I promised myself I was “recommitting”. Basically putting my focus and energy back into the things that were most important to me. Being a good wife, mom, friend, employee, etc. I’ve been working on this for the past year and a half. It’s been a bit of a journey…

I spent almost 15 months as the Chapter President of our local Blue Star Mothers of America Chapter. Actually from starting the journey, doing the research, getting the Chapter installed, etc., it was more like 17 or 18 months. The days I spent with each of these women, were some great days and I learned so much from each of them. I truly love many of the friendships I have formed and hope to continue to stay in touch for years to come. Unfortunately, there came a point in time where I had to excuse myself from the group. It’s sad…I was sad, but it was the right decision for me and my family. 


Since joining the newly formed Book Club last year, I have really clicked with some of the other women in the group. Everyone is a mom…everyone is local…most are wine drinkers…for numerous reasons we just click. It’s good for me. We are good for each other. Book club and these relationships have been feeding my soul. 


From January 2016 until about a month and a half ago, I was coordinating a monthly dinner at a men’s homeless shelter in Chicago. This too feeds my soul, but more importantly feeds these men and let’s them know how important they are to people out there. I’m on a brief hiatus (I’ll get to that in a second), but hope to pick back up in August. These dinners come together through the generosity of others – friends, family and some times practical strangers make contributions to pull together a themed dinner of sorts. Good quality food. It’s a real joy to put these dinners out there!


Our second dog, Tanner, passed away in March 2017. He was a heck of a dog…he was my dog. We got along like peas & carrots. We just got each other. He is definitely missed every day. 


On the great news front, my best friend is getting married!!!  I’ve been so honored to be part of her planning and everything that comes along with it. Her venue is in Door County, WI and it’s just lovely!  She said yes to the dress!!  All of her bridesmaids did too and as a matter of fact, everyone’s dresses are in and ready to be altered. I’m excited to see how my dress looks once it’s not too big on me. 🙂 Her shower and bachelorette party will be here before we know it!  And the BIG day is just over three months away…time sure does fly!


My hubby accepted a new position in his industry this year and it’s been exciting for him. He’s in freight and I know more about the industry than I ever imagined I would. It’s through the business that we met and subsequently adopted, Felix. He’s been a great addition to our family and he gets along with Scooby quite well!


My son has a day job he likes, he’s keeping busy with his Marine commitments and he’s working on deciding what’s next for him. Being 20 offers a lot of opportunities, so we’ll see which path he chooses. 


Throughout many of my adult years, I have been doing for other people. That’s a good thing and I think everyone should do what they can for others when they can. Sometimes it’s been to my own detriment. Book Club is for me. It’s been fantastic and it made me realize I wanted to do a little more for me too. Along came the Brunch Girls. So that’s not what they’re really called, but that’s the gist of it. Once a month, a group get together for brunch that someone picked out and give it a try. It’s been a fun few months so far and it’s all for me. I’ve met some super, sweet & sassy (and sometimes a little smart-assy) gals through this group. I’m grateful to my friend Aimee for getting me invited and excited to continue to build these new relationships. Oh and nibble on some yummy eats once a month. 


Finally, we are buying a house. After seven long years of renting a bitty condo, we are buying our first single family home. We couldn’t be more excited!!  More to come next month when we close escrow…

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About jenni41013

I am a 37 year old wife, mom, sister, auntie, daughter, friend and advocate living in the burbs. In 2012 when I started writing, I was on a journey to take a more healthy approach toward my lifestyle. In 2013, I re-evaluated a lot of things and I say "no" to people, things and commitments more often without guilt. In 2014, I got serious about doing what I want to do and really living life. I am excited about my life and where I'm headed with the most amazing people all around me!
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