jen lemen

writer. artist. doula. friend.

jen lives on a lovely street in silver spring, maryland with her brilliant husband dave and two wild children, madeleine (8) and carter (5). it is on this very street that jen rides her shiny blue bicycle everyday, waving to onlookers like a third grader as she sails down the hill.

if you ask jen why she makes art or writes stories about finding beauty in ordinary things, be prepared for her to break out into song—an ode to a life of love by ani difranco.

i do it for the joy it brings
because i am a joyful girl
because the world owes me nothing
and we owe each other the world
i do it because it's the least i can do
i do it because i learned it from you
i do it just because i want to
because I want to

when she's not on a bike run for more dark chocolate or attending a magical birth, you can find jen hiding out next door at mark and meryl's house, where every night they lavish her with love, affection and heaping bowlfuls of salad tossed with yummy olives, creamy avocado and fresh feta.

you can read more of jen's writing here:

on spirituality:
honoring your spiritual life: a beginner's guide
spring rituals to renew the soul

on birth:
the queen of hearts and impossible things before breakfast

on parenting:
sages and stones: how madeleine helped me find my fearless heart

if you would like to hire jen as a writer, illustrator or doula, please email her at for more information.