Jennifer Dodrill

Jen Dodrill is a Navy brat from a long line of Navy brats. Born in Virginia, she moved to the Florida panhandle in 6th grade. After vowing to never date a Navy guy, she moved to Nashville, TN where she met and fell in love with Eddie who was - you guessed it - in the delayed-entry-program for the Navy. They met in June, married the following February, and over 35 years later are still sweethearts. They moved back to West Tennessee in 2008 after his retirement. Jen stayed home to raise their 5 kids, and she homeschooled the youngest three. The “baby” graduated in 2020, but Jen refuses to bow to empty-nest syndrome! She teaches Oral Communication as an adjunct instructor for Dyersburg State Community College and blogs at Jen Dodrill History at Home. Jen also writes curriculum under History at Home at TeachersPayTeachers and Boom Learning! When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her kids and adorable granddaughters. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and her favorite place – Pinterest! You can also visit her site "History at Home" at
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Planning Ahead: What To Do After a Loved One’s Death

This was one of the hardest summers of my life. I thought nothing could beat 2020, the year of Covid. I was wrong. In the spring, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was...
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Confession: I’m a Horrible Gift Giver, But I’m Trying to be Better

Years ago, I had a secret pal at church. She was the church pianist and my daughter’s Sunday school teacher - a really sweet lady who I truly liked. I bought her a cute...
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How to Throw an Awesome Graduation Party

Are you deep in end-of-the-year planning for your high school or college senior? Will you also throw a graduation party for them? All five of our kids have finished high school, and each ceremony and...
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When Military Retirement Meets Civilian Reality

My husband and I have been talking about when he will retire for good. He retired from the Navy in 2008, and now we’re looking forward to permanent retirement. That sounds intimidating and a bit...
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Covid and College – This Mom’s Perspective of a Challenging Freshman Year

Being a mom has its struggles. Being a mom of a college student- especially right now - feels near impossible. My heart ached when I found out just how hard a time my daughter was...
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How to Make the Holidays Food Allergy Friendly

If you don’t have food allergies and don’t know anyone with them, be thankful. And, if you have food allergies or love someone who has them, like I do, be thankful. Because of continuous...
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5 Tips to Finding Mom Friends

How do you make friends? It’s not as easy as when you were five and you just walked up to some kid and said, “Will you be my friend?” I miss those days of...

The Amazing Grace Hopper

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Notorious RBG - seems to have shaken up the nation. But it has also sparked conversations on her accomplishments and feats. I had no...

Farm + Life Lessons From A Farm Abroad

The summer after my high school graduation was something of a dream come true. I got to spend six weeks in Denmark as a summer exchange student. Denmark is an amazing country with a history...

The Sandwich Generation Unwrapped

What’s your favorite sandwich? I love a good panini filled with roast beef and cheddar cheese, maybe a little tomato and avocado. Yum! Drooling yet? Although I thoroughly enjoy a great sandwich – my hubby...
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What’s Next After The Empty Nest?

Empty. What a strange word. It has multiple meanings. You might have an empty bank account, an empty stomach, or an empty bucket. lists its meaning as “containing nothing.” What a punch in the gut. You...
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Friday Favorites – Jen’s Favorite Kitchen Tools

Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. In my...