- Her struggle with infertility and miracle pregnancy with her first born
- Subsequent pregnancies and miscarriages
- How she came to have 18 children in her family
- What led to her decision to foster and adopt so many children
- Managing the baggage that comes along with fostering and working to stay connected to their birth parents
- A day in the life juggling that many kids and how she manages to keep on top of it all
- The words of advice she has for moms who are struggling with the day to day
- Prioritizing self care
- Leaning on your community for support and using other people and their strengths as a resource
- Giving it your all, and how some days it’s going to look like 150% and other days a fraction
- Wear More Cashmere book that changed how she prioritized self care (affiliate link)
- Jenn’s book, Hello, My Name Is…. Warrior Princess (affiliate link)
Carrie’s favorite quotes from the interview:
“When people talk about Thanksgiving, how they’re going to have 15 people, and I’m like, damn that’s my everyday!”
“When we’re struggling and someone says, I’ll bring dinner to you, what’s our first reaction? ‘No, I got it, it’s ok’. Well, we are just robbing them of the ability to serve others. Stop it!”
“Being busy is a choice and I’m very deliberate with my time.”
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The conversation continues…
Jenn and I continued our conversation after we finished recording the main episode… I was dying to hear how she made minimalism work for her large family – I’ve been striving to pare down our possessions (and it’s been a bit of a struggle), so I was so curious to hear how she did it. If she could do it, certainly I could too, right? It was a really great conversation and I left feeling inspired to purge more from my home! Listen in by clicking here!
Jenn talks motherhood…
What would you tell an expecting mom about the experience of being a mother?
It’s hard. Really, really, really hard. And worth every damn second
What is the hardest part about being a mom?
Not always having the answers. Winging it and praying it all works out.
What is your favorite part about being a mom? What makes all the hard stuff worth it?
The little humans you’re putting so much time and effort into become pretty amazing big humans if you do it a little bit right