A photo journal

Oh, well here it is nearly two months since my last post.  No idea how that happened!  Actually yes I do, three little reasons ages 5, 3, and <1!  But that is no surprise.  The life of a  mother is often less than flexible, not to mention to throw a blog in here and there.  That is why I’m so in awe of my friends that consistently push out posts, not to mention well thought out little devotionals in the making (HELLO Abbi!)  There were so many nights I thought of things I wanted to blog about, but when I turned on my laptop I felt that Grey’s Anatomy seasons 1-4 on Netflix were calling my name instead. :)  So I apologize to you my faithful readers and to myself looking at this printout in my scrapbook (that I have yet to make of course) years down the road.  Ahhh, life…

Let’s see, since April 4th…

We celebrated Papa Roger’s 90th birthday!  (Papa Roger married my Grandma Sharon 15 (?) years ago. )

We got to see some of our cousins in the Jost family and YES Justin is 13 and 6′ 5″!


Simon (like all our boys) love Uncle James.

And then (like all our boys) fell asleep on him.

We celebrated Sarah’s 28th birthday…


Then came Easter…


Then Mother’s Day… (LOVE Mother’s Day :) )

We even got Lily in a family photo :)

And that is a reality moment captured on camera :)

Papa Roger and Grandma Sharon always take everyone out to Lonestar Steakhouse on Mother’s Day…yummm!

And then to wrap up with these two sweet pictures.  Remember my grand idea to take pictures of Simon on the same green and brown blanket each month?  Yep, so that ended at month 3 apparently. (Sigh.)

In these pictures you range from 4-5 months old Simon.  Look at your sweet chubby legs!  I love your big, huge open mouthed smile.  Your eyes shine and you truly do radiate joy.  Your personality is still so sweet and easygoing.  You’ve started to squeel and you love when we respond to you with the same sounds you make- it quickly becomes a 5 minute little game…or conversation, I guess!  Just today you started reaching for me and I could have passed out in delight. :)  Your little arms were shaky, but you could tell you were trying so hard to coordinate your arms while you watched them intently.  LOVED it.

You also have started to study the pictures in your room.  You pay such close attention to details and you really stop and take it all in.  I have so much to learn from that, Simon!  Even as a sweet little baby you know exactly the right way to live- moment by moment, cherishing every.single.one.  God is using your little life to change me and pick out the thorny parts of my personality.  My rushed, extremely impatient, prideful personality.  I am trying to be more intentional about moment by moment life for life is fleeting. Pause more, rest more, and ENJOY more.  Just like you.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”   Matthew 11:28-30

We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.  If only we could slip over into that Center!  (Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion)


5 thoughts on “A photo journal”

  1. We love you our beautiful Jennifer Joy, you bless us by the thoughts and gifts and teachings God gives you through Baby Simon!!! We too LOVE his chubby legs and arms and radiant joy!!! Our favorite photo is the one of all five of you on Mother’s day. True blessing!!! Mom and Dad

  2. Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart, loving family and cherished memories, Jen. I love you!!!

  3. Jenni-What great, adorable photos of all of you–separate & together! Always love to see your family–God’s Blessings.

  4. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family–speaking a 1000 words—thanks for the joy of sharing your precious journey. Love Norma

  5. Jenni, your wrtting and pictures are beautiful! How did you do the picture to make it look like Simon has wings?? I love them all!! Love, Nana Nu

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