It’s A New Season For Jenny Masche – Meet Jenny McClendon!


Jenny Masche, from WE tv’s “Raising Sextuplets”, gets married, takes on a new name, and begins a new season of her life. She shares all of the heartwarming details with Imperfect Women.

By Jenny McClendon

March 8th was the big day! We had been talking about getting married for many months, but had to wait for some details to be ironed out. Interesting enough, the closer it got to us getting married, I became more hesitant and Levi was just as sure as sure could be. I didn’t quite understand that since I was the one bringing six little ones into our new life together. That’s a lot for anyone, but seeing his confidence and quiet assurance definitely helped.

The one thing I knew (and know now) without a shadow of a doubt is that I didn’t want to go through all this again (divorce, and all the ick!). It was so much harder than I ever thought. And in my opinion if there was even a 1% chance that we could end up the same, I didn’t want it. Levi and I were sitting at breakfast Sunday morning March 4th and I opened our joint journal (we were going to write out some life goals together) and written big on the page was “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” It was very, very sweet! Simple, honest and sincere. I wrote on the opposite page YES!

I was on a long stretch of work, we had seen each other very little (he had written it two days prior) and we wanted to get married as soon as possible (since we had been talking about it so long!). The only day that would work in the following month was 4 days later… March 8th. We just wanted us and our eight most precious blessings. We decided to rent a passenger van (the only thing we could all fit in) and I emailed some dear friends in San Diego who I lived with a bit during PA school. They are a very sweet Christian couple that are like my second parents. I thought if anyone would know a perfect pastor to marry us it would be them. Marilyn and Tom thought they knew the perfect man for the job. He was a Young Life Area director and had performed many wedding ceremonies. The only thing we worried about was that he was not going to be available on such a short notice.

The next day I received an email back saying Eric would be flying into San Diego that day around 3 p.m. and he would be more than happy to drive to the beach from the airport and perform the wedding. It was perfect! We had a few conversations with Eric that week and were very thankful that God picked him. Four days after the “official” proposal we headed to San Diego for our big day. Levi and I had always dreamed of getting married barefoot on the beach, so here we were getting to experience this with the eight people who matter the most in our lives!

We stayed in a precious, quaint little Inn in Sunset Cliffs. We woke up the morning of the 8th and took a walk along the ocean, watched birds swoop in the sea. It was seriously the most picture perfect day in San Diego (not to mention the kids were on PERFECT behavior, it was crazy and amazing!).  Not a cloud in the sky and 70 degrees. Around 2:30 we headed to my favorite little beach spot in La Jolla. I called it my “secret beach.” It was a beach that I found back in the summer of 2001. I would go there and pray and run and just sit and enjoy God’s creation. At that season of my life, I was single and I prayed a lot about my mate and what I wanted, dreamed for, and desired in a husband. And here I was 11 years later about to get married to my very best friend and kindred spirit, with our eight most favorite people, and eleven years of CRAZY events behind me. It was surreal!

Eric showed up and he was awesome. He was so fun, enthusiastic, and the perfect fit for our crazy family! He talked to the eight kids first about marriage and what we would be doing. He had the kids make an aisle in the sand. Levi played the song “Marry Me” and the sextuplets walked me down the aisle to join Levi, Treyton & Griffen. Levi had tears rolling down his face with the cutest, sweetest smile… and I had the biggest smile I’ve ever had. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me! I never felt deserving of this (finding this kind of love)… still don’t many days, but felt it was 100% God’s grace (Undeserved favor) pouring over me and the kids.

The ceremony was perfect. The little boys playing in the sand, the girls sprinkling flower petals everywhere, Treyton & Griffen standing up like perfect gentlemen listening to every word spoken, and pastor Eric speaking God’s truth and promises over me and Levi. It was genuinely the most “perfect day”. I wish our family could have been there to witness the day, but with just the 10 of us it was such a special time for the kids to feel special, involved and chosen! That night the 10 of us ate pizza in a circle on the middle of the floor of our honeymoon suite. The kids all wanted to take a bath in the Jacuzzi tub overlooking the ocean… and finally we crashed with a sense of fulfillment and joyous fatigue!

I sit here almost 3 months later reflecting on the day; still so thankful for how God orchestrated that day and how perfect it was. I still have very hard days, plagued with guilt over decisions I’ve made and sin. There is no changing choices or sin of my past and I have to continually cast it off of me and TRUST in the grace and mercy of Christ. I know more clearly now than EVER that I am ONLY saved by His Grace. The only thing I can do from this day forward is move forward and pray for His Presence in My home and in My marriage. I don’t justify anything I have done in my past that is not pleasing to the Lord. I’m more than thankful for Levi; he is one of a kind to choose me and my kids. I genuinely could not have asked for a better man, husband, or partner!

Ultimately, I’m extremely thankful for second chances… Levi and I call it our “Mulligan”.    :-)

Here is my hope in sharing this. For starters, divorce is very painful and very hard. I don’t recommend it and say fight for your marriage if you believe God can redeem it. Second, if you are already divorced or know that you are headed in that direction… God will walk through it with you, He loves you, there is Redemption, and there is Sunlight and blessing on the other side!

 

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JennyMasche200 About the Author:

Jenny McClendon (Masche), star of WETV’s “Raising Sextuplets”, blogs about her journey and her passions: motherhood, faith, family, fitness.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Kmom2 says

    Congratulations! My best wishes to you, Levi and the kids. God walked me through my divorce, carried me is more like it. And you are right, there is sunlight, blessings, and peace on the other side.

  2. Roozerdo says

    Oh Jenny, such as sweet and heartwarming story. I had “happy tears” reading it. Funny how when it’s meant to be, everything works out. I am so happy for you and your new blended family. I wish you lifetime of happiness.

  3. Deborah says

    Jenny,
    Some years back I did some research on the word sin.
    In Latin it means a ‘miss’ ‘a missed opportunity to make a better choice’

    In the Christian culture my experience has led me to believe ‘sin’ is used to control through ‘guilt’ and is in no way the true teachings of Christ our Savior.

    Thanks for sharing your perfect day with us Jenny! May there be many more to come too you & your new family!

  4. GeeWhiz says

    Congrats Jenny. Thank you for sharing your heartwarming story. Hope you have a wonderful happy life with Levi and the kids.

  5. MsGoody2Shoes says

    I think it is beautiful story. Also, in my humble opinion, God did not make any mistakes when he brought you and Levi together.

  6. says

    Jenny, thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. You are such a great writer! I really feel like I’m at the kitchen table or at the beach with you and Levi!
    .
    I agree with all the kind wishes. You seem to have done a lot of thoughtful prayer and contemplation on the past and the future. I believe your kind spirit will continue to guide you and make for beautiful times to come!

  7. JennieIW says

    LisaM, I don’t know if adultery was committed, but I do know that the Bible says, “Judge not lest ye be judged” and “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I don’t know of any religion that expects a person to be perfect, and in fact Christianity teaches that everyone is a sinner.

  8. Diane says

    I am confused by people who equate ‘religious’ with ‘without sin’. In case you haven’t noticed; NOBODY is without sin. It’s how you deal with life and learn from your mistakes that matters.

    If the entire article is read, you will see that Jenny says, “I still have very hard days, plagued with guilt over decisions I’ve made and sin.”
    That doesn’t sound like somebody who is casual about their past.

    I guess the ‘Church Lady’ mentality out there is strong. Perhaps people who are so willing to cast stones should stop and take a good long look at their own lives. Just because you define yourself as ‘religious’ or ‘Christian’ does not make you superior to the rest of human kind.
    If you believe that way of thinking is right then you are COMPLETELY missing the point of what God’s love is all about.

  9. Pam@IW says

    Diane,

    I so agree with everything you said. I loved this post. Very heartwarming. What a great way to start off a life together.

    Nothing but best wishes for this family.

  10. amelia mccaughan says

    I have just watched raising sextuplets in western Australia, and loved it!!! You are such a beautiful inspiring woman Jenny you inspire me to be a better mother and to be happier more thankfull person. I think you are amazing!! Thank you sharing your lovly blogs!

  11. Linda knight says

    Congrats to you Jen, here in australia they are replaying your show boy did you do it tough,So glad you are now with a man that will make you and the children happy.have a wonderful life.to all those haters check out your own back yard before being somean to others isn’t that a more Christian thing?????

  12. Katie says

    I know this woman personally and professionally and although I am not a “Christian” nor do I believe in any organized religion, this woman is the perfect example of what it means to live by example, to love others as you would love yourself and making ultimate sacrafices. She literally nearly died to bring her wonderful children to life. Her heart is a big as the world and to hear her speak of “sin” and being “sinful” breaks my heart. She is what we all are, a human being with human emotions who makes the best decisions for the circumstances. I love and respect her and wish her nothing but happiness. If you who read her article or watch her show cannot do that as well, and recognize that you like she and me are humans with all our faults and imperfections and wonderfullness, then go ahead, cast the first stone…be forewarned, however, that someone like me might just be there to catch it and toss it right back at you.
    You go on Jenny. Your life is just that, your life and I for one trust you completely with it.
    Love,
    Katie Auer

  13. Deborah says

    Thank You so much for that Katie #22.
    It hurt my heart also to hear her speak of ‘sin’
    As if…

  14. snickers says

    Katie,

    Jenny is loved and respected by many people. I’m sure we all have had difficult paths to walk in our lives at times. It’s her life, her choices. You are a wonderful friend.

  15. says

    Jenny I don’t know you or your story, I’m guessing it’s on paytv (foxtel) here in Australia. It matters not, I just want to say a heart felt Congratulations. Every human has the right to happiness, especially to bring unity and happiness into the children’s lives. My parents stayed together because of the rules of the church and it resulted in a life of hell for us kids. Hence 3 out of 4 kids walked away from their belief in God. Follow your heart, find happiness chase it, grab it and don’t let it go.

  16. me says

    Jenny, i think you made a perfect choice. With all respect, but brian wasn’t tread you right. He had such a big ego and he used verbal domestic violence against you!
    You go girl!

  17. Emma says

    Jenny, I have just seen season 2 of your show in Melbourne Australia. I have a 20 month old, and draw such insperation from seeing you manage your six toddlers (children now!). Best of luck for the days ahead.

  18. anonymous says

    I was treated by this woman in lake havasu when I was extremely sick from my battle with alcoholism. I heard later about the show, but that day I met a normal PA who stood out because she was so sweet and kind and listened as I broke down and didn’t judge me. This was about 5 years ago. I’ve been sober a long time but she made an impact on me that day. So much so that I ended up here :) as far as a the judgmental comments I am sorry for the people that will continue to be bitter and ugly inside because they have no faith in God’s forgiveness and unconditional love.

  19. Deb says

    Jen and Levi, I wish you nothing but the best. I am so happy for you both and all of the children. I watched the show, Jen and I couldn’t stand how Brian treated you or the children.

  20. Caroline says

    Um yeah. I’ve seen a few episodes of your show. I wish you and you new hubby all the best. You’re going to need it.

  21. Janice Jennings says

    I didn’t get to see the two seasons of “Raising Sextuplets” and have been trying for months to talk WE tv into re-running them, with no success. I would love to buy/rent this series and wonder if you can suggest something. I am 80 years old and house-bound and want to see this series more than anything else I can think of. I saw the last half of the last show and have been trying ever since to get a copy of the two seasons on video. Please, please don’t delete this request but forward to the person who might be best able to help me. Thank you ever so much!

  22. Joe Lee says

    Just saw an episode of sextuplets and found out that Jenny had divorced and remarried. My heart just ached when I heard this. For all you lukewarm Christians out there posting ” you go girl” and “let him who doesn’t have sin cast the first stone”, judge not lest you be judged” and condoning divorce and remarriage (which is adultery) should be fearful of a loving (yes) but a holy, all-consuming fire God, who doesn’t tolerate sin but is patient with mankind that we repent (turn away, flee from sin) and when we repent by His mercy He forgives us. There’s a guilt (conviction of Gods Spirit) that leads to repentance (asking Gods forgiveness then turning away from that sin)that leads to life. But there’s a guilt of sin that leads to death. This guilt is not repentance, and this leads to eternal death. The wages of sin is death. So for all those Christians taking the Word of God out of context you should fear God.. It’s the Word that judges us and judgement starts at the house of God. And what God has joined let no man put asunder. Jesus said that those who divorce have hard hearts (unforgiveness towards their spouses) and whoever remarries is an adulterer (Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:3-9). If you don’t like what I have said than you should burn your bibles and stop preaching in the name of Jesus. These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me and in vain they worship Me teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. My advice to Jenny is to repent (turn away, flee) and be reconciled to your first husband or remain unmarried. Sure Christians aren’t perfect and they fall, but a true disciple learns when they fall to humbly come before a loving Father and repent from that sin and ask for His forgiveness. To him that orders his lifestyle aright to him I will show my salvation (repentance from that sin then Gods promise of salvation). This is what the bible teaches us. Let God be true and every man a liar. If I am wrong I am more than happy for someone to show me from the scripture that God condones divorce and remarriage.

  23. Ann@IW says

    I am a Catholic. I don’t agree with the many, many Christians who preach their own interpretation of scripture. I just don’t agree with that. We end up with all sorts of different interpretations. But, I can certainly love and respect people I do not agree with. I am not insensible to God’s love for every human that I think there is only way HE can act. I would never presume to put boundaries on God.

    I believe that Christ established a Church and he put someone in charge (here is the scripture to support that- Matthew 16:18-19). I believe that the person in charge of Christ’s church has never taught in error, ever (again, Matthew 16:18- but pay attention to the part about the gates of hell not overpowering this church ever.) So I look to Church teaching on divorce and marriage to guide me. Church teaching on marriage is that the two become one until death parts them. That is ONLY when a true marriage exists, of course. One thing I have learned is that I am not the judge nor jury of when a true marriage takes place, except my own. I am not. I believe the Church can examine this at the request of one or both of the spouses and declare that while a civil marriage might have taken place, a true marriage- complete self-giving- did not. That’s what the church calls an annulment. It’s a declaration that because of some impediment (often, a reluctance on the part of one spouse to commit fully to the marriage) a true marriage never took place in the eyes of heaven.

    Catholics have a process for having their failed “marriages” examined. I don’t believe other Christians do. Jenny and Bryan fall into this category. They are not Catholic. Christians who do not have the guidance of the Church IMO have it a bit rougher. How do you go about examining a relationship to see if it truly was a marriage bound in heaven? See? I suppose they must pray and ask God to guide them in these matters.

    I respect that Jenny has done that. Since none of us can see into her heart but God, I think it is best to let God be the judge of this particular marriage. IMO it is not “lukewarm” to respect her and wish her well.

    I agree with you that God is merciful and just.

  24. Ann@IW says

    Not any more, Jennie. It is expressly forbidden for the Jews in Leviticus, but in Acts 10:9-14, Peter (the first Pope!) is told in a dream “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” Not to vex the non-Catholics, but that’s a story that supports checking in with the Pope for the teaching, not reading scripture and interpreting it yourself. At the time, the New Testament was being LIVED not written down. Good thing there was a Pope, though.

  25. Ann@IW says

    And I do not mean to be saying you should not read scripture. I think much of scripture is pretty straightforward, like not throwing stones unless you are without sin. Everyone has to live her own life by her own conscience. I was merely responding to the comment that questioned whether those of us who wish Jenny well are doing that.

  26. Joe Lee says

    Ann@IW its extremely important to not only read the scripture in the context but also understand it. My background is Catholicism. Unfortunately most Christians don’t take the time to blow the dust off their bibles and open its pages and ask the Holy Spirit to guide them into truth. So it’s the Holy Spirit that leads and teaches us (this is from scripture) into all truth. Unfortunately 2 timothy says Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to falsehood.
    My opinion doesn’t matter it’s the Word of God (the bible) that matters and will judge us. Now that verse you’ve used not to throw stones is taken out of contexts to condone sin. Jesus never condoned sin. The lady you refer to from this scripture was catch in adultery in the very act. It was Jesus with His word that convicted not only the religious but I believe the lady. ‘Looking at her he said where are those that condemn you? There’s none, neither do I condemn you’ NOW continue reading what Jesus says “Go and leave your life of sin”. Adultery is sin (just like lying,stealing, murder … all sin) Jesus forgives her through His mercy (he could of upheld the law and stoned her himself but mery rejoices over judgement) and says go and leave (flee) your life of sin. His first sermon found in Matthew 4 was “Repent!” From what? Sin! Jesus came to go find that one lost sheep, he didn’t come for the well he came for the sick. Why? Not to leave them in their sickness (sin) but to heal them. We have all sinned and fallen short of Gods glory. I’m not calling Jenny lukewarm I’m calling her to repent and turn away from adultery. now if she does or doesnt thats her decision and Gods Word will judge her on that final day. I’m calling those Christians on here lukewarm who read the bible out of context to suit their own desires and justify sin. Jesus came to set as free from what? Sin. So that we are free from sin, we don’t continue in it. It’s a choice. Choose you this day which God you will serve. God is holy and has never condoned sin that’s why He had to pay the ultimate price. ‘For He that knew no sin, became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God”. He died on the cross for our sin and paid the wages of sin which is death by dying on the cross.

  27. Joe Lee says

    Oh and marriage back in Jesus’ time was defined as when the marriage was consummated. as there is a blood covenant made between the man and female during the first sexual penetration. Modern day same thing (if you are a virgin) if not a virgin than I believe your vows before man and God.

  28. Ann@IW says

    I don’t know what you mean by your “background is Catholicism.” Either you are a Catholic or you are not. I am OK with whatever you choose, but don’t try to straddle both sides of the river. It can’t be done. Either cross the Tiber or stand on the other side.

    I have no dispute about what the Bible says. I dispute your application of its teaching. I didn’t take Christ’s teaching NOT to throw stones out of context. The worst case scenario here- that this remarriage is adulterous (and I REFUSE to acknowledge something like that since how the heck could I even know???)- is the SAME CONTEXT as the story of the adulterous woman. SAME EXACT CONTEXT.

    To whom does Christ speak? To the Pharisees ready to condemn her and to the woman who is saved by Christ. What does He say to the Pharisees? “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.” There was one who is without sin there, wasn’t there? Christ Himself was sinless. I will not be throwing any stones until Christ does. Even the hard-of-heart Pharisees got that message. We read this story in the Bible and know EXACTLY what we are to do in this case.

    He also speaks to the woman. What does He say to the woman? “Go and sin no more.”

    How does Christ speak to the woman now? Through prayer, through the Word. If you are Catholic, you can seek guidance through a Church tribunal. Without the benefit of the Church, you must rely on prayer and Bible reading, perhaps a trusted minister or friend. I believe in this particular case, the woman in question has shared that she’s done exactly that.

    Today, you and I are the Pharisees. Lets put down our stones. Let’s wish our sister well and encourage her and thank her for sharing that she is leaning on the Lord in what she has described was a very difficult decision. And let’s not condemn everyone else who has followed the teaching Jesus gave us in this story by calling them “lukewarm” Christians.

    Thanks for the discussion.

  29. Ann@IW says

    Unfortunately most Christians don’t take the time to blow the dust off their bibles and open its pages and ask the Holy Spirit to guide them into truth. So it’s the Holy Spirit that leads and teaches us (this is from scripture) into all truth.

    And yet, there are plenty of Christians who do read the Bible, open its pages, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide them, and they end up disagreeing on how to apply its teaching! For example, you and me, right here. Personally, I think one of us must be wrong. (IMO, it’s you.) I don’t blame the Holy Spirit for the mix-up. It’s not His mistake.

  30. Joe Lee says

    The scriptures are pretty straight forward regarding divorce and remarriage. Don’t commit adultery (exodus). Whoever divorces his wife (husband) and marries another commits adultery matthew 19. It’s pretty straight forward we aren’t reading Daniel or revelations here. If you feel it’s your duty to add or take away from the words of Jesus to justify your stance or someone else’s … Good luck on judgement day. It’s the Word that will judge us on the last day (jesus’ words not mine) John 12:48.

  31. Ann@IW says

    Yikes. “Good luck on Judgment Day.” You neither believe in luck nor wish me well.

    I did not add or take away from Jesus’ words when He said, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.” I am not condemning anyone, but letting Jesus judge us all. I applaud my Christian sister who admits struggling and praying through a difficult life situation, and wish her well.

  32. Joe Lee says

    Here’s a passage from the first Pope 2 Peter 2. This would be too confrontational for today’s society and even back then as St Peter was crucified. What you’re saying is that ‘you can never call sin, sin’. This goes against the teachings in the Bible and shows how far the church has gone down the road of compromise and religious correctness, as we don’t want to offend and we must seem appealing to “all groups of people”. Once again you’ve taken the ‘Judge not’ verse out of context you need to keep on reading the whole passage and if you don’t think it’s right to judge then please explain John 7:24 “Judge with right judgement” and a plethora of other scriptures that tell us to gently or firmly rebuke sinners. Evident in all the Gospels and Acts when Jesus came as well as when the disciples were filled on the Day of Pentecost they never condoned sin, but gave them a message of repentance (say your sorry to a Holy God, turn away from that sin, God in His mercy will then forgive you and give you the gift of salvation). So to say that Im sorry for my sin and you feel guilt about it means nothing unless you stop committing that sin. What would you do if your partner came home and said I’ve been having an affair I am so sorry would you please forgive me, I promise I’ll never do it again? Yes because I love you I’ll forgive you. Then he goes out and commits the same thing again. Was he really repentant? No because repentance means to turn away/stop from that sin and to have a changed mindset so that that person acts in a way that pleases God. Sin is not pleasing to a Holy God. Unfortunately today’s Gospel (totally different to the one Jesus and the Apostles preached) is so water downed sinners don’t need to repent (as there is no call for repentance) and therefore that freedom that comes from being set free from sin is never realized.

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