Welcome to Joyful Girl! I’m Libby Bouma, formally Libby Lennon, and am excited you are here.
In 2011 I decided I wanted to share my life with others through my blog and hopefully bring some laughter and joy to others.
A few fun things to know about me:
On May 14, 2011, I married my best friend and the love of my life, Jake Bouma. We met on May 8th, 2010, Jake proposed to me six months later and six months after that we were married. Talk about a whirlwind romance, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You know what they say about love at first sight…
A short nine months into our marriage, my husband was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma. This blog started with me sharing about me and my life, but has quickly moved to sharing more about my life and being a caretaker to someone who is living with cancer.
Some other fun facts about me:
- I have two furry children, my cats, Dietrich and Klaus whom I absolutely adore and spoil rotten.
- I have a strong passion for cooking and baking and love trying new recipes.
- I am addicted to reading food blogs.
- I am Lutheran, love God and seek guidance in prayer.
- I am an avid reader and enjoy getting lost in books.
- I love games. Backgammon, Scrabble, Cribbage, Phase 10, Clue, Scattergories, just to name a few.
- I am a
gymworkout rat and love to be fit.
I am a true Iowan, born and raised in Sioux City. I attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 2003. I then moved to Denver, CO where I spent the next five years. After reconnecting with some high school friends in 2008, I moved back to Iowa, and found my new home in Des Moines.
I have a background in social work, having spent five years in residential treatment in Iowa and Colorado and most recently employed as a social worker for the state of Colorado and Iowa. I currently work as a Family Team Facilitator, helping families come together with their DHS caseworkers and attorneys to create a family plan. I also work part-time at my church as the Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry.
I recently started attending Drake University in their Masters of Science in Teaching program in Des Moines. I have dreamed of becoming a teacher for the past four years and excited to finally be back in school.
I do not consider myself to be an expert on anything and certainly make mistakes. I love living my life and enjoying all the little joys it brings.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime. firstname.lastname@example.org