Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Thursday, February 11


(a few homemade decorations I put up for one of my favorite holidays!)

Happy Valentine's weekend to all my fellow love birds out there. I hate to sound cheesy... well no I don't my name is Shannon "Cheesy" Jex after all... but I just love this holiday. I love it because it has never been about money or big gifts with me and Zach...just sweet cards and quality time. Growing up Mom and Dad always made it fun too...with chocolates and sweet cards!! Over the last 8 years, Zach and I have always celebrated this sweet day in some form or fashion. One year in college we ordered take-out from Boure (in Oxford) and had dinner and raspberry cheesecake by the fire at home...some years we went to sorority/fraternity formals...some years we battled the crowds and went out to dinner. This year I am thinking ordering to-go sounds like the ideal date night in this frigid winter I just have to find somewhere that has yummy raspberry cheesecake...hmmm maybe I will just try my hand at making one!
I feel so blessed to be married to such a romantic man. I was thinking the other day that he makes everyday "Valentine's-ish" with sweet little treats, loving words, tons of hugs everytime I see him...and heartfelt little sticky notes around the house. I hope you all feel/have felt that kind of love before!

So what are you and your sweetie doing this year??

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