Jody Lynne

Intersecting Life and Faith

Thanksgiving Questions

I love Thanksgiving!! I have spent just a few years not making the tradtional meal in my home, and I really missed the smell or roasting turkey, popping corn casserole and sweet potato casserole in the oven and gathering friends and family around our table. Thankful for the abundance of family and friends who have included us in their celebrations over the years, but my favorite place is around our long farm table. Here are a few more favorite things.

  1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? My favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be mashed potatoes/gravy and corn casserole.
  2. What’s the happiest Thanksgiving memory of your childhood? The happiest Thanksgiving memory of my childhood would have to be the savory smell of turkey roasting in the oven, mom peeling potatoes at the sink and dad coming in from his chores, making sure the cows were fed and their water wasn’t frozen. 
  3. What do you enjoy the most about the Thanksgiving holiday? Thanksgiving Day is a day I don’t have to go anywhere, a slow enjoyable day to remember what I am thankful for and WHO I thank.  
  4. Who is the most consistently grateful person I know? The most consistently grateful person I know would have to my pastor, who is also my husband. I rarely hear  him complain, he rarely has bad things to say about anything or anyone, and most of the time looks on the bright side of life. He centers me most days, encouraging me not to complain but be grateful. 
  5. What’s the one book, article or blog post you are most thankful for this year? This is a tough one as I read a lot, and consistently can’t remember where I read what. 🙂 Something I enjoy is listening to podcasts. I listen to Through the Bible in one year, Journeywoman, The Goal Digger podcast. I’m always on the lookout for interesting podcasts.  
  6. What’s the one experience you are most thankful for this year?  The two experiences I am thankful for this year is the birth of twin grandsons, a miracle and so thankful to God for them living close by. Their story is a God story for sure. The second experience was the marriage of our daughter Lauren to David Buff. All of Lauren’s siblings and family were able to come to the big event and be in the bridal party. Extended family also made the trip, it was the best time!!
  7. If you could thank one person today–near or far–living or dead–for their influence on your life, who would that one person be? I am thankful for the influence of Kellie G, who recently passed away unexpectedly. I didn’t realize the influence she had on my life until she was gone and I’ve had some time to think about it. You can read more about Kellie here
  8. Who’s one person you’ve never thanked for their contribution to your life, but would like to ? It isn’t one person, but four people.  I want to thank Justin Gates, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Gates and Lauren Buff for making me the person I am today. Not that I am anyone famous or important, but they make me feel like I’m a queen. They are patient with me and the most loving group of people I am privileged to call my children. They inspire and challenge me to be a better person every single day, and for that I am thankful.
  9. For what do you feel most grateful to God today? I am most grateful to God tody for living in the greatest country in the world. Grateful for freedom, grateful for many freedoms, grateful for the first refugees that made their way to a new land seeking freedom of their own. Grateful for freedom. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all who take the time to read at Jody Lynne. I am thankful each day I wake up to live another day intentionally for my Lord, acting justly, loving mercy(kindness) and walking humbly with God.

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Five Reasons I Love Elegantees

Several years ago I was introduced to the company Elegantees. I placed my first order and have not looked back as it is my favorite company for fashion with a purpose.

  • The main reason I love this company is they employ women and some men who have been rescued from human trafficking in India and Nepal. The sewing center is in Nepal. “With this job the chances of victums being trafficked again are slim to none.” They are working diligently to employ more and open more sewing centers.
  • I still have my very first purchase and I still wear it after three years. Can you say that about the tees you’ve bought recently? Do they still look good after years of wearing?
  • There is no pilling, which would be the third reason I love Elegantees. Pilling happens when balls of fiber form on fabric. Each piece is comfortable, fashionable and colorful. I own many pieces, tops, dresses, a couple skirts and jackets…no pilling on any of them. Which brings me to another reason I’m in love.
  • The fabric used is “sustainable, using organic cotton.” I know what you’re thinking when you look at the price. Why in the world would I spend that amount when I can get three for the price. I support this company primarily because I know I am helping women live a better life. If you want awesome fashion with a purpose, then buy from Elegantees. You won’t look back and you will find yourself comparing Elegantees to what you see in the store. In my opinion store bought doesn’t measure up, and many of my store bought clothes I am unable to wear after a year or so.
  • I’ve “met” some awesome women as I’m am part of a Facebook Insiders group where a community of women encourage one another everyday, getting an inside look at what’s coming next before the new items hit the web site. Buy from Elegantees you will be glad you did.

Ten Ways to Love Your Husband…ok…eleven

We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary. I will never forget that day for many reasons, but who gets married in early November in central Iowa? As I walked down the aisle ice pelted the windows, but by the time we were on our way as husband and wife, the roads weren’t too icy. Instead, as we made our way to the honeymoon capital, Des Moines, Iowa, our car overheated and we had to have our parents pick us up the following morning. Ohhhh the memories!!!!

This list is not exhaustive, but I’ve been married long enough to have learned by trial and error…and maybe some tears…on how to love my husband. I won’t elaborate on this list, but the foundation for my loving Rob is based on the Word of God. I”m happy to chat with anyone who would like some further explanation. Anyone for coffee or lunch?

  • Respect him.
  • Laugh at his jokes…even if you’re rolling your eyes on the inside! haha You can ask my husband, I may be guilty of that
  • DO NOT gossip about him to your mom, your girlfriends, anyone.
  • Listen well.
  • Look out for his interests.
  • Is he the first one you think about when there is something to share?
  • Be patient and kind.
  • Use your inside voice 🙂
  • Make or buy his favorite foods.
  • Love him in sickness and in health.
  • Love him like he wants to be loved and not how you want to be loved. Trust me…it’s different.
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