SUPER MOM: JENNIFER MILLER

By Sarah Boerkircher

 

Jennifer and Dave Miller are parents to Trey (19), Izzy (17), Ella (15), Ava (14) and Zeke (12) and co-owners of Nature’s Expressions, an outdoor design and construction company. To say the Millers are busy is an understatement, but as “Super Mom” Jennifer explained, the best thing they can do as a family, when times get crazy, is to prioritize one another.

A few years ago, Jennifer initiated an all family breakfast. She designated 30 minutes for all seven of them to come together—to talk, pray or read together—over a hot meal.

“I noticed we weren’t getting the time together at dinner because everyone was so busy with evening activities and I began to feel like our family was losing connection,” Jennifer said. “While I felt like I had no control, one day the Lord told me it was worth the effort and the possible grumblings from the kids to create a new early morning routine.”

As the old adage goes, a family that prays together, stays together, and as Jennifer explained, when she spends time with God, she feels empowered, refreshed and driven to be the (super) mom the Lord wants her to be. While Jennifer is inspired by her kids, husband and strong faith, she is always on the lookout for inspiring moms.

“I am constantly listening to and looking for other super moms,” she said.

“I have found that making time to meet with other women sharpens, refreshes and challenges me as a Christian, wife, mom and businesswoman.”

Jennifer has noticed that spending time with other moms is just as valuable now as it was when she was a new mom, to the time she was a stay-at-home mom with five kids under the age of seven, to today, balancing working full-time and all the activities of running a large active family.

So how does Jennifer balance a large family, work and all of life’s responsibilities? She said that balancing it all is something she continues to work on.

“Working 40 hours a week, having a business and managing a larger family is definitely a difficult balance, so time management continues to be something I’m trying to figure out,” she said. “I always feel successful when I have gotten up early in the morning to get on the treadmill and spend time in God’s word. At least then, I feel like I have started off the day on the right foot.”

While being a wife, raising five children and working full-time as the marketing director for the family’s business, Jennifer prioritizes taking time for herself, and saying no to things that take her or her family away from what’s best for them.

“There was a season of time that I didn’t make the time for myself and I lost perspective of the big picture, and I felt overwhelmed and isolated,” she said. “There are so many good things in life, but it’s hard to wade through them and keep life from being more complicated than it needs to be. My advice: foster sibling friendships, make your marriage a priority and look for creative ways to make family time a priority because you’ll never regret it.”

 

 

 



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