Today 25 years ago...a precious bundle was delivered into this world...I didn't know her then but, feel sure if I had, I would have loved her then just as I do today. She didn't come into our lives until she was 16...so that would have been 9 years ago. She was such a joy and so fun to get to know...and over the 6 years she dated our son...we fell in love with her more each year. She and Marcus dated from their junior year until they were married in 2005!! They had been friends at first, but within a year of meeting they began dating...and it was so fun to have another girl around the house at that time. Jackie was off at college and sometimes, I just needed to have more estrogen around to help me from feeling so outnumbered. Luckily for us she became a big part of our family on Sept. 16, 2005...the day she married our son. What a great day for all of us.
Emily has to be the best daughter-in-law I could have ever imagined having...in fact she is better than I could have imagined! She is beautiful (inside & out), she is smart, she is thoughtful and she is a wonderful wife to our son. She loves us...I'm pretty darn sure of that...she gets along great with all of us...and doesn't seemed too "fazed" by some of our whackiness! Sometimes, she just does something so cute or so funny, that I can't believe she hasn't ALWAYS been in our lives...I don't know how to explain it...other than when they first started dating...I knew there was something so "right" about their relationship. I love it when I know...I also love it when I am right!! lol
This picture is at one of the fabulous restaurants we dined at while vacationing in Costa Rica...Emily always made sure we took pictures of the food and where we ate...for Marcus to see...he of course would be very interested in the culinary feast if he had been there. Obviously it was at the Asian restaurant...because I do see some chop sticks in Emily's hand...yes, she even knows how to eat with chop sticks...and by that I mean she can eat with them and not drop a single bite...me! well, I'll have to use a spoon or fork to keep that from happening!
This picture is last year...I believe at Marcus and Emily's 2 year anniversary celebration OR her birthday celebration...hey...it's been a year folks...I forget. Regardless...I love this picture...they are both so beautiful. This was taken at the restaurant were Marcus is the sous chef! GREAT FOOD!
This last picture was taken in Hyde Park, New York...from a trip we took when Marcus and Emily lived there for a year while Marcus was finishing school at the Culinary Institute of America. I believe this particular picture was taken the night of Marcus' graduation from the Culinary Institute, at a lovely bistro in Hyde Park. Man...they have some great places to eat in that part of the world. I know Marcus and Emily certainly enjoyed living there and experiencing a new way of life. It was their first year of marriage and I think they rather enjoyed the adventure.
So "Cheers" and "Happy Birthday" to our sweet daughter-in-law or (daughter-in-love) as Kat says...we wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We look forward to celebrating many, many more birthdays with you! We can't wait to celebrate this one as a matter of fact.
Love you Emls...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!