About Kelly

Kelly Hager Jacobs is a mother, wife, and teacher — not necessarily in that order.   She has a B.A. in history, M.A. in education, and M.A. in history…none of which (she was shocked and quite terrified to discover) are at all helpful at persuading kids to put dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband Clint and their three kids, Kadie (age 13) and twins Lillian and Henry (age 9).  Kelly teaches history and Clint teaches music at a college-preparatory boarding/day school.   

This site grew out of Kelly’s basic existential crisis of struggling to reconcile the different components of her life as a professional, mother, spouse, and part-time caretaker for her mom.    The secret for her was to quit viewing these as separate and competing parts of herself, and instead to focus on finding meaning and joy in ALL of the various aspects of her life’s work, especially in the overlapping moments.  

To be truthful, she still periodically freaks out at the size and scope of her To Do List and wrestles with guilt when she dares to scratch out undone things.  But she’s a To Do list herself, and God isn’t finished with her yet.    

   

4 Responses to About Kelly

  • I don’t know if my comment went through or not! I hit a button accidently and it disappeared!! I was basically saying I am praying that you accomplish your goal through this blog. I know you are extremely busy and keeping this site up will take even more of your valuable time! You can find joy in all you do when you “choose” to be joyful. I have found for myself that real, abiding joy comes from one place and that is in my relationship with Jesus Christ! He never disappoints, is always available when I cry out to him, he’s never self-consumed and always gives wisdom when faced with difficult situations. People will fail you and disappoint you but when you truly make Jesus Lord of your life, He will sustain you and give you peace that passes all understanding. I know you have dealt with your mom’s health issues practically all your life, but you have had a good life and God has truly blessed you. Pop and I pray for you and Clint and your children daily! There are crisis you have yet to face, but with God first in your life, you will weather the storms and be victorious. Paul says: “Know ye not that they who run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain”. Run your race well by starting your day with the One who created you! He will make sure you win the race! “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”! I love you!!! CeCe

  • Kelly, I am praying for your mom and you. She is so blessed to have you as a daugher. You are all blessed to have each other – you have a beautiful family. I am praying for strength and for His peace that surpasses our understanding of all of life’s twists and turns.

  • Kelly-Cannot believe I found a dear friend again. working through some old CDs tonight I found dolomite and thought of your dear husband Clint,,,so somehow I found the Jacobs clan. I’m currently in Germany flying c130js…wife with two great kids, my daughter Avery is 8 and she’s my future fighter pilot, my son Gavin is 5 and destined for the x games. Hope all is well…every time I see Alabama play I think of the Jacobs team. There is a chance we may end up in Montgomery next year. Hope all is well….congrats on the new house. Jobie

    • Jobie!!! It is so good to hear from you! I have thought of you often and wondered what you were up to. Jennifer and I keep in touch via fb and were just talking a few months ago about you and Doug and Athens. I’m going to send you an email so we can keep up. Can’t wait to hear about your family. Our lake house is just up the road from Montgomery so if y’all end up there, we must get our crews together. Stay safe, friend!

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