In Fall 1998, Jason was a 2nd year law-student at McGeorge School of Law and I was teaching 8th grade General Science in Rio Linda. We were headed to Fresno on that brisk October day for a summer clerkship job interview. It was his second interview with a reputable employment and labor law firm. Scary! Jason was so excited and nervous for this interview and I was relieved to have a day off from teaching; a break from my sweet and innocent 8th graders and a morning to enjoy morning sickness without my 8th graders watching. Little did I know on that Fall morning in October 1998, Fresno would become my new home and that the truest of friends would be found.
We moved to Fresno in June 1999 for the summer and then officially packed up our little townhouse on Wexford Circle in Citrus Heights in August 2000. (Actually, Jason did. I was still in Provo finishing a graduate course.) There were many tears shed upon my move to Fresno. I was lonely and now a stay-at-home mom. No more 8th graders to tend! I relied on the Lord to help me overcome my struggles and I prayed that I would find friends. Eight years later, we're still in Fresno and I am fortunate to be encircled by true, genuine friends. Here are just a few of them.
Gwen Hawkins: Always has a smile on her face and something new to share. We met in 2002 and I happily remember the weekly scrapbook nights at her house. We can go weeks without talking, but then we pick up right where we left off. I love her.