the friend you wish you had

Let me introduce you to my friend, Christina.

I could go on and on about this friend of mine. She is smart, funny, suuuuch a sweetheart, and just all around a good person that you can count on for pretty much anything.

After we graduated high school, Christina fell into the trap that most of those children-of-Jackson seem to do: bounce from job to job, let love guide your decisions rather than better judgement, and generally flounder around while she figured things out, and in the process, rack up a lot of not-so-intentional debt.

I’m not judging. We all did it… or are still doing it in my case.

Anywho. So three and a half year ago, Christina did something that pretty much blew us all away.

She joined the army!

So in one brave decision, she left behind her boyfriend, her family, her friends, started a new career and a new life in another state. And now, she has been married for almost two years, is thisclose from being debt-free, has a fab rental house in San Antonio and is months away from becoming an RN and finishing her army contract.

Time flies, time flies. It was not so long ago that we were this little!

But the point I’m trying to make is that she is awesome and I am incredibly proud of her. And right now, I am sitting in her living room, watching HGTV and marvelling over what an excellent hostess my friend is.

We hopped off the plane, tired and starving to death, and Christina promptly bought us strawberry margaritas and a tray of nachos that weighed more than a newborn baby.

Later, she and her husband took us to THE MELTING POT for our belated birthdays.

Um. HOLY GENEROUS and HOLY DELICIOUS!

Yesterday, we explored an underground cavern together.

Today, I thought we would lay low. Maybe run some errands, pick up some sandwiches for lunch, get a bottle of wine and watch a movie.

Instead, we are going to

Needless to say…

I LOVE CHRISTINA!

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