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I had a thought the other day that made me take a step back...

My blog is almost a year old.

This BLOWS my mind. I really didn't think that I would stick with something this long. 

Truthfully, the last few months have been a little shaky. My schedule got jammed full of all kinds of crazy things. Unfortunately, that led to a little infrequency in my posting. For that I have to apologize and say that I'm trying to make up for it now.

If you know me or you've read very many posts on this blog, you know I enjoy reflection. 

When I say enjoy, what I really mean is I LOVE it! 

To me, life is pointless if you don't take time to learn from the things you've gone through. It also helps to redirect you if you're off course. It helps guide you to what you believe you need to achieve. It reminds you of the battles you've fought and what to do if you face one again.

I have recently learned reflection is a key component of my personality types. INFJ's really, really dig ref…


Like a lot of others of my generation, I was ecstatic when I heard the news that Netflix was going to start streaming F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 

I have probably spent WAY too much time watching the series since January 1st. Let's just say, the month is three-quarters of the way over and I may be on the last season.
Whether it be the adorable goof-ball Joey or the crazy, obsessive-compulsive Monica, there is someone or something to which everyone can relate. Over these past few weeks, I have seen some part of myself in almost everyone of the characters.
We all have our favorite characters, favorite episodes, and favorite lines.

The truth is this television helped shape popular culture.
I used to argue with my mom because I wanted watch it during the week or stay up and watch the reruns that came on at 10.
I do have to say there is a big difference in watching it as an adult compared to watching it as a kid in junior high or high school.
It's like listening to an old Backstreet Boys or 'NSYNC…


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)

Growing up in the church, you hear this Scripture all the time.

In every transition...
From children's church to young adults' group...
From elementary school to college...
This verse gets quoted at you.

You know the Lord has a plan for you. 
You know His Will is perfect. 
You know He holds no capacity for evil.

What else do you know?

You know that life has a way of ruining itself.
You know that good only seems to last for a short time.
You know that you can be going along a road that seems good and perfect and out of what seems like nowhere you get thrown a curveball that can wreck everything.

It is easy to lose sight of that good and perfect plan...
It is easy to lose focus on God and start focusing on the circumstances...
It is easy to forget that you have a future...
It is easy to forget about a verse that has become white noise.

What do we do w…

Dear Future Mother-In-Law.

Dear Future Mother-In-Law,

I have no idea why I'm writing this. I don't know if it's just for myself or if it serves a greater purpose. I'm not sure what the outcome will be. All I know is that I feel like it's necessary.

The truth is, I have no idea who you are. I don't know if we've already met or if that moment is in the future. 
I don't know if we will know each other long or if it will seem too fast to you. I don't know if you'll like me right away or if it will take time. I know I can come off abrasive at first. I also have a habit of saying the wrong thing.

I don't know what the further holds. I hope our relationship is good. I've heard some horror stories, and I know what I don't want it to be.

I recognize how difficult it might be for you to see your son with me. You carried him for what seemed like an eternity. You barely slept those first few months. You cared for him when he was sick. You stayed up nights combating fevers and …


Working with kids has got to be one of the greatest parts of my life. They are honest to a fault. 
"Miss Jess, you should get some new boots. Those pink ones aren't really working for you." "Miss Jess, why do you have spots all over your face?" "Miss Jess, when you laugh like that, you sound a little crazy."
They also ask questions that don't always have the simplest answers. 
"Miss Jess, have you ever been in love?"
That's the kind of question that catches you off guard.  You stop, look at the second grader that asked you, and quickly try to come up with an answer that isn't too obscure.
I don't remember exactly what I said in that moment, but the question got me thinking.
Have I ever been in love?
If you go by the world's standards, then yes I have. I have fallen for someone.  I have been completely consumed by thoughts of them. I have wondered what they were thinking or doing every moment. As quickly as I had fallen for them, I have…

New Year. New Project.

I can hardly believe that it is 2015. 
This is the year Back to the Future II promised us hoverboards and flying cars.
This is the year I finally graduate from college.

This is the year I turn twenty-five.

This is another year I never thought I'd reach.

Every new year I feel immensely blessed.

I don't like setting resolutions. Resolutions are easily broken. 
I like to set goals or themes for the year. This year my goal is to "Be Intentional."
I want to be more intentional in fulfilling my purpose.
I want to be more intentional in making healthy choices.
I want to be more intentional in my relationships.
With friends.
With family.
With my Saviour.
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16)
It's easy to go about life and get wrapped up in the day-to-day. It's easy to let yourself get away with reading a few verses in the morning and getting on with your day.
Too of…