These days I look at my grown-up family and wonder “how did we get here so fast?” In some respects, it seems like we just moved to Gilroy. At the same time, I feel like I have been in Gilroy forever! We moved to Gilroy in August 1997. We choose Gilroy because that is where we could afford to move to and I could quit my job at Hewlett Packard. I wanted to be a full-time mom. Angela was 3 ½ years old and AJ and Joey were 4 months old. Have you heard the saying “The days are long, but the years are short?” I loved being a stay-at-home mom! But, life was exhausting! Waking up with kids in the middle of the night, going to doctor appointments, getting the kids to school, school project, taking the kids to activities, being a wife, the list could go on and on. Raising a family is not for the un-caffeinated person 😊 Now, after a few short years, we have been in Gilroy for 22 years! The boys just turned 22 on May 13! Just a few weeks ago, Angela’s boyfriend asked to have dinner with Tony and me – without Angela. I guessed why before that night. Michael arrived at our house and he seemed nervous. After some chit chat at dinner, he said “I guess you might be wondering why I asked for this meeting?” Michael proceeded to ask for Tony and my blessing to marry Angela. We said yes! On May 10th Michael invited us to witness him asking Angela to spend the rest of her life with him. And now, my baby girl is now engaged to the man she is excited to be with for the rest of her life. I am going to be the mother of the bride! How did I get to this time of my life? My children are young adults. They are pursuing their dreams for their future and beginning to build their life. Tony and I are free to do the things we want. There are parts of me that miss my young family. At the same time, I am very happy with where I am and who I am surrounded by. The key is to enjoy where you are and always dream of what comes next. Next for me is Hawaii in September, Joey graduating with his masters in May 2020, and probably a wedding in 2020. Life will always be busy. I will continue to capture life moments in pictures and tell the story of my beautiful and loving family.