So I was going through an old email folder from Kevin and found something he had written about me for who knows what. I had to laugh because he knows me so well. :-D
I met Vanessa in November of 2000. The first thing she said to me was “put that down!” I was playing with her porcelain statue from Spain, and she is very protective of it. So we got a rough start, but by January, we were spending every day together and were engaged by April. We were married on August 10, 2001 in Mesa, Arizona. You could say she swept me off my feet. If you’re looking for endearing qualities about Vanessa, top on the list has to be her propensity for accidentally getting hurt. She once fell down the stairs and sprained her ankle, twice, in the same day! On our second date, we went to play tennis and she was struck by the ball despite her best efforts to avoid it. She’s not clumsy, mind you, she’s actually very athletic, but there’s something to be said for just plain bad luck. She was even on a horse one time getting riding lessons when the horse was spooked and took off running, she lost the reins and had to be saved by her instructor. You could sit with her for hours, as I have, and listen as she tells you rib-splitting stories one after the other about her various injuries and mishaps.
She is a very complex person, often displaying character traits that at first glance seem to contradict each other, but come together to form who she is. She’s the kind of girl who can display classic tom-boy tendencies with princess-like pageantry without any effort. You can picture her putting on the most colorful, lacy dress, doing her hair perfectly, wearing the perfume, and then chasing the boys around in the dirt in front of her house, or climbing a tree. It’s part of what makes her so wonderful. She finished college when she was 20, leaving home at sixteen and moving clear across the country. A person like that has to have an inner strength that can stand up to anything, but at the same time she is so sensitive to what others think and seeks validation. She likes to take charge and let her opinion be known, but she also likes to defer to her husband at times, retreating, wanting to be taken care of. It’s the tom-boy/princess version of her that co-exist and make a wonderful combination.
Vanessa is one of the most ambitious people I’ve ever met. By that I mean she can take the smallest task and turn it into the event of the decade. She always thinks big. Small details are never a hindrance to her ultimate goal. She doesn’t worry about them, and they often don’t get in her way. She’ll make the big plan and she has an inner-belief that everything will take care of itself along the way to make her plan come to fruition, it amazes me. So many people lack that kind of direction and purpose, but she possesses both with grace.
I could go on all day. In a nutshell, Vanessa is one of a kind. She has been a strength to her family in hard times, friend to so many, and a wonderful wife.
Some facts you may need for your paper:
She was born April 7, 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Her mother is a retired schoolteacher (now homeschools a son and daughter, both in high school)
Her father attended University of Utah medical school, and is a practicing ear, nose and throat surgeon
She moved to Arizona in 2000 and her first job here was selling vacuums!
She once placed second in a regional piano competition.
Enjoys playing all sports, especially basketball
Spent three weeks in Hawaii with her aunt one summer
Is 1/4 Spanish and 1/2 Mexican
Favorite board game is Scrabble
Loves to draw and design (interior, exterior)
Is very active religiously
Loves plants and flowers, but has a black thumb (everything she plants ends up dying)
Is a very good problem solver
Is supporting her husband while he finishes college
Dreams of having a big family
Wears contact lenses
Every once in a while, absolutely has to eat Mexican Food
Hope this helps, email me with any specific questions, it’ll help me know exactly what you need.