Monthly Archives: September 2011



A little over a year ago, my husband and I bought our first home.  It was an amazing adventure for us and a huge step into adulthood.  As my home is a huge part of my life, I would like to share this labor of love with you!  Our home is in a historic district.  It’s 125 years old.  I love it.  But it needs a lot of work.  Thank God my husband is handy!

This is our home!  It’s a duplex, so we live in the right side, and we rent the left side.

I’ll never forget the day we signed the stacks of paperwork to own our home.  Afterward we had pizza and champagne on the floor of our living room.

Our first time spending time in OUR home (Zoe’s in the background hoping for leftovers)

The back staircase... before paint

The back staircase after!

The office (before)

The office after!

 Upstairs hallway
Well, that’s all for now!  I will continue to update you on all of our projects.  My currently project is working to return our staircase back to it’s original (funky) form- I can’t wait to reveal it to you!  Stay tuned!
God bless!

Changes ahead?


There have been a late of changes in my professional life over the last two weeks.  My Executive Director unexpectedly resigned, and one of our Administrative Assistants also left to explore other career opportunities.  Furthermore, Matt has his second interview for his DREAM JOB this week on Thursday.  There’s only one catch- this job would mean we need to move to DETROIT.  Yikes.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Pistons fan, and I enjoy all the perks that a big city brings, but Detroit- really?!

We bought our home a little over a year ago, and we have many improvements planned for our 125 year-old beast.  I’ve shown you a little glimpse of how much work our house needs, and this is extremely overwhelming to think about.  Not only would I be leaving my job and friends in Grand Rapids, we would also be abandoning many projects we want to tackle at our home.  I would feel cut-off from this amazing labor of love with Matt.

While these are my many hesitations about moving to Detroit, I am forever prayerful.  Whenever I catch myself thinking about it, I pray.  I am lifting it up to Him because He knows where we should be.  And as much as I hate to say it, if Detroit is where we are supposed to be, then Detroit is where we will go.  And really, it could be A LOT worse!  Matt and I are city people.  We could be moving to the country, but instead we may be moving to a bigger city than we are in now.  One of the many things I love about being married is that the two of you are a team- it’s you against the world!  So, if this is where He determines we should be, Team Matt&Jess will take on Detroit together!

When I get anxious or start to steer away from Him during this time, I stop and read these words:

“Why do you worry? What possible use does your worrying serve? You are
aboard such a large ship that you would be unable to steer even if your Captain
placed you at the helm. You would not even be able to adjust the sails, yet you worry as if you were the captain or the helmsman of the vessel. Be quiet, dear soul – God is the Master! Do you think all the commotion and the uproar of this life is evidence that God has left His throne? He has not! His mighty steeds rush furiously ahead, and His chariots are the storms themselves.  But the horses have bridles, and it is God who holds the reins, guiding the chariots as He wills!  Our God Jehovah is still the Master! Believe this and you will have peace.
‘Don’t be afraid’ (Matt. 14:27).”




Welcome to JessaLeighBlog!  I’m so happy to have you here with me!  Since we’re basically strangers at this point, I would like to change that!  I would like to tell you a little about myself, my likes, my dislikes, my hobbies, and more!  Please tell me all about yourself also- I love to hear from you!


You name it, and I love to bake it!  Anything sugary, chocolately, and generally bad for your health are my specialties

Homemade caramel popcorn! Great for guests to munch on!

Being a newlywed!
My husband, Matt, and I were married in October of 2010.  It has been an adjustment, and will continue to be- but it is the greatest feeling to know you have a teammate in life forever!

The crispness of the air, caramel apples, football games, and Michigan’s color tour…it doesn’t get any better!

Worship and Bible Studies!
Beth Moore is one of my faves!  My faith is the most important part of my life.  I am always humbled by His grace.

I DO NOT like to cook!

This is yet another reason I am so blessed to have my amazing husband, for he loves to cook as much as I love to bake.  Otherwise, it would be burnt grilled cheese and microwave dinners every night…

Ok, that’s enough about me.  Now it’s time to tell me a little about yourself!  I look forward to taking this journey with you!