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five things

I don’t typically fall victim to the meme type posts that tend to float around blogland in waves. But this recent topic, often entitled five things, has intrigued me. I typically try to keep things pretty light around here because, let’s face it, life can be heavy enough at times, and if I can help shine a little bit of bright, light prettiness on an otherwise shitty day, I consider my job well-done. But I can’t help but feel like there’s so much more to me that none of you have ever really been privy to. Though this only begins to scratch the surface, I thought it’d be fun to take part.

dad-and-jacquelyn

1// Justin and I met online well before it was considered acceptable to do such a thing. What began as simple back and forth banter over a website (similar to Facebook, well before its invention. Crazy!), turned into something really special. We spoke on msn (ha.) and then via text message semi-regularly for almost a year with no intention on pursuing anything on either of our parts. When we both realized we were nearby (at separate bars, no less) late one Thursday evening, we decided an impromptu meet up was in order. We ended up spending the entire weekend together and made it officially official three days later. We haven’t once looked back.

baby jacquelyn

2// When my parents were looking to purchase their first home back in the 80’s, they put a serious offer on the home that Justin’s parents currently live in (they didn’t live there at the time). The term small world comes to mind.

little-jacquelyn

3// My parents split up when I was 4 or 5. It was both the most traumatic (I was old enough to know something was wrong but too young to comprehend) and the best thing that’s ever happened to my brother and I. We’re now blessed with a huge, I mean crazy-huge, extended family (step parents, step sister, half-sister, more grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins than I know what to do with!). All of whom I am so insanely grateful for I could cry.

family

4// I speak french fluently. In the twelfth grade I switched to an english school and almost flunked as I didn’t understand the math or physics terms in english. I promptly switched back and all was right in the world again.

james & jacquelyn

5// Though things may appear perfect around here, I can assure you they are not. It is incredibly easy to make life seem like angels and butterflies in 5 pictures & 200 words a day. I too fall victim to the “I’m not good enough, smart enough, stylish enough” thoughts that often plague this world I’ve grown to love (and hate, at times!) I cry, I fight, I feel lonely, I fall, I pick myself up and I try again. And again. I OFTEN worry that this little spot I’ve carved out for myself here, filled with light and pretty things on the regular, makes someone feel less-than. Please don’t. And if you do, message me! I can tell you my woes as well ;)

Now you go! I would so love to hear a little tidbit of yours. Yes you, you silent blog lurker you.

ps. Apparently I’m now supposed to tag five people to do the same. I tag Victoria, Tobe, Leah, Samantha, Molly & Sally.

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