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March 24, 2015

Hi, I’m Jenny.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet.

A few things about me to get you started:

I’m a wife, a mother, and a writer. My husband Dave and I live in Denver with our growing brood of little people – 4 last I counted – and a cat named Pia, after Padre Pio. We like drinking margaritas, reading silently side by side (introverts of the world unite. Separately!), wrestling our kids on the living room floor, and taking the occasional trip to Rome. We both work for the Church, and we have been blessed with the most incredible community of family and friends.

I studied  psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Please observe the resultant identity crisis as evidenced by my ardent love for Catholicism and lifelong affinity for craft beer and the Dave Matthews Band. Dave and I met in a bar 9 years ago, introduced by fellow FUS alums with a hunch.

It was a good hunch.

For a while we lived in Rome, which was hard but good. Take a stroll through the archives if you’re looking for travel advice, info on planning and navigating a trip to the Vatican, or tales of extreme car-less grocery shopping with toddlers.

St. John Paul II, whose beatification and canonization we were blessed to be able to attend as a family, was – and continues to be – my great intercessor and patron saint. He brought me home to the Church when he died, and I will be forever grateful to him and reliant upon his powerful intercession.

Sometimes I write about good stuff that’s hard, or hard stuff that’s hard, and it touches a nerve for people. I’m never trying to be offensive, but sometimes it’s effortless, you know?

Sorry about that. I mean, not sorry enough to change my writing style, but, you know, sorry about the discomfort. I firmly believe that honest and authentic dialogue is possible, even on the internet. And not only possible, but deeply necessary for the ongoing conversion and for the revitalization of our culture.

So that’s what I’m doing here.

I love that you stopped by, and I hope you’ll keep coming back.

I’d love to answer each and every comment I receive, but … life. Still, if you have a question or a speaking request, email me at [email protected]





  • Reply Mona Mengler June 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Just read with delight your recent TC article on summer activities with children. While our children are grown now, I am always happy to discover another weirdo mom like me. People thought I was nuts for having 4 kids in just under 6 years. They told me so. And my kids thought they were weird because their parents made them have dinner together Every Night – “Nobody does that!” they cried. Until their friends started joining us for dinner, despite being forewarned that “my parents are going to talk to you, and they will expect you to answer.” Their buddies tended to linger extra long after the meal was over because they had never really experienced family dinner except for holidays. My middle son reminded me recently of his 9th birthday when he received 200′ of rope. He slept with it for two weeks. The nuttiest thing I did was to ban TV during the school week when the oldest about 10. It was an act of desperation on my part, but they suddenly had a lot more time to spend outside. They didn’t miss TV at all. Now in their 20s, they see the benefits of spending their childhoods in costumes, climbing trees, creating cities with Playmobile/Legos/Kapla planks and waging epic battles, making up games, and just playing together. Being overscheduled destroys creativity. It is really sad to see a young boy freeze up in response to “let’s play pirate ship!” because he has no idea how to play. Keep up the good work, Jenny. PS. Duct tape is a boy’s best friend…

  • Reply Mary Jo August 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Dear Jenny,
    I’m a big fan! I also live in Denver and am about to launch my own blog about my Catholic faith journey and family. I welcome any and all tips or criticisms for my hobby blog. I just love to write and as a stay-at-home mom I crave the opportunity to be creative. I am currently being followed by a whopping 2 people. I have not sent out the email to friends and family yet as I would love some feedback from someone with experience before officially launching. I thank you in advance for any help you can offer. In the meantime, thank you for your blog. I will NEVER consider yoga so lightly! This is said with a small smile and much seriousness. I have linked your article to some of my friends who had NO idea. Thanks for the inspiration and relatable musings. If you have a chance, my blog is lateforchurch.blog Thank you!

  • Reply Emily December 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Hi! How can I subscribe to new Mama Needs Coffee posts?

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