My name is Kelly, and my husband T and I live in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. It’s an amazing and exciting place to live.
T and me at his brother’s wedding.
I was raised as a Christian in the Protestant church, and my faith is the biggest and most important part of who I am. T and I attend the church where I grew up, was baptized and confirmed, and where we were married. Our involvement there ranges from mentoring the middle- and high school youth groups to playing handbells to singing to doing community service to attending young adult Bible study to whatever else we are asked or feel led to do. I’m so far from perfect, but every day I know that God’s love and grace is much, much bigger than anything I am, and that’s my reason for living.
Me, T, a few other adult leaders, and 40 middle- and high-school students on our annual houseboat trip last summer.
I’m also a classical singer, which wasn’t something I ever dreamed of becoming when I was young. I thought I would be a teacher, or maybe a Christian pop singer, but never did I imagine that I’d be singing opera and actually enjoying it. I’ve always “done” music, be it school band or church choir or even more advanced things like private lessons, but I went to college with the intent of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through my undergrad degree, though, I decided one day on a whim to audition for the school opera, and I haven’t looked back. Well, okay, I’ve looked back a few times, wondering if this is really what I should be doing, but I haven’t given up. Now I sing opera and other classical music all over the Bay Area and the world, and I absolutely love what I do. It would just be nice to make some money.
A shot from my graduate recital for my masters degree, in March of 2013.
T and I don’t have kids yet (that’s probably 2 or 3 more years away still), but for now we’re happy with our two fur babies, Nigel and Nora. Nigel is a domestic shorthair, also known as to us “tuxedo cat” or simply “fancy cat,” adopted from a shelter at Thanksgiving 2011, when he was just a few months old. Nora is a just-under-a-year-old calico whom we acquired when a friend of mine adopted a stray pregnant cat which then had kittens in my friend’s house. Nigel and Nora are BFFs most of the time and are an extra source of life and giggles in our house.
Not the best picture of their faces, but I love it.
Other things I love:
My family. Here are T, me, my mom, and my brother at Thanksgiving last year.
My friends. Here’s our group at the wedding of one of the couples.
Boats. I grew up spending summers on my dad’s ski boat, and there’s just something about being out on the water.
Books. I’ve always loved reading. This is a giant bookstore that T and I stumbled upon in Rio de Janeiro.
Wine, especially when combined with a good friend and good conversation.
That’s all I’ve got for now. My hope is that you’ll learn even more about me through my posts!