Joy Dare #9

Joy Dare 2013

So much has happened in the Jones family life in the past few weeks.  I have been counting gifts still but not had much time to post them. So here goes, my gift list from March 2nd through now…

#141- Getting along.  (It used to be taken for granted… NOT any more.)

#142- Meeting Grandparents

#143- Tears of joy at bedtime

#144- Sunshine in my window

#145- Time to workout

#146- Time to go to the grocery.   (AGAIN this used to be taken for granted… NOT any more.)

#147- A snow day with friends.

#148- “Dark can give birth to life, suffering can deliever grace, the ugly can be beautiful.  God transfigures everything for His glory.”  -Ann

#149- Long hugs

#150- Great teachers who want what is best!

#151- A plan for the afternoon!

#152- Ice cream Fridays!

#153- A boy anxiously waiting.

#154- Friends who care.

#155- Friends who pray

#156- Gifts that warm my body and my heart!

#157- Video game discussion going well.

#158- Tears resolved.

#159- Another year of love with the best man ever!!

#160- Mother/son time

#161- Cinnamon sugar pretzels from Sams.

#162- Christ comes into my mess.

#163- An afternoon run with my Scooter boy

#164- 58 degrees at 6:20 am!

#165- Birds singing

#166- Winning books and giving them away

#167- For God bringing 3rd grade math back to my brain

#168- School nurses!

#169- Easy traffic

#170- Great friends to help take care of our kiddos

#171- The “Village” that it takes

#172- Friends and family supporting during hard times

#173- Remembering a life that has forever changed mine.

#174- A great example of a mother-in-law

#175- The birth of Andrew

#176- 8 crazy years of life

#177- Catching up with old friends

#178- A change of birthday plans, but a WONDERFUL birthday party!

#179- An EXTRA day!

#180- Holding hands in the car

#181- Gift from Adam “I AM ENOUGH” necklace

#182- A quiet grocery shopping trip alone

#183- Singing the same song

#184- First time prayers at bedtime- sooo sweet!!

#185- Ready to go EARLY to school!

#186- Building relationships

#187- Early morning workouts that feel good.

#188- Health bar creamer and pumpkin spice latte coffee!

#189- Bike rides in the sunshine

#190- Belly laughs at Family Bible study time.

#191- Legotime without tears or fights

#192- My Girly-girl as my encouraging workout trainer!

So in the past 3 weeks we have become foster parents to 2 great kids (aka Girly-girl and Scooter-boy).  Adam and I celebrated our 11th anniversary.  We had a very dear Grandmother pass from this life to be with Jesus.  Andrew had his 8th birthday.  And many other random highs and low.  But there has BEEN lots of adjusting to being a family of 5 now.  More to come on that another day….

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