• Farewell 2016, A Look into the Past Year of My Life

    2016 was a wild year. Things kept coming out of nowhere. I went into the year an 18 year old, pregnant bible school student and ended it a 19 year old, blogging mom. This past year was definitely not what I was expecting one bit. Within the first few weeks my life changed drastically. I had to drop out of school, move back to where I met my husband, and prepare for a our son’s arrival.

    This whole momming thing is not easy but it is worth it. Looking back 2016 kept me on my toes. I never thought in a million years I would be where I am today. After my son was born I was extremely depressed, even suicidal. Everyone kept telling me, “You’ll be fine, it’ll pass, it’s just the Baby Blues!” when in fact it was something that wouldn’t pass easily. I had severe postpartum depression. I had my good days but for every good day it seemed I would have twice as many bad, so I started writing.

    In 2016 my love for writing began to bloom again. It became the therapy I needed to get better and in the long run will help others know they are not alone! 10 months after it hit, Postpartum Mental Illness is still an ongoing battle, but I see the light of day more.

    My writing went from just my mom reading it to being read not only all over the United States, but people from over 36 different countries have clicked my way. I am so thankful for all the support that I have received over this past year! I really could not have done this without any of my lovely readers or the help of other bloggers that I have grown to admire through social media.

    I have little to no idea what the future holds for The Brock Blog, or even my family, but what I do know is whatever happens it will keep me on my toes. 2017 here I come!!!!!

    How did 2016 treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Husband and Wife Q&A

    This Q&A is brought to you by Crated With Love and was a part of a date night that they put together for my husband and I. CLICK HERE if you haven’t read about the date!

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    What is your favorite memory you have with your partner?
       Jennifer- I have so many. If I had to choose only one, I would say my favorite memory was our first kiss. It was awkward like most first kisses are but it was sweet. Continue Reading…

  • Sunrise and Sparks! (featuring Crated With Love)

    DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Crated With Love. All opinions are mine and mine alone!

    “Don’t ever stop dating your wife and don’t ever stop flirting with your husband.” -Unknown

    We live in a world that is becoming more and more consumed by technology everyday. As technology grows love dies. The simple gesture of coming to the door is replaced by a one worded text saying, here. What dinners have begun to lack in conversation is now made up for with eyes glued to phones watching the latest YouTube video and seeing who posted last on Facebook. Dates went from romantic evenings to people being lonely together.

    Once we got married my husband and I rarely went on dates, last minute Taco Bell was fine with me, but now that my son has been born I wish that I could’ve taken advantage of those nights that we could’ve spent with each other.

    Thanks to Crated With Love we were finally able to have that long awaited date night! Continue Reading…

  • The One Stop Shop For All Your Christmas Needs (featuring Oriental Trading Company)

    DISCLAIMER: This post is Sponsored by Oriental Trading Company, written by me! ALL opinions are mine and mine alone. This post HAS NOT been edited by the sponsor!

    Once again, the hustle and bustle of Christmas is upon us. Christmas is often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year, but can easily become the most stressful. Buying gifts, setting up the tree and other decorations, and baking soon overtake the goal to relax a little bit before the new year begins.

    With online shopping the holiday season has become a lot easier and at times more affordable. There are no waiting in those long lines or dealing with other people, a couple clicks here, a couple clicks there and you are ready to go. Continue Reading…