This is a real family.
It's not always pretty and polished.
It is a family with six children. It is a family in ministry.
We strive to be healthy,
to live simply,
to teach the really important things.
But sometimes we eat cereal for dinner.
This is a real home.
It is both a launchpad and a soft place to land.
It is a creative expression, a classroom, a safe haven.
It's loud and always, always open to visitors.
There's an extra chair at our table.
And a mouse lives here, eating out of the cat's bowl and mocking our attempts to do him in.
I am a real woman.
I cry over dumb things.
And am much more capable than I ever imaged.
Sometimes, I'm a mess
But this is my attempt to reflect the beauty and order of my creative and wonderful God.
I am a daughter of the King.
This is our real life.
Come on in.
My name is Jessica. I wear many hats. I am a Christ follower, a wife, a mother, a photographer, a homemaker, a writer, a cook, a gardener. I have a trunk in the basement full of journals and now I have this blog, The Hodgepodge Darling. It is…well, a hodgepodge written by a gal with a baby in her lap, sitting at a desk in the living room in a house on four acres in Central Arkansas. Here is a collection of thoughts, projects, scriptures, and attempts to return to simplicity. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I'm enjoyed sharing it with you.