About

Hi there. I’m Jenna Biederbeck.

The most important thing about me is that I’m a Christian. Without Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life… I would be lost. I can’t imagine trying to live life without His love and grace.

I live in sunny Phoenix, Arizona with my husband David and our three children: Rachel, Emily, & Benjamin.

I’m an extrovert with introverted tendencies.

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My mama is a farm girl, born and raised. I spent my summers at her old stomping grounds… playing on an old swing set (as you can see in the photo above), exploring a big red barn, chasing cows, and traipsing through corn fields. A little piece of my heart will always live on that farm.

I lived in downtown Chicago for 5 years so I’ve had my taste of city-living, too. Chicago is and always will be my favorite city. I fell in love with running there. It was there that my husband proposed. A little piece of my heart will always live in that city. Somewhere around Chicago and La Salle to be specific.

But the suburbs of Phoenix are where I call home. I love this place and I might never leave.

I’m the oldest of four and I have three younger brothers. Here we all are just a couple of summers ago:

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My brothers are the three directly behind me… the rest of these handsome dudes are my cousins. My cousin Eli and I are the only girls in the bunch. We are older than all of them. We used to be taller than all of them.

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I met the love of my life in high school. He remembers meeting me the first day of my freshman year, even down to what I was wearing. Romantic, right?! I, on the other hand, have no recollection of meeting him the first time. I’m terrible, I know. But it’s true. Nonetheless, his humble character and rugged good looks won me over. I have no idea how I didn’t notice him right from the start. We became friends our Sophomore year of high school and started dating the last day of Senior year. I knew I wanted to marry him just a few weeks after that. We were married in June of 2006 and I’ve never looked back!

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I’ve always had a knack for adventure. I think my parents always knew I would move far away because of it. After high school I moved to downtown Chicago to get my degree in Education. After school I got a job at a swanky Chicago hotel where I was a front desk agent at their Spa. I met Johnny Depp on an elevator in said hotel. I should have kissed him right then and there just to say I’ve done it. I think I was in love with him for that 20 second elevator ride. Instead of kissing him… I did and said absolutely nothing. In fact, I don’t think I moved a single muscle. Secretly I think I would plant one on him if given the chance again. Don’t tell anyone.

Oh, and the answer is YES. I used to dye my hair VERY blond. I might do it again here one of these days. But don’t tell my husband. He likes it brown. Me, I think I’m blond at heart. Is that a good thing? I still haven’t decided.

After five years in the big city my husband and I felt a pull back to sunny Phoenix where we were both born and raised. We returned in 2008, having been gone 5 years. I taught 2nd and 3rd graders. He was a junior high youth pastor at the time.

I am no longer a school teacher and David is no longer a youth pastor. David is just switching gears in his career and will be taking on the position of Post-Production manager at a company based in Tempe, Arizona called ‘Relentless‘. And me… I became ‘keeper of the house’ (or whatever)… and a mother three times over.

We didn’t exactly decide to start having kids, but apparently that was God’s plan. Once we got started they just kept coming.

Let me show you:

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Rachel Elizabeth. Born November 2010.

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Emily Jane. Born January 2012.

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Benjamin David. Born August 2013.

Benjamin was the only one who got an official baby photo shoot… a friend blessed our socks off and did it for free!…

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And here are the three of my buggers… Rachel Elizabeth, Emily Jane, & Benjamin David…

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They’re sweeties. Especially when they’re not tired. Or hungry. Or having a toy taken away from them. Or… okay, so two of the three are right in the midst of their initial rebellious years. But they are learning. I am surviving. And I’m learning from my mistakes each day.

Here’s my husband. He’s spontaneous. He’s a wonderful husband. And dad. I love him I love him I love him!!!

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He’s an adventurer at heart like myself. Did I tell you I love him? I LOVE HIM!!!

I also love blogging. I love to take photos and to write about what I’m cooking, thinking, and doing in real, day-to-day life as a mother of three very little ones. Most of the time I’m exhausted. Many times I feel like a failure as a mother. But I know I’m not alone. I know there are so many other mamas out there, like myself, going through the same things I’m going through. Experiencing things similar to what I’m experiencing. More importantly I know that my God is always with me. With Jesus in my life I am never alone. He is my Rock. He is my Redeemer. He is my strength when I am weak.

There are times that I feel I do the same things over and over again, day in and day out. I’ve found that it helps to look at my suburban, “run-of-the-mill” life as an adventure in itself. Calling something an adventure makes it seem more exciting and reminds me how important what I do really is. I’m content right where I am. I can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead.

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I spend my days making a mess of my kitchen, teaching myself to cook, trying to stay active, and… most importantly… teaching lessons of all kinds to little hearts and minds.

I hope you enjoy my website, Apples to Ziti. You can read about How it Got Started here.

Thank you for allowing me to share!

Love,
Jenna

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