From the moment she could talk this child has kept us in stitches with her crazy since of humor. Here, she's shell hunting and came upon a jellyfish.
When big sister Rachel was a little worried about spending the night with a girlfriend, Allison volunteered to go with her. The other Mom was fine with that. They often did, and still do things as a team.
All together, Me, Sarah, Daughter #1, my Mom and Rachel and Allison about 1998
At 18, she( the laundry lady) worked at the Michigan Renaissance Festival with this thief and wench.
After high school and deciding college wasn't for her, she took off on a great adventure. The little girl that was not afraid to leave home, left Michigan, at 20, for the Teton Mountains of Wyoming.
She spent 4 years traveling back and forth for the "resort" season, but the year she got this photo, she had worked through the winter and experienced all 600 inches of snow.
Allie under the antler arch in Jackson, Wy. She had been home since October for the winter, and then got an offer for a year around position at the Lodge. Terry drove out with her so she wouldn't have to go alone and then he flew back. When the season was over and she was missing her family, Rachel flew out and drove home with her. Little did I know she would then drive it alone the next year. (That's just not good on a mother's nerves.)
After she left the mountains in the west, she lived with us a while in North Carolina and worked in a restaurant on the ocean. Not even the Marines playing volleyball on the beach could keep her there.
Now she's back in Michigan,working and sharing a home with Rachel and Tuc. She inherited one of my traits and that is, we adopt people. I know of one Christmas, right before she left in April for Wyoming, she was working at a Daycare. One of the single moms lost her job the week before Christmas. Allison took her entire check and bought Christmas presents for the 3 children because the Mom had no money. Allie will go out of her way and inconvenience herself, before she would let down a friend.
For the girl who's not afraid to wander......
Happy Birthday Allie.... I miss you.