Yes, it’s really her! Yes, she’s really real and you are totally allowed to ache with envy because I didn’t just meet her (The Cotton Wife) but I met The Cotton Husband and The Cotton Young ‘uns, too.
After having lunch with Laura (Knitted Gifts of Friendship), we hit I-95 South and hugged the HOV lane through miles of intense Northern Virginia traffic. We spoke excitedly about meeting Jennier, The Cotton Wife, and how we couldn’t wait to see those beautiful babies of hers. Along a particularly clogged section of the interstate, the HOV lane broke off on its own so that a large median separated vehicles with 2+ passengers from cars with just one driver. We entered the lane at 3:40 p.m. and zoomed along until we noticed police stopping cars ahead of us. We slowed and I rolled down my window thinking it was a routine traffic stop. I am a military wife and am used to having to show I.D. or have my car searched randomly. soldes puma sneakers I greeted the policeman with a smile. ugg pas cher femme And here is what he said, “I see that you only have two people in your car, ma’am, and it is after five o’clock.” It was 5:14 p.m. “Yes, sir.” I smiled again… so grateful that I had Katy with me and that we were able to make use of HOV lanes. “Well, then I’m going to have to write you a ticket because after 5:00 p.m. you have to have three or more people in your car to be in this lane.” He grinned at me. He was enjoying this. nike air max 97 ugg australia pas cher femme I was shocked. We entered the roadway long before 5:00 and all the signs read: HOV-2. imikoko iphone 7 case I am a very careful driver and I follow the rules of the road. I pay attention to signs. I gasped. I sputtered. I told him about the signs and that we entered the HOV lane (without exits, mind you) long before 5:00 or even 4:00… so could he make an exception? He just laughed as he took my license and registration to his vehicle. Upon his return, I told him that this was my very first ever ticket and how did this ticket thing work when you live out of state. timberland And these were his words as he handed me a thin piece of yellow paper: “Don’t worry, ma’am. It’s a pointless ticket. It doesn’t hurt your record. Just call the number and pay.” He really said that. It was a pointless ticket! So why write it? Why?? Let the record state that had I knowingly broken a law, I’d have taken the ticket without argument or questions. I have always had a great deal of respect for law enforcement officials. iphone 6 case fox How much was the pointless ticket? Over $300! Confession: I cried. moncler sitemap I called my husband and cried. nike homme pas cher The only thing that cheered me up was when I called Jennifer and heard her reassuring voice on the phone. She assured me that we were only an hour away and then I heard babies playing in the background. All was right in the world. We pulled up to her sturdy white farmhouse (The Cotton House) just after the stars began to come out. Let me just say that the stars come out in a BIG way in the country.
Katy and I left everything in the car and literally skipped to Jennifer’s door. We could hear the jingle of baby toys and then the door opened to reveal Jennifer’s smiling face. Let me tell you, none of the pictures of Jennifer do her justice. iphone 7 plus case for girls She’s one of the most beautiful women that I have ever seen. She smiled and hugged us both around the neck then ushered us in. soldes puma chaussure Katy and I collapsed on Jennifer’s comfy couch and just instantly relaxed. The Cotton Husband brought in our luggage and we just hung out the way that people hang out when they have known each other for years and years. As we chatted, M.K. (Jennifer’s baby boy) grinned up at us with his bright eyes and gummy smile. Jennifer’s youngest daughter crawled up on her daddy’s lap and laced her arms around his middle. Soon we found ourselves seated at Jennifer’s kitchen table preparing for tea and homemade apple cake. And let me point out that not only is Jennifer an excellent cook but she’s also a terrific hostess. Let me run down some of the things I liked best about her right out of the gate:
- She keeps a kettle of water warm on the stove at all times
- There’s a cd player/stereo in her kitchen that is there for one reason and one reason only: to play music so she and The Cotton Husband can dance together
- She smiles with her entire face
- She laughs in this silvery laugh that is every bit as beautiful as she
Jennifer’s sugar gumdrop baby attached herself to Katy’s hip and generally confirmed (as if there had been any confusion) that red-haired baby girls are just all things wonderful.
I love outbuildings almost as much as I love babies. But together… well, that’s just plain magic. In fact, Jennifer’s house, farm, young ‘uns, husband, cemeteries, cookin’, and life was all pretty ding dang magical. We didn’t want to leave. Not even one tiny little bit. marble iphone 6 case prime As we drove down the road and Jennifer’s farmhouse disappeared from view, we fought the urge to just turn right back around. We made a promise to ourselves and to those fields of cotton… we will come back! Jennifer, thank you for being such a gracious and welcoming hostess. iphone 6 360 shockproof case Thank you for sharing your home and your babies with us. We knew we loved you from years of reading your blog but none of that compared to the forever friend we made when we met you in person. silicone case for iphone 8 plus We wish you every success with your photography, blog, and other endeavors. bottes ugg pas cher And we are so honored to call you our friend.