About Us

We are the Jones’. We started this blog in 2009 when we took a family trip to Kenya.  I guess we had so much fun sharing our stories we never stopped.

About our family. Our family isn’t unique, but we try to live out our faith and we try to live well.  Our kids…well …in my opinion are pretty great.  Julia is my oldest and she is very smart, spicy and beautiful. She is paving the way for my other girls and often refers to herself as the test subject.  She is kind of right. She is in college now, which makes us feel old, but we are very proud of her.DSC_3980

Grace is my middle, and like many middle children, she likes to be the peace maker.  She is my musical child and full of creativity. She keeps the family laughing and keeps us all from getting too serious about ourselves.  DSC_0842Isabel is my passionate child.  She started a ministry in 2010 called Shoes for Kids when she was younger, but has future plans to move to Africa one day and start an orphanage. For now she is settled on being a student, and an awesome person. She often refers to herself as the awkward girl, because she loves books and her microscope. DSC_0768Stephen and I have been married since 1991.

DSC_5900 I love my man, he is such a great husband and an awesome father. He walks with wisdom and cares deeply about the world, children and helping the least of these.  Sometimes he will share a story or two on the blog about his life as a man with four women, sometimes he writes about his work with Compassion International.  Most of the time he leaves the story telling up to me.  He works for Compassion as the Director of Creative Relationships, which basically means he works with people who are creative and have a stage.

I am Patricia.  I am the main contributor to this blog.  Besides working as a mom,  I work for Compassion and help manage part of our tours and visits department. I lead a team that plans missions trips and pastor trips, and it’s the funnest job I have ever had.     My jobs keep me busy but I feel really lucky to be doing something that helps kids at home and abroad.

Our family has it’s ups and downs.  We try hard to do it right, but it’s a journey.  One thing for certain, we don’t want to do this journey alone.  We believe in the saving grace of Christ and we are committed to living our lives for Him.

21 Comments on “About Us

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  2. Hello there! Quick question that’s completely off topic.

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  3. Seeking to use on of your photoes of an Ecuadorian child. For a not for profit activity about optimism in our ratehr pessimistic world.

  4. nice blog, I’m missionary in Amazon Bacin so I loved your pictures in South America. Visit us at facebook.com/doesuasferiasprajesus
    God bless U

  5. Just found this blog from wordpress tags, and I see you follow a few other blogs that I read, plus my wife just became a Child Advocate for Compassion, so I think it’ll be cool to read what you do! And what an amazing story behind Shoes for Kids!

  6. Hey There, I found your blog as I researched for a blog project. Would you drop a me a line, I think you might be interested in what I’m doing. bookgirl4 [at] att.net.

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  7. Also so sorry to hear about your trip home…. I had been praying that we would have some room on our flight after being sick all that day. I will tell you when we got on the plane and the flight attendants said the plane was half full and we could move around, I cried. I was able to sleep for about 4 hours across 4 seats and poor Kent was able to sit in the front section and then we traded so he could sleep. God knew I needed that.

  8. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and wondering how your trip to Ecuador went? Nice to see your blogs. Thank you so much for all the wisdom, friendship and fun you brought to our trip to India. Miss you!

  9. Hi there,
    I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m the mom of 4 girls just a bit behind yours agewise (Mine are 12, 10, 5 and 4 months)- I look forward to reading your journey and learning from your wisdom! We’re living our dream of overseas ministry so life is always an adventure but after spending this past year in the states I’m pretty sure that in a lot of ways raising girls overseas is easier!! God bless you in your ministry!

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