Category Archives: Jennifer Clark

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Some Days Are Harder Than Others

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

By: Jennifer Clark

“I want to stay home with you today, Mommy,” my son told me from his car seat on the way to preschool. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw his big blue eyes well up with tears.

Some days the drive in to work is harder than others.

Other mornings he urges me to drive faster, “Hurry, Mommy, that truck is beating us!” He can’t wait to get to school and play with his friends. We get there, and he jumps out of the car. He hugs me as an afterthought, and bursts into his classroom, leaving me standing at the door, watching him. Continue reading

The Clarks Go North

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Summer Highlights

By: Jennifer Clark

I love summertime in Arkansas, as long as I am indoors with the AC cranked up. So when I my husband suggested we go north to visit his family in July, I weighed my options. Yes, Indiana beckoned me with double digit temperatures and the chance for an occasional breeze, but, there was the boy to consider. Could we survive a thirteen hour car trip with a three year old? As the mercury continued to rise down south, we bought a portable dvd player and headed north.

Jackson was so excited to see his Grandpa and Mimi, Uncle Alex, Aunt Amy and his cousins, Chasen and Kyan. And, of course, all the corn. Continue reading

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Summer Reading List: From Pre-School to Middle School

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

By: Jennifer Clark

As a teacher, I am often asked by parents what they can do to help their children in school. My answer is simple: read.

Read to your children.  Read with your children.  Read in front of your children. I am very lucky. I had a dad who read to me every night and took me to the library often. He instilled in me a deep love of reading that lasts to this day.

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With that in mind and in connection with our Summer Read Aloud Challenge, I have compiled a summer reading list for young children through middle school. Continue reading

Officially Introducing Jennifer Clark

image_1364080630938650Jennifer Clark is a wife, mother and elementary school teacher. Three years ago, she and her husband adopted an amazing baby boy, and she made the difficult decision to resign after twelve years in the classroom to become a stay at home mom. Six months ago, she returned to the classroom, and once again, her world was turned upside down.

She doesn’t consider herself a role model, example or uber mom. She’s just a regular mother trying to navigate the chaos of life with love, laughter and the grace of God.

Jennifer Clark has been a guest writer for us for quite some time now that we consider her one of our own.  We decided to make her an official member of our writing team.  In the past, she has opened her heart to us and shared with us her struggles with infertility,  her process of adoption, and the loss of her Grandfather who was her spiritual mentor.   Expect to see more from this gifted writer and wonderful woman.  To read all of her posts click here.

Children’s Book Review and Awesome Giveaway!

The illustrator of this amazing children’s book, Alex Clark,  has offered to give away a copy of the book and draw a picture of the child of the winner of the contest!  See details below:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1

by: Jennifer Clark

A Book Review of Your Time Will Come

I think that one of the hardest things in world is to watch your child struggle. Who doesn’t want to see their child succeed? What is difficult to remember is that sometimes the struggle is what makes the victory worthwhile. The new children’s book, Your Time Will Come by Dave Hammer and Alex M. Clark, beautifully illustrates that lesson in a way that children will understand and parents will appreciate.

From the time that Chad was a baby, he wanted to play baseball. But the road to realizing his dream was not easy. He struck out in Little League, failed to make the baseball travel team, and found himself sitting on the bench a lot. His father, however, always encouraged him to keep trying, to never give up.

Your Time Will Come teaches children that perseverance, not luck or raw talent is the real key to success. Each time that the young boy felt disappointed or discouraged, his father reminded him that although he was not successful this time, eventually, his time would come.

An Interview of the illustrator:

I asked Alex Clark a few questions about his book and how it came to be written (you might notice our last names are the same; Alex is my very talented brother-in-law).

What was the inspiration for this book?
I’m married (13 years!) and I have two sons, Chasen (9) and Kyan (6). My wife and I are both artists and actually met in Art School in Indiana at Ball State University. She is a photographer with her own studio in Columbus, OH. The boys are fantastic, but both are handfuls as my oldest was diagnosed with Autism a few years ago and my youngest is very energetic and has a speech disorder called Speech Apraxia.

I was asked in late 2009 to illustrate a children’s book for CASANA, an organization for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, for their summer 2010 national conference. One of the main characters in the book was Captain Hammer, who was modeled after a board member and speech pathologist out of Pittsburgh named David Hammer. I had the joy of meeting Dave and getting to know him over those few days and he approached me on the last day about a story he came up with years ago about a father, his son, and baseball. It reminded me of my father and how he used to come with my mom to every basketball game, every track meet, and every baseball game. Having two sons myself, Dave’s story made me think about how I am with my boys and how I’ll always support them in whatever they choose to do.

What message do you want kids to take away from the story? 
Never give up on any challenge if you have a passion for it. Hard work and dedication will always win out in the end, especially if you have the love and support of your family and friends.

To learn more about Alex visit is website and his Facebook page.

*This book is available on amazon.com.

Giveaway Details:

As stated above, the illustrator of this amazing children’s book, Alex Clark,  has offered to give away a copy of the book and draw a picture of the child of the winner of the contest!

  • To enter: You must be a fan of our Mosaic of Moms Facebook page
  • To Increase Your Odds:  For each of your friends that “likes” us and tells us you sent them, your name will be entered again and of course, your friend will be entered to win as well.
  • One Additional Way to Increase Your Odds: Share with your Facebook friends that you read Mosaic of Moms and why they should too. Be sure to tag us and let us know that you shared by sending us a message on Facebook or commenting below.

A Few Quick Rules:

  • All entries must be submitted by Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:59 CST.
  • The winner will be selected via random.org and and be notified by e-mail. If we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
  • Must be in the continental U.S. to win.