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Today is the day! I’ve been looking forward to this since the last day of Blog-tember last year. It’s so fun to write posts that I’m not used to writing and then link up to see what other people have to say! Last year I discovered some of my favorite bloggers and instagram friends through this challenge and I look forward to doing the same thing this year!

Thursday, Sept. 1: Introduce yourself however you like! Pics, vlog, collage, your choice 🙂

First of all, I just want to say thanks for stopping by my little space on the internet. I’m happy to have you here. I’m going to go ahead and stay in my comfort zone today and post a whole bunch of pictures and words to tell you my story, so I hope that’s ok!

I took my first breath of life on August 20, 1991 in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. From the get-go I’ve been known as Jacqueline and never, ever, ever Jackie. My Dad even got me out of a detention warning once when a teacher wrote “Jackie” on it and he returned it with a note on the back telling her that they named me Jacqueline with the intention of me being called it, but that’s a story for another time. I was always super close to my family – I played hockey on a team with my brother, was coached by my dad and cheered on by my mom. I feel like that describes our relationships well, we’ve always been in it together!

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I didn’t know it at the time, but in FIFTH GRADE I met my husband. We became quick friends and stayed that way until high school. Finally, during our senior year, one of our teachers asked him why he hadn’t asked me to be his girlfriend already and then I guess he got up the courage. At that point, both of us had already decided on Mizzou for college, so that worked out in our favor. It was always my goal to get to college despite not really knowing where I wanted to go with my future. I was fairly good at math and enjoyed it, so I started there. After taking 2 years worth of math classes, I decided to switch over to nutrition and exercise physiology so that all those math classes could become electives. Genius, I know. But I did love it and I graduated with a degree that I was (and still am) very proud of!

It was during college that I proclaimed my love for Christ through baptism in a creek by my favorite walking trail. God had been pursuing my heart for a couple years so I was glad to share publicly my belief that He died on the cross for my sins and the anticipation of spending eternal life with Him in heaven. Truly, it’s because of Him that I have a passion to create the things on this blog to share with you. It is always my goal to give the glory to God.

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Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife the day after my graduation and the day before his. My Mom had always told him that we needed to graduate before we could get married so it was sweet that he respected her wishes but didn’t waste any time! I was VERY surprised, but you can read my entire post about that here. We got married about 10 months later, on March 7, 2015 with our family and friends watching! It was such a sweet ceremony honoring Jesus and the covenant of marriage. Tomorrow we’ll celebrate 7 years together.

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Just a few months after we got married, we adopted our sweet pup, Chloe! She is spoiled beyond belief with peanut butter every night and lots of cuddles. We even have a camera on her while we are gone during the day so that we can see her anytime we want.

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I spend my days in a management and customer service-type role that assists Veteran home buyers using their VA benefit. It is such a rewarding job that I love a ton. Serving people has always been a passion and a gift, so I am happy to be where I am! I spend a lot of nights doing creative projects that you’ll see sprinkled throughout my blog and instagram. I’ve been blogging for SIX years this month (September 13th to be exact). I started when I went away to college as a way to stay in touch with my family back home. I only moved a little over an hour away but it felt like a good way for everyone to keep up with me when I didn’t really have time to chat every day (I took my first year of college way too seriously). It was reassuring to know that people cared about what I had to say even when it was ridiculous or I was complaining about the grades I was earning in my classes. I’ve had multiple blogs – Under The Tree, Words for Happy, Within My Lens, and now Jacqueline Reape – but this is by far my favorite (and the prettiest thanks to my hubby). I’ve really tried to pare down my content to great pictures and things I will actually want to go back and read. Looking back, I wish I would have posted more thoughts and feelings, so that’s what I’m trying to do more of around here. I always tell people when they want to start a blog that it really isn’t about how many things you do or how interesting you life is, it’s about being consistent and coming back to this space day after day, month after month, and year after year. I have a feeling that I’m not giving up this hobby anytime soon.

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Chances are, you’re a regular reader, you’re stopping after seeing my link on Bailey Jean’s blog or you’re my husband but regardless it means the world to me that you’re here. I’d love for you to post a comment below introducing yourself or leaving your blog URL so I can pop over and say hey and get to know you as well!

Want more info on the Blog-tember Challenge? Check out Bailey’s blog by clicking here!


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