Hello!  Thanks for checking out my blog today!

I’ve always liked the idea of blogging. I gave it a go once a while back. Deleted it because I thought I was lame. True story. Life is different now though. Things are happening. Things are changing – or maybe it’s just me who’s changing? Perhaps it’s a little of both.

My inspiration for this comes from the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression & acceptance) as I am coming out of difficult times and navigating that emotionally. It also relates to my involvement in different ministries as well as pursuing some life-long dreams. (You see, I was going for a clever play on words.)  

As the wife of a youth pastor, how can I look into the eyes of a young person and tell them that anything is possible, that they can dream BIG and chase their dreams, if I don’t believe that or am pursuing that for myself? I never have trouble believing in others but I have always struggled with believing in myself. Maybe it’s being in my 30’s that gives me a sense of urgency, but I just don’t have time to be insecure any more.

I am really excited to share with you what’s happening in my life right now.  It’s going to be a roller-coaster. Thanks for being a part of my journey!


Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at thefivestages.wordpress.com and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.


  1. I love it! I am excited to read all about your journey to your dreams. You’ve always had amazingness bursting out of you, and quality oozing over everything you’ve ever done. I can’t wait until you find the exact outlet that uses ALL of your gifts. I heart you, Jenny.

  2. I’ll totally follow your blog, Jenny! I have a few that I read and have really been wanting to start one again (I also had one several years ago) …it’s on my to-do list once school is over, like so many other things. 🙂

    Most of my life, I have seen my dad lamenting over things he wished he’d have done. I have determined that I don’t want to live my life that way and I’m also at this stage where I’m like, “You just have to DO things. No regrets.” Go get ’em, chica!! 🙂 You’re amazing.

    • I just decided failure isn’t the worst thing ever. 🙂 You can do it. Super proud of your hard work with school.

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