It's our daughter Jill's birthday, the day she marched forth into this world. She was born on a Sunday evening in 1973. That makes her older than she wants to be, but she has made good use of those years. As I like to say about myself, and my age, she has earned those years.
After graduation from high school, Jill completed her BA in Education in three years, going summers, straight through. She began her teaching career with fits and starts, doing a lot of long term substituting. At the same time she began her Masters Degree program and completed it a few years later. She taught steadily, in primary grades and elementary PE.
In her 27th year she relocated to Colorado, where she taught first grade, married, and gave birth to our two wonderful grandchildren.
Three years ago she brought her family back to Seattle, where she began teaching first grade in the Highline School District, near where she grew up. Unfortunately her marriage did not survive the move, and she became a single mother. She bought a house which she has made into a great home for her family.
Jill has taught for about 20 years now. She is a teacher, a soccer playing soccer mom, a hiker and mountain climber, an instructor with the Mountaineers, a sports fan, and an amazing mother. She is one very busy person.
She is a daughter who makes us proud.
Happy Birthday, Jill!