I really like Emily Reese.

Some introductions are easy because words about the women just flow. Some introductions are harder because I can’t quite wrap words around what I feel. Emily is one of the harder ones because when I think of her, my brain just shuts off. Why? Because I smile so widely that my thinking centers shut down, assuming that I’m in the middle of some bubbly kind of fun. See, when you’re with Emily, it’s usually in the middle of some bubbly kind of fun because Emily IS bubbly kind of fun.

When I think of Emily, I am simply overwhelmed with fondness for her. She is sweet and considerate, obliging and helpful, and wants very much for you to feel at home, and happy in her company. She is the Florence Nightengale of friendships, caring and nursing, keeping watch over the temperatures, and doing what needs done to keep things healthy and in good shape. And the usual: She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s informed, and she can cook up a storm.

Thor and Autumn
I am very fortunate to know Emily through having had a wonderful working friendship with her husband, Ryan. Ryan is another great favorite of mine, and I don’t mind telling you that their daughter is the only child I would even joke about letting Thor date. See, if I had to pick in-laws for my son, I think the Reeses are top notch. That should tell you exactly how highly I think of them.

Meet Emily.

Name: Emily Reese
Age Range: 20s
Preferred Job Title: Stay at Home Mommy
Industry: Autumn

Who are you? I’m Autumn’s Mama, Ryan’s Beautiful Wife, Judy’s Angel Baby, Zoe’s Center of the Universe, Nash’s Florence Nightengale, Nita’s Mobile Cat Bed

Describe your family: I’m married to my soulmate, who is a wonderful, though not always easy man. I’m mother to the most beautiful, goofy, intelligent little girl in the history of ever. I have a Wonder Pug and two kitties.

What does the first hour of your day look like? I feed everyone, make sure everyone uses the potty where they’re supposed to, then enjoy some cuddle time while watching Nick Jr.

The last hour? A shower if I’m lucky, working on my novel, putting my cold hands and feet on Ryan and listening to him squeal.

What makes you feel successful? I feel successful when Autumn figures something out, or when I get compliments on her. That means I’m doing a good job.

What brings you joy? Pugs. They’re just furry bunches of love snot and exuberance. Also, when Autumn gets really excited about something she’s discovered and laughs out loud and does an excited dance.

What women do you admire? I admire my Mom, she’s taught me that you can do anything by yourself if it’s for the right reason.

What do you like best about your closest friend? He still lets me put my cold feet on him, even though it makes him squeal. : )

What do you like best about yourself? Feature wise? I’ve always liked my eyes. Personality wise, I like my need to nurture. It’s very rewarding.

What advice would you give boys about girls? Don’t touch mine. Also, always introduce yourself to a girl’s parents the first time you go over to their house. Nothing says “little $hit” like waiting outside by the mailbox for her to get home from school and her parents having to ask who you are.

How do you overcome adversity? Lists help. If I can just make a list of the steps I need to accomplish to overcome my problem, I feel like I can tackle the little steps and get through it.

How do you want to be remembered? As a good Mommy, a supportive and thoughtful wife, and a daughter to be proud of. After that, everything is just gravy on the potatoes.