* Editor’s Note* We want to congratulate Jana for being chosen as a 2012 BlogHer Voice of the Year (in the Identity Category), for her essay “From a Pecan to a Majestic Magnolia”. We’ll be rubbing elbows with Jana IRL at BlogHer 2012 (yes, you’re jealous)— but you can read her winning essay, here.
HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? Born and raised in Fort Valley, GA. Currently live in Dunwoody, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.
ON THE WEB Jana’s Thinking Place
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Trick question. Two. One living son, age 7. One son who died at 24 days old in 2003. He would be 9 years old. (* That story here. Get tissues.)
DAY JOB I wear many hats for my day job. I work (for pay, part time) for a wholesale and retail plant nursery running their online store and blog/social media. I also am a (unpaid, most of the time) stay-at-home mom. I do all things domestic, Tweet, and goof off on Facebook!
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married
FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK I don’t think I have a favorite children’s book, honestly. My dad used to tell (and still does, for the grandchildren) the most amazing stories about a little girl and her adventures. I can still remember him telling them as plain as day, especially the story about the little girl going to the crayon factory. That one was the best! Those are both some of my favorite stories, but also my favorite memories.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
Well, since both my husband and I work from home and right now our son is home from school for summer, it’s easy to combine work and family. We work some and we play some pretty much every day. I’m working harder on saying “yes” to the pleas to play Star Wars more than I have in the past. Time is flying by and I want to hold on to it. We fish and camp a lot as a family and that really gives us a lot of time together without any distractions.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
The fact that I’ve always been pretty well-rounded and know a little about a lot of things has served me well in this whole parenting gig. I see it as a strength. But as far as a weakness, I’m sure it has to do with the fact that I know nothing about playing cars or playing Star Wars. Even after several years of practice.
WHAT ARE YOUR SPOUSE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
My husband is great at organizing fun things like camping and fishing and hiking. Patience is his weakness (and he knows this).
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
This question seemed so easy when I looked at it. And now that I’m trying to think of one, I’m blank. Maybe it was the day I couldn’t quite reach Henry to keep him from falling off the bed when he was playing up there with us. He ended up with a broken arm. Or maybe it was a culmination of the 10 or so times I’ve given him a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich for supper when I was quite capable of cooking something better for him. I honestly can’t think of ONE defining moment that has made me feel like a bad parent. But maybe I have a skewed view on it having lost our first son. I see any act that keeps him alive a positive moment!
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
My best parenting moment, in my mind, is probably when Henry shared with me that he had seen Charlie (our first son) as an angel. I think the way I reacted and the way my husband reacted without fear or sadness or shock was perfect.