Welcome to my blog!  I’m Jenni, a wife to a law student and mom of three boys living in Kansas.  I started this blog when we lived in Oakland, CA on the top floor of a three-story walk-up that gave us access to the roof.  The apartment was not the greatest – on warm days, it would get up to 95+ degrees inside and we had no air-conditioning.  But I loved to go up to the roof from time-to-time to catch a cool breeze, look at the stars, or watch the sunset over the Bay.

When I began this blog in 2008, I focused on things you could do that don’t cost that much money (hence, hanging out on the roof for a free view).  I’m still interested in those things, so they will pop up here and there, but now, on the verge of 2013, I find myself wanting to write more about creativity in the home and in our personal lives.  I truly want our home to be not just a place to find refuge and love, but also a place to explore ideas and work out the talents each of us are gifted with.  I still think that “Life from the Roof” fits, but in a different way – now it’s about finding unexpected views on life that are there for the taking if you take the time to look for them.

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  1. Hi, Jennifer! I just popped over from moneysavingmom.com, and to my delight discovered that we are a bit connected. Mike was in a Bible Study with my husband Steve (I was there for a short time before Mike moved away from L.A.), and he was at our wedding, too! At any rate, so delighted to “meet” you! Please say hello to Mike for us! And our very best to you in your life and ministry there.

  2. Hi! I came over here from MoneySavingMom too, because I was so excited to see something from someone else living in the Bay area. And then it turns out you live right in my neighborhood! We live near the intersection of Foothill and Fruitvale, although we’re hoping to move to San Leandro soon. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. :-)

  3. Becca – Wow, you really do live close! My husband works close to San Leandro, so we’re down there a lot, too! Hope to hear more from you soon!

  4. Hi, Jennifer. We used to live in the south Bay Area, and we did manage to become homeowners while having several children, but we lost our home in Los Altos due to a business downturn and recession, a blessing but we didn’t know it then! It caused us to move to the foothills in the Gold Country, where we eventually were able to buy a house and property, and have even more children (10 altogether!) I appreciate your frugal advice, something that we can always use. I got a Restaurant.com coupon for a Moroccan restaurant in Sac. for my husband for Christmas, for $2. Thanks for the link.

    I am here via Crystal’s site, too. She’s been an online friend for a few years.

  5. I came here from Money Saving Mom too b/c I am right outside SF too! It’s nice to see someone else living in this crazy, expensive place trying to be frugal! Maybe we can encourage each other! I loved your post on MSM!

  6. So excited to see someone else trying to make a go of being frugal in the bay area!!! I lived on high street many years ago and am now over in the lower diamond/upper fruitvale neighborhood.

  7. Tracy,

    We really like that area . . . you mean where the Farmer Joe’s is at, right? I’m there all the time, either at the library, shopping for groceries, or at Dimond Park. Is it more expensive to live there v. High Street?

  8. Peggy –

    I’d love to touch base with you as well. I checked out your website and it seems like we have a lot in common! It is so hard to be frugal around here, but I’d love to hear what you’ve learned.

  9. Hi, Jennifer!

    I’m so glad to find your blog. I loved reading your frugal posts and especially posts about Uzbekistan.

    It’s so interesting to get a new perspective on life there. I was born in Tashkent and lived there until 1996. The funny and ironic thing is I never bothered to learn Uzbek language – Russian was enough at that time. I’m sure everything changed now.

    We lived in Concord for a few years and moved because we couldn’t afford living in Bay Area. You are doing an incredible job living frugal there.

  10. Jennifer~I just read your post at Crystal’s site and was just so encouraged to see another family in the Bay Area going through some of what we are. I look forward to reading more from you:-)

    I live in San Jose and don’t get over to Oakland much, but it is so nice to meet you:-)


  11. Nice to meet you too, Sommer! I’m always glad to meet other fellow Bay Area dwellers who are trying to save money. I’ll look forward to your thoughts and ideas if you stop by again!

  12. Hi Jennifer,

    You keep popping up in my Google alerts for my own blog, Life On The Roof. I’m a Jenn too, 33 years old, and mom to a 2 year old little boy. Looks like you have some great stuff on here – I look forward to digging a little deeper!

  13. Jenn (of the Roof) –

    That’s so funny – I actually saw your website when I was first researching blog names, and wanted to use Life on the Roof! Aren’t you in Canada or something like that? It’s funny how I’ve met several “Jenn’s” my age with kids my age too. I’ll look forward to your visits, and will check out your website as well!

  14. Hi~

    Just popped over after leaving you a comment about the Safeway deals over on Money Saving Mom’s website.

    Love your blog, and I’m excited to see someone out in Northern CA that coupons and blogs about it. I haven’t found many. I am up in the Northbay.

    I’ve bookmarked your blog now :)

    Take care,


    • I’m glad to see someone else too in Northern California who’s trying to find deals. :) I’d love to hear more about things you’re doing, or if you have a blog. I don’t usually have time to blog the weekly deals at Safeway, etc. but like to figure out how to make the most of our dollars in an area where it’s so easy to spend them! :)

  15. Hi Jennifer,
    Don’t know if you remember me (from Mosaic), but anyhoo, I came to your website via Facebook, and I started reading a few of your most recent entries since the arrival of Dylan. Always nice to read about the perspective of a mother of a newborn…oh those days were SO exhausting… I was too tired to even write down my thoughts in words, and sometimes I wish I had recorded more.
    Anyway, and then I started reading your profile, and just wanted to say I started reading MSM’s website after our son was born, and have also found her website to be very useful in our frugal living/budgeting(so cool that you were a guest blogger on her site )~!…we are currently living in Orange County, also comparable to the living costs of the Bay Area, and we recently had to work out our a budget to live off Tim’s grad school stipend of $26K, so I can be a stay at home mom and still remain debt free. God has really provided so much for us with everything.

    And love your posts on living simply yet richly!

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