Some Things Never Go Out of Style {Finer Things Friday}

I remember playing Candyland and Old Maid when I was a kid. Now we play them with our kids. Family game time is certainly a Finer Thing!

 

 

My Sister’s Wedding

Nearly two weeks ago my littlest sister, Jillian, got married. It seems impossible to me that she is old enough to get married. But then I remember that she is nine years younger than me, and I got married nine years ago. Sigh. It is quite true that time goes fast the older you get. So, many congratulations to my sister and her new husband, Taylor!

Her wedding was in Michigan, so it was a quick, crazy, whirlwind trip for us. We headed down early Friday morning, so that we could be there in time to check into our hotel and get to the rehearsal dinner on time. God granted us a safe and uneventful drive there. And that’s where the “uneventful” part ended. 🙂 We (Adam and I and boys, Aaron and Katie, and Aaron’s mom) had booked hotel rooms at the Howard Johnson in Battle Creek through Travelocity. When we arrived we were quite dissapointed. It was not nice.  We had to walk through the nasty remnants of a cookout/beer bash to get to our rooms, and once we got to our rooms we were even less impressed. They were dirty and in ill repair. We quickly redied ourselves for the rehearsal while discussing our options. We decided to try and cancel our reservations and go elsewhere. So in the car on the way to the rehearsal that is what we did. Travelocity treated us very kindly and was very helpful, but the hotel manager was rude, hostile and far from helpful. Adam dropped us off to the dinner and went back to the hotel right away to check out. The manager had locked Adam out of the room, and he spent quite some time trying to get things settled. Following that fiasco we had the wedding rehearsal and then headed to the recpetion site to help decorate. Adam, Aaron and Katie, and Deb headed off to try and find us a hotel for the weekend. Thankfully, late that night we were able to sleep comfortably in a nice, clean hotel room at the Fairfield Inn  that God provided for us. My husband tells me that Katie used her sweetest voice and the fact that we had two very tired little boys who needed a place to sleep to get us rooms after being told they were full. 🙂 In the midst of the hotel situation, Adam and I were discussing the events, and apparently Isaac was listening. He piped up and asked, “Why is this happening to us?” We reminded him that God was in control and had a reason for it all and we should just trust Him. He replied, “Maybe he wants to see if we will obey Him. Just like He wanted to see if Abraham would obey and kill Isaac. It’s like that.”  Right then the stress of the situation melted away and I thanked God for the lessons he was teaching ALL of us in this situation. 🙂

The rest of the weekend went a little more smoothly, but it was still a bit crazy. In the end, Jillian and Taylor said their “I Do’s” in front of friends and family and are now husband and wife. The wedding was short, sweet, unique, and lovely. The bride was beautiful. And my boys, Junior Groomsmen, played their part perfectly. They were totally adorable. Though I may be a bit biased. 🙂 It was also wonderful to have a chance to talk with  friends and family that we hadn’t seen in a while.

Here are a couple pics I stole from my sister’s facebook. 🙂

Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Mayfield! May God bless you as you follow after Him together!

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Dinner from the Grill {Finer Things Friday)

Dinner out on the grill means less cleanup inside. And so delicious. Now that is a Finer Thing!

Amy at The Finer Things in Life hosts Finer Things Friday each week. I always enjoy reading her post, and am planning  to join in each Friday. Head over there to see her Finer Things!

It’s a Boy!

And the reign of the boys continues in the Jones house. God has blessed us with another healthy, active, little BOY!

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Mall of America Trip

Last year we took a week long family vacation to Minneapolis, MN. We had the most wonderful week together, and the boys have been asking to go back all year long. Adam promised them we would go back for an abbreviated family trip this year. To fulfill that promise, we headed to Minneapolis for a two day get away last week to the Mall of America. We had a great time!

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20 weeks and counting!

I am 20 weeks along today and Friday is the big ultrasound! People ask us if we will find out the gender, and yes, we will. I am not patient enough to wait another 20 weeks! 🙂 We like to pick out a name, and start planning for our new little one. And with garage sale season upon us, I like to find good deals, too! Of course everyone assumes we want a girl since we have two boys. And yes, we would like a girl. Thinking about buying pink makes me smile. But then I think about the two little boys I have already given birth too, and well, having another little baby boy makes me smile, too! So whatever way God decides to bless our family, we will be happy and content. He does all things well, and we are happy in that!

As for the ultrasound on Friday, we are all pretty excited. We are taking the boys with us, and they are looking forward to that. Isaac is especially excited! And if this little one cooperates, I will probably share our good news later that day.

Until then, we are enjoying this nice summer weather that has finally arrived. Hope you are, too!