"We look for visions of heaven, and we never dream that all the time God is in the common-place things and people around us." ~ Oswald Chambers


Welcome! 

Jen McDonald

I'm so glad you're here...

My hope is to encourage you to find the "light" in the everyday...no matter the circumstances!

I'm Jen McDonald, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of the Military Spouse, an Amazon bestseller in several categories. I'm currently writing my second book, which is all about the stories of military spouses, both old and new. Through my writing and editing work, I've had some amazing opportunities, like writing for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, serving as the managing editor for a popular homeschooling magazine and that one time I interviewed Chris Hemsworth. I'm also the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising, an amazing resource for military families and write regularly for Military Spouse Magazine and other publications.

One lesson I've learned through the years--including 20+ years of homeschooling our four children and nearly 30 years as a military spouse--is how important it is to know that, no matter how much you plan, life doesn't always go the way you think it will. That it's important to embrace change and find the joy, the light, in everyday happenings. To not miss the little moments God brings to us with each day that we wake up again. That's what I hope to share with you. 

 If you think being a parent is great, wait till you hold your first grandbaby! 

If you think being a parent is great, wait till you hold your first grandbaby! 

Life is different now than when I started blogging many years ago about young family life, homeschooling, and military family matters. Our kids have all graduated, moved on to college and careers, and the 'blurry years' of young parenting are just a memory now.

You may have noticed some differences around the site, as I explore more topics like midlife, grandparenting, running, faith, and whatever else captures my fancy on any given day. I hope you'll take a look around!

Our oldest son is now active duty military, and two of our four grown children are married. I have two amazing daughters-in-law and an awesome hard-working husband who puts up with all my moods and tries his hardest to make life easier for me. 

I'm also an Irish Dance mom (which means I write a lot of checks and drive to competitions) and we're Pop-Pop and Gigi to the best little grandbaby ever! 

 Our family at my husband's retirement ceremony after 31 years in the Air Force. 

Our family at my husband's retirement ceremony after 31 years in the Air Force. 

As a longtime writer for the military spouse and homeschooling worlds and through publishing my book, I've shared much of my journey towards wholeheartedly embracing all the changes that go along with multiple deployments, moves, and raising a family. Now that we're post military retirement, I think many of those same lessons apply to all of life. 

We live outside San Antonio, Texas with our youngest two and a brand new rescue pup who keeps things interesting. While it may sound cliche', my best days are bookended by hot cups of coffee and good glasses of wine, with lots of writing and family time in between.

LAUNCHING SOON! Two new podcasts: Reinventing Midlife and Milspouse Matters!

Thanks for visiting! 

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