S: ALL THE BEST- Family, Friends, Memories, & Wishes...!
FC: All the Best | Family, Friends, Memories, & Wishes... | We are going to Miss You!
1: From beach babe to southern gal we have seen you through it all. This book is full of love and memories that we want you to hold close to you as you are out to catch your dreams. Your spirit is something else, and it is the common thread in the following pages. We are so proud of you, and love you so much. Go show them what you got, pretty girl!
2: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts."
3: MAKING MEMORIES
6: One Special Love!
7: Dear Jillian, Your life continues to be one successful milestone after another! As you move on to Nashville to learn and improve your nursing profession, I cannot help but remember your younger days with great memories and affection. Many of these memories have given me and I hope you great joy: -Your days of gymnastics working out in the gym and particularly traveling the country with our family. - Girl scouting with your Mom from planting trees to selling cookies. - The friends you have kept over the years leading back to elementary school. - The memories of boating weekends and family vacations. Lake Brantley Days with Science Fairs and “Powder Puff” Football. The guys you had “crushes” on, and of your girlfriends are still important to you today. - Your time at the University of Florida, sorority, football games, kegs, nursing school and your leadership groups. - Your close relationships with your entire family. These milestones all had one thing in common; you had great success in all of them. You are an amazing young woman who has much to offer your profession, your family, friends, and society! Your life has been an adventure for all of us. As you start a new milestone in your life in Nashville and things get harder for you, reflect on your successes and push forward. I have no doubt that you will be a big success in Nashville. Dream BIG as you learn more about your profession and determine your ultimate goals in life and remember: “Never tell me the Sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the Moon” Author Unknown. I want to close my note with two important things to share with you. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of you. For the person you have become: your accomplishments, your many friendships, and your love and support of the family. Lastly, we are here for you to lean on for support but we know that you are well prepared to take on this endeavor. Love Always! Dad
8: My Dearest Jillian, You and your sisters are such amazing young women. Each day that [passes I am more proud of you then the last. Jillian since you were a little girl you have always lived life with such zest, adventure, determination and never been afraid to seize the moment. Your enthusiasm for life is contagious and you have provided me with memories that will last forever. Remember... only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I BE. "My Wish For You is that life becomes all that you want it to.... that you dreams stay big, and your worries stay small... and while you are out there gettin where your gettin to, each road leads you where you want to go... I hope you know somebody loves you... " This is my wish for you! Put a little love in everything you do, laugh as much as possible,. Remember I am never more then a phone call away, and you always have a place to come home to here! "Love You More", Mom
11: ...chance made us sisters...hearts made us best friends... | Sisters...
12: Having a sister is like having a best friend for LIFE!!
13: Hello my sister friend, First off just want you to know how crazy proud of you I am. I literally talk about you and Jenni to all my friends up here so much that it is probably to the point that I annoy them. You both have accomplished so much and have given me much to be inspired by. I have always looked up to you and now this is just one more thing that reminds me what an amazing person you are. Not going to lie, I am not exactly thrilled you won’t be as close to visit but I think it will definitely make for some fun trips. Nashville is going to bring you so many cool opportunities so take it all in. If you happen to run into Luke Bryan out at the bars, tell him you have a hottie of a sister and give him my number haha. I don’t feel like I can offer too much advice to you because I have never been where you are right now, but I do want to remind you of a few things. I think you are such a hard working determined person that God has got to be using you for something really great in his plan of life. I think one of the biggest things I have always admired you for is your drive and passion in life so never lose that. I also want you to know that you make me laugh all the time and I genuinely think you are such a funny girl so you can stop saying we think you are the boring sister. As for saying I am the free spirit of the family, you have a lot more of that in yourself then you think so stop saying you want to try to be more like me in that respect. We all just do it in our own ways and I happen to think you are more of one then I am. You have just taken the route of going to places like Africa and moving to Nashville on your own. My last thing is just to never forget who you are and what you stand for. I know it can be really easy to get wrapped up in all of life’s distractions but I truly believe that if we stay true to ourselves we will gain more in life then we would in any other way. They never said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it. I am so proud of you sis and love you so so so much. You are going to kick some major butt in Nashville and I can’t wait to come visit! Love you baby sister, Jaime
14: "A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."
15: Sissy, You are about to begin a wonderful new chapter in your life! I have to say I am pretty excited for you... The Home of Country Music! I am certianly going to miss you here, but Nashville has fulfilling your dreams written all over it. Its the place where GREAT talent goes to be discovered. You my dear are "GREAT TALENT, " maybe not the vocal kind but the life kind... Don't ever forget that! Nashville is a great opportunity and take it as just that, RUN with it! It is when a person is completely out of their comfort zone, holding both reins that they find out just who they are and what they are made of as a person. My time in Alaska though different taught me a lot about myself and showed me what I was made of. My advise it to take every opportunity, get uncomfortable and find in yourself what most of us already know. At some point things will get hard and sometimes just plain tough, but remember you are a fighter. In fact this is one of the things I admire most about you. I believe that there is nothing you cannot do, and I would bet my last dime on you any day. When these days come around, remember all you have accomplished and how hard you worked to get where you are... you have what it takes! Know that we are always only a phone call or short plane flight away. I for sure will be up there bar hopping and maybe even finding our singer- songwriter cowboys with you! Makes me laugh every time I think about you and the days of hating country music... glad I pushed it a little more. haha Now you get to meet them all... better remember me when you are living it up. I am living through you in Nashville =) Thanks for making this last year a dream, getting to share my "first house" with you was just what I needed, you really helped to make it a home. Thank you! Just a few thoughts: Always stay true to who you are and where you came from, work hard but play just as hard, enjoy the little moments, find beauty in everything, celebrate your successes (even the little ones) and learn from your mistakes, take the time to see the sunrise and sunset, a smile goes great with everything, laugh, and most of all LOVE LIKE CRAZY! I love you so much and I am going to miss you like no other, remember we are your biggest fans. Go Save the World My Little Girl! Love Always, Jenni
16: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen
18: so many | Dear Jillian , So - our resident whirlwind is off to the Land of Elvis to pursue more knowledge in the healing arts. As your grandparents we are so proud of your accomplishments. There has been excitement in your life since the day you were born. Then there was the heart surgery that kept us all on edge. You are a tough, motivated young lady with a vision for the future. We wish you continued success at Vanderbilt as you add new chapters in the Chronicles of Jillian Phipps. Your loving Grandparent and proud Uncle David
19: Dear Jill, Good luck on this adventure. What an exciting opportunity you have before you. You have been blessed with a servant’s heart and God will use you in great ways. Your love for healthcare is a great avenue to live out your "gifts" that He has blessed you with. Remember this on the long days....the hard days....the days when your vocation seems unappreciated. We may never see the seeds that we plant, the lives that we change, nor the hearts we touch. You have been given the opportunity to change a life with a touch, a smile, or simply your words. Jill you have eyes that smile and they are the window to your heart. "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received. Let us not be ashamed or slow to do the HUMBLE work." "May I be a pencil in the hand of God writing a LOVE letter to the world" Mother Theresa Good luck girl......We love you and believe in you. With warmest wished, Jamie, Gerry, Faith and Gabe
21: High School Days
22: Jill – “Timing in life is everything” has never made more sense to me than it does now. I can’t believe that after almost 6 years in different states you get this amazing opportunity at the same time that I get the chance to move back to Florida. I find comfort in the fact that after these 6 years I still consider you just as wonderful a friend as ever. I can’t imagine that will ever change with you in Nashville. The more I think about it the more I realize Nashville is such a fantastic place for you to go to start this new chapter of your life. The city is as fun and vivacious as you are, and I can only imagine how much fun you are going to have there. I can’t wait to hear all about your new adventures and visit as much as possible! Don’t be nervous be excited. Don’t be stressed be anxious. Don’t worry just take joy in the exciting turn you life has taken. I’ve told you that you are a professional friend maker and I was not kidding! The move is going to be so much easier than it may seem now, and the transition and new friends will just come so natural to you. I love you and I’m extremely proud of you!! Love, Kathryn
23: Dear Jillibean, I am so excited for you to be moving to Nashville! Michael and I are so proud of you, this is such a wonderful opportunity that will lead to you to bigger and greater things in the future. I know that life isn’t always what you picture it to be, but just know that whatever choices and decisions that you make along the way are always the right ones; they are the ones that mean the most to you at that point in your life. You obviously have made some good choices along the way, look at where you are now! You have made your family and friends so proud; people like you are what make the world a better place! We have had so many wonderful memories together with so many more to come! I can’t wait to come and visit you for Steeplechase, and I’m sure that I will find more reasons to visit soon. We have the wedding coming up SO soon, along with all of the festivities leading up to it! Your birthday is right around the corner, and you will have this new and exciting life in Tennessee! Just remember that I am just a phone call away, and if it is really difficult adjusting, it is only a short flight back home. Remember to go to Tootsie’s and think of me, I can’t wait to come up and see your new place! Thank you for all of your love and support for me over the years, I can’t wait to return the favor. I love you, good luck at your job in Nashville and school at Vanderbilt! Love, Brooke
25: Its GREAT to be a FLORIDA Gator!!
26: Jillian, I don’t even know where to start. As far back as I can remember, we’ve been friends and for that I cannot thank you enough. To have someone so kind, smart, thoughtful, funny and loyal as a friend is a rarity in today’s world and I feel truly blessed to have had you as a friend for so long. Through the ups (just shooting from the hip – Mrs. Issacson’s Kindergarten class, cheering on you and the rest of the senior girls during the Powderpuff, pretty much all of undergrad but especially our road trip to North Carolina and watching Graham play in the ACC tournament in the perfect tank-top weather, all of our beach trips, all of your holiday parties, and now watching you move on to Nashville!) and the downs (you moving to Jacksonville, the jet ski accident which I still feel horrible about, seeing you in the hospital every day you were there after high school, me getting sick *wink* in your car on the North Carolina road trip) we’ve shared a million memories and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world because they made our friendship what it is and it is something I will always cherish. Don’t think that because you are moving to Nashville that we won’t have a billion more memories that are going to be amazing, because before you know it, I’ll be making an epic road trip up there, full of country bars and karaoke! You are the sister I never had, and I couldn’t have asked God for a better one. You are a truly remarkable person and you never cease to amaze me with your accomplishments. Remember that anything you set your mind to, you can achieve because you are a winner through and through. I can’t fathom what the future holds for you because of your ability to do anything you wish, but just know that I will always be here for you, just like you’ve always been there for me. Thank you again for being the best friend a guy could ask for. Love, Eric Alpert
28: Jilly, We love you so much and we know that you will be successful in whatever you do. While we will miss you here in O-town, you have been given an amazing opportunity in Nashville and we know that you will be fantastic! You are so smart, beautiful, and outgoing. We are confident that you will succeed in whatever you choose. We just want you to know how much we love you! We will always be here for you and couldn’t image our lives without your friendship. You are such an amazing person and have played a huge role in our lives since we first met in high school. Thank you for making our wedding day even more special by being a part of it. Call us if you ever need anything and don’t worrywe will come visit soon! We will miss you. Love you, Jess and Mike
29: Jillian, I am so grateful to call you my friend! You are a beautiful person and I can’t imagine you not being part of my life. I have loved all the laughs, tears, secrets, road trips, movie nights and everything else in-between! I am so proud of you for taking your dream job and am excited for all of the success I know you will have! Keep a guest room available for me in Tennessee! Cheers to our amazing friendship and the memories we will make in the future! Love you always & best wishes in Nashville, Lauren
31: The Beautiful | Ladies | Kappa | Delta
32: Jilly, I am so so so excited for you and proud of you! You know I have always thought of you as my superwoman friend and you are truly one of the most amazing people I know. The children that you work with are so lucky to have you and you are going to accomplish so many incredible things just like you always have. I can't wait to come visit you in Nashville and I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love you! <3 Dingy “This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”
34: Dear Jillian, I truly can not think of a person that does more than you. I am still not quite sure how you manage to accomplish all that you do and still have time to have fun and enjoy life. Today is my first day of medical school and YOU, my dear, are my role model. I want to wish you the best of luck in Nashville, although I am positive you do not need luck. Actually if you could send some luck down this way, I would greatly appreciate it. I am so sad I didn't get a chance to see you before I left, but I am delighted that I got to see you and your lovely family last spring break for your birthday. You are so amazing; seriously, I'm in love with you and your kind heart. If you get a chance you should definitely come visit me here in Dominica (aka "the nature island). Have fun in Nashville! I LOVE YOU! Love in AOT, Katie Longo
35: Dearest Jilly, I can’t believe you are leaving O-town (and me), but I am so incredibly excited for you and your new adventures in Nashville I have always wanted to go there and will definitely be coming to visit in the very near future! I just want to thank you for 5 years of an amazing friendship. You are such an incredible woman and I admire everything about your character. Your heart for others is such an inspiration to me and I am blessed to have you in my life! I look forward to many more wonderful memories—I know God has great plans for you! Love you Jules
36: Jillian, I am so, so excited for you!! Not only are you braving a new city, but you’re doing it in one of the most amazing places in the US! We will definitely have to come visit you and hit up the dueling piano and country music joints :) Good luck with everything – not like you need it! Love you! Krystina
37: Jill! I am so excited for you! Nashville is so exciting- I’m definitely going to have to come visit you. I had so much fun hanging out with you this summer. We definitely had some good boy-talk sessions. You are going to rule Nashville just like you ruled Gainesville and I can’t wait to hear updates from your exciting life so I can live vicariously through you, hehe. I will miss you!! Love, Rachel Podnos
38: Big, Nashville has no idea what is coming for them and how lucky they are to have you! I couldn’t be more proud of everything you have achieved and I am confident that you will succeed in this next stage in your life. You are such an inspiration to everyone who knows you and I only hope to make as great an impact as you have. No one is still talked about in KD like Jillian Phipps and you’ve been gone for two years! As my Big, I have strived to live my college years with you as my role model. I still don’t even know how you did it but you never missed a beat! Even being in the nursing program you made every girls 21st birthday party, played on the intramural team, held a million positions at KD, went to philanthropies and you were still smiling the whole way through. Just like you conquered all of our hearts at KD I know you will win everyone over in Nashville by just being you. Don’t you ever forget how much we all love you and miss you. Good luck in Nashville and expect a visit in March! Love, Your Little (Monica)
39: Jill, I don't even know where to begin when writing you this letter. Since the day I met you, when Monica was being creepy and we went to TCBY, I could tell that you were one of the most amazing people I will ever meet. Your love for the people in your life is astonishing and I couldn't think of someone who deserves such an amazing opportunity more than you do. Throughout my freshman year, you were always there for me. Whether it was stealing me away to go to a gymnastics meet when I was really sick or just coming over to watch a movie...I swear you had a 6th sense and knew whenever something was wrong with me. I love you more than you know and I am so incredibly blessed to have you in my life. You have been such an amazing influence on my life and I have learned so much from you. You are one of the sweetest, smartest, most outgoing, amazing people I have ever met and you are going to have the most amazing adventure in Nashville :) I can't wait to come visit!! Love you always, Allyson
40: Jillian, I am so happy and excited for you to move to Nashville! I know what a huge decision it was and I know that you made the right one. Vanderbilt is lucky to have a nurse as dedicated as you.I will miss you here in Florida, but I hope to make it up to see you in the heartland. You are greatest, most level-headed and most driven friend I have, and I am very thankful to have met you. Can't wait to hear about all of your amazing stories! Love you, Ashley Rogover
43: "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."
44: Jill, As you begin this exciting new chapter in your life, I wish you all the success and blessings you have coming your way. You bring such joy to many people’s lives, and I know you will continue to touch the lives of many children in Nashville. They are so lucky to have you! I don’t need to wish you luck because I know you will be AMAZING. You are so smart and exude such grace and compassion as you care for others. I feel so blessed to have been able to get to know you over the past two years, and call you a friend. You are like a sister to me. You are someone I can always count on to be there, no matter what. I am forever thankful for all the support you have given me through some of my toughest times. Your positive outlook on life is infectious, and has helped make me a better person. I will miss our late night talks with tears, and texting each other from the next room while lying in bed. I cherish the memories we have shared and look forward to creating many more. So, as you start your next adventure in Nashville, know that you are truly loved and missed in Florida. I wish you all the best! Keep in touch and visit often! Love you, Elizabeth
45: The most important things in life are your friends, family, good humor and a positive attitude towards life, if you have these, then success is a sure thing! You, my friend are bound for success :) will miss your smiling face, but I am very happy for you. Vilka (vee) | Jillian: I found this quote and thought of you “All of life is a journey based on paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we arrive." Best of luck in your new job and your new journey. You will be great!!! Be positive, give it time, and embrace every new experience that comes your way. No regrets just have fun :) Love, Katie--
46: JILL! What can I say besides GOOD LUCK in Nashville. I know without a doubt that you will kick ass in school and make memories to last a lifetime up there. Though it’s been a while since we’ve all gotten together, the memories we’ve made growing up are countless. I won’t ever forget the one night our parents all went out to the movies and Jenni and Caroline babysat us at your house (several houses back) – and you found out I had a huge crush on you. Funny how things would later turn out for me . Then of course there was the time we were at that Holiday Inn north of Silver Glen and our parents all went out to that bar and I threw up everywhere because I missed my mom so bad. What about when we all went to Captiva Island and Ben said the jellyfishes’ testicles got him? The point is, the memories are vast in number, just like the ones you’re about to make. When school gets tough or you begin to miss home, just remember why you’re in school – to have the career you always wanted and rightfully deserve. Your family is always here waiting for you to visit or pick up the phone and call. I’m certainly going to miss you even more than I already do from not seeing you much, but I know when we’re both done with school, we’ll be so thankful we endured the hard times to get to where we will be. Study hard, have fun, and keep in touch! Love always Eric
47: Jillian- I hear you are moving up to Nashville to continue your graduate nursing education at Vandy----way to go girl! And as your godfather, I am very proud to hear of your success, as I must say all my influences are finally paying off! J Taylor, Jake, and I promise to visit us, if you ever invite us, as my sister lives up in the Nashville hood(Cool Springs) and we would do our best to embarrass you with our New Jersey charm & personality. Seriously, congratulations in your school efforts and move to Nashville! Sincerely, Uncle Joe, Taylor, and Jake
48: Here I am at Cranes Roost doing a little jogging. You can't have a body like mine without working for it! | Dear Mom, Since we are leaving Orlando for a little while I thought I would come clean and let you know that I have made friends too that I am going to miss dearly as well. I know you got mad at Gordon some time back because I was hanging on the ceiling in our bedroom, well what really happened was were playing hide and seek and that was when I found making friends was a lot of fun! I put together a slide show of some places that I have been partying at lately just don't get too mad at my friends for taking me out and making me a more rounded tiger! Love Kiki | I have met some animal friends a long the way. After a good game of tug-o-war they were tired and I was good and stretched | My good friends Lindsay and Gordon they even got me a football ticket and took me to a gator game! Go Gators! | I even got to go to Disney World. I ate so much cotton candy there! That night you rolled over on me and I thought you were going to blow my cover, I was so stuffed.
49: I know you like Kayaking, but being a tiger and all I'm not a fan of the water. I found canoeing is safest when it comes to water sports. | Well I kinda got this one from you. I heard you talking about Mulligans all the time, so I had to find out for my self. | I would like to say I have learned from the best, with your great driving skills I had to see if I had a lead paw myself. So I picked up this sweet ride and well my license is suspended. Thx Mom! | Well the folks down at Wekiva Island are swell! Not to mention all the LADYS!! This place better be here when we get back! | This is know as my "Chill-Lax" spot after one too many beers at the Island I take it easy and put my paws in the sand. | We Love you! Lindsay & Gordon
50: Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman Getting to know you this past year has been so much fun! Shawn and I wish you the best as you start this next chapter of you life. We love you, Whitney and Shawn | Dear Jill, I am so happy to have gotten to know you better this last year. I always knew Jenni had amazing sisters (it runs in the Phipps family!) but it was so nice spending time with you. Whether it's a flag football game or a bonfire in your backyard your company always makes it that much better. You are an amazing person and I know you will succeed in any endeavor you may embark. Nashville is lucky to have you as a future resident and Orlando will surely miss you! I can't wait to visit and wish you nothing but the best! Love always, Amy
51: Jill, I can’t wait to come and visit you in your new place. I’m sure we can see even more concerts up there. Take plenty of leaps on your new journey without looking down and always have fun doing it. As I always say to Jenni- “No excuses play like a champion!” I wish you the best of luck and much love! Love always, Britt | Jill, There are two things that I love in this world and they are COWGIRLS and NURSES, and now you’re going to be both. Have fun in Nashville! Can’t wait to come visit. XOXO Love Always XOXO Ryan | Jillian, I've really enjoyed getting to know you the last few months. Judging from what I have seen and heard, you can handle anything! I'm sure you will be able to adapt, as you begin this next chapter of your life. Good luck in Nashville. I hope to continue to be part of your life. I plan on becoming a " frequent flyer". I'll miss you! Love, Case
52: Jillian! If you wanted to move closer to me, you didn’t need to go through this whole school ordeal; you could have just been upfront with me and said so! haha Instead of the 16 hours from me to Orlando, it’s less than eight hours to your new destination. I hope you are anticipating visitors; Matt and I would love to come down! I can bring some of Mama B’s cooking, and you’ll be all set! In all seriousness, you must be so excited. There is nothing more amazing in life than seeing someone pursuing their dreams. I love that you live out your passion every day in school, work, relationships, and faith. Know that my thoughts and prayers are always with you. Keep on keepin’ on, my friend! I simply wish you enough I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish enough Hellos to get you through the Goodbyes. All the best, Jillian! KIR (Kirsten Buccigrossi)
53: Hey Jillian, I am so excited to hear all about Nashville. I have only been once but I have a feeling that this type of city is right up your alley with all the live music it has to offer. There could not be a more perfect opportunity it seems. You should be extremely proud of yourself and all that you have accomplished in such a short amount of time. The dedication and drive you have is truly admirable. I had no idea someone's resume could actually be so full of leadership activities. You are a wonderful nurse and a great friend and I cant wait to see what the next few years has in store for you. Have a great time and don't forget about us....you will have to come down to the condo every once in while for some YAYA's action. Love you, Kalyn P.S.- Let me know if you want Jake's sister's number, she will surely be able to show you a good time!
58: Forever Cherish these | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.
59: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH