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

Tuesday, March 30


Aunt Shay and Elle at her Birthday party

The past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful and filled with family, friends, traveling, weddings, birthdays, and some awesome food. Zach went to Destin with a large group of guys for a friend's bachelor party. That weekend I spent with my awesome friends and workout buddies celebrating the 10K we completed! They keep me motivated, active, and laughing all the way!!

And then it was on to Houston, the land of traffic upon traffic. I had a great visit with Mom & Dad (including lots of shopping and eating), then a fun visit with my awesome girls (including lots of shopping and eating) and then I finished off the weekend with an embroidery class with my new machine! On the flight home I just sat there thanking God for all the blessings in my life and all the wonderful people I get to call my family and friends!
Birthday Girl Elle and all of her Aunts!Add Image

"Jex on the beach" and "Above the Law" right after the big game!
Fast forward to 2 weekends ago and our big kickball tournament to raise money for the Guardian Shelter. Our team had a pre-party the night before to eat homemade tamales and make our shirts. I am glad we celebrated a lot before because we sure did lose our first game so we didn't have much to celebrate afterwards but it was a beautiful day and a ton of people came out to play for a good cause!

Friday, March 26


I know, I know...We said after the kitchen was finished we wouldn't do another big project for at least a year...we lied. I think Zach and I might be addicted to home renovations, HGTV, and improving the 121 year old home we live in. We have been so busy and I am proud of us for slowly checking things off the grand to-do list, item by item. They range from changing light bulbs (give me a break- with 12' ceilings this can be a huge ordeal) to re-landscaping the yard to building a book-case wall in the study. As you can tell the list ranges from Easy to Moderate to Holy cow what have we gotten ourselves into! Next weekend is when the big adventure will really get underway. Here is what we have on the schedule:
We cleared the study
Zach repaired, sanded, and painted the trim

1. Zach's study/library total overhaul. (Specs: 24'L x 20'W x 12'T) This is the one room downstairs that has unfinished hardwood floors. It is the front grand parlor that has windows looking out onto the front porch and 2 windows looking out to the side yard. When Zach was growing up, the Jexes used it as a storage space for bikes, tools, etc. I originally thought that was a absurd waste of one of the most impressive view in the home however after living here without a garage I am starting to understand the logic behind that decision (especially with kids!) It was home of our leather couches, office desk, and antique bar cabinet but now it is empty and ready for it's big overhaul. The plan: floors are getting refinished in April, Zach has been working hard with wood filler and the hand sander to refinish old mouldings from another Victorian home that match our mouldings, mouldings will be installed around all windows and the pocket sliding doors, Zach is going to build a book case wall on the South side of the room, and we are selling our brown leather couches and moving our antique settee's in there. The room will become more of a formal study/library. (if only we had an exposed brick wall, my study vision would be complete!)
2. Shay's Powder Room overhaul: (Specs: 3'W x 6' L x 12' T) A much smaller undertaking but I would like to think it is equally as rewarding since every visitor you have is going to have some alone time in this room at some point (maybe multiple alone times if they are drinking beer)! Right now the room is sad! Eggplant painted walls, white PAINTED floor (yeah I know...SAD!), bad lighting, no theme. The vision: a luxurious formal space complete with beautiful patterned wall paper (TBD), a small classic chandelier, tan/gold/cream tile floor (to match the kitchen), and small framed custom artwork (by me). If anyone has any success stories or places they have ordered wallpaper, please share!!

However, one thing is going to prolong the bathroom renovation..this awesome spring weather! So this weekend I am going to head outdoor to revamp the pitiful front flower bed and to paint our brand new rocking chairs white (thanks Papa Jex). Zach and I ate dinner on the front porch in our rocking chairs tonight... it was wonderful!

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALICIA, my brother's amazing girlfriend! Can't wait to post some pictures of her opening her gifts!!! There might even be an SJ Original among the pile!!

Monday, March 1


First let me start out by saying WHOA- I just realized it was March. I feel like I just now put my champagne glass down from toasting the new year...where did the months go?

My workout buddies and inspiration/motivation every week (pre-run at my house)

Well this past weekend I completed another item on my "bucket list"! I ran in the Junior Auxiliary River Run 10K. The whole thing came about in such a funny way. My friend Jennifer that I do turbo kick with asked a few of us if we wanted to do the 5K fun run together and we all were on board. I went to register and this rush of adrenaline came over me and instead of checking the 5K box I thought to myself "dooooooo it Shannon" and decided to check that glowing box below...THE 10K! So the next day at turbo kick I informed the other girls what I had done and requested that someone accompany me in misery...all but one were in! Keep in mind none of us are runners in fact none of us could remember the last time when we ran 6.2 a row...without being chased (but as my dad can tell you "spontaneity" is my middle name).
Now what??? Well it was 2 weeks till the run and we had to hit the pavement.
I was at the mercy of an upset stomach my second week and there were times when I thought I was overzealous and God was telling me this was not a good idea....but I got over whatever bug I had and made it to race day! I was SO nervous. Lee Lupher told me Forrest Gump wasn't nervous and he ran forever and then Mom told me just remember one foot in front of the other (which I actually told myself when I so badly wanted to walk) Then I made it to the top of the last hill and saw that beautiful finish line- my friend and I high fived each other and all the sudden unbenounced to me, my legs took off as fast as they could. I did it! I not only ran the whole time but I actually finished the race...WHOA! With a time of 1hr 1min, i finished 5th in my age category!
About 5 feet from the finish line!!

I wish you could bottle up the feeling when you cross that finishline. In my bottle you would see a mixture of pride, excitement, sheer exhaustion, confidence, pain in joints I never know I had, and overwhelming anticipation for the next race I want to run!
Shannon, Courtney, Jolene, and Shannon right after the race!

So my next goal is the Double Decker 10k in Oxford, April 24. I ran this weekend in 45 degrees, now let's see if I can handle 85 degrees!

You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind. -- Darwin P. Kingsley