Guest Star: Jessica of Four Plus An Angel

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Today’s Guest Star is one of my absolute favorite bloggers. I stumbled upon Four Plus An Angel when I first started my blog, and am so glad I did. Jessica can move you to tears, make you laugh and has the greatest ideas, such as the popular Hot Seat, the fun Twitter twin contest and the recent Summer Blog Social.

Most of all, I love that  Jessica is one of the kindest, sweetest bloggers in the blogosphere. I love that she bravely puts her words out there, writing about the loss of one of her triplets and her teenage daughter who has autism, Ashlyn. Her honesty, love and beauty is reflected in every post.

Including this one.


1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging when I was pregnant with triplets. I initially started so that we would have a way to keep our friends and family updated on my pregnancy. Then, my blog slowly evolved into a baby book for my children and now it has become so much more than that for me.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

Honestly I love the community that blogging has given me and the friendships it has created. I love being able to put my feelings into words and have others honor my thoughts and respond with such support.

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?

My favorite blogger ever is Kelle Hampton. I dream of writing like her and having an ounce of her creativity.

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?


5. You have four beautiful children and an angel – what do you love most about being a Mom?

Oh this is an easy one. I love, love, love seeing the world through their eyes. My younger children are so close in age it has been amazing to walk through the world with them and discover what each of them sees as important or interesting or 10 million-question-worthy. My oldest has autism so her view of the world brings a unique perspective to life that has definitely changed the way I see things.

6. What’s your favorite time of the day?

My favorite time of day is morning when everyone is sleepy-eyed and moving slowly and cuddly. Unless they wake up fighting, then my favorite time of the day is my first glass of wine after bedtime.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to go to Ireland. My husband and I are both Irish, he has traveled all over the world but I have not. Ireland is a place that neither of us have been so, someday, when we can take a child-free vacation, I would love to travel there with him.

8. What could you eat every single day?

Bread, pretzels, pasta, anything with salt and lots of carbs.

9. Favorite season and why.

My favorite season used to be the fall. I love the colors and the weather and the apple orchards but then my daughter passed away in October and I began to hate the fall. I feel the sadness of my memories intensify as fall approaches but with that sadness I also feel so much closer to her and the last time I held her. So Fall and I have a love/hate relationship now. Life has become bittersweet for me and so has my favorite season.

10. One word to describe you.

This is tough. Can I give an explanation for my one word? Hmmm. Sensitive. Not sensitive in the sense that you can knock me over with a feather but sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others, almost to a fault. I think this quality helps me be a better mother but it also makes it tough to do what I want to do because I’m so busy worrying about the rest of the world.

11. With four kids, what’s a typical day in your household?

CRAZY! I have very active, curious kids (which I’m praying pays off by some amazing careers that afford them the luxury of sending their mother on spa vacations some day). You know those households that have gates and every piece of child-proofing equipment known to man? That used to be mine until my son learned to dismantle them all. So as much as I would love to say my days are organized and full of crafts and book-reading, I can generally be found chasing someone with an open marker, stopping someone else from pouring their own milk, discovering the owner of the diaper in the hallway all the while helping my oldest with her homework and blogging, of course.

12. You are a truly amazing writer. Do you have any advice for us wannabe writers? 

Relax. I did not truly begin “writing” on my blog until I began blogging like no one was reading. As much as I love my readers, I don’t write for them, I write for me. I write about what I need to say and if I don’t do that my writing becomes unauthentic and I think readers can see that. Also, wine. A glass of wine is the perfect writing assistant when you want to write from the heart.

Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to do this Alison. Answering these questions was fun and you are such a great supporter of the blogging community that I was honored to be chosen as a Guest Star!


Thank YOU Jessica, for being here today. If you don’t already read Jessica’s blog, Four Plus An Angel, you must. And follow her on Twitter and like her Facebook page!




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  • August 22, 2011 Alex

    Aw, such a great blogger to highlight.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, Jessica is fab.

  • August 22, 2011 Ann

    Alison…another great interview! I am headed to Jessica’s site to read more. If Jessica and I were stuck eating one food every day…I got dibs on cooking! I LOVE making salty carbs!
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    • August 22, 2011 Jessica

      Oh good Ann, I’m all for someone else doing the cooking. When are we meeting for our meal of carbs 🙂 ?

      • August 22, 2011 Ann

        Oooh – wouldn’t that be fun? I’ve been wanting to try my hand at soft, salty pretzels for a while! What’s you opinion on a panini? They are my favorite!
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        • August 23, 2011 Jessica

          Love panini, when’s lunch :)?

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      You can come cook for me too 😉

      • August 23, 2011 Ann

        I meant to reply to this earlier! I say – the more the merrier! If I am ever missing….check the kitchen! Let’s have a chick party! I make GREAT chick food!
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  • August 22, 2011 Krista

    Fantastic interview. One of my favorite ladies. Jessica, I love your poise, your grace and your ability to do such wonderful things with words.
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    • August 22, 2011 Jessica

      Thanks so much Krista, truly appreciate your kind words and now know how I can vent to when my husband heads out in the jeep and takes WAY too long to come home.

  • August 22, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Great to see you here Jessica! You are truly a talented writer and it’s obvious you write from your heart. I don’t know how you manage it all with your busy household!
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    • August 22, 2011 Jessica

      Thanks Rach, I truly write because I love it. The only way I can manage my busy household is to write for my sanity!

  • August 22, 2011 angela

    I love Jessica! and I love the answers here.

    Jessica, I love Kelle Hampton’s blog as well, and I wish I could be as creative and spontaneous as she is! But, and I mean this with utter respect to her, because I think she’s amazing, your writing? It touches my heart even more than hers does. You are amazing, for real.
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    • August 22, 2011 Jessica

      Umm do you know that I am about to faint from this comment? Truly Angie, there is nothing better than this. Send me some smelling salts, I’m swaying in my chair.

  • August 22, 2011 Hopes


    It’s so nice to get to know you a little bit more. Your writing style and ability is so inspiring!

    An amazing guest Alison!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, she is 🙂

  • August 22, 2011 tracy

    I love Jessica so much. She makes this whole crazy bloggy world so worth it to be in. Someday I am going to give her the biggest hug ever..for her talent, her kindness, her honesty, her words, ..for just being her.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I hope you manage that hug. Give her several from me too!

  • August 22, 2011 Kim

    I love hearing a blogger say she writes for herself. It took me a long time to discover this is what matters to me, and once I did I really enjoyed blogging so much more. I find Jessica’s blog to be so sincere and genuine and that’s why I keep going back to read more 🙂 Thank you for sharing this great interview!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for reading, Kim!

  • August 22, 2011 Julie

    Jessica, that’s probably one of my favorite pics of you. Great moment! I love your advice about writing like no one reads it. That’s when the good stuff comes out.
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    • August 23, 2011 Jessica

      It truly is Julie, that is when my blog became more than just a baby book for me. When I really started digging deep and writing it became a healing process and so much more.

  • August 22, 2011 Elena

    Jessica is so very amazing. What a great guest star. From the picture to the very last answer – what a great post. One of my favorite bloggers.
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    • August 23, 2011 Jessica

      Thanks Elena, so glad we’ve been able to connect.

  • August 22, 2011 Stasha

    Whenever you host a blogger I feel like I get to know them just a little bit more. Wonderful guest.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you dear friend.

  • August 22, 2011 Alexandra

    I love this woman.

    From the first time I went to her site, I thought, “you won’t find a more grounded, more in the moment lady.”

    She is special, and I know her words are going up and out in the universe, reaching her dearest little one’s heavenly ears.

    I do love Jessica.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      You say it much better than I ever can.

    • August 23, 2011 Jessica

      I still remember the first time you told me this Alexandra, to think that my little Hadley hears my words is more than I could ever hope for. Thank you for placing that thought in my heart.
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  • August 22, 2011 My Inner Chick

    –Great interview!
    I loved what Jessica said about authenticity in one’s voice. To me, this is the most important quality in a writer 🙂
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  • August 22, 2011 mom2kiddos

    Great to know more about Jessica here. I only came across her blog because of Summer Blog Social and what a great linky it was.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      She does have the best ideas!

  • August 22, 2011 Kimberly

    Write for me…amen. That’s why I had to step back from blogging for a bit. It became more of a “chore” than enjoyment. I had to remember that when I started writing I did it to heal my soul. I think more bloggers need that advice!!
    I love her blog and her writing is inspirational!!
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    • August 22, 2011 Jessica

      That is when blogging changed for me Kim, I used to do it for other people and write what I thought they wanted to hear. Once I started writing for me it became cathartic and something I love to do.

  • August 22, 2011 John

    That “relax” statement is so, so important when writing. Just write what you want to write . . . and hope the readers are there.

    And I freaking love Jessica’s blog. If there could be more beautiful family, well, I don’t know if a camera could handle it.
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  • August 22, 2011 Blond Duck

    Popped in from SITS! She sounds amazing! I can’t believe she can write with all those kids!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      She is all kinds of amazing!

  • August 22, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love the honesty and truth that she writes with.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Me too!

  • August 22, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    A favorite read, a fab choice for your highlight.
    Love to you both 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Nicole 🙂

  • August 22, 2011 Barbara

    I love Jessica! She is such an amazing writer, person and mother! what a great choice and great interview! I could also spend my day eating carbs!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Barbara!

  • August 22, 2011 Evonne

    I love Jessica and her blog! Great interview! Just like dancing, I think writing like no one is reading is some of the best advice.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Evonne!

  • August 22, 2011 Jamie

    Awesome guest star, Jessica is such a gem.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      She is!

  • August 23, 2011 Aleta

    It’s so nice to read guest bloggers! I loved this post. She has heart and is real. I’m looking forward to visiting her blog and I like that she writes for her and not for her audience, because it keeps it all the more real 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Aleta. Do visit Jessica, she’s amazing.

  • August 23, 2011 Elaine

    So great to get to know Jessica even better! She is definitely a gem. Love that her typical day sounds much like mine… 😉
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I can’t imagine how you ladies manage a household full of kids 🙂 My heroes!

    • August 23, 2011 Jessica

      I’m glad someone else’s day sounds like mine too. Sometimes I think I’m the only one spinning around in circles!

  • August 23, 2011 Robin

    I love Jessica’s blog and this captures exactly why.

    Jessica – Ireland is one of my favourite places on Earth. I LOVE it. You definitely have to go!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I love how Jessica shows how awesome she is even through just an interview 🙂

    • August 23, 2011 Jessica

      You’ve been? So jealous!!
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  • August 23, 2011 Charlotte

    It’s wonderful when two favorites collaborate in this way. Loved the questions and the answers. What a sweet, sweet momma Jessica is. I love the part of this questionaire when she discusses her blogging and she said she didn’t begin writing on her blog until she began blogging like no one was reading. <Sooo true and beautiful this is.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Charlotte. That is good advice, write like no one is reading.

  • August 23, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Jessica, I wasn’t following you yet (no idea why), but I have definitely corrected that!
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  • August 23, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    I love Jessica…how she writes, her precious children, her honesty. And, she’s such a supportive blogger! Love this post!
    Great interview questions, Alison! You’re pretty awesome yourself 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jen!

  • August 23, 2011 Tonya

    I love the weekly Guest Star idea… and Jessica is one of my favorites. Everything you said about her, her writing and her family is true. I hope to meet her IRL one day. Especially after getting to know her through these responses.

    My favorite line: “…wine is the perfect writing assistant when you want to write from the heart.”
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Tonya, I love sharing my favorite bloggers with everyone!

  • August 23, 2011 Leighann

    Lovely Jessica!
    I too am sensitive to other peoples feelings and lives and sometimes it can be a bother but my sensitivity stops once that person proves themselves to be untrustwothy.

    I laughed so hard when you said you were chasing kids and trying to figure out who belonged to the random diaper!! That just happened to me!
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I like your approach to your sensitivity 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Tina

    Great interview – Love Jessica she is simply an amazing writer!
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      She truly is!

  • August 24, 2011 Missy

    Jessica is one of my new favorites! I don’t know what rock I was under, but I only recently found her amazing blog. She’s a great Guest Star!
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      She is lovely, yes!

  • August 24, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    Aww, love her! I got to meet her awhile back and she’s just as sweet in person as she comes across in her blog.
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  • December 6, 2011 Lynda Gould

    It’s wonderful when two favorites collaborate in this way. When are we meeting for our meal of carbs ?
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