Hi! I’m Jenn Bryant…

…and Honolulu, Hawaii is my home.

It sounds magical, and most days it is. God’s blessings are evident in His creation, but we have learned to live with less and in smaller spaces than how one may picture the American dream.

Hawaii is a world all it’s own, but through the blessings of technology, I feel more connected than the location that sets me in the middle of the Pacific.

We live comfortably and cozily in a little cottage with my husband of 12 years and our two precious kids who just made 9 & 10.

First and foremost I am a Christian…

in love with my Creator, Savior, Redeemer and Friend – Jesus Christ. He is my reason for being and the One who gives life to my soul and purpose to my steps.

I’ve always worked with people, whether as a waitress, newsroom secretary, legal assistant, middle school teacher, preschool director, office manager, and now a stay-at-home mama.

My heart is for women who are aching to find their purpose in the midst of a busy life.

If you have ever wondered what all your effort, education, or experience is for… you are not alone.

 

 

IMG_3913Encouragement for Practical Living

I believe that our home should be our sanctuary. As my family and I gradually step into practices of minimalist living, making the most of our space, and only owning what we need, our lifestyle has nudged me to become more of a practical wife and mommy. 

My hope for this blog is to become a rest stop and reality check for those of us who live simply by choice, necessity, or both, and enjoy sharing practical solutions for every day life.

I also believe that we are on this earth for a special purpose, and each step we take is in the direction of that purpose with God, or away from God. Relationship dynamics of marriage and parenting, building connections with the community, and elements of behavior make us real, unique, and capable of working through our struggles and celebrating our victories.

If you hope for both the practical and spiritual direction for your family, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’ve grown up in the faith or found it later in life, my mission for Practical Family is to help you find what you need to build a strong foundation for your family by first securing your identity in Christ.

Professional Bio

Jennifer Bryant is an educator by profession and personality. Born the oldest of four kids in a small town in Southern California, she is fascinated by new experiences, and what makes people tick & how to find practical solutions. She holds a B.A. from California Baptist University in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Bible Theology, Philosophy, Apologetics, a minor in English, and teaching credential.

Jenn has taught elementary & middle school ages in California and Hawaii public schools, ran a private faith-based preschool, & worked as a full-time ministry administrator. She and her husband Bruce own a family restaurant (best fish tacos ever) on the south shore of Oahu in the Hawaiian islands. They are raising two adorable kids, Chloe & Asher (who are only 11 months apart) and trying to make it to the beach and discover great little food spots as often as possible.

 

Contributions & Collaborations

Founder of PracticalFamily.org and host of the Practical Family Podcast

Four Steps to Avoid Overwhelm and Focus on Our Priorities, More Than Mom Virtual Summit, June 2017.

Finding Myself: How One Working Mom Found Her Purpose at Home, October 2016. You Are More Than Mom, Gina Whitehouse.

Being Bold in Finding a New Identity, October 2017. Be Bold Girl Series, Rachel Britton.

Living By Design Ministries with Sarah Koontz, Contributing Writer.

Turning Off the Screens and Learning to Trust God’s Truth, LivingByDesign.org, January 2019.

How to Model Christ-Like Humility For Your Children, LivingByDesign.com, April 2019.

The Daily Struggle for Better Communication, A Wife Like Me, August 2019.

 

Invite Jenn to Speak 

I love to speak to groups of ladies, moms groups, classrooms, and Bible studies. Find out more here on my Speaking page.