Friday, May 29, 2009

Fifteen Years - Thank the Lord!

Last night I was lucky enough to celebrate 15 years of marriage with my wonderful husband. As with any marriage there have been ups and downs; luckily there have been mostly "ups".

To celebrate, we went to an eclectic little place (and I do mean little) about 20 minutes west of Thompson's Station called Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant located in Leiper's Fork- yes that's where Nicole and Keith (Urban) live. There, the specialty is Bar-b-que, but you go there for the music. Thursday night is open mic night. Song writers from all over come to sign in and test out their stuff on the folks gathered. The talent that oozes from this area is unbelievable.

We sat in awe with our friends, the Wilsons, and took it all in for an hour and a half. Each person gets two songs to entertain the crowd. It was a perfect night: good food, good friends, and good music. I am so lucky.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I'm Too Young For This

Jacob, now 16 and not yet legal to drive on his own, is officially signed up for Driver's Ed. His girlfriend, also 16, (as of last Tuesday) is now an official licensed driver. They are now free of parental availability to get to and from the many places teenagers just HAVE to go to. They both seem so young. Thinking back to 16 I felt so old, now I still feel so young (too young) at 41.

Like it was yesterday: Jake and I are going somewhere in my old Volvo. I am driving, and he is in the back seat, 5 or so, still in a booster, in the middle seat. He was always a chatty child and conversations in the car (and even better- on the toilet) were usually good for a good laugh or two. On this day Jake says, "Mom, can I ask you a question? When I get big, will you teach me how to drive?" In my mind, I stop for a moment to savor the question and the moment, because I know good and well that in about 10 years he probably wouldn't be asking that. I said, "Sure, hon, I'd love to." He says, "But how will my feet reach the pedals?" I tell him that driving for him is 10 years away, and by then he will grow and be big enough to reach the pedals. He asks me to promise. I do.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It Begins

Greetings from Thompson's Station and the Hughes family! I hope to keep friends and family abreast of our family happenings this summer. We plan to fill most of our time laying by the pool and doing little to nothing, but you just never know what might happen around here! Talk to you soon. Laura

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