I’m Jess! I am definitely an all-or-nothing, imperfect mom trying my best at this thing called life! I live in a small city in the Midwest with my husband and our five children (our fouth is adopted and has Down syndrome). By starting Our Path Less Traveled, I hope to bring an awareness to Down syndrome and an acceptance and love for people in general. I wish to share my joys (and not so much) of life and parenthood; and discuss some of my interests including Down syndrome, adoption, thrift shopping, DIY projects, and healthy living. I BELIEVE in DREAMS! You should too!
Why am I here?
I am not sure! Typically, I am not one to reveal my insecurities or short-comings. I realize that this blog has potential to be my masterpiece or my failure; it may reveal my struggles and successes. It is a journey to self-acceptance, a place to vent and soften, and a desire to connect with others in similar situations.
I, most definitely, am still learning and continue to do so everyday. I grew up secretly wanting to be a mother and a strong, passionate woman with something to say! It has been a long road, let me tell you! From shy girl, to party girl, to wife and mother; life is continually changing for me and inspiring me to become better. By writing, I hope to hold myself accountable to goals, both for myself and for my family. I also intend to learn from my readers, and encourage people to be their own inspiration!
I grew up in a small town in the Midwest. I met and married my husband in college where I studied Nutrition. I have a love/hate relationship with my studies, as the science of it all has thrived on many failed premises. As a wife and mother, I strive to do the best I can to provide lifestyle guidance to my husband and kids regarding healthy eating and natural living. I also enjoy a variety of exercise!
I LOVE DIY projects!-especially when my husband is on board! Mostly I enjoy furniture refurbishing or an occasional sewing or craft project. Home remodeling and redecorating projects are my favorite.
Whenever possible, I savor time with family and friends (and our rescued dogs!), thrift shop for my next fashionable outfit, or dream of our next tropical vacation!
About five years ago, we adopted Baby #4. After waiting almost 10 years to adopt a baby with Down syndrome, my husband finally agreed to this adventure! Baby #4 was added to our pack of three older biological children and two rescued dogs! Our fifth surprised us recently; having a baby again has amped up the chaos here tenfold! Alongside our Christian faith, however, I hope our large family appropriately prepares our Littles for life; that they may fill their hearts with patience, empathy, courage, and love!
So, WELCOME!! Let’s Learn Together – Share about Down syndrome – Enjoy Life!!
One of my blog posts has recently been featured on The Mighty. I have also collaborated with The Gracious Pantry regarding a current nutrition trend. Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post was updated on October 3rd, 2018. It will be modified regularly to reflect the changes in our family and lives!