Jennifer considers herself lucky to be from a large, Midwestern family. She’s one of 11 children, most of whom live close to her parents in Kansas City. But if something happened to her suddenly again, who would take care of her children in San Diego until she recovered? Who would help with her mortgage?
Luckily, Jennifer recovered fairly quickly and was able to make it home to her boys, Justin and Jack. At 12 and 14, her boys are intense gamers, and she loves to take them to the beach, along with their King Charles Cavalier, Jinx.
The beach is Jennifer’s happy place, and just the sound of the ocean helps her reach her zen.
So much so, in fact, that when the boys were little, her family uprooted and spent 6 months in the Cook Islands running a glass-bottom boat business.
But after seeing her 3 year old son wielding a 3-foot long machete with his friends, and her oldest getting horribly chewed up by a single sandfly, she decided to bring them back to San Diego.
At times, though, she does miss the island life — scuba diving, bright blue starfish, turtles as big as picnic tables. She’s promised to take the boys back for a vacation some day.