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Jennifer Collins (GracefulMess)
Attended Shorter College
Lives in Houlton, ME
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“If you were to die today, are you certain of your salvation? Do you know for sure that you’d go to heaven?” That question and many variations of it have been uttered throughout my life in church services, at revival meetings, summer camp, and even at…
“If you were to die today, are you certain of your salvation? Do you know for sure that you’d go to heaven?” That question and many variations of it have been uttered throughout my life in church services, at revival meetings, summer camp, and even at funerals I’ve attended. While it is an important one, …
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It is a beautiful cycle: that of being first a daughter, then a mother, and then a grandmother.  A cycle steeped in love, understanding, tears, comfort, joy, pain, fear, pride, beauty, and bound by even more love.  Ideally. When that cycle is broken, we…
It is a beautiful cycle: that of being first a daughter, then a mother, and then a grandmother.  A cycle steeped in love, understanding, tears, comfort, joy, pain, fear, pride, beauty, and bound by even more love.  Ideally. When that cycle is broken, we become broken daughters who become broken mothers. Right now I’m right …
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My little girl is starting 4th grade next week. I don’t know why, but I have been more excited about having a 4th grader than any other year before this one. Maybe I’m just weird like that, but I do have a few reasons. I loved 4th grade. I look back on my…
My little girl is starting 4th grade next week. I don’t know why, but I have been more excited about having a 4th grader than any other year before this one. Maybe I’m just weird like that, but I do have a few reasons. I loved 4th grade. I look back on my grade school …
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There is no moment more peaceful than a quiet one spent watching your child sleep. Eyelashes laying softly on their cheeks, complete tranquility radiating from their sweet face. As a first-time mother with a very restless baby girl I lived for those…
There is no moment more peaceful than a quiet one spent watching your child sleep. Eyelashes laying softly on their cheeks, complete tranquility radiating from their sweet face. As a first-time mother with a very restless baby girl I lived for those moments. I took the advice of many before me and tried to rest when she did …
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Any of these girls look familiar? 
When she was four her best friend was your best friend’s daughter. While the two of you sipped coffee and gossiped about the neighbors, they dressed up their dolls and pretended to be mommies in th...
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A few thoughts on breastfeeding... during World Breastfeeding Week.  Let me know your thoughts, too.  
There.  I have your attention.  I used the words "breast" and "sexy" in my title, which led you here. I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I've thought about sharing this b...
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“Mama, I hate it when your eyes look like that!” “Why are you making that face, Mama?” “Mama, why are you being so quiet??” “Daddy, where’s Mama?” On any given day, I go through such a range of emotions when it comes to my children that it makes my head…
“Mama, I hate it when your eyes look like that!” “Why are you making that face, Mama?” “Mama, why are you being so quiet??” “Daddy, where’s Mama?” On any given day, I go through such a range of emotions when it comes to my children that it makes my head spin. Love, happiness, anger, elation, …
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It’s early October and unless you are living under a rock you know that this kicks off a month-long awareness campaign for breast cancer. PINK, PINK EVERYWHERE! What was once a singular month of pink ribbons, walks, and fundraisers has turned into a full…
It’s early October and unless you are living under a rock you know that this kicks off a month-long awareness campaign for breast cancer. PINK, PINK EVERYWHERE! What was once a singular month of pink ribbons, walks, and fundraisers has turned into a full on media frenzy…and an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to make a dollar …
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I am admittedly not the greatest housekeeper in the world. I could blame others for this problem of mine.  At times I actually have blamed genetics or habits picked up in childhood and even the people who live under our roof. The inhabitants of our home…
I am admittedly not the greatest housekeeper in the world. I could blame others for this problem of mine.  At times I actually have blamed genetics or habits picked up in childhood and even the people who live under our roof. The inhabitants of our home make it a challenge to keep up with the mess. …
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School is starting soon and like many parents I am beyond excited. I’ve never really been able to relate to the mothers that tearfully drop their kids off on the first day of school. Yes, I may have shed a tear or two as I drive off from campus, but my…
School is starting soon and like many parents I am beyo …
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A few thoughts on breastfeeding...
There.  I have your attention.  I used the words "breast" and "sexy" in my title, which led you here. I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I've thought about sharing this b...
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A few thoughts on the Hollywood hype of breastfeeding.  What I'm NOT saying in this post: that moms who breastfeed aren't sexy.  I just think there is a difference between "sexy" and "beautiful"... what do you think? 
There.  I have your attention.  I used the words "breast" and "sexy" in my title, which led you here. I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I've thought about sharing this b...
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A messy life... full of Grace.
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What exactly is a GracefulMess? It is someone that navigates the "messes" of life with that feeling that they just don't quite have it all together. Often feeling inadequate, incomplete, and flustered... these "messes" may feel as though they just don't always stack up. BUT the best part is the "grace"! Grace is when we get what we don't deserve. Grace is loving the unloved. Grace is forgiving the unforgivable. Grace is staring fear in the face and being fearless. Grace is something we are given freely with God's love. I started this community to show how I navigate my GracefulMesses... they may even sound a bit like yours.

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Love my husband and our two sweet children. Living life the best way we can as Georgia transplants in Maine.
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Marketing Officer for a bank by day, Super Mom by night...
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Houlton, ME