Happy Birthday, Emily!
Thirty years ago, today, my beautiful daughter Emily came into our lives. She is a joy—smart, funny, loving and hard-working. A year ago she married her handsome, Ecuadorean husband, Carlos Julio—we call him Cayo. After spending four years teaching in Quito, Ecuador, Emily and Cayo are moving to Portland this summer. We are very excited. The picture is of Emily and Cayo the day of their civil marriage ceremony. The formal wedding followed several weeks later, with us in attendance and we have many beautiful pictures, but I love this picture—don't they look happy?
On the day Emily was born I was exactly the age she is now. She has shared half of my life. She is my only daughter and my baby—and one of my favorite people in the world. We love you very much, Em, and wish you a great birthday.
Happy Birthday, Melissa!
The same day Emily was born, in Pocatello, Idaho, across the mountains in Jackson, Wyoming, her cousin Melissa was born. Melissa's dad is Ray's twin brother. We knew the babies were due within 10 days of each other, but were truly surprised (and thrilled) that they arrived on the same day.
Melissa is a beautiful redhead, the mother of a little girl and a baby boy and also a teacher.
Our family has loved watching the "twin cousins," Emily and Melissa, grow up and become amazing women. They were adorable at two, in matching T-shirts—Emily on the left, Melissa on the right.
Happy Birthday, Jessica!
On Emily's 8th birthday something very special happened. Another cousin, my brother's daughter, Jessica, joined the world.
Jessica is 22 years old today. She is a busy college student who also works at a decorating business, where I'm sure she charms everyone with her dazzling smile and her warmth and genuine interest in everything and everyone.
Who knew May 23rd would be such a remarkable day?