My name is Jessamyn.

I'm a 34 year old wife and mother and daughter and lawyer and photographer and writer and pet-owner and Chicago resident. In a couple of months, I hope to be a 34 year old homeowner. In a couple more months (on August 4th, to be exact), I hope to be a 35 year old.

My husband's name is Geoff. We met (in person - we met years before on the internet) in August 1998, and we got married in November 2002. Geoff's a 28 year old husband and father and son and musician and composer and fantasy-baseball participant and green card recipient (permanent resident U.S. alien - Canadian citizen).

Our daughter's name is Kathleen Matilda, but we almost always call her Katie. She turned one year old on March 7, 2005. She is big for her age, but she's still a very small human. Sometimes one of her socks gets left lying out in the middle of the floor, and one of us will get a pair of tweezers, pick it up, and say, "Look at this. There is a person living in this house with feet small enough to fit in this sock. How is that possible?" Katie is amazing and wonderful and brilliant, and she makes me laugh every single day. I believe that I have already taken more pictures of her than of any other person in existence.

I have a great mom, dad, stepmom, and brother who I see regularly, not to mention two terrific grandfathers and a gaggle of loving cousins, uncles, and aunts who I don't see as often. I have kind in-laws (my sister-in-law Stephanie, in particular, ROCKS) and wonderful friends (some of whom are: Laurie and Tracy and Allen and Candace and Erin and Rebecca).

I've been writing online since August 2000. I've been posting pictures online for almost as long.

The name of this site comes from a quote by Galileo that I once read on the front of a greeting card:

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the world to do."

The quote has stayed stuck in my head, and every time I think about it, I feel a surge of faith and hope. I figure if the sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the world to do, then maybe it also has time to shine some light on all of us, too. There have been times of my life when it seemed like there were more shadows than light, but right now my life is really bright. I see the sunlight, and I am grateful for it.

I hope the sun shines on you, too.