Dear Five Years From Now, …


I cannot get a glimpse of you. No, really. I cannot make you out on the horizon at all.


I cannot imagine a world where the Wild Boys are 8, 10, and 12. And the Girl is 15 (Eep!).


I know it will be like a blink of an eye though. Because I’m pretty sure just yesterday we were living in Germany with only 3 Wild Things who were newborn, 2, and 5.


But my right-now is so chaotic, and so loud, and so filled with poop and pee and spills and crying – that I can’t imagine you, even in my mind’s eye.


Will we finally be in south Asia? Will we be wiser? Will I be skinnier? Will the Girl have a bad attitude? Will the Wild Boys fight less (or harder)? Will there be less pee and poop?


Will I look back and think that things were so easy before and I just didn’t know it? Just as I do now with 5 years ago?


Sigh. A little perspective (past pee and poop) would be nice right now.


Can you imagine your 5 years from now?




  1. Five years from now I’m expecting I will have a couple married children and either have or be awaiting grandchildren! Weird!

  2. Dear Five Years From Now, what does it look like to not be in school? Oh, you dont know either?

    • Jessica says:

      My Husband surely doesn’t know! Poor man has been in school our whole life, it feels like.

  3. Five years from now, I just hope to be getting more sleep. That is all.

  4. Heather says:

    5 years doesn’t seem to far away to me; I can actually imagine pieces of it. 10 years, though… That seems crazy. One kid in college, one in high school, one getting ready to stRt high school. Who knows if we will still be living here. I am excited about whatever it will be, though!

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah, it’s not that hard to imagine our babies becoming kids, but imagining our kids becoming teenagers is a whole other ball game.

  5. Heather says:

    I have no idea about next week let alone 5 years from now. That is how relying on God for every single day is for me. We have no idea if in 2 weeks we will even be in this house (though I pray things don’t happen that fast– don’t think I could manage so I doubt it.) That said 5 years from now, God willing, we will have an 18 year old, 16 year old, and a 14 year old– so that will be interesting. I would love if, in five years time, we could be debt free (not likely due to my college loan) and following our passions but otherwise, no idea.

  6. My life has been so unpredictable, there’ s no way I can see 5 years from now. I only know I will be teetering on the edge of 40, so there might be some midlife crisis-ing involved. ;)