Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Daughter, Jenny.

(This is one of my favorite photos of Jenny.  This was on her wedding day in August of 2008).

Last night Jenny, our youngest daughter came over for dinner and we were working on a baby quilt for a friend of ours together.  The grandboys were not with her, they were home with their Dad.  While I was making dinner, we were chatting.  I realized how much I enjoying talking with her.  We were talking about our knitting, the quilt we were going to work on, the grandboys, the breast cancer walk she and John are going to walk on Saturday and just plain life.  I had to laugh to myself, after we were done with dinner Jenny got right up and started clearing the table just like when she was a little girl at home.  Then we headed upstairs and started looking at the fabric she bought and I started marking them with the template I had made and cutting them out.  We should have a really nice crazy quilt when we are done! 

After Jenny left I was thinking about all the things she has done in her life.  She had a rough time when she was 3 yrs. old-she was burned by a hot air vaporizer and spent 9 days in St. Barnabas Burn Unit in Livingston, NJ.  When she was 19 she was hit by a firetruck going 50-60 mph, her car was totaled but she came away with a laceration on her scalp about 1.5 inches long and a bruise on her collar bone from the seat belt.  She does have lingering back ache but who wouldn't being hit with a firetruck!  She was mighty lucky and definitely has a guardian angel protecting her!!!   She had 3 miscarriages before she delivered the 2 wonderful grandboys.  She is an artist, photographer, daughter, Mom, wife and sister.  She has chosen to stay home with the grandboys and waitress at night at Olive Garden so she can be with the boys during the day and raise them instead of someone else bringing them up.   In high school Jenny was a downhill ski racer and shalom skier.  Just thinking of how fast she went makes me cringe still to this day, but she loved it and earned the nickname Bullet from her Dad!!  Jenny and I took a course in Ceramics at Peters Valley one semester.  She took hers for college credits and I took it for fun.  Working on the potter's wheel with her and developing all our projects was a really fun thing for us to do together.  I taught her how to knit and to this day she is still knitting away making all sorts of things. 

I guess what I'm trying to say it was a nice night and it made me think of all the things she has done and accomplished in her life and how much I enjoy visiting with her.  It also made me realize that even though there have been some really unpleasant things in ones life you can either carry on or you can just be miserable.  Jenny has chosen to carry on and I am proud of her for that!  Love you Jen!


Mary said...

Just a beautiful testimony to a very beautiful, both inside and out, daughter. Jenny has certainly been brave and faced several struggles in her young life - may she always be happy and have only good things happen to her from hereon out. I love to hear stories such as this - you told it well dear Sherri.

Hugs - Mary

Sherri said...

Thanks Mary! Sometimes certain visits just hit you the right way and last night was one of them. We had so much fun!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Jenny sounds like a strong young woman. You are so lucky to have the wonderful relationship you have.

Victoria Eales said...

What a lovely post about your daughter and wow she has certainly been through a lot!


jenclair said...

Lovely post, lovely girl, lovely dress!

Sherri said...

Thanks everyone!

Jenclair-the wedding dress Jenny wore was mine. It fit her perfectly!

Kay said...

What an amazing young woman and she's so beautiful too. You have every reason to be proud because you are all blessed.

NanaDiana said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to your beautiful Jenny. She is just gorgeous and is a strong young woman. God bless her as she moves forward in her walk. xo Diana

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!