Tom and I were on a short vacation in Palm Springs when Annie was conceived. I knew immediately that I was then with child. It was very special for us. (Don’t worry, she already knew this.) I had Annie at the age of 36 after recently suffering a miscarriage. My pregnancy with Annie was completely normal and without any cause for concern but because of my age and my previous miscarriage I was cautious to make an announcement to my co-workers. Shortly after i found out I was pregnant, we were having a wedding shower for one of our male peers at my office and I mentioned the smell of the cheese tray as it went by and that gave away my secret!
I refused to learn the sex of the unborn child so we had the room painted a sand color - with the help of my mom and dad. Although when Tom came home that evening from work he thought for sure the room looked as though it had been painted light pink and he was sure that I had been told we were having a baby girl! I swore to him that I did not have any idea whether the baby was a boy or girl and he still would not believe me!
So we still deliberated on the name of the baby - if a boy, then Thomas Allen Jr., and if a girl, then Anne Margaret (mine but reversed). The baby was due 3-27-95 and we were told by our doctor that very few babies are actually born on their due date. Well, at 5:00 a.m. on 3-27 my water broke and I told Tom that our baby had it in his or her mind to be on schedule! Well, after 18 hours of labor I insisted on a C-section and at 11:11 p.m. on 3-27-95 Anne Margaret Freman was born. I first deeply and sincerely apologized to Tom for having a daughter and not a son. I swore I did not know - and I did not - really. I took a rest, she took a rest, and Tom took a rest.
I am so happy to have had a daughter as my only child - honest.
Annie spent 8 weeks with me at home while I was on maternity leave and while Tom managed his own tax practice. I then went back to work and still managed to work my average 55 hours/week. I would bring Annie in with me whenever I had to if Tom were also working. I would at first just put Annie in her baby carrier and later her stroller or even later whatever would keep her occupied at my office. Tom was able to watch Annie at home when tax season took its break. Then we found Sara and Ernie (through our church) who watched kids at their home and they watched Annie until we moved to Las Vegas.
By the time Annie got interested in golf she became associated with Faith Lutheran School and their golf instructor, Mr. Cheney. Her golf career took off and Tom made sure that she had the right clubs, drills, practice, tournaments, etc. to ensure she would end up with a scholarship to a Division I School. (Please be on the lookout for his very helpful hints to get your child a Division 1 golf scholarship - coming shortly.) She got a full-ride scholarship to Santa Clara University (Division I) in Northern California and started in the fall of 2013 and graduated in the spring of 2017. Tom and I saw many of her tournaments all 4 years and she played tournaments during each of the summers as well.
While at SCU we convinced her to join the School of Business. She did, and she got her degree in Accounting. She performed an internship at Deloitte, one of the big 4 international CPA firms. She also joined Deloitte full-time upon graduation. And she just recently passed all 4 parts of her CPA exam, each on its first and only time taken - 98, 93, 92 and 90. She also just recently earned their Outstanding Performance Award for her first client assignment. And we are very pleased that she is finally able to leave for vacation tomorrow to Europe with friends - much needed and deserved (and this time without mom!).
"Success isn't always about 'Greatness', it's about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come." -- Dwayne Johnson