. The anniversary of my brother’s death is in July and planned something for that day.

    Your post brought to mind two Jacqueline Kennedy quotes:

    “If you produce one book you will have done something wonderful in your life.” (When she was an editor at Doubleday…last 20-years of her life. That’s Jackie Queen of the world affirming your book, Jenna!

    “I have been through a lot and I have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.”

    I didn’t understand that when I was younger. Now I do.

    Happy Easter to your family.

  • Nancy
    March 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you for your post today. I read it just after returning from my church where I sat in silence remembering what Jesus did for me and for you. I have never commented on your blog before, but I read it daily and cook from it frequently. I’m so excited for your wedding and my heart aches for you as you remember your brother. I lost 4 family members in 2012 including my sweet Daddy, so I also know that ache. Remembering what Jesus did for me helps me remember that my loved ones are in a glorious place with Him. Bless you!


  • Celeste
    March 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Your words are beautiful and it’s great to see someone so bold in faith and love for our Lord. When I am going thur and start to feel pity I stop and think of his love for me and I am reminded that I can do all things thur Christ who strengthens me. What an amazing, awesome love.

  • Carla
    March 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I thank you as a sister in Christ for your bold, sweet, heartfelt post on the truest truth there is! Have a blessed, joyous easter 🙂

  • Sara
    March 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I am SO glad you are considering adoption! This makes me believe that you are truly trying to make the changes you mentioned to move to less materialism in your previous posts. Thanks for making the “alternative,” better choice 🙂 Earth has enough people already.

    • jenna
      March 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      We would love to adopt someday, but we’d also love to have biological children as well. I’ve always wanted a big, fun, rowdy family 🙂

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    March 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Well spoken Jenna!

  • Hannah
    April 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Lovely post! Thank you, Jenna for being bold enough to share your faith on your blog.
    I wish I was as brave as you to have a blog and do the same. 🙂
    I’ll be praying for you!
    Alleluia, Christ is risen!

  • Kim
    April 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Jenna, you’ve said it so well. I’m constantly amazed that He’s given us a total blank slate out of His love, and that He’s been so good to me. It sounds like you guys have had a lot going on, and I prayed for you and Adam this morning.

  • Flower Patch Farmgirl
    April 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Meeting you for the first time. We might be soul sisters. 🙂

  • Alison
    April 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Love, love , love everything about this post and although it’s a week after Easter, I needed to hear this today. Amen!

  • Healthy Grocery Girl
    April 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Wonderful post!!

  • lg
    April 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

    This is still one of my favorite blog posts- so nice to look back on this during this week!