Saturday, January 29, 2005

Family Background: The Kimber/Brown Clan

Probably useful to outline the family members and friends who have been or likely will be mentioned in this blog.

My mother, Judy Bacon (nee Hyatt), lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband George. George has three children from his first marriage: Robert, Kati, and Niki.

I am Judy's first child, by her first husband, Bill Kimber (see below).

Judy has two other children, both by her second husband, Bob: Catherine and Rebecca.

Judy and Bobby had a number of foster children over the years, including Jeanne, who, with her husband, adopted two daughters from China, Kelly and Brianna. Jeanne lived with us until she got married to her husband John (see below). Jeanne and John are still part of the family and Judy considers Kelly and Brianna as her grandchildren.

Catherine lives in Seattle with her wife Jennifer. Catherine and Jennifer have a darling daughter Sophia, born to Jennifer in the spring of 2003. Catherine is 8 years younger than myself. Catherine's close friend from college, John, lives near Catherine in Seattle. John and his wife Rochelle have two lovely children, Max (now about 4) and Elise, 13 months. John and Rochelle are like family (we joke that John is the brother Catherine never had).

Rebecca lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (where I grew up from the age of 10) and has a darling daughter Julia, who was born in early January of 2003. Rebecca is 10 years younger than myself.

Jeanne, her husband John, and their daughters live outside Coeur d'Alene in the hills above lake Coeur d'Alene. Jeanne is a few years older than I am.

Judy is, as you can imagine, a busy grandmother (and about to get just a little bit busier).

My father, Bill Kimber, lives in Tacoma, Washington. I am Bill's only child.

As you can see, it's a wild, wacky, blended, extended, unconventional family. It's a strange coincidence that Catherine, Rebecca, and I are all having our first children very close to the same time (essentially all within the same year, if you count Yu-Da from her birth date). I would have never guessed, for example, that Rebecca would be the first of us to have a child. Just goes to show you never know....


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