About Jennifer

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

I pray that you find encouragement here… the boldness and courage that comes from God alone to face the brokenness of this world.
A little about my family and me…



(Disclaimer: My life is not nearly as neat and tidy as these pictures may lead you to believe.

There are seven of us… Use your imagination!)

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– All five of our kids are “Haitian.” Yep, three are adopted — one with special needs, and two were born to us during our eight years of mission work in Haiti. (See if you can sort them out.)

– My children have and probably always will stretch me to my limits… from laundry management to lego control to love and laughter.




– I’m currently writing a memoir of our nine-year adoption process and life in Haiti. Some of God’s works just cannot be left to vague memories!




– My husband, Jarod, keeps me sane and is still teaching me about boundaries.

– He loves running, cycling, and swimming as much as I love writing and blogging. And he claims he loves me just a little bit more than I love him. I like that (but I know the truth).Jennifer & Jarod Ebenhack

Ebenhack Family-185-Edit– If it were up to me, I’d always be the last one to leave church or any other social function. I love to talk with others — friends or even strangers; sharing life stories and encouragement whenever possible.

– I’ve experienced enough brokenness in this messed-up world to stand in complete awe of the goodness and grace of God. I know He longs to reveal His faithfulness to you as well.

I’d love to meet you!

Please introduce yourself in a comment below, or say hello on my facebook page.

And if you haven’t already done so, please click the link on the side to subscribe to my blog. I promise not to flood you with e-mails: I’m too busy with my gang of seven to blog more than once or twice a week!

Take courage, my friend. Hope in the Lord!



40 comments on “About Jennifer

  1. Hi Jennifer! I’m in the middle of “In a Sun-Scorched Land” and put the pieces together that you guys may know my parents, Arlon and Barb, from Hesston. They adopted from Haiti in 2004 or 2005 and Jarod helped finish the process. What an amazing discovery as I’m reading!! And your book, wow. I can’t put it down! God’s faithfulness in the midst of the crazy, scary, and miraculous is imparting faith to my heart. Thank you!!!!

    • Hi Heidi! Wow, that’s so cool!!! Thanks so much for saying hello and reminding us of that! I’m truly grateful that God’s faithfulness to us is encouraging you! What a blessing to hear from you!

  2. Hello, I’m also from KS and saw an article about your new book, “In a Scorched Land” and look forward to reading it. But mostly what caught my eye is anything to do with Our Lord and adoption, and “the boldness and courage that comes from God alone to face the brokenness of this world.” Quickly, we too have been on a long adoption journey and many ups and downs, through it all questioning ourselves if this it the path he is leading us and boldly keeping our faith that God has a plan. Long story short, we’ve been on our adoption waiting journey thru many difficult changes in international adoption as well since 2006, and finally this past year felt called to switch gears and go the foster to adopt route, we are now in the process of finalizing this adoption of two blessings, a now 4 year old boys and his 3 year old sister, within the next 45 days. We have definitely seen God’s hand at work thru this process in our lives. I am anxiously antisipating getting to read your blog, books, and encouraging words. Many blessings!

    • Oh wow, Michelle! That’s amazing! I’m so delighted that God is bringing these children into your family!! Praying for you, and so glad to meet you!

  3. Hi Jennifer, I just read your blog post on Every Bitter Thing is Sweet. I’m looking forward to reading more, your words resonate with me!

    I don’t have an adoption story personally but my brother and sister in law do. And they currently are not doing so well in their marriage, it’s heart breaking. I ask if it comes to mind, after you read this, please add Chris, Hannah and their son Ethan to your prayers. Oh, that He would restore their hearts toward each other!

    I painfully went through my own shattered dream, divorce , and can honestly say after 8 years, it’s still tender.

    A little more about me, I’m raising 3 boys, that are too quickly turning into men, and my momma heart is just trying to embrace every moment of it…every good and messy moment.

    Someday, I may blog about how much God is present in it all…there’s a lot of Him to share in our journey!

    Looking forward to following your blog and being stirred toward more of Him!!!

    • Cindy, thank you for sharing some of your story with me! Praying for you today… for you, your sons, and your brother’s family. I know there are many testimonies of God’s faithfulness in all of it. It’s wonderful to meet you here! Thanks so much for stopping in. And thank you for your faith in the midst of hardship. It’s so good to remember that none of us are in this alone.

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom. It has been a blessing to read.
    Just fyi, the links on this page aren’t correct, they all get the Page Not Found error.
    Bless you.

    • Hi Rebecca, Thanks so much for your encouragement! It’s wonderful to meet you. Praying God’s deep blessings on your family and ministry! (And thanks for letting me know about the links!)

  5. Hi, Jennifer… My name is Carrie and I’m a Christian author with a new children’s book. I’m also friends with Natalie Falls, one of the contributors on “The Better Mom.” She suggested I contact a few bloggers from the site to see if you’d be willing to share my book on your blog. After reading all of the bios, I chose you because of your large family (I’m guessing you’ve read a ton of children’s books), and your husband’s love of running (my main character becomes a runner). The book is for ages 4-8, and the main themes are bullying, self-esteem, and friendship. I’d tell you more about myself, but don’t want to waste your time if you’re not interested. You can just stalk me on Carrie Talbott Ink if you want to make sure I’m not a weird-o. 🙂 Thanks for your time, Jennifer; I look forward to hearing from you!

  6. How can you possibly find the time to answer every note? I am a 4th grade writing teacher in Texas, with only two children of my own. I don’t get as many work related e-mails as you get, and I still can’t answer them all. How do you do it?

  7. I saw your name pop up on my blog, so I came over to check you out :). We also have 4 living children, and came so close to adopting a sweet girl from Haiti, we already had in our home, but heartbreaking circumstances prevented it. Our heart is for special needs, and we are believing that somehow, someday, we will be blessed by getting to call more little ones our own.

    • Oh wow, Hannah! Praying the Lord works out His perfect plan in your lives in His perfect time! Your willingness to do whatever is exactly what He wants! And I can’t help but think of another woman named Hannah who was blessed with the desire of her heart as she cried out to Him… 🙂 Blessings, sister! And thank you for sharing your heart and your journey on your blog as well.

  8. Hi Jennifer! Would love to connect when I saw you are in South Florida. We are an adoptive family residing in Delray Beach! I, too, am a writer! Are we near each other?? Blessings to you and your beautiful family!!!

  9. Wow! Your life story is amazing Jennifer! Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed just with my two babies-1 & 2, I can’t imagine how you do it with your 5! It is so easy to get bogged down with day to day activities, but reading your posts help me remember to give it all to God!

    • Missy, thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment! I know… it does not even matter how many kids we have. Life just gets crazy!! Praying that both you and I can continue to be sensitive to what God is calling us to do through each day. Blessings! 🙂

  10. Hello Jennifer,

    I read your post on thebettermom.com and it caught my eye that you lived in Haiti for a while. I am married to a Haitian man and we have 3 children. And mission work in Haiti is something I’ve been very interested in and my husband would like for us to move to Haiti one day, we’ve also talked about adopting children in Haiti. I would just like to hear more about your experiences in Haiti. One thing that has made me a bit hesitant is the bad reputation of Haiti with kidnapping and other dangers. while my husband says these things do happen, it really isn’t something he is worried about. I just felt an instant connection with your story and I hope you may share some knowledge with me. Thank you


    • Hi Jenna! Awesome to meet you. 🙂 Of course I could write/talk for hours about life in Haiti, but to sum things up, you and your husband need to be 100% sure that the Lord wants you there, as it is a very difficult place to live (and adopt!). But if God is calling you to ministry and life there, He will sustain you! My time there was full of serious challenges, but the Lord truly never failed me. Haiti is in desperate need of godly families willing to invest their lives in lifestyle discipleship. Praying for you, Jenna, as you seek God’s will!

  11. I just found you for the first time today and I’m do excited. I read your post and I feel like you are me. I feel like I’m a mess and have been crying to The Lord and have been waiting for a verse to hit me over the head and that has not happened. I pray daily ” Lord I can’t parent these children, I don’t know how but please parent through me. ” we live in a great school system but God has called us to home school and it’s not always easy. I had a huge network of friends when my son was in public school and we have lost that due to home schooling. Anyway I could go on forever. I keep thinking I will start a blog. Maybe someday. Thanks again!!!!
    Jen steele
    Jasteele23@yahoo. Com

    • Hi Jen! Oh man, I’m so sorry for your frustration and struggles. But of course, I know that God is going to see you through it! I’m so glad God could use me to encourage you a little. Praying right now for Him to refresh your spirit and bring you hope and joy as you serve your kids. You’re right, it’s hard and we just CAN’T do it without His moment-by-moment grace! Thanks so much for stopping in and for writing. It’s wonderful to meet you, Jen!

  12. Hi Jennifer, I saw your post on TBM and knew I could connect with you. Thank you for your courage in sharing your struggles with anxiety, fatigue, and fear. Im looking forward to reading your ebook. Praise God for his grace and perfect love. I need it daily!

    • Hi Tanya! Thanks so much for stopping in and for your comment. I’m sorry that you can relate to my journey at all! But like you said, God’s grace and love are always there for us… And I think we understand them more because of the darkness! Praying for the Lord’s peace to fill your heart!

  13. Hi,
    I’m very encouraged by families who adopt. I believe God has put it on my heart but if its Gods will he is yet to do the same with my husband.
    I look forward to reading through your posts. 🙂

  14. Hi Jennifer,

    A friend of my sister recommended your blog to me, saying that you have also been through the “hards” of life and I may find encouragement and hope from you sharing your heart.

    • Hi Hannah, I’m so glad you stopped by! How I’d love to sit and talk with you… I read your blog and my heart truly aches for all that you’ve been through. I pray that God continues His beautiful work in and through you! I’m so glad you’re writing. You are right — you are and WILL have incredible hope to offer to others because you’ve walked through the fire. May God give you grace and courage for the journey!!

  15. Hi Jennifer! What a fun “about” page. I’m already excited to get to know you better. I’m Christy and also a contributor at TBM. We just had our fifth baby in January, and I can so relate to being stretched! This way anything I accomplish is through God alone!

    • Hey Christy! Thanks so much for stopping in! Oh my… yes, I remember when my fifth was a baby. Those days were so precious and yet so…um, impossible. 🙂 You are right, this is all through Him! Looking forward to getting to know you too!

  16. Hi Jennifer! I was just thinking about your daughter the other day. Not sure why…I guess the Lord brought her to mind. I was her 2nd grade teacher when you were in Hillsboro when you came back to the US after the earthquake in Hati. Please tell her hello from Mrs. Winter.
    Rachel Winter

  17. Jennifer, you are such a blessing! I could not help crying through reading your entire blog. At the same time, I felt encouraged and strengthened. I feel compelled to stop focusing on my problems and think of you. I thank God for your obedience and your faith.

    • Well, God’s mercies have been new every morning! I know they are for you as well! Thank you for your encouraging words, Kiki. You are truly a blessing to me too, and I pray that God continues to do great things in and through you and your family.

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