I have lots of great memories growing up and spending time with my four cousins on my mom's side. Jason is about 4 years younger than me and I always loved being with him and my other boy cousin Vince because they both had such a great sarcastic sense of humor. Jason was also a runner, as was I in high school and college. I remember when Jason was in Jr. High, he told me that one day he'd run in the Olympics, and I thought, "yeah right, kid!" Well, J went on to run in the Jr. Olympics, and later ran for Stanford and actually went on to the Olympic trials for the 10,000 meter run!
Having moved from California to Chicago I didn't see my cousins all that much after college, especially since many of them moved out of state as well. Jason went to medical school in Ohio and would come visit us every year right around Thanksgiving so we were able to keep in touch more often. In the fall of 2008, Jason came out to Chicago for a conference and stayed with us. It was right around the time I found out there was a Vandercook press near me for which this woman was trying to find a new home. After boring Jason with a full explanation of what letterpress was and how excited this opportunity could be, he came with me to this woman's house to take a look. So naturally, four years later when he became engaged, it seems like a "full-circle" moment for me to be printing his wedding invitations! This invitation suite was completely designed by his uber-talented fiancée Grace, just wait until you see this map! We also used a QR code for the rsvp--that was really fun to be able to mix such old and new technologies.