About Me

comm-chibi-laptop-clean2What is this blog about?

This blog is about me, Jen, and where I am in my life this week. It’s my candid thoughts and sarcastic humor, talking about my faith, kids, marriage, and life.

Some things you should know about me:

comm-chibi-ja-kids (1)I have a three-year-old I call the Little Lady.  She is nothing short of wonderful. She loves barman, princesses, and Thomas the Train. She loves to be upside down and go on rollar coasters. She can be very quiet in front of people, but at home is a very outgoing (and many times loud) little girl.

I have a baby boy, I call Baby Boy. He is the most smiley baby you will ever meet. He also has been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a children’s cancer and is going through chemo. He is a true little superhero smiling through circumstances that would bring the toughest person to their knees.

My husband is amazing, and for the blog he is called (a very original) The Husband. He was pretty much made for me. He works full time and is an assistant pastor at our church. Which means we are a ministry family. We have built our marriage and life around the church, and nothing has been more challenging and rewarding.

chibi husband and wife kissing

I used to be a workaholic. Now I am a stay-at-home mom. This used to be more of an issue for me than it currently is, but its still a weird life altering change for me. With the change I had a bit of an identity crisis which made me start this blog in the first place back in January 2013.

I want to share my thoughts and what I am personally going through, but I am not going to pretend I have all the answers. You will probably never see a post saying “this is the way you need to do…” but more “this is what works for me, it could work for you.”

I am on a big be honest with the world thing these days. So much of my life has been pretending that I am not dealing with the issues I am, or trying to be some ideal version in my head. I am sick of it. It’s dumb. And unless more people step up and say “This is the real me”, everyone is going to think the real them is alone in the world.

Common themes of this blog:

You’ll see patterns to well, I generally have a lot of the same stuff on my mind. Here are what they have been lately.

My faith. One of my main goals with this blog is for the first time ever to start writing about my beliefs, what encourages or confuses me, and my general journey as a Christian.

Learning to care for and have a child with cancer. This has taken over our life recently. It’s impossible for me to ignore this topic. It has managed to seep into almost every post. It’s hard to truly understand until you have been there, so maybe someone else going through it will read it and feel like someone gets them.

comm-chibi-clean2I hate cleaning with every fiber of my being but love to have them clean..unfortunately that does not happen much or for long. There is a reason the blog is called “Bad at Cleaning”. Lot’s of rants. Lots of self pity. Lots of general complaining.

Parenting isn’t easy but it can be so much fun. I definitely don’t want this to be a how-to site for parenting, but more of a misery loves company.

 Books/Blogs/Reading. I love to read. I’m primarily a non-fiction type of gal, reading 2 or 3 books at a time. And everyday following blogs on my super cool Feedly app.  Every Sunday I share the books or a couple articles I am reading. I encourage you to share with me stuff you are reading as well.

Welcome to The Bad at Cleaning Blog!

5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Nice to meet you! I’m sorry about The Superhero’s retinoblastoma. I actually worked in Ped Oncology for a few weeks, and Retinoblastoma was very common in our ward too. I have a lot of respect for parents who have to bring their babies for chemo. It’s not easy. I trust that he is doing well though; and that you are, too! Keep well 🙂

    • Thank you! Nice to meet you too! How did you find peds oncology? I noticed it takes a very specific personality to do that. I always try to be extra nice to all our doctors and nurses, I can imagine it being emotionally draining taking care so many sick kids day in and day out. The superhero is doing is pretty well. They found a second tumor in the same eye, but we are waiting until later this month to get a new treatment plan. In the meantime he gets a little break (no bi-weekly blood tests, line flushes, or shots) and has been having fun learning to crawl. 🙂

      • Hi, Jennifer. I am very happy to “meet” you. I do not have a child with cancer, but I do have one with Cerebral Palsy, so I understand a lot of the internal and external issues you are dealing with. (Plus, unfortunately–like so many of us nowadays–I have tons of experience with cancer in a variety of forms.) I, too, had a lucrative career and have only recently “settled” into the stay-at-home parenting role, and it is very conflicting! (But wonderful too.) Anyway…just read one blog of yours shared by a friend, loved it, looked you up, and Voila! I found you! Hang in there and keep writing. You may be tired of hearing this, but…you are inspiring! Thank you and blessings to you on your life journey. XO Christine

  2. Wow! I used to be a workaholic and now SAHM now too. At least I was able to give my husband a heads up, that he had better not expect my new life goal to be keeping the house clean. I am a Stay-at-Home-MOM and not the maid. I see them as 2 totally separate jobs. People somethings think it is crazy that I’ve had a housekeeper (which I would rather starve than give up), but I told them I would dust my kids and go back to work if someone told me I had to do that. My husband has always “got it”.

  3. Thanks for sharing Jen. Its nice to meet people who can relate to everyday parenting issues and struggles knowing that they are a blessing in disguise. I will keep your family in prayer and want you to know I know your woes. My 5 year old son Ace suffered a life threatening /changing near drown accident when he was 22 months of age. It left himwith anoxic brain damage from being without pulse or breath for nearly 30 minutes. By Gods amazing grace the “lil toughy” survived with damage but has made good progress and will keep living a happy life thanks to the Lord. I am thankful for everyday that I wake and do undergo the stress of taking care of his daily needs. I wouldn’t even think of life without him. Amen

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