Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Baby Girl

She may be 27 on February 12th, but she will  always be my baby girl and Daughter #3.  She was born on February 12th, but we came home from the hospital on Valentine's Day.  She was my best Valentine ever!

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.


gigihawaii said...

What a wonderful daughter she is! Imagine helping out her sister and her friend in those loving ways. I am so glad that you are her mom!

Sweet Tea said...

Happy Birthday to your very adventurous daughter~! She sounds like a barrel of fun!!

Intense Guy said...

Happy Birthday to Birthday Girl!!!

(I've stood under the Antler Arch at that very same spot!! The skiing was awesome but the cold was brutal!)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Birthday Allie!
The years go by so fast..I enjoyed all the old photos:)

Simone said...

She's got such a beautiful heart. I hope her birthday is just as wonderful as she is. I know that you are so proud of her.

Chatty Crone said...

Happy birthday to your wonderful daughter. sandie

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter, I hope her day was a wonderful one!

Daughter #3 said...

Thanks Mom!!! That's my song :) I know there are still plenty of adventures left for me too.

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