Christmas Day Jones Style

“The God who flung planets into space and kept them whirling around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all – was making himself small.  And coming down….as a baby.” – from the Jesus Story Book Bible

We had a wonderful Christmas day. Each family has their own traditions, and here at the Jones house we spend Christmas day with just each other. We don’t go anywhere or visit anyone. We relax, we play, we eat, we stay in our pajamas and enjoy the day with just us. We made that a tradition our first Christmas as a married couple, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. After Christmas we will travel hither and yon to share Christmas with family. But this one day is for just us. And we love it.

 

 

   

     

“This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine.” – from the Jesus Story Book Bible

Merry Christmas to all our friends and family! And may you take time today to ponder THE greatest gift – God’s Son.

You might want to check to make sure these aren’t under your tree…

Here is a list of some of the worst gifts this season. Hopefully your aren’t giving or receiving any of these.

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Frosting and Sprinkles

Merry Christmas from the Jones Family

 
 Dear Friends and Family,

Once again, as we send our Christmas greeting out to our friends and family, we reflect on how good God is and how He continues to pour his abundant blessings out on our family.

The time seems to pass quicker with each passing year, and we can hardly believe that this is our third Christmas in Wisconsin. Our family continues to thrive and grow in this wonderful place that God has placed us. The year 2010 has been a year of learning and growing together at Harvest Baptist Church, and we are thankful for the unity and love that knits us together as a Church family. Our family is very blessed to be apart of this congregation and we are excited about what the Lord has for us in the coming year.

In October Adam officiated his first wedding, the marriage of April’s sister Katie and our new brother-in-law Aaron. It was very special to be apart of their wedding both as their Pastor and brother. This also made us relatives by marriage to quite a few of our church members!

Isaac and Hudson are always on the go and bring lots of laughter and joy to our house. We are always amazed at their creative imaginations and keen minds. We have had some wonderful times together as a family this year and we treasure the opportunity God has given us to raise Isaac and Hudson for Him.

Isaac turned five in October and has grown three inches this year, which is not surprising from the way he is always eating! He continues to ask questions from morning till night, and he loves learning about new things. His mind, and his body, are always in motion!

Hudson will be three in January and continues to bless us with his sweetness. He has quite a personality and loves to make us laugh. His vocabulary has taken off this year and it has been fun hearing his little boy chatter.

In June we celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary. We are so thankful for God’s gift of marriage and we continue to enjoy each other more every year.

As always, God has been very good to the Jones family, and we eagerly anticipate his continued blessings in 2011. We pray that God will also pour his blessings upon you in the year ahead.

 

Much Love,

Adam, April, Isaac, and Hudson Jones

$5 off Olive Garden Coupon

We had an Olive Garden open up in our town just last week. So I was pretty excited to see this $5 off coupon! Hurry and print it, it probably won’t last long!

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Book Reviews

“Heaven at Home” by Ginger Plowman

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Ginger Plowman’s “Heaven at Home” is a  biblically sound and helpful book geared toward establishing and enjoying a peaceful home. She touches on various issues relating to the home, husband, and children. I find her writing to be down to earth, practical and witty, but it also seems at times a bit disorganized and that was somewhat bothersome to me. While I certainly would recommend this book, I would not consider it the best on this subject. I found chapters fifteen (“Demonstrating Grace in Parenting”) and sixteen (“Avoiding Traps of Ineffective Discipline”) to be the gold nuggets in this book. It would be well worth reading just for these two chapters.

“Feminine Appeal” by Carolyn Mahaney

Feminine Appeal

For a while now I have followed the “GirlTalk” blog that Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters write. It was through this blog that I heard of Carolyn’s book and decided to add it to me reading list. I am so glad I did. This may very well be the best book I have read this year. “Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother” is  Bible saturated, completely convicting, and an excellent read. I love Carolyn’s down to earth, humble, real approach to writing. The pages of my copy are inundated with yellow highlighting. We purchased several of these for Christmas gifts, and I will using this next year for our monthly ladies Bible Study. Yes, it is that good.

Just to give you a taste of what she writes, these are the chapter headings – 1. “Transformed by Titus 2” 2. “The Delight of Loving my Husband” 3. “The Blessings of Loving my Children” 4. “The Safety of Self-Control” 5. “The Pleasure of Purity” 6. “The Honor of Working at Home” 7. “The Rewards of Kindness” 8. “The Beauty of Submission” 9. “Margaret’s Story”

I loved this book. She gets right to the point, hits right at the heart of the issues, and I recommend every wife and mother read it!

“Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl” by N. D. Wilson

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I am not quite certain if the author of this book is a complete genius or totally insane. Wilson’s big idea seemed to be that this world is crazy and unique, but God is the maker and controller of it all. While I agree with that and accept his premise, I did not glean much more from this book. I did gain one very unique and interesting thought that caused me to stop and ponder, but that one small thought was not enough to make reading the rest of the book worth my time. His writing is scatter brained, unorganized and off the wall. He seemed to  write down every thought that entered his mind and then published it. Though his writing style was not to my liking, that wasn’t what made me close the book before I finished. It was his use of vulgar language. As a Christian writer writing about God, I found his use of profanity unacceptable, offensive and ill-mannered.

Perhaps he is a genius and I am not enlightened enough to appreciate his work. But my personal suggestion would be that you will find more spiritual benefit elsewhere.

Rejoice in God

“Every blade of grass and every color in this world is intended to make us rejoice in God.”  -John Calvin

These are great…

These videos have been posted all over facebook and various blogs, so you may have seen one or both of them. But they are certainly worth watching again. Enjoy!

And this is why we love living in the north…

You won’t hear the Jones family complaining about all the snow. We love it!!!!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

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