Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve 2014 Roundup -

Hey y'all!! 

I hope you are enjoying your New Year's Eve safe and sound, bright and merry!! It has rained all day today, and still our neighbors are having fun shooting off some fireworks. In the rain. Haha. I guess Southerners don't ever do well with someone telling them what to do with their firepower. Hahaha. 

So I thought I'd do what I did last year - run through the top 7 posts on the blog from 2014! 


The Top Seven Posts of 2014. (with #1 being the most popular!) 

1. Smoochiekins & The Boyfriend!  (still one of my favorite stories to re-read, Happy 1st Anniversary, you two!! Love you (three) SO much!!) 

2. No Sleep - One of the hardest things to write, but one of the most honest things I've ever written.

3. Prayers for Wade Williams - The hardest of the hard. How we miss him!! 

4. The Smoochiekins - Gosh, I love her. "Epitome" HAHHAAA.

5. Miss Elise - She is so very missed. I continue to remember her faithfulness & love in my life. 

6. My Project 52 {12} - An extremely happy day (Smoochiekins is in 3 of these top posts! haha). 

7. Today I am 26 - Thankful for this life I have!! 


And I wanted to share my favorite top 7 posts from 2014. Things that I wrote in my head for weeks or months, and finally had the courage to spill out, or memories that just begged to be written down and laughed over. I'm more and more convinced that God is working to encourage me by reminding me of what He's done in me and through the words that I read later on. Months, years later - I'm amazed and in awe of the blessings that rest on me, and how God has carried and led us this year. 

My Top Seven Favorite Posts of 2014 

1. In The Presence of My Savior (This story holds great sorrow & great mercies & love) 

2. No Sleep (The real, raw, me - writing honestly is my favorite)  

3. These Are The Cherished Times  (still hits me hard, and still brings me peace)

4. When Pain Strips You Down (honest, real, raw words about grief)

5. Keep Me By You  (Memories & Truth) 

6. Miss Elise  (She is so missed in my life, and very much loved) 

7. Five Minute Friday: Garden - (So thankful for my friends & their loving grace in my life!) 


My two favorite New Year's Eve songs:

1. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" by Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon Levitt

2. "Happy New Year" by Steven Curtis Chapman


And last but not least - all 52 pictures of my Project 52 for 2014 in a music slideshow!! Enjoy!!

"As another chapter ends, and another one begins, slowly now we turn the page....
the Story's being told, and the best is yet to come. 
So Happy New Year, Happy New Year, another chance to catch a glimpse of what is coming true. 
So Happy New Year, Happy New Year, the God Who made everything is remaking everything, 
the God Who made everything, He says "I'm making ALL THINGS NEW. So Happy New Year." 
~ Steven Curtis Chapman ~

"I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with Thee, O Father, as my harbor, 
Thee, O Son, at my helm, Thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails." ~ The Valley of Vision 

Happy New Year of 2015, beloved friends!! May you enter it with peace and joy.

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Project 52 {Week 52} -

{Week 52} Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014 ~ Sweet Christmas figurines that Mama sets out each year. 

Wow, that was post 52 of my Project 52 for 2014!! The last post!! I loved how it challenged me and made me think differently. I will be starting it up again in 2015!! It also helps me to look at each week separately. 

This has been a long year. Aren't they all, though? These figurines remind me I'm Home. What better way to end the year than dwelling on the blessings of my home here, and the Home that awaits us. 

I hope your year is sweetly drawing to a close, and you enjoy these last few days of 2014! 

With love,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!! -

~ The Fambrough Family 2014 ~ 

Merry Christmas, y'all!! 

I read this Scripture this morning at breakfast aloud to my family, and I barely made it through the first few lines before the tears started rolling. It's been a hard year, and our hearts are with so many grieving today. But this. This is JOY

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder. 
And His name will be called 
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, 
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice,
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." 
~ Isaiah 9:6-7 ~ 

With love always, Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Project 52 {Week 50 & 51} -

{Week 50} December 10, 2014 ~ A seagull enjoying the warm sun on its back on a cold evening by the Halifax River. 

{Week 51} Sunset over the palms. Last night's Christmas shopping trip with Mama. iPod photo.

Hope y'all are enjoying the last few days of December & have a very Merry Christmas!! 

~ Jean Marie ~ 

One year ago today -

Today a member of my family made a quick and insensitive comment in the midst of a discussion about a friend's cancer treatment. My immediate reaction was tears. All is talked about and forgiven now, we don't stay mad long in this house....but all it takes is one real, raw look at my memories of cancer and these past few years of having our dearest friends ripped away from us for it to be the most sensitive of topics for me. 

I cried my eyes out for a half hour because the ache hurt so much. 

And I've found it hard to recover from that conversation today because all the memories came rushing back.
So vividly that it makes my whole self ache with sadness & pain. 

I really do not believe that loss gets any easier. I just think that some memories fade. 

Today was 1 year since I visited Elise in the hospital and spent several hours holding her hand and talking with her. Hours I'd never trade for anything in the world, not even for a picture of us together. The words and truth and love she spoke into me from that hospital bed carried me through that Christmas, and this year. And I miss that I can't talk to her more. She was a loving & a consoling friend. 

The night before I went to see her, I wrote THIS. I barely made it through reading that tonight without bawling for the 5th time today. I believe that God blesses me the most of anyone reading things on this blog, because He was the One that allowed me to write it, and knew I would need it. It's everything I needed to be reminded of tonight. 

And these - oh, all these precious memories that mean so much. I miss you, Elise. So very, very much. 

You blessed me more than you will ever know that day, one year ago. I love you always. And I'll see you soon. 

~ Jean Marie ~

Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Project 52 {Week 49} -

{Week 49} November 30, 2014 

This girl deserves two Project 52's in a row for flying 18 hours roundtrip to come to FL to see us and spend Thanksgiving with us. Our beloved Sadie Beth, looking gorgeous last Sunday when we went out to the refuge to take a few pictures and see some dolphins!! 

Her laughter & smile are so contagious. She's such a laid back person to be around, and a favorite friend. 

Love you, Sadie Beth!! You are so very lovely.

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

My Becs is 21 -

Today was Becs' 21st Birthday!!! 

She invited me to celebrate with her family and eat (tons of) delicious food and watch Elf!! I wouldn't have said no in a million years, not to mention she told me it wasn't up for debate. ;) We had a wonderfully fun time, now I'm stuffed like it's Thanksgiving 2.0, and sleepy. 

When I'm feeling sad or discouraged, I don't need to look any further than my Instagram feed,
which is filled with pictures like these, reminders of the special and true gift of Becca Elizabeth in my life. 

I love her so very much!! Here are a few of our memories: 

Mumford & Sons in St. Augustine, September 2013, one of my favorite pics of us. 

Shot with my GoPro - 
Right after Becs ran through the paint war and just before John Fogarty (YES) and Mumford and Sons took the stage, where we'd sing, dance, jump, and clap (and totally freak out) for 2 hours with 27,000 other people on Francis Field. One of the craziest and coolest experiences ever. 
Eating some of the best ribs in the South together. We love good food with a passion, y'all. {2014}

And we also believe in advertising that you should buy local honey. 
And laugh hysterically at each other for hours at Barberville. {November 2014}

We've been friends for six years, and it's been a wonderful, close, honest, gloriously good ride.
I'm grateful for her, and for all the ways she pours grace, understanding, and laughter into my life.
She is always there to listen, fuel my fires & also put out those fires when they are unnecessary.
She is loving & forgiving. She prays for me, and knows I'll do the same for her at the drop of a hat.
We are besties. We are music-twins. We are walking these roads of life together, and it is pretty darn wonderful to do that. 

We also believe in adventures on THE coldest days of the year, singing at the drop of a hat, being as dramatic as humanly possible,
and whining about exercising the whole time we are walking. Haha. {November 2014}

She's also my model for my photography. And my peaceful & dreamy muse. She's amazing & lovely. 

And she's one of my dearest friends I've ever been blessed & honored to know. 
And I was just a tad excited to spend time with her on her birthday,
hug her approximately 24 times, laugh with her, try to play banjo with her, talk with her,
and watch her be her real, honest, sassy, sweet, adorable, wonderful, loving self. 

I love you, Becs. Thanks for being such an amazing & mercy-filled friend. Happy 21st!!! 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~