Welcome to Home Sweet Hess, my name is Jennifer and I am happy you are here! I am pretty sure I should have been born in the south because I love shiplap, seersucker and sweet tea. Plus I’ve been known to say y’all on occasion. But I’ve lived in California my whole life and I’m thankful to see a bit less mosquitos than my southern friends!
There’s also my husband Casey. He’s the other face behind Home Sweet Hess. Without him it couldn’t exist. (And not just because the site bears his last name!) He’s my carpenter, tech support, and all around handy man. He’s as supportive as they come and is constantly encouraging me and pushing me to be the best version of myself.
We met at a bible study six years ago and we were engaged two years later. He spent weeks rebuilding a torn down barn and with the help of our family and friends, he put together a fairytale proposal.
A year later we were married surrounded by everyone we loved and again we relied on family, friends and DIY projects to make our special day beautiful.
My husband and I moved into our builder grade home shortly after. It had no charm or character and everything was tan! No improvements had been made in the house since it was built in the 90’s. I was immediately overwhelmed with the thought of turning it into anything that resembled the vision I had in my head. We were living on my husband’s income while I used my whole salary as a first grade teacher to pay off my college loans. There wasn’t much room in our budget to tackle any big renovations but I was yearning to live in a space that felt homey.
We didn’t want to wait years until we were able to save up the money needed to tear down walls and rip out flooring. So without any prior experience in design (Truly! You should see some of my past apartments!) or professional carpentry, we slowly started to cultivate a space that felt like ours. We were spending all our free time outside of work making over our home using affordable materials like plywood and paint. And just when we were starting to save some money in hopes of taking on a big project, I decided to quit my job because…
Enter E. Sassy. Determined. Tiny but mighty.
And then surprise! There were four. Meet S. Cuddly. Sweet. Peaceful.
Our progress is slower now but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My two babies are the best gifts I have ever received. I will never stop being thankful for the genuine joy they have brought into my life. And because we live in a house with two kids, nothing in our home is perfect! If you look up close there are blemishes in the wood, chipped paint on the walls and yes there is dirt on our white couches. 🙂 But it somehow feels homey just the same.
A few random facts about me:
I’m a former first grade teacher and the classroom is my second home. I’m an introvert by nature but you’d never know it if you saw me teach! I do miss it from time to time and I hope to return when my littles aren’t so little anymore.
I did an internship after college where I worked at Disneyland and attended “Disney University”. And to answer the question I’m always asked, no the experience did not ruin Disney for me. It is just as magical to me when I visit the park today! Maybe even more so because I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into making that place amazing!
I’ve always named my cars. I’ve driven Oldie, Gina and Jimmy. My current car is Hildy the Hyundai and let me tell you she is tiny! How do they expect you to fit in those huge car seats and strollers into such tiny cars? Hah! But I’m working on my patience and saving up for something bigger one dollar at a time (Thanks Dave Ramsey!).
I like making lists. Sometimes I’ll write something on my list that I’ve already done just so I can have the satisfaction of checking it off. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!?)
I love God. And Jesus. My faith is important to me and has shaped me in many ways. I fail constantly and I’m far from the person I want to be. He has grace upon grace which gets me through each day and for that I am thankful.
My hope is that you feel at home here. That the posts in this blog give you the inspiration and confidence to cultivate the beauty in your own home, one small step at a time.
Thank you for visiting my little piece of cyberspace! The internet can be a big scary place so don’t be a stranger! Connect with me on social media on Instagram and Pinterest and don’t forget to #homesweethess because I would love to see how you are making over your home!