The Jaderstons

Afternoon Thoughts

IMG_4863Don’t let these sweet innocent eyes deceive you for someone who wouldn’t find and eat an entire king size chocolate bar and proceed to barf all over the house at 1:30 in the morning.
It wasn’t pretty people – and that’s all I’m gonna say…

Love, The Jaderstons


We’re Still Alive

It’s day 4 of camp out at Westminster Woods with the Eastminster Middle School Students. We have had a blast out here this week. But I’ll be honest in saying that I’m ready to sleep in my own bed.

We have had Alfred out here with us this week. He is pretty hilarious out at camp because he is scared of almost all people so when the kids try to pet him he just cowards behind Mike or myself. It cracks us up. The kids get a little frustrated and are constantly saying “Alfred, I just want you to LOVE me!“. We’ve been overall very impressed with him though. He swam two afternoons and has been sleeping really well. We’re still working on getting him to eat his own food, but he is surviving. He is also very sleepy (as am I).


I have seen a little bit of wildlife out here this week. Meet Freddie the armadillo and Edward the mouse…

This morning we had an all camp nap time just before chapel and then it was TIME. But before it was time we had a great morning session with worship and then Neal (one of Mike’s summer interns) spoke on temptations.


Now, TIME needs a little backstory. All week we’ve been doing something silly as a staff. Mike would say to another staff person, “Is it time yet?” and the other staff person would reply, “No, it’s not time yet.”. We’ve probably made this little plug 50 times. Enough times to make the children very antsy in wanting to know what will happen when it actually is time.

Well this morning, as I said, it was TIME.


It has been a great week. Thank you for continued prayers for these kiddos and for our staff. We would also appreciate prayers for energy as we enter into the last night of camp. We are having extended late night worship tonight so prayers that the children would be deeply impacted by the Lord and that they would believe in Him are also needed.

Happy Thursday!


Love, The Jaderstons


We Made It!



For those who are wondering, we have made it safely out to camp for our week with the Eastminster Middle School students! We arrived around 5:00 and had everyone “in bed” by 11:30 which were records all around! After we made rounds we were able to sneak a peek at the brightest moon of the year? It was hearsay, but we were very very impressed. It was beautiful – especially bouncing off the lake.

I also wanted to send a quick shout out to our friends Nate and Lauren who got married last night. CONGRATS! I don’t have any photos of the bride and groom so I attached a photo of Mike and I celebrating them. The wedding was beautiful and the party was a blast!

Happy Sunday! (I mean Monday!) Now it’s my turn to sleep.

Love, The Jaderstons


Life Lately

Well summer is quickly slipping away from us and I have been taking a step back from the blog for travel and crazy busy reasons. We are prepping to leave town for a few weeks, but I plan on scheduling some wedding posts so you’ll still get some love.

1. Kickstarter Update

Okay, I shared last week this little project my family is passionate about (MOXI Junction) and I challenged you to share my post on FB and other social medias. Thank you for sharing! We are getting much closer to the goal (Kickstarter)! So, if you haven’t pledged yet, I challenge you again to go pledge just $5 because every penny counts. Thanks!

2. Friends and Family

My little sister worked at Westminster Woods this summer and we went out in mid-June to visit her for an evening. The staff this year was so fun and it was so great getting that little bit of time with her.


Aren’t they funny?

3. Alfred Update

Alfie is doing great! I’m a little nervous about leaving him for two weeks at the end of July, but he did great while we were in Minnesota so that’s a win!

IMG_4605This is how he waits for his food and water – he kicks his bowls around too if he’s out of water. It’s pretty funny.

IMG_4636Sometimes he’ll beg to go outside when it’s raining and this is where he goes. He just sits in the dry spot and watches the rain.


We’ve also learned this summer that Alfie is afraid of frogs. Here is a great little clip of him freaking out the first time he saw a frog. Hilarious.

4. Outings

We went to a wedding a few weeks ago and we also played in a golf tournament!


We had so much fun golfing and so much fun celebrating our friends Conner and Gracie.

5. Minnesota and our Anniversary

We spent the fourth of July in Minnesota with family. It was so great to get even more time with Mike’s family this year. These are the few photos that I took of the weekend. We spent a lot of time outside – on jetskis, in the sun, by the fire, playing games – and it was such a good break from the real world.

IMG_4706Matt and Betsy drove up the day before we did so I was pretty excited to be reunited with them.

IMG_4711This is me taking a picture of Betsy taking a picture of the other car in our caravan. LOLIMG_4718We celebrated the July birthdays while at the cabin – Happy Birthday!IMG_4724IMG_4727IMG_4730IMG_4748IMG_4749
My watch died while in Minnesota. Too many times in the lake I guess, but Mike surprised me on our anniversary with a brand new one. It felt a little bit like Christmas. IMG_4754

IMG_4753Here are the other fun surprises Mike brought home.

Approximately two years ago Mike and I were honeymooning at the cabin so it was fun to be there again around the same time. We snapped a photo on our honeymoon and then snapped a similar one this trip. Both in Gander Mountain while shopping for some fishing stuff. We haven’t changed much!


I might be back later this week, or I might be back next week with a scheduled project post. We leave for camp on Wednesday evening. Happy Tuesday!

Love, The Jaderstons



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