Before Becoming Your Mom

Dear Layla and Kenley,

It may be difficult to imagine, but I wasn’t always a mommy.  I wasn’t always a wife.  And being the curious little girls that you are, I thought you might find it interesting one day to know who I was before the titles of Mrs. and Mommy! So here’s a little list to get you started…

1.  From the ages 3 to 5, I lived in Puerto Rico.  You could see the ocean from our front yard where we had a hammock that swung between two coconut-filled palm trees.

2.  I had two baby chicks as a little girl.  Their fuzz was dyed blue and orange and I named them Cindy and Mindy, but later found out they were boys!

3.  I played soccer for almost 8 years.  I can still hear Papa (my dad) on the sidelines, “Goooo, Girl!”

4.  I water-skied as a kid!

5.  Your dad turned me down when I asked him to our eighth grade dance.  Punk!

6.   My first kiss was in a high school play…AWK-WARD!

7.  I graduated summa cum laude and sang the class song at my high school graduation, Sarah McLachlin’s “I Will Remember You”, but ironically I don’t remember a whole lot!

8.  I was a theatre major in college (directing and performing).  Coolest moment… Doo-wopping while wearing a sequenced dress, gloves, feather boa, and hair extensions!

9.  I taught middle school theatre before marrying your dad. I was known as the crazy teacher who sometimes dressed like a mime and didn’t speak the entire school day!

10.   While I was teaching, your dad made up for being a punk in his earlier years and took me to the eighth grade dance! =)

Well, that’s just a little about my adventures before diapers and dishes!  My greatest adventures have been with you and your dad though…and something tells me the most exciting have yet to come!  I look forward to telling you more and showing you lots of pictures one day.  And I hope you will be able to look back on your own early years with the same joy and fondness I am. I love you both and look forward to sharing the past, present, and future with you…

Love always,


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