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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 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.

Contact:

If you have a question or a speaking request, email me at [email protected], or find me on:

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Speaking:

I speak on a variety of topics. My most popular subjects include:

  • Engaging the culture with the Church’s teachings on sex and marriage
  • My Catholic reversion story
  • Distilling JPII’s Theology of the Body to laymen terms
  • Evangelizing in the mission field of your every day life
  • Engaging the secular culture with joy
  • NFP and Humanae Vitae
  • A variety of topics geared toward women and mothers

Looking to book a dynamic and engaging speaker for your next conference or retreat: contact me at [email protected] subject: “speaking” for more info + pricing and availability. Thanks for stopping by!

8 Comments

  • 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?

  • Reply Debra Hughes January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Dear Jenny:

    Congratulations on your new baby and your wonderful family. I enjoy reading your writing and have been watching for your next message after the baby. May God bless you and your family in every way! Hang in there and don’t worry about the dishes and floors. It will be ok.
    Love and Blessings, Debbie Hughes

  • Reply Anna Maj May 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Hi, Jenny. I was wondering if you listen to Marie Bellet. She is a wonderful, Catholic songwriter who writes about being a mother and a wife. When I heard her, I thought of you and your blog. Would especially recommend the song “Secret Garden” and the song “Don’t you think I count.” She is on Youtube, but I’ve only listened to her on Amazon music.

  • Reply Bro Ignatius Mary June 1, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Your article on Yoga is excellent. We have included a link to you article in our Spiritual Warfare Library (http://saint-mike.org/warfare/library/) of our spiritual warfare and deliverance apostolate

  • Reply Eva June 20, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Your blog is one of my favorites! I think you may too hard on yourself about being worried at times if you’ve had a “contraceptive mentality” in between pregnancies while using NFP. I noticed you mentioning this in some of your blog posts, hence I posted a link to an article that may help clarify that NFP can be used with selfish motives, but not contraceptive motives. The amount of abstinence (in a 28-day cycle there’s only about 7 days of safe infertile days to have relation) NFP requires to be effective to avoid pregnancy–while even using the extremely accurate MFB Fertility progesterone test strips–is so much that it’d be hard to see any room left for selfishness! 🙂

    https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/apologetics/nfp-the-myth-of-the-contraceptive-mentality.html

  • Reply Vickie August 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I read your column “When Deferred Maintenance Hits the Fan” (what an apt title!) in the Diocese of Superior (WI) Catholic Herald where you appeared as a guest columnist. It lead me here to your blog (first I’ve ever read). What a delightful writer you are! You are a source of support & encouragement for young people & their families but you have a much broader appeal as well. I look forward to reading more of your posts…insight with humor! God Bless You.

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