Hi, I’m Jessie! I’m an author, speaker and the resident “big sis” right here at LifeLoveandGod.com, a Q&A website for teen girls. I’m passionate about helping girls embrace the God who loves them, and to help them apply His truth to their everyday lives. If we’re going to be friends, I guess I should tell you a little about myself, huh? Fair enough. Here are some of the top questions girls have asked me, and a few just for fun!
Some Fun FAQs About Me
I met Paco at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California, where we both spent all our free time at the sand volleyball court. I was sixteen. And I thought he was cute. (But then again, so did every other girl at camp.)
Our paths crossed here and there over the next few years. Eventually we became really good friends. We’d email each other about our miserably failed attempts at relationships and tell each other to stop dating jerks. Sometimes one of us would have feelings for the other, but never at the same time. Then, one fine day, God hit us both over the head at the same time. Lightning struck, and we were married a year later.
Best friends make the best soul mates, and my Paul was, and is, both! (Awwww!)
Paco and I are pretty much the luckiest parents in the world. We have two precious daughters, Ryan and Logan. Those two—ahem—spirited young ladies delight us and baffle us and exasperate us daily. Now that I have girls of my own (that will someday be teenagers too!) I have a whole new appreciation for your parents and a greater passion to help you have a good relationship with them!
I love to have fun—period! Doesn’t matter whether it’s hiking, boating, biking, playing sports, traveling or playing Candy Land on the living room floor. Extra points if that fun takes place outside, and double-your-money if it involves a road trip. Oh, and I also love to write! (Always have apparently. That’s me at age 3, with my mom’s ancient typewriter no less.)
Paco and I have moved around a lot (eight times since we’ve been married!), but now we are glad to call Hume Lake Christian Camps home. Hume Lake is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Did I mention we absolutely love it here? Both the scenery and the ministry. Come visit! I’ll take you paddle boarding in my backyard. 🙂
- Foods: fresh fruit, popcorn, homemade pizza and Talenti’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Gelato (need I say more?)
- Sport: Volleyball (though I play tennis more these days)
- Places: Costa Rica, the San Juan Mountains (CO), Cuba, and anywhere my family is
- Color: Turquoise
- Song: “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain (because it’s “our” song… awww!)
- Movie: The BBC’s 5-hour version of Pride and Prejudice. I have many fond memories of watching it with my momma in high school and college.
Webster’s defines “testimony” as “firsthand authentication of a fact.” Not to get all academic on you, but I guess that’s the best way to describe my faith journey. My whole life is a testimony—a melting pot of experiences, discoveries, facts and beliefs that have worked together to confirm that God is who He claims to be in the Bible. And really, if that’s the only reason He put me on this earth, three cheers! What greater honor than to be able to look back at my life and see God’s fingerprints all over it?
I’ve been rebellious; He has been a patient Father. I’ve been foolish; He has taught me wisdom. I’ve fallen short; He has forgiven. I’ve been thirsty for the divine; He has offered His Living Water. It’s really insane if you think about it. The God of the universe has comforted and disciplined me. He has shown me great and mighty things (most of which I still don’t understand!). He has transformed my heart and promised me eternity in His presence. And if He were to take me home to heaven this instant—hallelujah!—I would never look back.
So rather than tell all the epic failures along my faith journey, I’d rather just testify that you, too, can “taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8). Amen?