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Blog Name: From My Front Porch Looking In

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Twitter Name: jenni52743


When did you start your blog and why?

front porch - roller skatingIn early 2008, my husband had a brilliant idea to sew a cover for a shelving system we have in our kitchen.  Of course, I was supposed to make this idea come to life…where did I turn?  The Internet, of course!  I randomly typed something into Google and came up with an awesome blog of a woman on the east coast who had created a cover/curtain for her laundry room (sadly, she’s not blogging any more).  Before I knew it I was lost in the blogging world and blog hopping…and my husband was asking me how I was doing on the curtain.  (I did eventually get the cover made with lots of help from my mom!)  Coincidentally, we went to a roller-skating party around the same time and one of my friends asked me if I had ever thought of starting a blog.  And I hadn’t!  I had recently found blogs and was having a ton of fun reading them but it hadn’t crossed my mind to actually create one of my own…my first question was, “How much does it cost?”  As soon as I heard I could do it for free I was sold.  So I have my awesome hubby and my sweet friend Laura ( ) to thank for getting me into blogging!

I blog mostly about my family and books.  I throw in posts about crafts, cooking,  autographs, and other random stuff, too.  I recently started a blog series called, “Turning Over a New Leaf” where I post about new things I’m trying out in my life.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of your interest in books.

front porch - J Bucket SmilyAs I’m writing this post I am sitting in our living room with my laptop, it’s storming outside and the lightning is scary but amazing at the same time.  I’m listening to my husband crack up as he watches the Hangover.  About half an hour ago, we got home from a big family Easter celebration at my parents.  Chad carried Jordan upstairs and we tucked him into bed and kissed him good night.  He’s so grown up; my baby will be three in May and such a great big brother when his sibling makes his or her way into the world in July.  On the couch next to me sits my Green Cupcake Vera Bradley tote filled with picture books and Grand Canyon Companion, my planner and notes to study for my National Boards Certification test coming up at the end of the month, the most recent JoAnn’s flyer and my snazzy pencil pouch.  I looked through my planner to see what I have to do to get ready for tomorrow, but decided to work on writing this before I get myself all prepared to teach my hard of hearing students tomorrow!

Your favorite book from your youth and the story behind it.

babysittersclubI was born smack-dab in the middle of 1980.  I loved growing up in the 80’s (but I think it was more fun to be a preteen and teen in the 90’s).  Every summer my mom would take us to the library to sign up for their summer reading program.  I always loved reading and being a part of it…but I will never forget the summer I got my hands on Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club series.  I devoured those books.  As a teacher now, I’ve read many times about series reading and how many lifelong readers were once series readers as kids.  Here’s how totally serious I was about my extreme love for these girls: in 5th grade my friends and I created our own babysitting club!  We had meetings, we had snacks, we handed out flyers, we set up jobs – we lived The Babysitter’s Club dream.  We had a good run, too.  We did a lot of babysitting.  What I loved most about The Babysitter’s Club was the characters and their relationships with each other.  All the girls were unique but respected for their differences.  They supported each other no matter what and helped each other work through problems.


“Jennifer is a fabulous reader, mom and wife as I’m sure you can tell from her post. Her site is a wonderful mixture of bookish reviews, family fun and crafty goodness. The students she teaches, I’m positive, are some of the luckiest kiddos ever. Her love of reading and interest in learning no doubt carries over into her teaching and family life. Make sure to check out her site as soon as you can, you may just learn something new!”

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9 Responses to When I Was Young – From My Front Porch Looking In

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  2. Stephanie says:

    What a neat post about Jennifer! I love following her blog because not only do I love hearing about her family and learning about new books, but her crafty updates are super interesting!

  3. Kathy Lou says:

    Jen is a great friend and a great reader! Nice post, Jen!!
    .-= Kathy Lou´s last blog ..My Boyfriend’s Back and You’re Gonna Be In Trouble =-.

  4. Lara says:

    I love following From My Front Porch Looking In. It’s great to hear about new books or books I may have forgotten. Love the craft ideas and of course, the updates on the fun things she and her husband are doing with Jordan!
    .-= Lara´s last blog ..Twin Tuesdays =-.

  5. Juju says:

    Off subject: I have added your site to my left hand side bar under “Must-see Children’s Book Blogs” :)
    .-= Juju´s last blog ..Book of a Thousand Days | Book Review and Contest =-.

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