If you'd have asked me 22 years ago what I'd be doing, I wouldn't have said blogging. Well--first, there wasn't such a thing as blogging or social networking when I got married in 1988 (the year I use to measure the beginning of my adulthood), so if technology hadn't advanced to where it is today, and with my ongoing need to communicate with strangers, I'd still be penning letters in longhand to anonymous foreign and domestic recipients and waiting impatiently to see who would respond. Alas! The $44/month I pay for Internet service saves me money on stamps. Second, I didn't discover I could write stuff that others wanted to read until I answered a request in a national magazine, and they used my submission and paid me $50. I was hooked. From that day, I knew I wanted to be a paid writer, but in order to get to this point, I spent many years writing for zilch.
I've been married to Rob for 22 years, and our story started at a Sizzler restaurant where I deemed him "cute" but not worth breaking my new vow to leave mainstream life for a convent (I'd been on a couple bad dates). Somehow, he persuaded me to go miniature golfing with him and the courtship began. Two months after all-you-can-eat shrimp, we were engaged. Two months after he proposed on Newport Beach, we were married in Carmel, Calif. One month into the marriage, I discovered I was going to have a baby boy, who (we later learned) would grow up and become an overall great left-handed pitcher and professional baseball player. We also have two daughters (who don't play professional baseball but excel in other areas) and a new daughter-in-law-to-be, but it all started at Sizzler when I was 19 years old. If I said it had all been easy, it wouldn't be true. In order to make it to year 22 (or year 8, 11, or 16), it took work and long episodes of stubbornness and unwillingness to start over. Plus, I was just too smart to resist a guy who showed up to our first date wearing yellow jeans.
Thank you to Jessica Frey Photography for these amazing family photos. You are the epitome of greatness when it comes to capturing memorable images. xo