Happy 18th Birthday to my girlie!!

Friday, March 23, 2012 AnnMarie Brown 11 Comments

It is on this day that I celebrate the birth of my now 18 year old. I am not sure how that happened or where  the years went. We are now on the verge of making choices for university and deciding your future. Not that I have much to say in the decision but I will stand by what decision you do make. The world is your future. Dream big!!!

age 10
She is an awesome big sister who loves her little sister even though her little sister can push the limits from time to time.

age 13
This picture was taken in her last year of elementary school before the venture into highschool began.  She is a great student who always tries her best at everything. Makes her momma proud with the 110% effort she gives everything.

Huge Harry Potter Fan
I remember this picture like it was yesterday... we were at the store at midnight for the release of this book. There was a long line of people but I had promised you that I would take you to get the next book in the series. You were so excited to finally have the book in your hands. I don't think you slept that night you went home and started reading the book even though we didn't get home until 1am. The important thing was you had the book you wanted to badly.

age 15
Lyssa,

I look back at these pictures fondly ... I see such a healthy girl... a girl who could eat anything she wanted and not get sick. She truly has had a rough few years with her health and sickness. We have a diagnosis now she has Celiac Disease. She still suffers with the symptoms from time to time and we read labels every day so we don't make anything that she will get sick on. Her health is number one priority even as she decides what university to go to. Keeping her healthy is the number one goal.

I am so sorry for everything you have had to go through with your health. It seems it is always you. From blood transfusions to auto immune problems to now Celiac Disease. You are a fighter and you keep going and I am so proud to be your momma! You never give up on anything and you always give it your all. I couldn't ask for more. But today it is time to celebrate. You are the big 18!!!!!

Happy Birthday Alyssa!!!!!!

Luv ya lots!!!!