Jennifer Glover believes that if she and her husband Scott work really hard now, “we’ll one day get to play really hard.”
They have the working hard part down. The Glovers own a dairy farm in north Georgia, milking about 200 cows a day. Four years ago, they built a creamery near the farm to bottle their milk and to make ice cream and butter.
Jennifer oversees the creamery’s operation and manages the dairy farm’s bookkeeping. She also is the mother of a 12-year-old daughter, Eliza Jane, and 1-year-old son, Layne.
These responsibilities alone would keep most people running full throttle. However, Jennifer has one other duty in her daily routine: she is an assistant principal at a local elementary school.
Scott has no shortage of praise or appreciation for the influence and impact Jennifer brings to their family and business each day.
“I think she amazes everybody,” Scott said. “She really has a lot on her plate. We wouldn’t be where we are today without her.”
The Glovers married 18 years ago – and Jennifer has been pulling double duty for the last 15 years. Along the way, she made time to earn a doctorate degree so she could work in a school administrative role.
She’s usually up each morning between 5:30 and 6, depending on if Layne slept through the night. After getting Eliza Jane ready for her day and dropping off Layne at a babysitter, she heads to school where she works from 7 to 5. On the way home, she checks in at the creamery and farm before heading home to make dinner. Afterwards, she helps Eliza with homework or takes her to basketball or golf practice, or helps her prepare for a weekend cow show.
There’s never a shortage of evening work. This could include managing the dairy’s budget and payroll, or ordering supplies for the creamery. She and the kids also have headed back to the farm to join Scott in providing special attention to a newborn calf.
Finally, sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight, Jennifer heads to bed to grab some rest so she can do it all again the next day. Despite her full schedule, she’s not looking for sympathy.
“I’m lucky to be who I am,” she said. “We chose this lifestyle so our kids one day can stay in farming if they choose to. We feel we live a charmed life and we count our blessings every day.”
Scott is amazed at how well his wife keeps it all together.
“She is so self-motivated,” he said. “I’m bad about procrastinating, but she’s there to take care of things when they need to be taken care of. She really is the driving force behind everything we’ve done here. She’s the backbone.”