Welcome back to another Throw Back Thursday edition!
Please tell me you giggled when you saw this photo. While looking through my old photos and deciding which one I should pick, this baby jumped right out of the computer at me. This is myself, my mother, and my little sister around May of 2002. My mom took us to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for my Senior trip. I had just
stolen mom’s Creative Memories stash started scrapbooking when we took this trip and when we walked past the store front for this photographer I begged my mom to let us take a picture. I am so glad we did. My mom is my hero. She has done so much for me. She doesn’t agree with every decision I make, but she still supports me no matter what. I know she has sacrificed so much in her own life so my sister and I could have what we needed and wanted growing up. Thank you Mom for everything you’ve done. I love you.
Thank you to Jessica at The Mom Creative for hosting this #TBTStories linky party.
Welcome to a new series here on SweetNScrappy called #TBTStories. A huge thank you to Jessica at The Mom Creative for hosting this amazing opportunity to share not only our older photos, but the important stories behind them.
I am going to begin this series with a picture of myself and my little sister Jennifer. I was in the 5th grade here and that would put her in the 1st. (Please notice the rocking spiral perm…yes I thought I was all that and a bag of chips!) What you can’t obviously see in this picture is, this is the last year our family would be what society considers “whole”. My mom and dad got divorced shortly after Christmas that year. My little sister and I would become latch key kids while our mother worked 2-3 jobs to provide for all of our needs & wants. This also meant that I became sort of like a surrogate mother to my mini me.
Jennifer and I have always fought like cats and dogs. To this day if we are together more than 3 days in a row you can expect some discourse after that 😉 but there was something about me being in charge that brought out this protective mama bear instinct in me. I could pick on her, but you better watch your tail end if you think I am going to let anyone else! I thank God for this time in my life because it helped me to become more responsible and see that divorce might not have been God’s plan for us, but he did have a plan B. That plan B has led my sister and I on the most unbelievable ride imaginable that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Jennifer has made me so proud. I am so happy for her choice in a husband, I no longer have to worry about making sure she is taken care of, Shelby will make sure of that. I am proud of her hard work and commitment to get her RN degree finished this May. I am proud because I feel like she is truly my own. I love you sister. Thanks for always being there for me and being my forever best friend.
Whew! It has definitely been a crazy busy week here in the Marshall household. Jason and I had a great time on our trip to Dallas/Fort Worth here is a taste of what we did…
We went to the Dallas Arboretum and got to see a brilliant display of God’s architecture accented by Chihuly glass.
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I am excited to say that Jason and I will finally be going to Texas today! We get to go to the Texas Motor Speedway and he will get to drive a real race car! Happy Anniversary to him 🙂 I will be doing a ride along at 170 miles per hour. That’s right, I am a badass, but I’m not crazy enough to drive lol! I will be taking lots of pics on instagram and tweeting the whole time so to feel like you are with us be sure to follow me!
For now I will leave you with a pic of the memorabilia envelope I made for this trip. I had some cool license plate stickers left over from a different project that were perfect for this road trip. See you guys on Tuesday!
This is a post that is dedicated to all of the wonderful fathers in my life.
To my dad, thank you for always being there when I need advice. Thank you for always loving me no matter how trying I can be. Thank you for loving my child and being the best grandpa I could have ever wished for for Jase.
Thank you for loving us with your whole heart. We love you to the moon and back.
To my husband, you have been the best partner in raising our little man. Thank you for showing him how to treat a lady. Thank you for helping him become the sweet little young man he is today.
To my step father David, thank you for taking us in and loving us as we were your own. Thank you for teaching Jase how to be a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy. Thank you for all of your help watching him so I could finish my degree and better myself. You will never know how much I appreciate what you have done.
To my papa John, thank you for being the best grandpa a girl could ask for. I still remember the many trips in your old red jeep through the little town of Rush Springs, and the many hours of fun we had at your furniture store. I am so happy that Jase gets to experience the joy that I did by spending time with you.
To my uncle JD, I am amazed at how well you have raised your two daughters. Thank you for always being there for us when we need you or when we need a laugh. I love you!
And last but not least, thank you to Uncle Shelby for being there with jase from the very beginning. You aren’t a father yet but I have no doubt in my mind that you will be amazing! You have made my little one so happy and I appreciate all you do for us.
Thank you to all the father figures out there. I love all the men in my life and appreciate what each of them have done for me and my son. Have a great day with your family, and hug your daddy extra tight today.