Hi.  I’m Jen.

Thank you for stopping by and peeking into my little world.

I’m a California girl, born and raised.

I’m an elementary school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned homeschooling mom who loves to write.

I married my janitor turned police officer husband and went on to have one rascally dog and two quirky little towheads.

I’m a Christian, who is learning more and more each day that’s  it’s not all about me and that it’s all about Him. My desire is to know Him deeply and point others to Him.


The Hubs


Lily, Lil, Lulu, Silly Lily, Lily Pad, the list goes on.


Henry, Little H, Hurricane Hank; but most of the time it’s Boo Boo

Yup, these are the reasons I write.

Besides my God, my family, and writing, I love……sweet tea, sourdough bread, my mom’s spaghetti and meat sauce and coffee.  I love all things Autumn, books,  Anne of Green Gables (I am going to Prince Edward Island with my best friend one day!), and school supplies. Oh, did I mention coffee?

On a typical night you might find the hubs and I watching reruns of The Office after the kids go to bed and one of us trying to “convince” the other to drive to McDonald’s for McFlurrys. Our family enjoys spending time with our extended family (there’s a lot!), close friends  and our church family.

Life is rarely quiet around here, or calm  for that matter. But, I kind of like it that way.

Why the Accidental Domestic (formerly Sock Monkey Tales)?

I’ve never really been a home maker type of wife. By that I mean, while I loved to putter around the house, I was pretty much all about my job. I would much rather be creating the perfect unit on pumpkins than the perfect dinner or ironing clothes.  I was super school teacher. There was School Jen and Summer Jen.  Summer Jen liked to dabble in cooking and cleaning because it was fun to do on my summer break. My poor hubs! When I think of all the meals I never cooked for him the first 8 or so years of our marriage, I cringe a little.

Even though  I wanted to stay home when Lily was born, I couldn’t and didn’t.  That elusive life of the SAHM eluded me. Then, when Henry was born, I got my wish. I was able to stay at home. In so many ways, though I’ve been married for 14 years, it hasn’t been until just these past few years, that I’ve learned what running a home means. I’m still learning.

It was a conviction of mine to stay home with my kids; but I had no idea what I was getting myself into! This full-time mom gig is hard!!  While the learning curve has been steep, I never knew how much I would love staying home and being a “domestic”. Whatever that means!!

While this blog won’t have  picture perfect formulas of how to have an organized, expertly meal planned and decorated home, it will have a real mom just trying to figure it all out. Some days I will blog about how wildly in love I am with my kids; and the next day I will blog about how I’m dying to use the bathroom just once without an audience.  Marriage, kids, books I love to read while I should be cleaning the bathroom, how much I avoid laundry but will move heaven and earth to get to book club, friendships, homeschooling, my obsessive love of pumpkins and learning what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman…… that’s what you’ll find here.

And while I don’t think anything that happens in life is “accidental”, it is indeed the unexpected life I never knew I wanted.

I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you stay and read awhile.


This is me (2013) , cooking my first ever turkey. Please ignore the funky pajama mash-up I have going on here. It was early!








This is me (2015) conquering the 20 pound beast. This is the second time I’ve cooked a turkey on my own. Feeling pretty good about myself here!







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