rewind, friends, fab, a necklace

December 21, 2011 |  Category:   friends life

Looking at these photos from the lakehouse this past summer is like being enveloped in warm sunshine – a welcome feeling right now, not just because it’s winter (although it’s not – the mild temps still persist in the city), but also because it’s a happy time and I need all the happy time thoughts in my life right now.
But there’s another reason why I dug up these photos from the summer. Our friends Sara and Thor officially adopted their foster daughter who came to live with them and their son a year ago. Do you remember my Pink Party in the Woods post? It was to celebrate this little girl’s birthday. We weren’t able to show any photos of Rylie or even reveal her name – until now. So all the photos from the lakehouse, of her pink party in the woods, of the weekend that we spent at their house on the San Juan Islands in Washington, had to be cropped or shot in a way as not to show her face.
I can’t even tell you how happy I am for my friends and what an honor it is to know them and witness this incredible journey over the past year.
If you’d like a little piece of the Jensens in your life, Sara is having a sale on her tote bags (the pomegranate print!) and new fragrances. Help support my friends who, like us, are also a dual freelance income family trying to make a living on their terms while raising 2 awesome kids. If you don’t have a Fab account follow this link and I’ll invite you (ok, full disclosure – I get credits by inviting people…but you should have a fab account anyway because you’ll thank me later and then we both win!).

Oh, and Sara sent me this necklace in the mail a few days ago. It’s half of a “Best Friends” heart necklace, kind of like the kind you’d give your friend in high school. True, I’ve only known Sara for 18 months, but there are some people who you feel like you’ve known your whole life. And I’m totally wearing the necklace right now. I’m hereby declaring it my good luck charm to ward off negative spirits and bad things that are swirling around me right now. Take that, bad stuff!!

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  • Sara Jensen December 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

    You love me.

  • Andrea Howe December 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

    thank you for sharing this sweet news, especially wonderful at this time of year. As an auntie of 4 foster-to-adopt children, I know first hand just how trying, tiring and amazing the journey is. How wonderful that it has finally come to a very happy close.

  • Jenna December 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

    @sara enough to crop you out

  • Rachel December 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I miss the lake house. These pictures made me smile.

  • mette / ungt blod December 22, 2011 at 2:46 am

    That campfire photo is just amazing! So happy to see Rylies face and what that means.

    Merry Christmas, Jenna!

  • gail December 22, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Thank you Jenna, this post is so sweet.

  • Lia December 22, 2011 at 6:44 am

    What a wonderful Christmas gift for a little girl! Santa still exists but not as an old man in red, but as people like your friend Sara! Lovely!

  • Laura December 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

    What a lovely post. And those pictures of your summer lakehouse trip always make me smile and make me reflect on how it is the simple things in life that make us happy.

  • Atsuko December 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    What a wonderful news! I did not know there was another reason behind the pink party. This is truly nice Christmas story. Also, it does not matter whether you know a person for a long time or not in order to feel a click and to be a friend.

  • Vivian Doan December 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Can I just say how much I love your blog Jenna!

  • Aya December 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I love the photo with the stair-stepped children roasting marshmallows. So sweet. This is how childhood should be.

  • Mackenzi December 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I adore Sara!

  • naomi December 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    What a great story and lovely post to end the year.

  • Jen Laceda December 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Happy holidays! My little girl really loved the tiara and ruffled skirt and the whole Pink Party in the Woods concept!…And that necklace is just precious!!! I never wear jewelry, but if I do, classic pieces like these are the only ones I’ll wear!

  • kate December 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    aw, this is such a sweet post. and that photo of rylie and henry in their overalls is too much cute.