Hi, Friends! My name is Jenn Schmidt. I’m 24 and I live in Nora Springs, Iowa.
This is a lifestyle blog which focuses on food, life, and the joy of the unexpected.
I am a mixture of loud laughter, unapologetic honesty, unwavering faithfulness, and the hope that there will always be JOY everywhere as long as we look hard enough!
I was born and raised in the small town of Nora Springs, Iowa with my incredibly hard-working and caring parents and big brother. I grew up with a natural craving to explore the outdoors and a fearless love of seeing the world for what it is not what other want you to see it as. I grew up learning to fish and hunt while realizing that I am an endless dreamer(Great way to drive parents crazy).
I am about to introduce you to one of my favorite “people” in my life. His name is Jaq. He is my 7-year-old Shih Tzu with a big personality. He is goofy and lazy and oh soo mellow. He came into my life when I needed him the most. He is my favorite to cuddle and cry with when life gets hard.
I moved to Austin, Texas to go to culinary school when I was 19. While I was there I started to get sick, I had numbness, tingling, and major heat sensitivity. A teacher sent me to the hospital once because I became so fog brained and lost motion of my arm and legs. I began to notice a big change in my body. When I went to the neurologist they told me there was a good chance I had Multiple Sclerosis.
I did the one thing I knew how to do I ran, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to finish school. Leaving the life I had created in Texas behind. Life had changed for me, I hid the diagnosis from my friends and family, but most importantly myself. I wanted to forget the hard parts of life and to push all of the symptoms I could into the back of my mind.
After finishing school and I had an internship and realized that my dream of owning a bakery would be impossible. The symptoms I wanted to forget were coming out in full force. A lot of heartaches came my way, all because I couldn’t accept what cards life had dealt me.
I have since come to grips with my reality, I remind myself that God would never give us more than we can handle. We have a lifetime in heaven to look forward to and until the day Jesus calls me home, I will be here spreading Joy as long as possible.
Meet my amazing support team, who love me unconditionally.