We decided after we had been married a year or so, that we were ready to add a baby to our family. Michael already had a son, so we really wanted a little girl. After a couple years trying, we finally got the good news that we were having a baby.
This is Amanda when shew was 3 days old. The hospital volunteers came by a took her picture the morning before we went home. We came home from the hospital on Valentines Day, I always tell her she was my little valentine.
I remember the day we brought her home. I sat her down in her infant seat, and said this to Michael. "What do we do now? We have waited 9 months for this day, what now? All he said was, "we raise her". Since he had already done this, I decided he knew what he was doing, because I sure didn't.
This is one of my all time favorite pictures. Michael worked a graveyard shift, Monday-Thursday, which meant I got all the feedings during the week. On the weekends we would take turns, him one night, me the next night, whoever had the night feeding got to sleep in the next morning. It's kind of a running joke in our house, if you fall asleep you might get your picture taken.
It must have been my turn to sleep in this morning, and guess what, Michael took a picture.
This is one of Michael's favorite memories. It was her first experience with chocolate. Michael was eating a fudge bar, and she wanted it.
Here are a couple pictures of her with her brother. He was good with her, considering he was a 13 year old boy. One time we went to watch him play drums in a concert, afterward he came over to us, took Amanda and walked away, then we noticed all these girls swarm around him, I guess little baby sisters come in handy for something.
While I was going through my pictures, which there were so many, I came across this one. She is 3 and it is Christmas, she is modeling the purse Santa brought her. I chose this picture, because it is so her. When she is excited about something she gets that same look on her face. If she spots a cute purse now she will pick it up and do the same pose.
Lot's of years in between, but here are a couple of her senior portraits. I love the cheerleading one, because she spent the majority of her 4 years in high school dressed in a cheer uniform, and I absolutely loved watching her cheer.
Now alot of the pictures I have of her are with her little sister. This was taken this past Christmas when we went to see The Nutcraker.
This was Christmas Eve, she got engaged on Christmas Eve. This is Brian, the new addition to our family.
Amanda, you have grown to be an intelligent, lovely young lady. I couldn't be more proud of you. I love you more than words can say.