I have been friends with Christina for over 18 years. We went to high school together and both played the clarinet in the band and orchestra. We also took Russian and both ended going on missions to the "motherland". But the most distinctive thing I remember about Christina is her family.
She is one of 20 children. Twenty!! Holy cannoli! Okay, here's the breakdown: 13 kids were born to Christina's parents, Steve and Marilyn. Then, Steve and Marilyn decided to start adopting! They went on to adopt 7 more kids from different countries and all with some sort of special need (blindness/visual impairment, Down Syndrome, etc). They were adopted during our high school years and I treasure all the time I spent over at her home with her family--all the love, craziness, and fun.
If you have a minute, watch this quick movie about Steve's and Marilyn's family here for an award they won in 2007 for being so fabulous! Needless to say, the apples don't fall far from this tree--the entire family is amazing and I have always always admired them.
(This is Mei modeling her new pink purse at the wedding.)
It was truly a pleasure to see and spend time with the entire family (fully expanded with spouses and kids!) again this weekend and share in the wedding celebration.
Congratulations, Christina and Sean!