Meet Our Imperfect Women Contributors
Chances are we don’t really have to introduce you to Jenny. You are probably already familiar with her. Jenny and her former husband Bryan were stars of WETV’s “Raising Sextuplets” along with their charming and adorable children – Bailey, Blake, Cole, Grant, Molli and Savannah. We watched Jenny and Bryan struggle with the demands of raising their sixpack while juggling marital pressures and careers, along with fulfilling a long held desire to move to Florida from their native Arizona. IW caught up with Jenny last August. At that time, Jenny was indeed embarking on a new season. She and the kids were back home in Arizona and Jenny and Bryan were close to finalizing their divorce.
IW’s interview with Jenny generated a lot of reader interest and discussion. When Jenny agreed to become a regular contributor to IW, we were thrilled. If there is one thing we know about Jenny it’s that she is passionate. Passionate about motherhood, faith, family, fitness – the list goes on and on. Jenny will be touching on these topics and more in her regular contributions.
Molly lives in Portland, Oregon, and is a stay-at-home mom with twin 16-month-old boys. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Oregon five years ago with her husband. Her world revolves around her boys, so she doesn’t have too much free time. When she gets a little free time from mommy duty, she loves adventure, trying new things, the outdoors, crafting, photography, trying new restaurants, games, shopping for good deals and using as many discounts and coupons as possible, and traveling. Someone told Molly a few years ago, “We are here for a good time, not a long time.” Her goal in life is to enjoy it as much as possible: to see, try, learn, and do as many things as she can. You can contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was born and raised in Colorado and from the earliest images in my mind, I remember being a fan of music. My mother and father made sure that music was a large part of my life and this has stayed with me throughout the years. One of the first times I remember getting excited about this art form was when my mother played Jethro Tull’s Aqualung. This was life changing for me because the sounds that came out of the speakers were unlike anything that I had heard previous to that glorious moment. I suddenly had to consume every piece of music I could get my hands on. It started with listening to my parent’s records and eventually I surrounded myself with my own musical tastes. This began with punk rock music because, being from a divided home, I could identify with the songs that were shouted out of the speakers and into my waiting ears. Eventually, I branched out into other genres from hip-hop to alt-country. In addition, writing has been a passion of mine since I first read Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. His words leapt off the page and I knew that I had to be a writer! I am a father, husband, sometime poet and music junkie. Be sure and check out more of Adam’s writing on his blog, Soaked in Sound.
Emil Schmit is a self-trained poet, free-lance writer, public speaker, and journalist. His weekly column, “Rhyme and Reason,” appeared for over twenty years in the Dubuque, Iowa daily newspaper, the Telegraph Herald. Emil is a long-time member of both the Dubuque Area Writers’ Guild and the Southwest Wisconsin Writer’s Club. Collections of his poems have been published in a variety of magazines and books throughout the tri-state area. A resident of Southwest Wisconsin his entire life, he sees poetry as the stirring of his soul. Schmit does not have the educational background that one would expect from someone so attuned to the nuances of word and sound. For better than 30 years he was a seedsman for Pride Seed Company. The writing of poetry came about as a means of focusing his mind during his lunch hour. Nature, its power and beauty, are the subjects of many of his poems. Others are nostalgic in nature and tend to romanticize the past. Ultimately, it is home and hearth and his love for the land that drives him to rhyme. ” Rural life is being close to nature and land. I think that’s pretty important for us. This is my inspiration. It’s something to write about; maybe it’s a reason to write.” You can read more of Emil’s work on his blog, Rhyme and Reason with Proud Papa.
After getting married and having a baby, life took over and I stopped reading for a few years. Anytime I would try and pick up a book – diapers, dinners and a number of other things put a stop to that. Now that my daughter is a little older, I have made an effort to get back to my passions, writing and reading books. I have been an avid reader since childhood and my best memories are of hiding under my blanket with a flashlight and a great book. For me, reading a great book isn’t just something to do for an hour or two, it’s something I get lost in. I can read half a book without realizing I have turned a page. If the book is really good, I dream at night that I am the characters and have even been known to walk around in the haze of the world created only in the fiction I have read. I hope to share my passion for reading all genres of books with you and hope that we can have some great discussions.
Snickers is a country gal at heart who loves holidays, quilting, antiques and has a passion for gardening. In her spare time she keeps herself busy as an estate cleaner and volunteers for many organizations. Her bucket list overflows.
Jen Rattie (aka CraftyMomof3) is a mom of 3, blogger and avid crafter. She currently lives in Illinois but is a New Englander at heart. Jen fills her hectic life with being a lunch mom at her kids school, selling Tupperware and running after her energetic 3 year old! She is a student of life and is currently teaching herself graphic web design and is hoping to have a small business up and running in a year to help other consultants, bloggers and crafters get their name out there. In her spare time she loves to read and play Rock Band 2 with her kids. You can read all that Jen’s been up to on her blog My Crafty Life.