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I created this blog as a way to "Keep up with the Joneses"! We feel so blessed to get to spend everyday together and my hope is that this blog is a way for us to look back and remember our journey together! I know this will evolve and I cannot wait to see what it turns in to. I have recently added my side business on to the blog. I taking a leap of faith with my photography and cannot wait to see what happens. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

13.1 DONE

Well I am super excited to say that Sunday I completed my second half marathon. It all started back in January when my friend Kori asked a bunch of us at small group to run a half marathon, a few of us agreed and we started training the next day. Morgan and I quickly became running buddies, I knew I could not do this alone! Having her to run with the last 3 months has been so fun. We grew in our friendship and were able to experience this together. We had many great conversations, prayer sessions and precious time together. The whole time we were doing this my prayer has been for the lord to help me with discipline. God taught me so much about myself through this and to him I give the Glory! If you know me at all you know I am an anxious person. Sunday was no different, I was so nervous and to be quite honest I am not really sure why. The worst that would happen is that I would have to walk some. I said a prayer, went to the starting line and started running! The first 7 miles were awesome, I felt so great and I was honestly in shock because it was the longest I had run with out walking at all. Mile 8 hit and I started to fatigue, I kept going because I was more afraid that if I started walking I might not start up again. Mile 9, 10 & 11 were the hardest of the entire race, but we pushed on. Mile 12 came and we kicked it in to gear and finished the race in 2 hours and 19 minutes putting us at a 10:36 pace, faster than we trained! Crossing the finish line was incredible and it is a day I will never forget!
Pre-Race pictures 



Lake Selfie 
Our cheering Section 



Crossing the Finish Line 

We did it!!! 




Celebratory Brunch 


Thankful for friends, running and life changing experiences, 

MJ 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

He is RISEN!!!

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said."
Matthew 28:6 


So thankful I get to serve a living God and loved celebrating HIM last weekend! We started our day with coffee, headed to church and then brunch with The Chamber's (since this is the 2nd year we have done this I say it is an Easter tradition.. I love traditions and all that they represent). It was a great day and I am just so thankful! 


(Thanks Claire for the cutest mug)

Opps I forgot to mention on our way home from church our sweet neighbors helped us do some trash digging and we scored a new backyard table and chairs :) 

Yummy brunch, sweet conversation! Thankful for these friends! 

Thankful for JESUS, 

MJ 


Friday, April 10, 2015

ANNIE IS HAVING A BABY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!



Yall to say I am excited is an understatement! I cannot wait to meet Baby girl H and spoil her rotten. I pray that Annie & Nathan get to soak up every minute of this pregnancy, I pray for a healthy baby girl and I pray that she would grow up to know Jesus and point others toward him with her life.

So lets just recap something.. I have known this news since... February 14 and it is now April! I have been dying to share this with everyone I know!
Uncle Jeffrey & I were so excited!!!! 

Last weekend we went to Longview to celebrate them telling everyone it was a girl and to celebrate their sweet growing family! It was such a special day! 








Thankful for little girls, 

MJ 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Allison & Annie!!

So both of my sisters have a birthday in March and I do not think I can remember a time we all got together to celebrate! This year was so fun because we all drove to Houston for the weekend. My big brother and most of his family (we missed you Mason) came, all the Copello's and then our crew! We hung out, went to an art festival, laid by the pool, ate lots of yummy food and laughed a lot! It was a great weekend away with the family! So thankful I get to have an older sister and a baby sister too!










Thankful for family & weekends,

MJ

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Elaine gets married!!!

Elaine is one of my most precious friends. We met in middle school and went all through high school together. When we both decided on Baylor we became even closer. All we did senior year was plan our dorm room and talk about all the fun we would have. Little did I know that I would live with Elaine all 4 years and she would become one of my most loyal and genuine friends. She stood by me when I said I do to Jeffrey and it was such an honor to get to do the same for her! I am so excited for this journey her and Anthony are beginning. I love getting to call Elaine my friend and am thankful I get to live life with her! 

















Thankful for marriage and sweet friends, 

MJ