I am Jennie of J.B. Tols.I am an interior designer, photographer, blogger, advocate, adventurer, wife and mother

Your son has let you know that he is getting married. Now what? What should you, as the parents of the groom, expect to pay for in the upcoming nuptials? I will tell you what I have read on the internet and then I will tell you what I did, as the mother (I am […]

Congratulations on your childs engagement and congratulations on your new daughter in law! MY TOP 10 TIPS FOR YOUR SONS ENGAGEMENT AND UPCOMING WEDDING 1. KNOW YOUR OWN EXPECTATIONS It is important to ask yourself–maybe even write down–the expectations that you have for your sons engagement and upcoming wedding. It will help you to know […]

Single-parenting during the social media era is hard enough without having the added challenges of single-parenting, holidays and social media. The pressure of seeing the Christmas trees swamped with gifts is pretty hard when you are picking yourself up after a divorce. I have been watching old home videos the past few weeks and trying […]



Dec 7, 2020

This is a post that I wrote for our church blog. We all find ourselves at intersections in life; but this is unlike one of those spiritual intersections. Read along as I go for a leisurely drive with my middle son to the intersection and get a snippet of what it can be like if […]

It is a very unseasonably warm November night and I am laying in a hotel that overlooks the river. I can see and hear barge horns from the patio door as the barges are slowly pushed down the river by pusher boats. They are illuminated with blue and green lights against the dark night sky. […]

FOREWORD After a stepchild has completed suicide is no time to reflect on fault or blame, pointing fingers this way and that; however, for the sake of writing a blog post that may help someone else, I am going to share about a lot of my own personal experiences here. It is not my intention […]

We decided to take a St. Augustine, Florida vacation this particular year. It was, also, the year of the Corona Virus pandemic. So, we were iffy about whether to take a trip or not, but eventually decided to go, anyway. And, I am so glad that we did. FLYING DURING DURING A PANDEMIC Our vacation […]

THE FIRST PHONE CALL I received a text at almost one o’clock in the morning. It was from my middle son concerning my other son, with whom he lived. I had no idea that this was the day that my child had a psychotic break. “I believe [his brother/my sons name here] is either really […]

This was a trip of my dreams: a trip for just me and my five sons. We traveled the last week of July, taking an RV road trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado and Mosca, Colorado. I had been in the area a few years back when my mom attended Bible college here and I wanted […]

OUR TRIP ITINERARY: FIRST STOP: BILTMORE ESTATE IN ASHEVILLE, NC Four of my five boys were able to load up and take this vacation with us. We had a full week to spend time together this year. It hasn’t always been that way for us. After several years of not being able to take any […]

Is this the year to rent a houseboat? If so, you will not regret it, but let me offer you some suggestions and advice before you head out onto the water. Our Dale Hallow House Boat Adventure was an amazing house boat adventure, indeed. With some of my tips and tricks, yours can be, too! […]

OUR FAMILY VACATION TO THE BAHAMAS I have discovered that any vacation on or near water is my kind of vacation. So, this vacation did not disappoint especially since it was my very first cruise to the Bahamas. Consequently, this trip only served to make me a confirmed sea cruise fan. It is, to date, […]

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