My husband Michael and I were married in 1995.
We met at North Central University in Minneapolis. I always thought I wanted to marry someone serious and told Michael that up front. He thought I was joking. Fortunately, God knew what I really needed. Michael is a network engineer and is the only reason I was willing to start this blogging adventure. If it wasn’t for his relentless encouragement I would be struggling to accomplish my dreams. Over the years, our marital challenges have only made us stronger, and I can honestly say he is my favorite person to spend time with. He is intelligent, funny and a wonderful husband and father.
Our son Benjamin is 20 years old and is studying at Gonzaga University where he met his beautiful fiancé, Nora. They are both majoring in computer science and are brilliant (I am not biased–this is a fact). We couldn’t be happier to be adding Nora to our family and can’t wait for their wedding in May 2020. When Ben walks into a room he is basically a joy bomb and so much fun to talk to–music, politics, the Bible, sports, history–whatever it is he has something to say about it. Nora brings such a peaceful presence to our family and it truly thoughtful and kind. But don’t let her initial quiet demeaner fool you, she’s witty and full of interesting conversation.
Our daughter Emily is 18 and graduating high school this June. After that she is on her way to Washington State University at Pullman. She plans to be on the Pre-Law track studying Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She’s a deep thinker who never shies from controversy and has a strong sense of justice. Her sense of humor is the cause of lots of laughter in the Howard house, and she never gives up no matter what life throws her way. She’s also the oldest granddaughter of 9 on my side of the family so she used to being in charge of lots of little girls, and has a way of making them all feel special. If you run into me next fall I will be accepting gifts of tissue and hugs. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her around the house.
Trust me when I say that our family isn’t perfect, but we are in this together and for that I am so grateful.