Monday, December 6, 2010

Cracker Christmas

We had a fun weekend at Cracker Christmas.  Everything from sugarcane harvesting, to lye soap making and blacksmithing.  Enjoyed soup and beans cooked from an iron kettle on the open fire and biscuits too.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Last Tuesday night, my 4 year old daughter Sadie was screaming with stomach pain.  We ended up at ER and then on to Arnold Palmer, where we spent the night and the next day.  It was just another realization that the important things in life aren't things.  She's doing much better now, thankfully.  I am so grateful for the gifts that God has bestowed and given to me.  It is sometimes a tough job, being your child's guardian angel, but I can't think of a more rewarding one.  Just to hear her say "I love you Mommy," makes me know being a mother is worth it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Savvy's Owl

 This owl sculpture was made by my daughter Savannah.  She made it out of pantyhose, a wire clothes hanger and small peice of wood.  She then painted it. I think it is oh so cute!

Thankful for....

Thankful for tart apples,
 falling damask leaves,
fires in outdoor fireplace,
cool walks at eve.

 Thankful for kindhearted friends,
the joy that friendship brings,
Laughter, love and joyful times,
Life's richness rests in these.

Jennifer Jones 11/1/10

Monday, October 25, 2010

Moments with my daughters

hugs and kisses,        precious treasures each moment dear,
            in my hands,
like a pausing butterfly, dancing on a leaf or flower,
 all I have is half an hour,
to listen, read, or tell a tale...
          oh too soon a wedding veil,
Time Please Stop! 
let me breathe,
      each breath alone,
 breathe long,
     breathe deep. 
soon memories like precious stones,
shall fill my empty, worn hands, as tenderly I hold,
the days, the stories, the time I had with my daughters.

jennifer l. jones 1/24/09

Jen's Plan for Abundant Living

  • Pray Everyday  "Casting all of your cares upon Him for He careth for you."
  • Live in the Moment.  Keep in mind that life is a vapor and will soon vanish away.  Now is all we have.
  • Put people first.  People are more important than things.  Getting and acquiring more doesn't buy happiness.
  • Nurture your marriage. Spend daily time with your mate.
  • Play with your children.  Soon they will be grown up.
  • Take Care of Yourself.  Spend some time by yourself.  Journal, take a bubble bath, read a book and take 30-60 minutes a day for you. You can't give out to others if you are not filled up yourself.
  • Walk.  Excercise produces endorphines which make us feel better and walking adds years to our lives. 
  • Forgive.  Forgive others and yourself.  Keep unforgiveness and resentment out of your mind and spirit. 
  • Create.  Be creative. 
  • Give. Share your giftings with others.   
  • Sleep.  8 hours of sleep is good!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Morning Smoothie Recipe

2 cups of orange juice
1 cup frozen fruit  (your choice)
1 heaping tbsp. protein powder (vanilla flavor)
1 tsp. vitamin powder

Put all ingredients in the blender.  Blend for 2 minutes.  Taste better than the smoothie at the local cafe'.


You thief of golden moments
    stealing treasured memories
         of now...
j. jones 10/23/10

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ordinary Joys

Ordinary joy.
A sunbeam from God- at morning's first light,
A walk with my husband, in the amber moonlight,
A hug from my children and a sweet kiss goodnight.
A dear calm assurance, things will all work out right,
What more could I ask for, than ordinary joy?

Ordinary joy.
Breakfast cooking in a cast iron pan,
A bowl of tart apples and a recipe plan,
A mug full of coffee and a book in my hand,
A prayer for the journey, in this time weary land,
What more could I ask for, than ordinary joy?

Everyday joys,
Sometimes hidden from view,
You have to look closely, this you must do.
Realize they're beside you--they fade much too soon,
Reach out and savor the life given to you,
for what more could we desire than ordinary joy? 
----Jennifer Jones 2010

Wonderful Weds.

Christmastime is an enchanting time of year for my starry-eyed children. For me it has been visions of everything busy and materialistic, regardless of how hard I have tried to change it.  This year and this month, I came up with an idea.  I decided to start celebrating Christmas in October.  Every Wednesday, we have what I call "Wonderful Wednesday."  My daughters have co-op classes on Thursday and Girl Scouts on Friday, so Wednesday seemed like the perfect day to celebrate.  Each Wednesday I have a theme of something to do with Christmas.  We cook a special breakfast.  Some of the past breakfasts have been monkey bread, waffles, fruit, pancakes...and not all on the same day.  I usually have a Christmas craft for them to do and a small stocking stuffer type gift.  We read a Christmas story, discuss a holiday topic, or watch a classic Christmas movie to celebrate.  This has become a day that my girls look forward to each week.  My three year old wakes up each morning and says, "Mommy, what day is it?".  I tell her the day and she informs me that she wants it to be Wonderful Wednesday.  This opportunity has given us many happy memories and a chance to savor Christmas. This is a tradition I think we will treasure for years to come.

Psalm 46:1 KJV

"God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble."

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