Welcome to the new Emily Jeanne Designs blog! I'm excited to try out something new here, and I hope you're excited to see what I've got planned.
But first, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I'm Emily, the owner and founder of Emily Jeanne Designs.
I'm starting this blog so that you can get to know me better, and in turn, I hope to do the same with you, as you connect and respond to what I share. My goal is to fill the blog with things that will inspire you, teach you something, or simply bring a spot of sunshine to your day. You will find things like updates on the shop, outfit suggestions, bits of inspiration, useful tips, and more here. I have a whole plan laid out for what I'm going to share, and I hope to have the time to make it great.
This first post offers me the perfect opportunity to share a little bit about myself. It should serve as a good foundation for us to get to know each other.
I grew up in a small college town in central Illinois, where the cornfields reign supreme. My family lived on a farm in the country, so I spent my childhood dreaming of horses and imagining all the things I would do with one if I ever got one (to my great chagrin, I never did). I played saxophone and served as drum major in my high school band, which is also where I met my husband, Paul. After high school, I received a bachelor's degree in Spanish with minors in French and Latin American Studies. I've visited France, Mexico, Spain, and Canada, and I spent one summer studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. My husband and I are big travelers--between us, we've visited seven countries and most of the 50 states. Our traveling has slowed down quite a bit since we had kids, but we have big plans for when the kids are older.
Paul and I were high school sweethearts, and we've been married over eight years now. He served in the US Navy on a nuclear submarine for six years, which took us to live 2,000 miles away from our families for four of those years. Living in Bremerton, WA, was an absolute treat--just google pictures to see what I'm talking about--but living through the Navy was hard, harder than I can describe. Being a military family tests you in unique ways and forces you to grow in ways you never knew were possible. I like to say that our relationship has been fire-tested, and we can withstand anything now.
When Paul's enlistment in the Navy ended, we decided to move back home to the small town in Illinois where we grew up. We knew we wanted to raise our children close to family, and we wanted Paul's job to be flexible enough that he could be home with us as much as possible. He is now working to take over my parents' insurance agency, giving us the freedom and flexibility we wanted. On top of that, we're able to continue the legacy of the family business that my parents built. Our children will now get to grow up in the same wonderful environment that I loved as a kid, and being back home, we're surrounded by family, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all around us. It's everything we've ever dreamed of.
For me, being so near to family is a particular blessing. Having so much love and support around me has given me the opportunity to dream big, and most especially, to actually start achieving those dreams. I like to say that I have three jobs. First and foremost, I still consider myself a stay-at-home mom to my two beautiful children, ages two and four. I also work part-time at our local library, which gives me the chance to get out and serve our community (and let's be honest, I just can't stay away from all the books :) ). What little time I have left is spent designing, sewing, and operating my own Etsy shop. My life is full but very, very happy!
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Now that I've finished my part of the introduction, it's your turn! Leave a comment and tell me a little bit about yourself. I can't wait to get to know my readers better so I can give you more of what you want. I'm confident that together we can make this a great place to collaborate, connect, and share!