Thursday, July 24, 2014

Goodbye and Hello

Well, things have been very busy around here and they are about to get even busier!
Here's a little recap and update:

March was a spring break trip to Arkansas with most of the Jones sibs and also an initial contact on a possible job opportunity for Joe out of state.
April brought Easter, a visit to this new church's Good Friday service, news that we were pregnant and then very soon after confirmation that we miscarried.
May brought an interview at the Indiana church, good times with family, house searching, lots of praying and trusting the Lord in these various ups and downs.
June brought us to the point of listing our home - having a showing everyday during the first week of listing - then a lull and a lot of fear in me, then a trip to Taylor University for summer camp and then the right family came through the house while we were gone and put in an offer. So we went under contract on our IL house while out of state (in IN), came home and put in an offer on a home in Indiana while back in Illinois (oh the irony!) :) And went under contract on that home.
July brought inspections in both homes, a reunion with my closest college friends, a little vacay with Joe for my birthday and celebrations with family for said birthday. I TURNED 30...............ahhhhhh.
No really it's not that bad, I'm just being dramatic.

Through this whole process, the good, the bad, the ugly, I have just had to come back time and time again to the faithfulness of the Lord in providing for us every step of the way through comfort during pain, clarity and wisdom in decision making, opening doors for buying and selling within days of each other, in giving real peace in the midst of big and hard choices for our future. He's been there and guiding us every step of the way. Why do I ever doubt? What a great reminder for me as we move forward and take yet another leap of faith.
I'm  not a big blogger, I just do some now and then and try to keep up with friends through it, so I know I won't be  missed, but I am definitely going on a hiatus through this season of moving out and moving in but I will try to keep up with instagram and facebook, so you won't miss me too much  ;)

Pray for us if you think of it as we transition jobs and houses and all of that. We will miss our little home on Illinois St and our church and family and friends and yet we are so excited for this new opportunity and the new people we will meet and serve alongside at the church.

Friday, June 27, 2014

BEST pasta salad ever.

Just had this pasta salad at a birthday party and it was AMAZING. you don't even want to know how much I had.....
I'm going to make it for the next party I attend or maybe just make myself a bowl of it asap?!



Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped pecans $
  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli $
  • 1 cup mayonnaise $
  • 1/3 cup sugar $
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved $
  • cooked bacon slices, crumbled $

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
  2. 2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.
  4. 4. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Library Love


We LOVE our Library - here's a couple pics - a new bouncy book we found and some pics of Noah in storytime. So thankful for all that they provide to the community for free! We love going there!










Sunday, June 15, 2014

This Guy.

Happy Father's Day to the teacher of all of life's essentials: camping, dirt biking, fishing, nature walking, rock skipping, hockey watching (and playing), wrestling and fort building.
But most of all the teacher to our family of following Christ's example, reading to us from His word and loving us selflessly. We are so blessed.


















Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hilarious.

Had to share this post from Scary Mommy.......it's just too funny.



Quite Possibly The Best Letter From Overnight Camp, Ever

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Last year, my eight year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after I dropped him off, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.
As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write.
I fantasized I would receive a letter something like this:
Dear Mom,
Thank you so much for letting me go to camp. I have learned so many cool things, like how to take a fish off the hook, tie sailing knots, and how to groom a horse. Thanks for packing sun screen. I’ve been out on the lake a lot, so it’s really come in handy. You think of everything! I’ve been drinking tons of water since it’s so hot. See? I do listen to all your good advice.
The other boys in my cabin are really smart and nice. I’m making  lifelong friends I will cherish forever. We’ve had fun learning camp songs, playing cards, and catching frogs in our free time. During quiet time, I read the book you sent along. What a great selection! 
Like you suggested, I’m trying a lot of new foods. You were right, the oatmeal at breakfast isn’t bad if I add raisins. And don’t worry, Mom, I’m using all the manners you’ve taught me over the years.
We’re camping under the stars tonight. I hope to see fireflies.
I love you,
W
xxoo
P.S. Tell my brothers I miss them! 
The next day I received an actual letter from him. It was just slightly different from what I imagined:
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 This year I’m sending a whole book of stamps to camp with him.
Can’t wait to see what he writes!