Jody Lynne

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Vacation ’15

I was born and raised in Iowa and have been back to my first home to visit more times than I can count. My brother-in-law, Mike, who is the director for Marshall County Conservation, took our family to a place we have never been, and I was naive' to the fact it existed. Marietta Sand Prairie is only a few miles from the farm I grew up on. On our recent vacation, we walked through this protected sand prairie at sunset. It was the highlight of a hot and humid day.Sand prairie     Sand Prairie 4     Sand Prairie 5Hopefully, my sisters and mom won't mind having their pictures here.  I'm not much for selfies, but I couldn't resist these crazy girls that I love. Julie and Janet could be twins and I've often wondered if I was adopted. For those of you who know my extended family, you will often hear me say I got the Lynk's gene. And just a reminder about my beautiful hair... it was the end of a very hot and humid day!!!Sand Prairie 6 Sand Prairie 2Check back for more Vacation 2015 posts. I'm still recuperating from driving....well riding...1000 miles Monday into Tuesday morning. Rob put the pedal to the metal and we drove straight through. These two clowns kept us company. Vacation '15Do you know what the best part about coming back from vacation is? Vacation '15 1Finding money in the bottom of the dryer after doing the first vacation load of laundry.    

I Confess

I confess... I sinned this week. I confess the past six months have not always been the easiest. Why am I always looking for easy anyway? Yep, this post may ramble, but you will keep reading, right?!! It was September 2014 when Justin and Melissa decided to make good on their threat  dream to leave New York and move far west to Wyoming. Not two weeks later, I drove with Hannah cross country to move her to Arizona where she is happily living and working.  In January, Kelsey left dreary, snowy, cold NY for St. John Virgin Islands. She too, is having a blast. Who wouldn't where it's hot and humid in the winter? Lauren still lives at home, but is busy with school, youth group and friends, and I know she too is dreaming and planning of what her future might hold. None of this is new 'news', I've written about family here before. So, what's this about confessing sin? If you  know me well, I have a few mantras, one being, family is huge. Extended family, siblings, my own dear family, church family and life long friends. I love BIG. Is it possible to love too much? Is it possible to sin when I put people whether friends or family in the place that only God should be? Is Jesus, who loves me more than I could ever imagine at the center of my heart, mind and soul, or is it my loved ones? Enter sin. I won't go into the gory details. If you want details, ask the guy who has loved me no matter what when I put my kids where the Lord should be. I confess they have been my joy for a long time. And now that they are adults and we are beyond the terrible twos and the challenges of raising teenagers, I love them and my heart is full of joy over the beautiful people they have become, which I credit the Lord for. Earlier this week I found myself focusing on what I no longer have and not what I do have. I confess I was sad for me, I was focusing on me, that day was a day filled with self and self-pity. I will spare you the rest, but will tell you what God did for me that evening. I was reading in the Psalms, Psalm 87 and the last verse declared me guilty of finding joy somewhere else.
Singers and dancers alike will say, 'My whole source of joy is in you'.
Owww!! I was guilty of trying to find joy solely in my circumstances, my family, my surroundings, when all along my WHOLE source of joy should be found in God. Yes, our families, homes, jobs, friends, hobbies and pastimes can bring us joy, but if any of those things are my whole source of joy, well...I have sinned. I am the first one to say God gives everything to enjoy( 1 Timothy 6:17), but our focus should be on God who richly provides all things to enjoy. We find ourselves with adjustments, seasons of life and transitions. Babies grow up and live their own lives, jobs come and go and we find retirement brings a whole new way of life. Sickness and death interrupt our tranquil lives, and the snow never stops in the Northeast. Despite circumstances and the weather, the goal is to find our whole source of joy in God bringing true contentment. (Philippians 4:11)  

Welcome to J~lynne

If I had a plot of land and the financial resources to do with it whatever I please I would welcome everyone with open hearts and a full cup of coffee into J~lynne, my coffee house. A warm, inviting cafe bustling with anyone who needs to not be rushed by the worries of this world. A place where fresh roasted coffee would be on the menu along with morning fresh banana muffins or  cinnamon chip scones,  tried and true recipes I've already been collecting for this venture. My favorite guests would enjoy long, unhurried conversations with family or friends or a private table where you can bring your computer, hook it up to free wi-fi to write about your own dreams or start that book you've always said you were going to write. I don't envision this bistro built in the hustle and bustle of a big city. I would build it in a small town where I would get to know your name as you walked through the door of Jlynne on a regular basis. I would make it my goal to find the best coffee from a source that helped the farmer make a good living and he was free to do business as well.  It would be a welcoming place for teens, college students who needed to write a research paper...they still do those right? I would love to see women from every walk of life walk through my doors to have a few quiet moments with a jolt of caffeine before they head back to the world of family and jobs. The male population would include farmers talking over the latest prices of corn and soybeans, or how to get the farm work done in the dead of winter. I can see my daughters decorating it with the latest vintage and my mom and mother-in-law behind the counter pouring you your coffee. I have a sister who loves numbers so she would make sure I didn't go in the hole and another sister who would be my head baker. Awww..what a dream. A girl can dream right? Who knows, someday I maybe looking for property to open J~lynne! What would you do with a plot of land and cold hard cash to realize your dream?  
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