Profiles in Diligence: Jessica Horn Hicks

Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price [is] far above rubies.
~ Proverbs 31:10 ~ 

When I think of Jessica Horn Hicks one word comes to mind, “Sensible!”

Jessica is Doug and Julie’s firstborn. Jessica has a quality that reminds me of Mary Poppins, she is “practically perfect in every way.”

She has a serene look on her face and a welcoming smile. Because she is sensible, she has a “Let’s take care of the business at hand,” attitude. When things get stressful, her patience and composure are amazing; it is called equanimity. Does this mean that Jessica is perfect? No. She is human and like all of us, has a breaking point. But because her heart belongs to her Savior, Jesus Christ, she brings all breaking point things to Him and allows Him to work in her.

The fruit of the Spirit includes patience, and Jessica possesses it. It is this quality that makes difficult relationships bearable. I have rarely heard her complain or cry, but I have often seen her doing what she does with an aplomb that is beyond most of us.

Perhaps it is this God-given quality that has given Jessica the heart and ability to work with children, teaching them about Jesus. She teaches the two- and three-year olds on Sundays and at Bible study; these classes require much preparation, but the fruition of her labor will come to her in eternity.

Jessica also homeschools her two very active and talkative girls. Field trips are part of her school’s curriculum, but some of these go beyond expectation:  The Grand Canyon, California missions, museums, cities and towns with historical significance, and other fascinating locations. The children in this school are not only gaining an academic education, but are also learning, first hand, about our country’s natural beauty and resources, history, scientific discoveries, and many other valuable things.

Field trip to the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Jessica is also a photographer; her photos are amazing. Most of the time I think, “Wow, you took these with an iPhone?” She has a way of composing images and people that make us a part of that moment; the best part of these images is that she lets the people be themselves. Perhaps that is why she partners with her mom in photography shoots.

This image has become one of my favorites because of the contrast between the ram-rod straight girls and the relaxed boys sitting beneath the arched ivy canopy.

Field trip to the San Juan Capistrano Mission.

There are many other photos, but not enough space! By now you can agree with me that Jessica has many talents. Jessica has another creative skill, cross-stitching. This art requires much patience and an eye for design and color, something that is found in abundance in Jessica.

Even in its unfinished state, it is a lovely work of art!

Hmm… seems like what much of what Jessica does requires much patience.

Jessica Horn Hicks is a woman of many talents and qualities. I hope you have enjoyed meeting her and that one day you will have an opportunity to speak with her in person; she is easy and pleasant to speak to.

Tomorrow, you will meet Emylee Noel Horn Gussler.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Lord bless!

The song for today is from Mary Poppins, “A Spoonful of Sugar.”


In, “Well Done is Half Begun, “Mary Poppins describes the children and herself.

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