Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She is mom to two beautiful daughters and is thankful to be raising them, serving other families with unique needs, and using her gift of writing and speaking to minister to others. Jennifer is also the author of a youth fiction book series and is trusting God with His timing on publication. Jennifer has been a mom for 11 years. She and Brandon have been married for 13 years.

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Jennifer Says: “I’m Jennifer Dyer, AKA Jenn, Mom, Ma, and Aunt Jenn. Although I love to chat with friends, read, and write, most of my hours are spent solving carpet crimes, chasing my daughter with autism, cleaning an endlessly messy house, and looking for my keys. In 2010, God granted me an extension on my life after a bout with cancer and surgery complications, through which I gained a greater appreciation for life, family, and people. Motherhood has taught me more than I ever imagined, including unending love, picking my battles, and how to navigate through a maze of toys and laundry in the dark. Before I wore a motherhood cape, I worked as a speech-language pathologist and traveled with hubby. Although having a special needs child has changed our entire world, we are learning to make adventures out of each moment, laugh whenever possible, and look forward to the greatest destination ever: Heaven, where I will see my Savior and no longer have to scrub carpet.”

Moms Need Encouragement

The other day Eldest and I had a wonderful mother-daughter date … until the drive home. Somehow, reflection on a movie shifted into an argument about laundry, which ended in me screaming, “Listen to me!” Nice one, Mom … I apologized, but my action shattered our fun. We arrived home in icy silence and entered the Continue »

De-stressing the Holidays

I’m going to say something radical: Thanksgiving is not about the food. Yes, Thanksgiving is a feast. It’s a time to be thankful for the year’s bounty, and we celebrate that with food. But that is not what the focus should be. Sadly, our world is full of images and messages feeding us the notion Continue »

The Martyr Mom

Yesterday I starred in my very own production of Martyr Mom. I’m the only one who does any work around here, I thought. The closing act of my mom drama was set in the bathroom. Rachel, our daughter with autism, had been diligently “cleaning.” Water dripped from both mirrors. From the nine-foot ceilings. From the wallpaper. Continue »

Resisting Desire’s Pull

Have you ever wanted something you didn’t have? Wanted someone? Chances are if you are human you answered yes. What is desire? defines desire, in part, as “a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment.” We desire many things: food, love, companionship, sleep, solitude, sexual fulfillment, status, comfort, purpose, hope. Continue »

Doing Nothing

A few weeks ago, I called a friend and asked what she was doing. Her breathing was heavy, like she’d run to get the phone. “Nothing. I haven’t gotten anything done today.” Hmm, I thought to myself. She has five children, three dogs, four cats, one horse, and an executive-by-week-rancher-by-weekend hubby. After further probing, she Continue »