• Happy Holidays from the Online Joneses!

    November 14, 2019 by

    It’s here! Do you see the Christmas trees in the stores? Do you smell the cinnamon pinecones at Michaels? THE HOLIDAY SEASON HAS ARRIVED. People often think of this season as November-December but most parents know that it actually begins in October and extends into the summer. (Whatchu talkin’ ‘bout Willis?) Are you on social… Read more

  • The Long Walk to School

    October 13, 2019 by

    For years I have enjoyed the writings, blogs and social media posts of parents who admit they are struggling. Some I read over five years ago but I still remember the words and feel their impact. Their honesty gave me hope and offered relief in my imperfect moments with my imperfect children. I would read… Read more

  • A Letter To My Younger Self: A Navy Wife’s Reflection

    September 16, 2019 by

    Twenty years ago I sat in a stadium watching my future husband receive his commissioning in the US Navy. With a stack of blissful hopes and dreams we jumped into the military life and flew into the unknown. For that hometown 20-something girl, every single thing was an unknown. Dropped into a completely new world,… Read more

  • Searching for a Nativity

    December 15, 2019 by

    I’ve spent the last five years searching for a Nativity scene to display at Christmas. I see them in catalogs and stores every December but none of them feel right.

    Blond Mary and blue-eyed baby Jesus. Nope.

    Mary and Joseph dressed like royalty. Nope.

    Blank faces which scare me a little. Nope.

    Darth Vader, who wasn’t invited to that party. Nope.

    And so I keep searching. While I long to have a visible symbol of Christ in my Christmas decor, ultimately I am desiring a symbol of peace in the middle of this busy season…

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