Welcome to Sourjones! I'm so happy you're here.

I started this blog (under a different name) on July 1, 2008. I was a new mom with two baby girls. Our family had recently relocated to a quiet suburb just south of Portland, Oregon. Before that, I had lived my entire life in Northern California.

I missed my family and friends. I had just left a job I loved: teaching part time in the Communication Studies department at California State University, Sacramento. The weather was a little challenging upon arrival. It really does rain a lot through the winter and most of spring. With two little people, feeling "trapped" in the house didn't help. I joined Facebook right after moving and while it helped me feel a little connected to the people we had left behind, I wanted a place to share more of what we were up to as a family (travels, funny stories, kids). Those early posts are kid-heavy and I love looking back through them (so do the girls). The Portland relocation grew to be one of the very best things we ever did. 

In November 2013, the blog got a name change and a makeover. The content shifted a bit to include recipes, home improvements, fashion, and book reviews --but I continued to tell stories about what we were doing and how we were all growing as people. Again, we had just relocated as a family. This time from Portland to Charlotte, North Carolina. I can't believe how long it's been already! I look back at that first blog post after our East Coast Adventure commenced and I can tell you now: Charlotte does feel like home. Our house is still old and funky --but it's totally "us." We are absolutely happy here. It's pretty amazing to reflect on how big your life grows when you move to a new place. All the new people, the culture, the things to do and see... There's always room for more experiences.

This blog was conceived to be a space for me to write, maintain something that is "mine," share what inspires me, and to keep friends and family "in the loop" on what we're up to and what we're enjoying. I've spent a lot of hours typing the posts that are catalogued here. Sourjones can't really be categorized into a narrow category. I guess you could say it's a "lifestyle" blog --but that's not especially descriptive. Mostly it's the story of us with lots of recipes tossed in! I hope you like it.

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