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My Mother, Sister and I - 1984 I was born in Fort Myers, Florida on January 29, 1982 and I lived there my entire life until I came to the University of Florida. I have always been extremely close to my sister, who is eight years older than me, and my mother. Because my parents divorced when I was an infant, my mother, sister and I developed a strong bond. My mother is an amazing person and someone I will always admire. Wherever my life takes me, I know my family will always stand by me and love me.

"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers ~

My Parents (Donna and David) title= When I was four years old my mother began dating David and when I was seven she married him. Even though I have a good relationship with my biological father, I am very close with my step-father. He has helped me to become the person I am today. There were bumpy roads along the way that only made us stronger. Through my step-father, I acquired a wonderful step-sister, Tara, who is 17 months younger than me.

"Other things may change us, but we start and end at family." ~ Anthony Brandt ~

Myself and My Sister (Jennifer) My sister is one of the most important people in my life. I know that no matter what happens she will be there for me. She has always encouraged me to be who I am and been so proud of me in whatever I do. Her kindness and warmth toward everyone she meets makes here a wonderful role model.

"Call it a clan, a network, a tribe, a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." ~ Anne Howard ~

Neices - Khalee and Kirsten My sister's daughters, who are five and nine years old, are also very important to me. In some ways they are like younger sisters. We love and care about each other and I love spending time with them. It is hard being away from them for long periods of time, because they are growing so quickly. Their happiness means a lot to me.

"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future." ~ Gail Lumet Buckley ~