Tom Before Cathy


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Tom was married when he was 39 years old.  This means there was plenty of time for adventure before he met Cathy.  This is the exciting historical period called Tom B.C. (Before Cathy).  Here are some pictures from this dimly remembered historical period.


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The Farm in 1965This picture was taken when Tom was five years old (August 1965) near Mt. Vernon, Washington.  During Tom's first five years of life he lived with his family on a farm north of Seattle.  From left to right: Tom (5th oldest), brother Greg (top, 3rd oldest), brother Tim (4th oldest), brother Chris (top, oldest), sister Raissa (6th oldest), and brother Nick (2nd oldest).





Machu Picchu, PeruTom's mother Jamie and Tom pose at Machu Picchu in Peru in January 1996.  This is the most famous archaeological site in the western hemisphere.  Machu Picchu is the hidden fortress of the Incas built five centuries ago.  It remained unknown to the rest of the world until it was rediscovered in 1911.  It is simply spectacular.





Chichen Itza, MexicoTom poses on top of the great pyramid at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  This picture was taken in January 1998.  Chichen Itza was built by the Mayas more than one thousand years ago.






The following table gives a summary of the major events in Tom Marking's life:

Life Story of Tom Marking



Born in Mount Vernon, Washington state Jan. 13, 1960
Raised on the "Farm" in Mount Vernon, Washington state 1960 - 1965
Lived in Marquette, Michigan 1965 - 1967
Lived in Kennewick, Washington state 1967 - 1969
Lived in Minot, North Dakota 1969 - 1972
Lived in Sioux City, Iowa 1972 - 1977
Lived in Plymouth, New Hampshire 1977 - 1978
Graduated from high school in Plymouth, New Hampshire 1978
Went to college in Ellensburg, Washington state 1979 - 1982
Graduated from college in Ellensburg, Washington state Jun. 1982
Lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico Oct. 1982 - Aug. 1992
Took trip to New Zealand and Australia Sep. 1992 - Jan. 1993
Studied for Master's degree in Corpus Christi, Texas 1994 - 1996
Took trip with mother to Peru and Bolivia Jan. 1996
Earned Master's degree in Computer Science 1996
Worked as a software developer in Houston, Texas 1996 - present
Took trip with mother to Cancun, Mexico Jan. 1998
Met Cathy in Cebu City, Philippines Feb. 4, 1999
Became engaged to Cathy Feb. 9, 1999
Married Cathy in Houston, Texas (civil ceremony) Oct. 16, 1999
Took honeymoon trip with Cathy to Grand Canyon, Arizona Oct. 11-14, 2000
Bought a new car for Cathy (2001 Chevy Cavalier) Oct. 16, 2000
Married Cathy at Sacred Heart Church, Cebu City May 24, 2001
Found out through home pregnancy test that Cathy is pregnant Apr. 1, 2002
Saw first ultrasound of 7-week-old fetus at OB-GYN office Apr. 23, 2002
Saw second ultrasound of 16-week-old fetus at OB-GYN office Jun. 25, 2002
Cathy gave birth to first baby (Zachary Brandon: 7 lbs. 5 oz.) Nov. 25, 2002
Purchased a house in Katy, Texas Aug. 29, 2003
Attended Zachary's baptism in the Philippines Jan. 24, 2004
Cathy became a citizen of the United States of America Aug. 30, 2005