Kristin is the most caring, loving, and thoughtful person that I know. Kristin makes everyone feel like they are the most special person to her. She is gentle, joyful, and loves children. When we have our young cousins stay overnight, she thoughtfully fills their visits with fun and educational adventures that include trips to museums, playgrounds, the ocean, and library. It’s fun to watch her reading to them, helping them sound out a new word or teaching them how to say a word in Spanish.
Kristin is a fifth generation Californian with a large extended family. The first family reunion I attended had more than 100 people! It is the most supportive family I can imagine, a family that loves to laugh and will welcome and embrace our child. Kristin enjoys getting lost in a book, curling up on the couch to watch a movie, and walking through Golden Gate Park down to the ocean. Her love of traveling and different cultures has led us to visit more than fifteen countries. Her favorites have included Zimbabwe, Nepal, and Peru.
Kristin loves to be in the kitchen. She has a fun collection of cookbooks to explore making everything from dumplings to all things bacon. She likes to test out her latest creation on me and our unsuspecting dinner guests. We never complain. Her baked goods are legendary at work and potlucks.
After earning her college degree in Spanish and History, she worked as a preschool teacher in a Head Start program in rural Kentucky. She loved spending her days working with children, but felt her calling was to advocate for children and families in the legal system. During law school she worked at the Children’s Law Center, developing policies to protect the interests of children. She now works as an attorney at a non-profit legal clinic in San Francisco, helping families that are being evicted from their homes. While she feels her work is really important and needed, she has always known she would stop working to spend time with our child and is looking forward to doing so.
I look forward to Kristin doing the same fun activities with our little one that she has with our cousins: reading books at the library, walking through Golden Gate Park to the aquarium, and playing at the playground. I imagine how fun it will be for our son or daughter to help Kristin make chocolate chip cookies, learning about baking with flour all over their hands. I see Kristin cherishing every moment with our child whether at toddler swimming lessons, snuggling on the couch, or flying kites by the ocean. I can picture her walking our child to their first day of school and hanging their art on our refrigerator.
I can’t wait to see Kristin as a new mother!