Friday, February 25, 2011

Five Minute Friday

I'm linking up with Lisa-Jo again today for her Five Minute Friday prompt. Today's topic is "Five Years Ago."

Now remember, the idea behind Five Minute Friday is to just write . . . quickly and without edits. Just get something down on paper and see what happens. So that's what I've done. It's always fascinating to me to see what comes out.

Anyway, here's my Five Minute Friday on Five Years Ago.


Five years ago my girls were in 2nd, 6th, and 8th grade. We were looking forward to high school and trying to survive the middle school years. College plans and dreams seemed a long way off.

Five years ago we lived in the cocoon of sameness. Our house had recently been remodeled, and we were trying to figure out who would occupy which room. We felt (and still do!) incredibly blessed.

Five years ago we met Matt “randomly” in the church lobby, and he moved in with us for a few months. The girls got their first taste of living with a big brother. Awesome to share what God had given us with someone who needed a place to stay, but more awesome to gain a “son” and a friend for life.

Five years ago seems like forever ago, and yet it seems like the blink of an eye. Second grade has turned into seventh grade with contacts and braces and not-yet-makeup. Sixth grade has turned into eleventh with college searches and ACT tests and almost-senior-year. Eighth grade has turned into college with new friends and interesting classes and dreams of the future.

Five years ago, my life was just fine with three little girls under one roof. My heart did not know how much it could hold, nor how it could miss someone so much.


So tell me, where were YOU five years ago??

Also, don't forget to come back again later for Fabulous Friday Food. You're gonna like this one!!



  1. Oh I love the "Cocoon of sameness" it's what my mama calls the good-old-years..

  2. It's always fascinating to me too to see what comes out :) And I just love this line, "My heart did not know how much it could hold, nor how it could miss someone so much."

    Yes, that sounds about right.

    Thanks for playing along today!


  3. I wish I would've remembered Five-Minute Friday when I was struggling to write a post last night. I might just do it later today anyway!

    Isn't it amazing to look back and see our lives with the perspective of time? What we thought we knew...and what we know now? How something could feel so differently now than it did then? I love this look back into your life, Shelly!

  4. Just popped over from Gypsy Mama.

    Great post. It makes me want to hear the "rest of the story."

    Thank you for the glimpse into your life.

  5. Crazy what can happen in 5 years. My kids are much younger and I can only imagine what the next 5 will bring, if the Lord Jesus hasn't come back for us.

  6. What neat memories! I lived with a family for a year before I was married and I have precious memories of it and the kids that I lived with are still like my "little brother & sisters".

    Thank you for sharing . . . and for stopping by my blog!

  7. I totally enjoyed reading your post! stopping by from Gypsy Mama's Blog Hop...I loved the way you wrote about the stages of life your girls were in and are now.
    The braces, make-up, to ACT and college exams...
    We are there now... and I can totally relate!
    I am anxious to stop by again and read more... what is your Friday Foods?

  8. I have enjoyed reading your 5 minute Friday! :)

  9. Fun post, Shelly! 5 years ago, I was homeschooling my 7 and 5 year old children, while helping start a school in all my spare time. Not much more to say, that took all I had! The years do pass so quickly!