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I am a wife, a mother to three spunky kids, and a writer. I'm growing in grace while learning to love my imperfect self, just as my Savior does.

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
& you will too!
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  1. This was beautiful. When I was in college MANY years ago, Elizabeth Elliot spoke to us and said that if we were to write all of our blessings on a sheet of paper, if we came from a godly family, that should be number one. You came from a godly family! What a blessing.

  2. Jenny, what a great blog and great idea! I want to post a similar list (and I will send readers back to your great blog as the originator of this fantastic idea!) when I post my blog on Wednesday @

    I come from 35 Norwegian ancestors ( 9 adults and 26 children) who boarded a ship and started a new life in America. I come from forts in the hay mow and hours on the swing set in the backyard. I come from weeding the bean row and rotten tomato fights with my siblings.

  3. You are sweet as sugar – and offer each of us the opportunity to pursue the wisdom and grace of knowing WHO WE ARE. Thank you for the reminder that we are each a precious daughter of a King who designed us to glow with individual facets of His character. Blessings!

  4. Jenny, thank you for this wonderful inspiration…here’s where I come from…
    I come from the ship, Princess Irene, which brought my maternal grandparents from Scontrone, Italy, to Chicago in 1906.
    I come from an illegal abortionist who refused to abort me at 4 months gestation in 1952.
    I come from the Salvation Army hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where my birthmother placed me for adoption on Friday the 13th of February in 1953.
    I come from loving Christian parents who adopted me and took me to church and Sunday School.
    I come from chocolate milk before bedtime made with love by my daddy.
    I come from cookies and milk after school with my stay-at-home mom.
    I come from chocolate milk shakes at the drug store during Sunday afternoon drives.
    I come from moving to nine different houses in ten years between 3rd grade and 10th grade.
    I come from six years of home economics in junior high and high school.
    I come from being elected president of the Future Homemakers of America in 9th grade.
    I come from being chosen as editor-in-chief of my junior high newspaper.
    I come from being honored as “Miss Responsibility” by my junior high principal.
    I come from being elected as the first female president of my high school student body.
    I come from summer vacations at Indian Shores Beach and Gatlinburg.
    But more importantly…
    I come from adoptive parents who loved me enough to introduce me to Jesus Christ.
    I come from Sunday School and G.A.’s Mission groups every week from the cradle roll.
    I come from a mom and dad who made sure that we were in the pews every Sunday.
    I come from youth pastors who gave all of their time to help me find my way.
    I come from Young Life inner city retreats where I learned to see God in unlikely places.
    I come from summer G.A. camps where I learned to make s’mores.
    I come from singing His praise in church musicals “Tell It Like It Is” and “Natural High.”
    I come from His grace and mercies that are new every morning, praise Him.
    I come from His word.
    I come from a Heavenly Father who knows what my future holds.
    I come from desiring to know Him better and to walk more closely.
    This is where I come from. It made me who I am today. It is molding and shaping every choice that I make now, and in the days to come. Thank God He has been with me all along.
    Where do you come from?