Flashback Friday – Future Step-MIL!

I have no pictures of eats from yesterday because you’ve seen them to death lately.  Breakfast was more pumpkin scones (only 2 left – must make more stat!), lunch was zucchini lasagna, and dinner was buffalo chicken chili, three ways.  Kelly, to answer your question, chili three ways is just chili served over elbow macaroni or spaghetti with cheddar cheese – five ways would be with sour cream and chopped onions, and you know I am not doing the onions! 😀

This flashback Friday is about my step-son Joe.  Many new readers will be like “who the hell is Joe?”  Well, I don’t write about him a lot because he lives in Texas with his . . .fiance!  Yep, Joe and his girlfriend Lizz are getting hitched next summer, so that means your dear Biz, at the young old of age of 44 next summer, will be a step-mother-in-law! 

I have to tell you that I was quite worried about Joe being independent.  Tony and I got married when Hannah was 8 and Joe was 11.  He lived with his Mom and his mom did everything for him – including when Joe was in high school – as soon as his mom heard him enter the shower, that was her cue to go sit in his car and warm it up in the winter.

But I am very proud of him!  He moved out after high school graduation.  When he called he would say “I made a great JoeVcipe” (a Joe recipe) and would tell me that first you heat up a pan, add some olive oil, add a boneless chicken breast and sprinkle it with Weber Grill seasoning he bought at the store.  He declared it delicious!

So last year, after only knowing Lizz a few months, they decided to relocate their jobs to Austin, Texas last July.  Joe was 20, Lizz was 19 and away they went to start their new life.  And enjoy it, they have!  They have an apartment, they have a cat named Jasmine, a dog named Cinnamon Bun (love that name!), and have decided they are the one for each other.

While I still think they are a bit young, all I want is for Joe to be happy and I know he is. 😀

This family photo was taken a mere 3 weeks after Tony and I met – it was at my then law firms annual summer picnic.

the kids are so tiny!

These are pics before my time, but they are some of my favorite:

But then he started growing up:

sleeping on vacation in Door County

Joe and Tony having their first drinks together at the bar after Joe turned 21:

Joe in action at work – he’s on the left 😀

Here is Lizz’s engagement ring:

I hope you have a happy life together!   I look forward to getting to know Lizz better.  I love you!


37 thoughts on “Flashback Friday – Future Step-MIL!

  1. Congratulations to Joe and Lizz! What a precious couple they are! I’m a very young step MIL to a daughter-in-law and son-in-law. It’s wonderful having these two extra kids to love. You are going to be wonderful. By the way…..I could never get tired of seeing your food photos. You always make me hungry! Have a wonderful weekend, Candace

  2. awwwwwwwwww- so cute 🙂 I can’t wait to see the wedding pics!! They seem like a great couple. And Cinnamon Bun is like the cutest dog name ever. Have a great weekend Ms. Biz

  3. So sweet! Best wishes to the newly engaged couple. You will be a rockin’ MIL, the coolest ever! Have a great weekend Biz.

  4. Congrats to Joe & Lizz!!!

    Loved all the flashback pics!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Congrats to Joe and Liz!

    And you’ve given me an idea for a post! My sister’s soon to be fiance–he’s getting my grandmother’s engagement ring from my mom today!–and my sister!

  6. If you’re going to have the title of “MIL, can “Gramma” be far behind 😀
    Lizz is beautiful and so is her ring

  7. What a beautiful tribute to our Joe. He is truly special!
    Hopefully we will get to met Liz soon.
    You will do just fine as a MIL. How do I know? Because you are a special daughter-in-law. We are blessed to have you in our family.

  8. So sweet! May they have all the rest of their days together be happy ones!

  9. Congratulations, Joe and Lizz!!! Biz, I love all the pictures you shared, especially the early family picture. Lizz is going to be a beautiful bride. 🙂

  10. how sweet is this! congratulations

  11. Oh congrats to them! He is very handsome and she is beautiful…a lovely couple they make! I am having issues with myself about my kids growing up…lol….I want them to stay little forever…but I know it can’t happen. Sometimes its more scary wondering if we did everything we could to prepare them for adulthood ( including, like you said, NOT doing things) and wondering if the things we chose to allow them to learn on their own was the right thing and hoping we didn’t help them out too much…..ugh…very scary indeed! But like you said, happiness and I am going to add, success…however they define it, is the ultimate goal.

  12. Congratulations to Joe, Lizz and your family!

  13. What a lovely tribute! I bet you’re going to be a wonderful step-mother-in-law. They’re lucky:)

  14. Congrats for Joe and Lizz! My cousin got engaged this past Tuesday, and she’s 19. I, too, thought that was quite young, but the guy is great and she’s happy.

  15. Aww yay!! Congrats to Joe and Lizz! 🙂

  16. Congrats Joe & Lizz!!! :):)

  17. AWWWW, what a cute couple!! I hope they are very happy together!

  18. Congrats to them! I’ve got scones here too & I’m lovin’ them!

  19. Congratulations to Joe & Lizz! What a stunning couple they are!

    Though I was engaged at 21 and married at 22, I plan to encourage my own kids to spend some time living before they settle down. However, some people are ready to settle down early and you can’t argue with that!

    Have a fantastic weekend, Biz!

  20. Ahh, young love, how sweet it is. As a 70-year old, I would love to recapture some of it. Love your beautiful photos. Your SIL and future DIL are very handsome.

  21. What a beautiful tribute to Joe! He’s got excellent taste in rings 🙂

  22. Congratulations to the cute couple! You have a lovely blended family Biz!

  23. I don’t know what is more beautiful – your picture timeline with y’all, or the happy couple or her gorgeous ring.

    You all must be so proud! How wonderful.

    Please send them the best, happiest wishes from Virginia. We live in the state whose motto is “Virginia is for Lovers” after all. giggle

    All the best. and YAY!

    [twice in a week you made me jump and down bizzy – stop it – heehee]

  24. Thank you Beth! This means a lot to me, I love you!!!!

  25. Awwww so sweet! Congrats to Joe, Lizz, and the fam!! They are young, but sound very responsible and mature from your stories!

    Your comment about my dad’s sausage cracked me up!

  26. What a lovely post. Congratulations Joe and Lizz – may you have many wonderful years together! Beautiful ring, too. 🙂

  27. Did I miss something? I don’t see the picture of the ring but I do see all the others…

  28. aw, how sweet! congrats to all of you!

  29. Awww. What a lovely couple! Congratulations to your whole family!

  30. How exciting! Her ring is gorg! I never had an “official” engagement ring. I had a promise ring, knew we were going to get married, then did it! A little unconventional, but it’s a fun story to tell!

  31. Aww, congrats to Joe, how exciting!!

  32. Congrats to Joe & Lizz! When you know it’s right, it’s right! 🙂

    Good luck at WI. I am regretting my salty meal out last night. DUMB, Nicole! DUMB! 😦

  33. Awww, congrats to Joe! Before you know it you’ll be a step-grandma! 🙂

  34. If I’m not mistaken, the last picture (“kissing.jpg”) looks like it was taken about twenty steps behind my office. I’ve gone for walks down there from time to time.

  35. DiningAndDishing

    congrats to the happy couple!! weddings are alwaysss exciting :). most especially when they’re in your own family!

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  36. […] You read that My step-son Joe got engaged to his fiance Lizz! […]

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