It's hard to believe it's only been five years since I met Nathalie. When we met, we were both unmarried and our babies were just a gleam in daddies' eye.
|Monte Carlo Bay, 2008|
The first day of the EPT Grand Finale our (then) boyfriend and fiance were playing together. They chatted briefly and I told Gavin I was going to ask Nathalie to have lunch with me. Over the course of the next fifteen minutes, I chickened out about 5 times. It's hard to ask someone out! But I'd been around poker quite a bit recently, and I knew that I liked her WAY better than pretty much all of the other wives and girlfriends I'd met, so, I finally did.
|We even had a brief life of crime together (Note the large pile of Stars gear)|
|Ignore my weird face and look at the concentration on Nathalie's face!|
Her love for her family is obvious. I asked her to stand up in our wedding because her marriage is a marriage with many traits we intended to emulate.
Although she is miles away, in another country, and we don't see each other much, she's also only an email or a phone call away. Following her family on her blog makes the distance seem insignificant.
|I was so excited to introduce Emily to one of my long time friends.|
Nathalie's youngest daughter is only two months older than Taylor would be. There was a time when that was incredibly difficult for me, but mostly, it makes it more special to watch her grow up, even if from a distance.
So happy birthday to one of the most wonderful women I have ever met.