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Hi, friend! I'm Jenny Smith, the main steam behind Chasing After Dear's beautiful adventures. I'm married to my awesome mountain-man husband, Justin. I'm a newly minted stay-at-home mom / artist / photographer who's loving life (with the help of a lot of coffee) here in my favorite Denton, TX. Most days you'll find me sporting a messy top bun, t-shirt, jeans and toms and holding my characteristic cup of coffee in one hand and a wailing offspring in the other. I love Jesus desperately.
CHASING MEANS DEDICATION, SPEED, AND FULL ATTENTION.
You can't pursue someone if you're strolling, eating, talking on the phone, or updating Facebook. Pursuit = single-mindedness and the humility to believe that the prize is worth both the exhaustion and the missed opportunities abandoned on the sidelines.
I get asked this a lot: "Why chasing after deer? What's that all about?" Well first, it's "D-E-A-R," as in "beloved" or "precious," not "D-E-E-R," the adorable / defenseless mammal who was famously martyred in Bambi. This phrase comes from the Midlake song "Chasing After Deer" (yes, the Bambi variety). When I first met my husband in the early Spring of 2007, we listened to Midlake all the time together. "Chasing after Deer" was one of my favorites and it very quickly became our song. When we were planning our wedding in 2008, I purchased the URL chasingafterdear.com for our wedding website, an intentional play on words referring to my dear, Justin R. Smith. Soon, this name became part of everything that I did as a freelancer. Even my short-lived design agency used a derivative of this phrase--Oh Dear! Design.
I think "Chasing After Dear" fits my life impeccably for three very crucial reasons:
Item the first: As a wife, my heart, mindset, and daily goal should be pursuit of my dears--God, Justin, and my sweet boys. This relentless tenacity, never tiring, never ceasing, always striving, upholds the entire structure of a gospel-centered life.
Item The Second: The word chasing implies pursuit but not necessarily attainment. That's important for me as a believer who often stumblers to grasp. My worth comes from Christ and Christ alone. I will never reach perfection this side of heaven, but rather will always be chasing him, getting back up when I fall and starting again.
Item the Third: In chasing, you leave all other distractions behind. This is really important for me, since I'm so easily side-tracked. on my monitor at work I even have a sticky note that reads "No Rabbits!" (a pathetic nod to my horrible tendency to go off on "rabbit trails"). Chasing means dedication, speed, and full attention. You can't pursue someone if you're strolling, eating, talking on the phone, or updating Facebook. Pursuit = single-mindedness and the humility to believe that the prize is worth both the exhaustion and the missed opportunities abandoned on the sidelines.