An amazing thing happened 21 years ago today. My beautiful daughter was born. My life changed in a big way!
I waited a long time to have a child, and she was well worth the wait! I knew I would love being a mom!
When her father left, I decided we needed to take a trip to Disney World. That was the first year of a long tradition of Disney trips.
When we returned from Disney, My life as a single mom began. It was never easy, but she was very much worth it!
Who could resist this sweet face?
Year after year, we made our own adventures, just the two of us.
As she got older, she built special friendships and grew into an interesting young lady.
Always a happy girl! Here she is dancing with other flower girls at her Uncle Dave's wedding.
Enjoying time with family!
Christmas Karaoke with her grandmother!
Then she developed an interest in theatre, just like her mom.
Here's her first show, The King and I.
But we didn't stop the trips to Disney!
The last year we went to Disney, she was onstage for the American Idol experience... very cool!
We did plenty of shows together. Here she is as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. (I played her mother... Golde!) Yes, she's blonde in this one!
Here we are in Nunsense. She was the novice who wanted to be the first nun-ballerina. I was Sister Amnesia... who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
One of her favorite roles: Anne Frank. (Back to dark hair.)
Later she starred as Roxy in her school's production of Chicago. (Now she's a redhead!)
She was the most beautiful girl at her prom... back to brown hair, of course!
Where did all those years go? How did it all happen so fast?
She went of to college in 2011 in the big city. She absolutely loves it!
Luckily, she still comes back occasionally to visit her mom in the country. (This time, I'm the blonde... that didn't last long!)
Or I go to the city to see her. No matter where we are, we always manage to have a great time. It's been a great 21 years. I just can't believe how fast it's gone. I often wish I could have slowed down those minutes, so I could have enjoyed them longer. But I cherished every minute we had together...
and I always will!
Her first legal drink... shortly after midnight!