Currently. {Vol. 30}

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 **First of all, how incredibly beautiful and awkward is this picture^^^?! My Siena girl is too much sometimes.

Thinking about this past week. It was rocky and road-y for me. I watched the Thrive Moms retreat with my women’s group.

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It was so fruitful for me and my soul. Jessi Connolly of Naptime Diaries killed it for me. Here are a couple of her quotes that really resonated with me:

I loved this quote because I’ve really been emotionally struggling. I’ve been struggling with my place in life. I never wanted to be a mother, as I told you all in my post here. And I never really wanted to be married. But I fell in love with an incredible man and God had a plan very different than my own. And I am so incredibly grateful for it.

But there have been times that the Evil One picks at this truth from my past and tells me I’m not good enough, reminds me that I never wanted children, I never wanted to be a wife, I never wanted this. Any of it. He reminds me and shoves it in my face saying, “You’re not made for this, you never wanted it.”

But. There is a big God that is True. And He tells me truth such as this: I made you for your children. I picked you to be their mom, specifically them, specifically now, specifically this. I am created GOOD and RIGHT for them and for our family. I breathed a sigh of relief when Jessi reminded me of that. I am made for this, right here and now.

She went on to say this about trying to choose and be the dictator of your family’s size and state in life:

Jessi stunned me with this. Alongside my struggle that I mentioned above, I am lost in my family’s size. Do I really want more children? Can I mentally handle and take care and THRIVE with more children? I had such a hard and tough time with Lucia, can I really add to this?


But she opened my eyes — Stop trying to build it yourself! The Lord is the author and perfecter of my motherhood, of my life, of my every day. He is holding me and keeping me safe and protecting me. He will build the house, and I have been given the tools to work alongside Him, not push Him aside to do it myself. I’m not capable of that. I’m not. I need Him. I need Him to build this.

Reading Hunger Games! Slowly but {semi} surely! I thought that I had lost the book (if you saw my house, you’d understand how easy it is to lose ANYTHING), but I found it! So, reading I’ve been doing. It’s wonderful.

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Listening to okay. Hannah at Joyful Life introduced me to this song by Bethel Music and I canNOT turn it off. It is exactly what I need, day in and day out. It is peace and joy and praise all at once. It centers me while forces me to lay down my soul and give Him the honor and glory. I cannot speak highly enough of it. I hope you turn it on, it’s wonderful.

Watching Parenthood. I always have to watch something while I pump at work, so a series on Netflix is the way to go. It helps me remember how long I’ve been pumping by checking the time on the show AND it helps pass the time so well! I literally hate pumping so much (am I the only one?!).

Thankful for my sweet daughters. My husband who strives to live his passions and encourages me to do the same. Wonderful friends who listen to me and hold my hand and tell me I’m normal. The dusky sunset that brightens my day as I step out of work. Lord, You are too good.

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  1. Read 3 chapters of Hunger Games. // Well, since finding it, I busted out these chapters! It’s so good!
  2. To finish laundry. // I killed it on Sunday (yes, Mother’s Day).
  3. Hashtag idea for a biblical study – accountability on reading scripture daily. // I need your help! Help?


  1. Set up doctors’ and dentist appts for all three girls.
  2. Organize the laundry room.
  3. Go through my clothes and get rid of things for Goodwill or trash.
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Jenna is the mama behind A Mama Collective. She has three beautiful daughters who cause a lot of chaos and joy in her life. She also has a husband who is gracious and kind, and who looks away when cloth diaper mail arrives.
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  1. Jenna! Thank you for being a real authentic mommy! You are witness of God’s Love. Thank you for being you, and for letting me and so many others get a small glimpse of the crazy, imperfect, beautiful world you live in. Much Love!
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    • Thank you so much, Cassie, you are so sweet. I’m so excited to check out your first Currently! And I need to answer your email ;) AND we need to meet soon, obviously! Talk soon. ~Jenna

  2. Oh my gosh… your little girl in the long skirt… so freakin cute!
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    • Thanks, Meg! I was dying, I thought she looked SO sweet! I’m glad you agree ;) Ha. Thanks for your kind words as always! ~Jenna

  3. Oh man, the Evil one can work on us a lllll the time when our guard isn’t high high up. I love that thought that God is the author hood & running the show; we’re facilitators. I hope this week has extra grace infused for you. And your daughters are simply beeeeautiful!
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    • Thank you so much, Nell. You’re amazing! I really have been just having a hard time with doubt in general in my faith life, and I think that’s where a lot of this stems from. It’s crazy how faithful you can be while simultaneously so doubtful. I’m hoping to be out of this desert soon. ~Jenna

      • It will pass; I promise!!!

        • Thank you friend.

  4. I love that first photo! My little girl has a quirky personality too, so I totally get it. :)

    • Ha, the quirky personalities are literally the best. I just crack up at her all day long ;) Thanks for being here, Chantel. ~Jenna

  5. wow. I’m a first time visitor to your blog. I appreciate your real and truthful words. Excited to join the link up. Keep writing and sharing your heart, it’s encouraging.
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    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Linds. It means so much to me to have you here. ~Jenna

  6. I love the Hunger Games books! Any free time I had I would read them (I wasn’t married then and only nannied 3 days a week).

    Love your goals! Good luck with them this week! I don’t have kids and I still manage to get way behind on the laundry for just me and my husband.
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    • I’ve really enjoyed the (short amount of time I’ve read) book so far! It’s so good. Thanks so much for being here, Lisa! Excited to check out your post :) ~Jenna

  7. Kinda wishing is watched the retreat with y’all! Sounds amazing.
    And Sienna’s maxi skirt!! Nothing cuter in the world than a little girl in a maxi. Adorable.
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    • I’m obsessed with her in that skirt ;) let’s watch it again. Jessi’s talk was insane.

  8. Such gorgeous girls you have Jenna! That first photo is beautiful. Just have to say that I love those quotes, from Naptime Diaries. When I first found out I was pregnant with Greta I wasn’t sure if I was ready and at the right point in my life to become a mama, but He knew what He was doing when He gave me her at this point in my life, and even by giving her to us early. Even thought it was a challenge I believe it was meant to show me that we can’t have total control over everything all the time, and I learned so much about myself during the NICU process.

    • Thank you so much, Kelli, you’re so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing your honesty. I’m sure that was an insanely difficult process and struggle with Greta was in the NICU :( How scary. It’s amazing the things we can be taught amidst suffering. And how strong we are despite how weak we feel. Thank you for your encouragement and love, I appreciate you. ~Jenna
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  9. One of my FAVORITE parts of this Currently link up is your posts. I just love your honesty & it reminds me that this is what women want to hear–About REAL life. Because life isn’t rainbows & unicorns all the time and our homes, children & lives are not perfect.

    I love your beautiful pictures! Thank you for this link up!
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    • Thank you so much for your sweet words, friend!! You are an incredible woman who I am so grateful to have gotten to know through the blog world :) thank you so being here every week, for being a part of this community, and for your love. Rock on sister. ~Jenna

  10. I had to come back to this post and listen to the song, I didn’t have a chance to earlier. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing it. It will be an anthem for my days this week I believe. Beautiful.
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  11. Please forgive my not being as active in commenting the past few weeks.
    I will get better again. I used to comment on everyone’s, but I’ve been perpetually late.

    Love your post and that skirt on your daughter – that floral skirt – slayed me. LOVE IT.

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  12. Love this post and knowing what you’re up to, beautiful Jenna. Your girls are gorgeous and it is so clear how much you adore them, how much they adore you, and how much they adore one another. Beauty.

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    • Thank you so much :) You are so sweet. I truly want them to love each other and treat each other as best friends (like your sisters are!) for the rest of their lives. It’s so important to me that they adore and encourage and treat each other well. How do I ensure that?! I wish I knew… ~Jenna
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  13. Omgosh that song is gorgeous! Love this fun community, thanks so much for hosting us each week! Girl, I could completely relate to the whole motherhood issue you spoke of, you are not alone! Hope you are having a fun, fabulous (even if frantic) week so far, love!
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    • Thank you so much, Sybil!! You are so sweet. And that song, right??? So good. It even makes folding laundry fun. I’m so glad you’re here every week! I love catching up with you. You are a beautiful soul. ~Jenna

  14. I am really grateful for this post. I’ve been struggling with family size lately, and the quote you referenced was a perfect reminder for me. God is in control, and that is so comforting!
    I am not a brilliant hash tag creator, but a church leader of mine once counseled us to spend “some time” in the scriptures every day. Didn’t matter if it was ten minutes or an hour, just as long as it was every day. That’s made scripture study much more manageable for me.

    • I love what your church leader said, Nicki. That is an excellent point. I think too often we think we don’t have enough time, but it doesn’t need to be 20-30 minutes every day! It can be ten or fifteen and we are filled up and armed with the Word to get through the day. It has been so fruitful for me to do that. Thank you for that reminder to keep chugging even when I think I don’t have the time :)

      And I totally hear you on family size. It’s a struggle for me. But every day I’m trying to relinquish control and let His peace wash over me. I trust in Him. Thank you for letting me know that I’m not alone. ~Jenna
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  15. Jenna, I’m stopping over from Jack of All Trades. Girl, thank YOU for sharing this! I’m not a mama. My husband and I married two years ago right before my 30th birthday and a few years into his 30s and we’re still waiting for that family to be built. Living in NYC this is not a huge abnormality. Our friends are just starting to start families. But sometimes I feel like the only Christian woman online without children. I spent my 20s thinking I didn’t want kids, and now I’m anxious to get started and see our family grow. Jess’s words that you shared about letting God build the house are so good. Thank you and so glad to have found you through the link up!
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    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Kim! I truly appreciate it. It’s amazing, no matter WHAT stage in life we’re in, that quote still remains true. He is perfecting and building our house, not us! That’s incredible that you were able to see that and speak on it. I hope that you have a peace about you, much like I’m trying to feel, to have trust in His perfect plan for our lives. I appreciate you being here :) ~Jenna
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