I always wished I had come from a big family, but I didn't, so I developed this habit years ago of adopting people into my family.
This cute runaway is Missy. She's been my best friend since I started college. Ever since N learned her name it's, "Where's Aunt Missy?", "We go see Aunt Missy?", "Aunt MISSY!!!!!" all day long. Don't know what I'd do without my Missy.
This is Karen and Sid, my adopted parents in Idaho. I showed up for college in a state I had never been to, where I knew no one and they took me in :D I'm awful at calling, I'm like the son on a mission who never writes, but I love them and miss them terribly.
I worked with Jill in high school at the Tempe Public Library. She is such a sweet spirit, someone who you find yourself comfortable with right off the bat and someone you want to get a hug from because it makes you feel safe and special. Her and her husband, Jiggs, we're two people I would call while away at school to get advice about guys, to talk through problems I was having and to share exciting news. They are the Aunt and Uncle I was blessed with to find later in life.
Richard was Todd's first real friend. They met when they were six when Richard shared a piece of gum with him. Even after loosing contact with moves to others states and eventually another country they met back up in college and picked up right where they left off. With me and Kristine being added to the mix things are just more interesting. N instantly loved them and they've always been there for us. They also have excellent taste in board games!
And the most recent additions to the family, whether they know it or not are the girls new uncles. Uncle Garrett and Uncle Spencer. Todd worked with Garrett on campus and when Todd started Game Night, when we still lived in the apartment, Spencer showed up with his brother and joined the group. The girls love them and I love watching how they interact with the girls. When Garrett is here, it's his lap and and no one else's N want's to be on, not even mommy's.
We love having all of you as "extended" family and to have your influences on our children. You're always welcomed here and you always have a place to stay if you find yourself in the area.