Friday, June 11, 2010


For the first time ever - EVER - we vacay'ed with my Mom's side of the fam. And for the FIRST TIME in over 20 years I got to spend time with my Mom's nieces and nephews and their children/spouses.

It was awkward. It was strange. 20 years is a long time. It was very good. We had a blast. How do you "reunite" with people you haven't seen in that long, and even at that, people you barely knew. T and I stayed up late many a night until 2:15am hanging with cousins and learning what their lives had been like. It was sweet and precious. We laughed. I got teary. My heart ached and filled with joy as I heard their stories.

One of my cousins fell in love with her spouse while serving our country overseas, which is where they met. Out of respect, honor, and obedience, they knew they could only be friends. Friendship is how it began. By the time they returned to the States, they'd logged a lot of hours talking and they had fallen in love. The first time they saw one another in plain clothes, she was like, "what are you wearing? What? You're a cowboy? I'm a skater/punk kind of dresser."

I love their story. I can understand falling in love with someone on the basis of friendship, but to fall in love with someone on the basis of friendship, never having seen the type clothes they wear, or what brands they buy, or what kind of car they drive, or what kind of house they live in, or how they wear their How much of a person do I sum up based on such shallow things? They had no idea. At one point someone piped up and said, "oh, but you knew after a few months you could change him." She quickly replied with "Oh NO! I don't want to change this man! I love this man." He's a little bit country. She's a little bit rock and roll. And they have a darling little girl. They were refreshing and reminded me to LOVE my husband and to STOP trying to change him.

It was a good time together. Surprise...I like my family. I was worried about how things would work out...would we gel? Would it be awful? Too weird? A week is a long time. It was wonderful and a time I look back on with fondness. We love them. And...they encouraged us stick it out. To make the hard, but right, God honoring choices.

While we were there, we had to get a family picture. I hope someone else got some good shots...

We tried for a family shot. These days that is rather difficult. (smile)

But oh, we tried.

I wanted a few with me and the children, since I have like...none. This didn't work out either.

Mama and her girls...

And my baby sister's husband and their little boy.

Little Man kept running off...and we'd find him a HUGE hole. I'm not surprised.

Thank you Mom, for a great time together. You outdid yourself with all the cooking and the little luxuries that made it great...fruit cream cones...sprinkles! Fun new books for the kids...and thank you for sleeping on the sofa TWO nights in a row. You are precious to me and I love you.

And thank you Uncle B. You put this together and you treated and it was wonderful. I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with my cousins. I love them. Thank you for making this happen.


  1. LOVE the beach pics! I really enjoy my family too and catching up with everyone!

    I'm also trying to squeeze into some pics while we are here at the beach too!

  2. How wonderful J! What great pictures! Where were you?? It's sooooo beautiful there! It's neat to connect with family isn't it? The connection is instant even if there are many years of no contact...funny how that works. About the family pics not working out...I think they are perfect and show character ~ you will *love* them in the future. :)

    Love to you!

  3. Love these photos! would you mind emailing me have a ? about little man's haircut-very strange but I can!

    I also stopped my blog, I am just not a writer :/!!

  4. Where did y'all go? It's so pretty!! I agree with Camille-

    We are off to Fernandina tomorrow for a week of our first family vacay! Can't wait!

  5. So, so happy for an update as I was thinking about you while you were gone. I love the pictures - you always look beautiful.

  6. So glad that you had a great trip with all the fam!! I actually really like the pic of you and the 3 kiddos! I love how they're all snuggled into you with your arms around them. Can you zoom in on it? Love to you and the fam!

  7. The pic of your mom and her girls is wonderful!

  8. Sounds like yall had a fun time!!! Great pics of the fam!

  9. My favorite was Mama and her Girls. You are so beautiful Jen. I love you hairdo!

  10. That is so wonderful. Lovely pics too. Love all the girls wearing white in front of the ocean. you are lucky to gave such a good Momma!