Author Archives: Jessica Fontaine Jones

About Jessica Fontaine Jones

Loves sharing a cup of tea with a friend, walking in the woods, climbing rocks, hugging trees, and devouring delicious books.

God has a sense of humor

So. Apparently being an aunt to 10 amazing nieces and nephews didn’t qualify as enough research for writing an Apocalypse Survival Guide for Kids.

13 months ago, I began an incredible, life-changing journey. It kicked off with 3 pregnancy tests confirming I did not in fact have the flu!

4 months after the birth, (aka, the Red Push, which was an *event*) I’m beginning to think God meant “Survival Guide *to* Kids.” (For days that feel like the end of the world… and the beginning of a new one.)

Parenting internship: Year 1

What a beautiful, breathtaking, blessed journey. I would not trade it for the world. And we are just getting started!

Setting expectations (low)

I can’t promise regular updates. I have a small child and a job. Also, I treasure sleep. 🙂

I can’t promise perfection. I do promise honesty. I do promise real, (read “messy”). And hopefully a few laughs along the way.

I promise God is good. I know He brings joy to 5am triple mudslides that take out 3 diapers, onesie, and changing table cover. I know He brings peace when I run out. (This does not take long).

My typical prayers look something like this: “God it’s me. Yep, it’s been 3 minutes. I need help again.”

Learning from smarter people

Also, I have the incredible good fortune to know many people wiser than myself. (They are not hard to find.)

I hope to use this as a forum to pass their experience, humor, and encouragement on to you. I desperately need it myself :).

You are amazing

Also, much love. To all you amazing moms, dads, aunts uncles, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, volunteers, friends…

Anyone who steps into the life of a child and offers a helping hand. May God richly bless you.

And may God multiply your sleep tonight!

Grace and peace,

– Jess

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A Tree and Its Fruit

No good tree bears bad fruit. No bad tree bears good fruit.

Know each tree by the fruit it bears. You will not see people get figs from thornbushes, or grapes from brambles.

Good people bring good things out of the good treasure of their heart. Evil people brings evil things out of the evil treasure of their heart.

And as the heart overflows, the mouth speaks.

(Matthew 7:15-23; Matthew 12:33-37)

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.
– I Chronicles 16:11

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Verses for Lonely Days

Some days are harder than others, right?
Sorrow and loneliness overtake us.
Our heart’s poured out like water.
We feel hollow, helpless, alone.

All our failures and weaknesses accuse us.
They whisper in the dark “How could anyone love you?”
But they lie.
Because the truth is, we are loved.
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Prayer for Storms

peace-be-still-lighthouseLooking for a moment of peace in the midst of a storm?
Praying for someone you love who’s facing wind and rains tonight?

Then this prayer is for you.
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Emergency Kit: Peace

Storms catch us unawares. One moment, you’re walking along the shore, listening to birds, wind and waves.

Then before you can blink, thunder and lightning swallow your blue sky. Watching clouds boil across the sky, you may start wonder if you’ll ever find your way back to the light.

You may wonder why the Sower allows all the pain, and suffering. It doesn’t make any sense. If He’s all-powerful, then why doesn’t He make it stop?
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Inner Strength: The Vine and the Branches

No matter how difficult the day, or how dark the night, don’t let anything steal your hope.

Just as sap flows from the roots to sustain the branches, you can tap into the Sower’s strength to weather any storm.

The Vine and the Branches
“I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes to make it even more fruitful.”

Fruit tree bearing fruit in the storm

“My words have already cleansed you. So remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must rely on the vine. You can’t bear fruit apart from me.”
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Kids Rock Climbing: Brooke Raboutou

Beyond Survival: 11-year-old girl shatters climbing records

Could you climb if your life depended on it? Can you imagine hanging off the edge of a mountain, or scaling the side of a boulder? 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou does this every day.

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How do blind people see?

I would love to meet this amazing blind kid!

After losing his eyes to cancer, Ben Underwood learned to use echolocation to find his way in the dark.

What is echolocation?

Blind boy riding his bike down the sidewalkEcholocation means using sound to map out your surroundings.

Ben “sees” by making clicking sounds with his mouth. Those clicks bounce off the street, the walls, and the people nearby. The echoes from these clicks bounce back to Ben’s ear.

His brain interprets the sound waves, telling him how far away he is from the street, the wall, and the people.

How does that work?

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Humans: How Did Your Face Take Shape?

All of us managed to survive birth.


No life is an ordinary story.

Everyone smells, feels, hears, tastes, and sees the world in different ways.

So how did your face take shape?

Take a look! This is how human faces develop:

Is it just me, or do baby humans look like little aliens?

"Sweet, I grew a nose!"

“Sweet, I grew a nose! This will come in handy.”

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