About Me

Let me introduce myself.

I’m Jennifer.

To make it short and sweet: I’m an Army wife, a homeschooling mom, an obsessed genealogist, a photo enthusiast, an avid traveler and a self-professed bookaholic.

And the longer version:

I grew up on a small island in the Puget Sound. It was quiet and quaint. We had 5 acres of woods up a deserted dirt road. We didn’t have any neighbors until I was a teenager, so we roamed the entire road and the forest like it was our own. I have to admit though, I was more of a bookworm than a tomboy. I would more likely have been found in my room with my nose in a book than playing in the dirt.

I’m the oldest of 4 kids. I lived in the same house my whole life (well except for the first few years- and who really remembers those?). I graduated high school with people I went to Kindergarten with. Besides a few months we spent in California while my dad was working a temporary job, a road trip to Iowa with my grandparents, and the month I spent as a foreign exchange student to Germany, I spent most of my life right there in Washington state.

I did well in school – I was a bookworm, remember? I studied hard and played lots of sports. I was best at volleyball, and went to community college on a scholarship. After 2 years of school, I really didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do. Why spend money on an expensive college when you’re clueless? I knew that I wanted to travel and I always loved languages, so I decided to join the Air Force as a linguist.

I ended up studying Russian for a year at the Defense Language Institute. After more training in Texas, I finally got to work in San Antonio. That’s where I married my husband and our first daughter was born. I decided to get out of the Air Force a few months before I had her. Life as a dual military couple was hard and I really couldn’t bear the thought of putting my baby in daycare. That was the last time that I worked – well the last time I got paid for working!!

I thank my husband dearly for allowing me to stay at home with the kids. We have 5 of them by the way. We actually had one in each house we lived in up until now. That really worried my husband. He was afraid to move again! I think that we are done now though. I think.

I made the decision very early on to homeschool our children. I started researching and planning when I was still pregnant. I’m strange, I know. Homeschooling has always been a way of life for us.

About the time that Ellie was born, I began to work on family history. 12 years later and I’m still hooked. Genealogy is a passion of mine. Searching through old records and stomping through cemeteries is fun for me. My ideal vacation is equal parts beautiful sites and genealogical research. My poor family!:)

I love to take pictures. I’m learning new things all of the time. My kids are often hiding from the camera.

I still love to read. Once a bookworm, always a bookworm. I don’t read as much as I would like to (remember – I homeschool and do genealogy and blog and take pictures) but I still manage to fit it in here and there.

I also live for traveling. Good thing I married a soldier!

If you’re dying to know even more, here is a list of 101 Absolutely Random Facts About Me.

  • Jan Pewsey - July 7, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    You sound like a very interesting person….I love cemeteries and photography as well.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 18, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    hello my name is Anna-Karin Bennberg. I live in Mora in Sweden. My family is the only family left in sweden with te name bennberg.I think we are releted. I am verry glad if we culd have some kontakt.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 19, 2012 - 12:18 pm

      Hi Anna-Karin!
      Thank you for leaving me a message.
      I would love to share information with you. My great-great grandmother was Christina Elisabeth Bennberg, daughter of Johan Bennberg and Christina Olsdatter. She was born in Moklinta in 1845 and died in Gavle in 1919. She traveled to America a few times to visit her children, most of whom emigrated from Sweden in the late 1800′s and early 1900s. Do you know if you have a connection to this family?


  • Breanna Mcgowen - October 2, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    hello I’m Breanna McGowen and I cant find any thing about my family history can you please help?ReplyCancel

  • leon lundervold - June 29, 2013 - 6:55 am

    3rd great grandfather Nicholas Sanchez-Tereso on the Herman side

    Leaving for Spain Sunday. Planing on a quick visit to Herencia.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - April 25, 2014 - 2:45 am

    Hi Jen,
    I have not started blogging yet. I am looking at what is out there and forming a clearer picture of what I want to do. I have been researching my family tree for just 18 months or so. I like the way you have used photos and story. I think I will be passing by now and then. Best wishes. MaureenReplyCancel

  • Climbing My Family Tree - July 10, 2012 - 3:39 am

    Thanks Jan. :) ReplyCancel

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