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I love to hear from my readers! I read each and every email but unfortunately do not always have time to respond to every one. I wish I could, but my boys come first! That being said, some emails do go unanswered…or take me a very long time to respond to. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and drop me a note. I am so thankful for my awesome readers! You can contact me…

…by email:


…by snailmail:

Jess McClenahan

PO Box 21

Elbing, KS 67041

  • Katie - Jess I love checking in and reading your blog regularly from here in Perth Australia. I have a question after months of ‘photo envy’…what camera do you use?! I have the Canon 550 and just can’t get such clear and bright pics of my boys (of which I am also about to birth a third in Oct 😉

    Or maybe it is a decent lens I am missing?!

    They often come out blurred or dark…just not such great kiddie shots as I wanted. Feel like I am missing their early years on film!!

    Much love


  • Abbie - Love your blog! just saw that you are in elbing kansas, i was born in Peabody….do you know where that is? I found your giant chalkboard on pinterest but the link isnt working. I would love to see any blog posts about it. can you direct me? thanks!!ReplyCancel


  • Ashley Currier - Hello,
    You don’t know me, but somehow I came across your blog while you were going through the storm with Cora. I felt drawn to it and I was never sure why. I too have a little girl who is now 4 years old. On July 2 of this year we found out she has a brain tumor…maybe this is why I was drawn to your blog. One day God knew our family would be going through something very similar.

    I am writing you this to get some advice, I guess for lack of a better word, about to deal with all the emotions. Some days are better than others, but I still feel so sad and angry that this is happening to our beautiful and living little girl. I am sure you felt, and still do feel, this way.

    If you have time and don’t mind please get back with me. If you don’t want to talk about it I understand that too.

    Ashley Currier – TennesseeReplyCancel


  • Patricia - I found your blog when searching for some party ideas for my little girl and I was touched
    Thanks for sharing your story and your strength…I am deeply touchedReplyCancel


  • K. Wilson - I truly enjoy your blog a d especially your love for Christ! Don’t think thre is anything on yor blog I did not like! Where did you get those kids chairs that are in all of your photos and the small and large chalkboards? I love the idea and thinking of doing a shabby chic 1st birthday for my twin girls. Ideas?ReplyCancel


    I gave my life to JESUS at the
    tender age of 14 years of age, and about two weeks later this is what happened to me.
    On one morning in late 1986, I was getting up and I saw that everybody was sound asleep. Right across my room was the restroom, and as I begin to walk toward it, I heard the spirit of GOD say to me, “Look in your hand”. I began to say back to the spirit of GOD, “Why would I look in my hand?” Then the spirit of GOD spoke for the second time, “I said look in your hand”. By now I am still talking back to the spirit of GOD because I didn’t know what was going on. I was only 14 years old when this happened to me, so as you can imagine, I was frightened. So for the third and final time the spirit of GOD’s voice got really loud and HE said to me, “I said to look in your hand!” This time I looked at my right hand and I saw what looked like a puddle of blood, but here’s the thing: it was not bleeding. Then, right in the center of my hand I noticed that GOD had put a beautiful cross in my right hand.
    By now I had gone to my mother’s room and knocked as hard as I could on her door and when she opened the door and saw my hand, the only thing she could say to do, so we just decided to pick up the phone book and call up some of our local pastor’s to tell them what had happened to me. My mother and I came across a particular pastor in Newnan, Georgia, and we decided to call him. My mother started to tell this pastor about all that had happened to me, and this is what the pastor told my mom: “Tell your daughter to show as many people as she can about the cross that GOD had put in your hand”. The pastor also told my mother that GOD had ‘marked your daughter’. It was so amazing and so touching that GOD had chosen me and put a cross in my right hand, and yes this is a true story. To this day that same cross is still in my hand.

    (MARK 10:27)And JE’SUS looking upon them saith,With men it is impossible, but not with GOD: for with GOD all things are possible.

    Thank you for reading my True Story!
    I would Love too show it.



  • Kristi from NC - Hi Jess! Thank you for all of your encouragement, ideas, and even deals on your blog! I have a quick question for you if you do not mind :). Last year, I learned about the Erin Condren Life Planner on your blog. I got the deal through you (and I think Plum District). I have been searching and searching for deals for this year’s planner and cannot find any :(. I was wondering if by chance you knew of any for this year’s planner? Just thought I would check.

    Thanks again for your blog. I love it :).



  • Staci Torgerson - love your blog and saw the question from Katie re your camera. did you ever reply to her post and also what settings do you typically use for aperture, etc? lastly, I’m viewing this on my Samsung phone and usually can add blogs to my Google reader….can I do this with yours? others I follow has pins to the side to subscribe but I’m not seeing them and don’t know if it’my phone or not. thank you again for sharing your heart!ReplyCancel


  • Laura Lenhausen - I have been following your honest and inspirational blog for some time now and just wanted to Thank You for sharing your life with all of us! I cannot remember how I stumbled upon your blog but I do feel it was fate! You have brought faith back into my life and I look forward to reading your posts.. I just placed an order with DaySpring and wanted to Thank You for sharing the site.. Great gift ideas! I also would love to be entered into the giveaway..



  • Michelle Clarke - Hi Jess,

    I never, ever comment on anyone’s blog but felt compelled to say something to you. I’ve been reading your blog for about 3 years now (I think I came across it by reading “The Petersons Go Public” blog where she referenced you. Anyway, you have stolen my heart (not an easy thing to do). I am not a bloggy kinda girl. I am a working mother of 4 who is not crafty or girly or reflective or sweet (all the things that you are). I don’t think to write down what I’m feeling or take pictures along the way to document my life like you do. Basically, I’m everything you’re not. Ha! But there is something about you and your story that brings me back to your blog time and time again.

    Thank you for your sweet and gentle spirit that comes through with every post you make. I pray that God continues to Bless you and your boys because you sure do bless the rest of us!




  • Abigail White - Hi Jess,

    Just have a quick question for you! I am searching for your blog post about when you got rid of Levi’s pacifiers. Can you let me know when that was posted or send a link for it? My daughter is 18 months and it is time to say “bye-bye” to her pacifiers!

    I love you blog! Keep up the great work!


    Abby 🙂ReplyCancel


  • Helena in MD - Hello! I came to your site from another when your precious Cora was sick. I came daily for a long time and still check on you all from time to time. It gives me such strength to face each day to see how God has sustained you all and given you such joy despite the pain. This week my heart was broken for another family who lost their precious baby girl to a very quick, undiagnosed brain cancer. It reminded me of your precious girl and I thought that your prayers might be an encouragement to them, if you felt led. They are missionaries in Kenya. I heard about their plight through Samaritan’s Purse. Here are their personal websites.

    May God continue to bless you all richly as you continue to share His love and faithfulness.

    Helena in MDReplyCancel


  • Kristi Rediske - I am wanting to look in your archives for how you made your chalkboard-but I don’t even have any idea what year it was made in or the month-could you help with that. Thanks so much-love your blog.ReplyCancel


  • Breenah - I lived in Newton up until a year ago (now we’re in Wichita) but goodness it would have been nice to have known about your blog then! I love finding Kansas bloggers in general, especially if they’re close to me.ReplyCancel


  • Katherine Bach - Hey Jess!

    Hope you are doing well. I meant to get back to you sooner about posing for pictures for me but I got busy, and was waiting for the weather to get better… and, just so you know, Nora was playing with my phone one day and quit following your instagram feed. I didn’t realize it until I realized I hadn’t seen any pics of the boys and you for quite a while! Hope I didn’t offend you in any way, it was a total accident. MEssage me back soon about getting together for pics and maybe start a pinterest page of photos you like so I can get an idea of what kind of style you like! Hope to talk to you soon. The peach blossoms are coming out soon at Entz orchard if that has any influence on when you want to do them, or I could come out to the farm if you have good spots to shoot out there. Just let me know! Thanks! -KatherineReplyCancel


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