Mom and Dad came to visit San Diego for Dad's birthday and to see "Emma". I can not even tell you how wonderful it has been to be closer to them. I love my parents and am so incredibly grateful for their love, support and constant care.
We all went up to Jullian to enjoy the town and have a great laid back day.
Aren't they the cutest?
Xander and Mego. Hopefully not a picture of things to come....
Adam got to come too! He had the morning off of shows AND school. Quality one on one time!
Jullian has AMAZING apple Everything. If you go there, go get some pie at "Mom's". Totally worth the drive!
Happy Valentines Day to my sweetheart and best friend!
I know, I know, it's just a commercial holiday but it is nice to have a wonderful day to celebrate the fact that the love of my life is with me and we are still able to be best friends and enjoy every moment we have!
Here is Xander's sweetheart, Abby. Aren't they the cutest?
Our valentines family photo out and about in San Diego.
It never ceases to amaze me how people decide to judge.
Adam and I are going to be living on different sides of the country. We are. This does NOT mean that we don't love each other. This does NOT mean that we put our careers first. This does NOT mean we put money ahead of our family. It may not be something that is right for your family and I totally understand that. Honestly. I understand.
Adam and I live our lives. Every single day we are each involved in the small details that make the moments we live become our lives. People can look at what we are doing and judge as a whole but they don't know all of the reasoning, the praying, the anxiety, the decisions and the promptings we've received.
I am not saying this to call anyone out. I am saying this because I have been on the receiving end of people judging me, my abilities as a mother and my dedication to my husband because of a decision we have made together as a family.
It's strange. It makes me wonder how many times I have judged someone rashly, too quickly, unfairly. There are so many times where I hear news and quickly say, "I would NEVER do that" or "What is she Thinking?" or "There would have to be another way. If I were her I
It's a great thing, really, my being on the receiving end. I need to have more empathy. I need to judge less harshly. I need to have more love and understanding for others.
Adam and I felt so strongly about coming to San Diego. We knew that it was right. We knew we had to do it. So we did, We are here. We left all of our friends and family in Florida and moved across the country to be here.
It is so great, the opportunities Adam is able to have. He is learning so much and so involved. I am so proud of him!
On the other hand, I have been having a difficult time adjusting. I have been praying so hard to get the comfort and peace I need to feel at home here.
Well, two weeks ago Adam and I went over our finances and realised how much more we need to make ends meet while we are in school. I am the only one who can work so I was starting to really feel the pressure. I was starting to look for jobs around here, but I hated the thought of leaving Xander with people I don't know. I hated how long I would have to work in order to make our life possible. I was just feeling down.
Enter Monday. I got a call from wonderful Disney Casting Director who offered me a full time contract. The offer was for Dory in "Finding Nemo the Musical." As many of you know, it's a part that I already know and love. Only problem-it's in Florida and Adam is in San Diego.
After getting the offer and crunching the numbers, it turns out that it is the exact amount we need in order to survive. By going away for 6 months I will be able to solve our financial problems. As Adam and I thought and prayed and prayed some more, a peace came over us. We went through month by month and found time each month for us to fly to see each other. We found a WONDERFUL friend who volunteered to watch Xander in her home so he wouldn't have to go to daycare. We have Adam's family super close and we have an AMAZING support group of friends down there.
While it is incredibly difficult to think of parting for any amount of time, it's beautiful to think of how we are led when we allow ourselves to open up to different possibilities.
God is so good!
I am grateful for the friends and family who have supported us so far and look forward to seeing all of our Florida friends soon.
Adam and I met in 2003 in "Savior of the World". Since we were both in the cast, we were not allowed to date. We were very much interested in each other so the day after it ended, we had our first date. We really haven't been apart since. It's pretty much the best thing EVER!