Pausing for Real Life

Well. :)

For those of you who don’t know me personally, let me do a quick update: my husband lost his job in November. We have been seeking where God would have us apply, be, etc., over the last few months, and God has been gracious to clearly guide us in one particular direction.

As of yesterday, my husband has been hired as the Associate Pastor for Woodland Christian Church, in Woodland, WA. We are so, so, SO excited! :)

Doug & Jess ConnellWhich…

If you know us, you know we’re both Texans, born and raised…  Yes, we lived overseas for a good long while, but you know how we Texans are about Texas.

So, :) for us to be excited about living elsewhere after only just making it back to Texas, it is just the Lord. This is a new adventure God clearly has laid out (and is laying out) for us; He has picked us up and is planting our feet in a new place.

That said, I have been sporadic in my posts for the last few weeks, and I will continue to be, through the rest of March and probably most of April (and – perhaps – even a little of May) until we get some semblance of settled-ness in our new place.

So, I will try to write on Mondays, for the time being, but even that may sometimes fall by the wayside as we go through this process of moving our family of 8 to a new place, new ministry, new home, new life. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Thank you, too, to so many of you who have indicated you’ve been praying & thinking of us– what a blessing and encouragement that has been to us!

See you when I see you, and Lord willing, I’ll find a “new normal” of blogging once we get to the other side of this mega-transition.

In the meantime, PLEASE SHARE your post ideas, questions, or topic-starters with me. :) (That way I’ll have a slew of ideas to use as jumping-off points when I start writing again!) 

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast ( I write and wrangle kids.

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18 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    Congratulations to both of you. As one born and raised in the Seattle area, I know it’s a beautiful area. Yes, different from Texas, I’m sure, but you’ll be just hours from the ocean…mountains…oh, I think you are going to love it. I will be praying for you-and your kids- during this transition. It will be exciting to see what God has in store for you in this next step along the journey.

    • Jess Connell says:

      Thanks, Tracy! We are excited about the variety of outdoorsy activities & most excited about getting settled in in the church. :) Thank you for your prayers!

    • shannon says:

      I really appreciate your blog!! I have learned a lot about homeschooling, being a mom, loving God and pursuing him and about writing too! Thank you so much for continuing to write. Thankful!!

  2. Charisa says:

    Welcome to the Northwest! (Or for us Canadians, Southwest!) I think you’re going to love it here — very different from Texas for sure — but a great place to live!

  3. Elspeth says:

    Congratulations, Jess. Prayers that all goes well in your new chapter of life!

  4. Thia says:

    Congratulations and many blessings on this new adventure.

  5. Too excited for words. And I think I see a post topic: when God disrupts what you *think* you’re doing. Discuss. LOL

  6. Daphne B says:

    Congratulations, Jess. Really happy for you. You and your husband look so nice together.

    I know a little song that says:
    “May the Lord, Mighty God
    Bless and keep you forever
    Grant you peace, Perfect peace
    Courage in every endeavour”

    This is my prayer for you and your family. Enjoy the adventure!

  7. Deborah says:

    Congratulations, Heather! I’m sure you and your family will thrive wherever you’re planted.

  8. Jaime says:

    congratulations on the new job!! I know how anxious it can be, even though you’re trying not to worry because you know God has a plan for you.

  9. Joy says:

    Be sure to check out Exodus Books when you are in the Portland area. It is the best homeschooling and used book and bookstore that I’ve been to. You can spend waaaay too much time and money there.

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