Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Project 52 {Week 43 & 44} -

{Week 43} A beautiful fall leaf on the evening I took Ben & Emily's Christmas pictures. 
~ Deland, FL ~ Oct. 24, 2015 

  {Week 44} Mariah as the most beautiful Ariel ever. 
We went to a costume party last night at Andrew & Libby's. It was so much fun! ~ Oct. 30, 2015

And October is over!! On to November. And just 130 days until I go to China!! 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Saturday, October 24, 2015


I've been keeping a secret for 8 days, a super big happy secret. 
Well today is Secret Announcement Day!!!



There are a million happy details that I can't wait to share, but here's a little story for you.
Visiting China has been my #1 dream for years upon years. 
2 weeks ago, I was driving and praying, and suddenly I thought seriously:
"Stop overthinking and being scared, and just DO." 

I talked extensively with my dear friend Laurie
(who has been to China twice to adopt their little boys) about going and all the plans, and then ... 
on Friday the 16th of October 2015, I went online and applied for a missions trip to China. 

I didn't expect to hear back from them until the next week, but at midnight of that Friday, 
I checked my e-mail one more time....and found an acceptance letter. 
I promptly burst into overwhelmed and happy tears. 


It's the most exciting of happinesses to know that God has plans for little ole' me, 
and that includes CHINA. I'm so happy I get to see this land and the children I've prayed so much for.

Here's the details! 

WHEN: March 10-20, 2016 (10 days)
WHERE: Shaanxi, China
WITH WHO: America World Adoption Storyteller Missions (group of 15) 
WHY: Because God loves the orphans and calls us to visit them and minister to them. 
HOW MUCH MANDARIN DO YOU KNOW: 4 phrases (hahahahaha)

I'll be talking about this....uhh....nonstop, so there'll be many more details and news to share, but, y'all
I've cried approximately 100 times of pure joy since last week. 
My dreams are full and my heart is overwhelmed. 
I'm finally getting to live out this amazing dream of mine.

I'M GOING TO CHINA!!!!!!!!!! 

{Please do keep me in your prayers as I raise support and prepare my heart - 
We leave in 137 days!!!!!

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lucy Mae is 5! -

Lucy Mae is FIVE today!!!! 

I can't believe it. This morning she came running into my room, 
and I said "It's your biiiirrttthhdaaaaaayyyy, Lucy Mae!!! You are FIVE!!" 
and she looked at me like "Well yes. Where are my treats? What is all this excitement?". Hahahaha!!

I love to take some pictures of her on her birthday, 
and I wanted her to have some time to do her very favorite thing: playing outside hunting lizards. 
Of course, while she is hunting, she is in THE ZONE, 
and there is no such thing as "stopping for a picture, please, Mama. no.", sooooo....

LOVE this sweetheart of a best friend. She is mutually adored by the whole family...and friends. :) 

Every day is filled with a smile because of her. 

Spitting something out, apparently. The Hunt is not always easy, especially when you live in a sandy & buggy state. 

This one cracks me up. She looks so tiny. She clearly heard something rustling. Hahaha. ;) 

I had to use my "Bossy Mama Voice" to get these. 
So then of course she resigns herself....
but because she's a dachshund, she doesn't look right AT ME.
She looks past me. Yep. 

But she's so CUTE I don't even care. 

Our little Doxie girl. 

Love her so so much!!! 

Happy 5th Birthday, Lucy Mae!!! You mean more to me than you'll ever know. 
Or maybe you do. Because you follow me around and won't let me out of your sight on my bad days,
and on our good days, we play and run, and swing in the ENO and sit happily together in the wind. 

You've brought joy every day to this family, and that's no small gift.
Thanks for being the first thing everyone wants to come home to,
and everyone wants to say hi to every time we come through the door.
You are the very best. 

You are sweet and snuggly and everything I've ever loved about having a dog as a best friend.

All our love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Friday, October 16, 2015

My Project 52 {Week 42} -

{Week 42} October 16, 2015 ~ What my mornings look like with Lucy Mae. 

Lucy Mae will be 5 this week!!! I can't believe it. 

Also, Phoenix's 1st Birthday is TODAY. I can't handle all this growing up! Time flies so fast. 
We will celebrate her birthday this Sunday, and it'll be such a sweet time. 

October is halfway gone, and the next few months are filling up so quickly. 
Tomorrow I'm going to an FSU game with Eric & Sarah, and I'm SOOOO excited. 
It'll be my first time getting to go to a major league game. :D I'm pretty stoked.

{although to drive to Tally, we have to get up at ZERO DARK THIRTY IN THE NIGHT....
ok, so it's 4am. but that's the same thing.
Praise Jesus for the promise of Chicken Biscuits from Chik Fil A.
And yes, I've already staked out the back of Eric's Prius as my backseat camper bed.}

So I've got a full weekend ahead of me! 

Love you all, 
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My Project 52 {Week 41} -

{Week 41} October 6, 2015 ~ Playalinda Beach, FL ~ iPod Photo

"There are no safe paths in this part of the world.
Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now,
and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go."
~ J.R.R. Tolkein ~ 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Project 52 {Week 40} -

{Week 40} October 1, 2015 ~ Cocoa Beach Pier ~ Surfer enjoying the high surf.

I loved loved loved Thursday afternoon.

 I checked the surf report and headed to the Cocoa Beach Pier to photograph surfers. 
I shot 350 pictures in 3 hours. I can't wait to share more! It was the most relaxed I've been in a long time, 
and I've become addicted to this new sport to study, and enraptured by everything about surfing. 
As if I wasn't already. ;)

I love Florida and I love our beautiful ocean.

And in 12 weeks, it'll be the end of 2015! So crazy. 

Enjoy life. It's worth it. 

~ Jean Marie ~