Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Future's so Bright

It's not very often that I sit and think long term.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I guess I always have my tiny house dreams in the back of my mind.  But other than that, I live each day fully and don't always look to far down the road much further than the end of a school year.

With Bubba's impending departure, it has really caused me to try to look forward.  Not just to this summer when he leaves or this fall when beautiful Kate leaves with nugget to join him, but further.  What will we do for Christmas?  Where will we celebrate nugget's 3rd (gasp) birthday?

I've always been a live in the moment type of girl.  I don't get to stressed out about things out of my control anymore.  I do let things happen for a reason.

I sat yesterday and started placing things on my calendar through year end.  It was a strange feeling for me.  By the time I was finished I found myself a bit frustrated.  I don't want to forget to celebrate the NOW.  All this planning makes me feel as though I might forget the now. 

My sweet daughter and I are planning so many things before she leaves to join Bubba and I cannot wait to experience all of them.  I just hope I don't forget to celebrate today with her, too.  After almost 3 years of marriage (plus three years of dating), she and I have a great friendship.  We really do have a lot in common, most being our personalities.  Of course we have generational differences in opinions but it's our sassy way of expressing them that makes us so similar.  Except she is WAY more confidently vocal than I am.  I still have a bit of passive aggressiveness in me.  She absolutely makes me laugh out loud, all the time with her sassyness.

One of the projects I am working on is a slide show for Bubba's going away party and I absolutely love the fact that almost every picture I have of him has my beautiful daughter in it.  She has been with him every step of the way through his young adulthood.  I love that.  She has been the most perfect addition to our family and an extension of me almost in Jeremy's life.  We are both protective, defiantly loyal and in love with this boy.  What an awesome feeling to know that even when I am not with him, she is right by his side to love him as much as I do.  A mother's dream.

So this week we are off to do something together to honor Bubba and his commitment to this country.  I couldn't be more excited!  For now it's a secret so you'll just have to wait until a future blog!  I'm so glad we are such good friends and have so much fun together!

Have a great Tuesday, friends!



  1. You are very fortunate to have such a great daughter in law. Our Audrey is our wonderful gift from God to the whole family. Robbie did an exceptional job of picking her out. I love her so much, I consider her my daughter too. And she graced us with such beautiful grandchildren. A lot of my friends don't even like their daughter in laws, just can't imagine it. Don't forget to put June 1, 2013 on your calendar, Jen. It will be a wonderful day for all of us. We are all so blessed.

  2. Literally bawling right now. Love you, Jif. :)

  3. So awesome that you and Katie have such a great relationship! I sure hope we are going to see Jeremy off! Love to all of you!!!

  4. I love my beautiful daughter! I never even call her an in-law. She is an incredibly smart, awesome and funny woman. I am quite the lucky one to have such a wonderful daughter. :)

  5. I think we are pretty lucky to have you!

    1. And can we please not think about the 3rd (gasp) birthday. I'm terrified of the 2nd! :)

    2. I know, girlie! I don't want any of it! Can't you just make him stay a baby forever?