Saturday, February 27, 2016

My Project 52 {Week 9} -

{Week 9} Tuesday, February 23, 2016 ~ I took my friend Anna to see the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse! 
It was gorgeous and windy. Like always. :) Love our beautiful coastal State of Florida.

11 days until I leave for China!! 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

My Project 52 {Week 8} -

{Week 8} Shannon ~ Bulow Plantation, Flagler Beach, FL ~ Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 

Shannon & I had a photoshoot together, and it was sooo much fun!! Love every moment with her!

(18 days until I leave for China!!)

~ Jean Marie ~ 

Friday, February 19, 2016

3 Weeks Until CHINA!!! -

Throwback to one of the happiest days of my life: the night of October 16, 2015. 

I had applied for a China missions trip to visit orphans
and wasn't supposed to hear if I was accepted onto the team until the next week.
So I went to my friend's house to sleepover, because we were going to an FSU game the next day.
I talked about my hopes incessantly and then before I went to sleep at around midnight,
 I checked my e-mail on my iPod ONE LAST TIME. 

There was an e-mail from the director of trips. 

I held my breath and tried not to panic. I opened the e-mail, read 1 line, and burst into tears. 
Seriously SOBBED for at least 5 minutes. Overwhelmed. BEYOND happy.
 SOOO excited I couldn't handle it. I'd been accepted onto the team!!! 

I immediately texted a few friends while bawling my eyes out and shaking and thanking Jesus. 
I swear I woke up every hour to cry more happy tears. 

I took this selfie at around 4am (after a whopping 120 mins of sleep): SHEER JOY, y'all. 
Dreams that you've prayed and secretly hoped for for years do come true sometimes,
by the unbelievable love of our Father God, Who loves to lead us, 
and Who loves to give us wonderful things. I leave 3 weeks from today, and I'm so so so ready.

Oh, beautiful love that Jesus has bestowed upon me: this is grace. Grace upon grace. 

Jesus hears us when we pray, and He hears our dreams. He is with us. Live your life! 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

My Project 52 {Week 7} -

{Week 7} Thursday, February 11, 2016 ~ Daddy, on his birthday ~ iPod Touch 

We celebrated together, just the two of us! 
Caption: "I will never be as cool as this guy eating cheese grits across from me. 
A sailboat just sailed up and docked at the Aunt Catfish dock, and he takes a long look
and then says "I took a sailboat smaller than that all the way down to the Bahamas."

Well, of course you did. Haha. 

We're talking deep subjects like why coleslaw is named "Cole-Slaw",
 the best pizza we've ever had, and how much we love watching the sunset paint buildings in gold.
Love him so so so much. Happy Birthday, Daddy."

25 Days until I leave for CHINA!!! 


70 Days until Kimberly & Ben get married!!! 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Project 52 {Week 6} -

{Week 6} Saturday, February 6, 2016 ~ Bridal Shower at Mrs. Drobnick's for Kimberly. Such love.

New Jemmie Photography Website -

Y'all - I've launched my new Jemmie Photography Website!! 

I'm sooo happy to have this up. After my website being down for 8 days, it's back up - totally NEW!!!
I moved it from Blogger to Wordpress (yes THE most stressful/proclaimed stupid move EVER),
bought a beautiful theme, spent the week crying with frustration over LOTS of maddening issues
 that popped up, and kicking myself for ever being creative. haha. ;)

But now the issues have been ironed out, thanks to my friend Sarah for her invaluable help and 

  So here's my beautiful new website - Jemmie 

A few things are different and I still have to update some of the posts next week,
but I wanted it back up so y'all can continue swooning and rejoicing with us over that first post!! ;) ;)

So yes.....if you've read Facebook/Social Media/was intrigued by that "extra someone" in the Barberville post,
then YES, Kimberly was dating a Special Someone......and the rest you can read on the website!! 

And today is a party in her honor. 

God has been so very kind and we are so very glad!! 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jamboree 2016 Day 2 -

Barberville Jamboree Day 2 - 

This day...was sooo much cooler. Only because we had clouds. Haha. 
Which makes SUCH a difference in Florida. 

I had to wrap my foot because I put a massive bandage on the back of my heel 
because a blister had popped that morning and I just knew how much dirt would be in 
that bandage in like 29 seconds. Thankfully the wrap stayed for...most of the day. ;) 

Sunday morning hymn sing always moves me to tears because it's the old hymns I 
grew up with, as long as songs like "Do Lord" and "Peace in the Valley", etc.   

Time for some Butter Pecan Ice Cream (that I begged from Tricia because I ran out of monies).

Loner's Junction in the Chapel. Obi on banjo. 

Xander on Cello.

Nathan on the box drum. 

Emily (& Alice!) on bass and Abi on guitar. 

Gabi & Obi: Brothers. 

Xander on ukelele. Also. Xander is the ONLY guy I've ever seen wear yoga pants and 
still be manly. Xander is a style aaalllll unto his own and he's fine with that. Haha. 


Leila & Joy - the sweetest nanny/helper that came with Emily & Obi. 

Nathan being cool. 


Always such good music. 

Let's be honest...I have no idea how to say that first name.

Catching up among friends is the greatest thing about Barberville. 

David's Conductor Hat I bought him. :) 

Kath (little Tricia), Tori (little Liz) and David (little Cody/Tricia). Ohh those Bowen eyes.

Help. SO CUTE. Ketchup face.  

Ryan feeding "Papa" chips. haha. 

We were having a moment right before this. hahaha.  

The Hottest...which is ironic, since Cody puts out hot fires. bahahahaha. *erases it*  

Our moments are always wonderful. 

I could drown in Ryan's hazel eyes.  

Impromptu Jam Session on the General Store Porch....

Lots of laughter and fun!!!

In which Gabe discovers his true calling in life: Playing the Washboard.  

He loved it so much, he asked Leah if he could have one for Christmas. Hahaa. 

So much manly. Good job, Gabe.  

Barberville life. 

Orange Blossom Special.....unbelievably fast. 

with harmonica

and dancing! :) 

 Emily had planned a little Going Away Bonfire party for Ben as he left for basic, but due to FL being, well, FLORIDA - it rained. Like - legit POURED. I stopped by Publix to get some things for the party, and I was like "forget this", and took off my flip flops and dashed through ankle deep water in the parking lot so I could run faster. People were laughing at me. I was laughing at me. hahaha. 

We all washed up outside as best we could and fit into their house, ordered some tacos and I smuggled in a Publix cake in after telling Ben "This is for you. Do not look at it." Haha. It was Ben's Birthday!!! It was such a nice end to the day, and we laughed so much. 

Emily couldn't find other birthday candles, soooooo Ben turned 3. AGAIN! hahaha. 

Singing happily. :) Happy Birthday, Ben!!! 

 And that was the Jamboree 2016. Such joyful, good memories always. 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~