Monday, March 23, 2015

Precious Daughter, Dearest Lauren

My springtime baby
Precious daughter
Dearest Lauren
Second-born child
Opening wide my heart
Who knew I had enough love
To multiply it by two

Moments like this were rare
Just you and me alone
Always the younger sister
But that was okay with you

It was cool and windy with snow and sleet
The day you came to us
Your smile warmed up our hearts
Put a smile on daddy's face
Your sister ran into the room
"I saw my baby sister!" she exclaimed

No sibling visits back in the day
Big sister Jenny waited at home
So excited to hold her baby sister
Proud as she could be

You were such a happy baby
It was rare for you to cry

Jenny was your favorite person of all
Love at first sight from day one
Your big sister and protector

Our two little redheads
Happy little family

Before long you were crawling
How quickly the days flew by

Your excitement for life
Written clearly on your face

Crawling turned to walking
"Mommy, get Warren out of my STUFF!"

Beautiful girl on your Baptism day
Your Atkins family gathered around

Such a cute little 2-year-old
Still the youngest, but not for long

Such a proud big sister
Holding your new baby brother

Posing with Grandma and PaPa
Sweet 4-year-old birthday girl

First gymnastics performance
One of many firsts to come

Worlds of Fun Atkins tradition
Grandma and her first 10 grandkids

Fun new adventures await you
Kindergarten, here I come

A hike in the woods together
Crisp leaves crunching underfoot

Silly sisters
Lifelong friends

Atkins reunion
Growing family

The big coast-to-coast trip
Golden Gate Bridge with family

Posing with Grandpa
Almost 15

New beginnings
Stepfamily celebration

High School memories
Up before dawn
Lauren and Lyndsay
Band competition

Baby Kyle
Favorite Aunt Lauren

Beautiful graduate
High school days are over

College girl
Looking good

Best friends and soulmates
Lauren and Jessica
Birthday fun

Christmas Atkins style
We're the big kids now

My little girl's a Mom now
Newborn Andrew
Mommy's sweet little man
Precious baby

Deployment time
Mom, Dad and baby makes three
We'll miss you
Come back soon, Daddy

Here comes the bride
With the man of her dreams

Family love
Everything's new

Walking Andrew
He's so big now
Can't hold him back

Family of three
Our own Christmas tree
Soon there'll be four
One more to love

Mother of two
Newborn Alexis
Your own baby girl
Proud Mom and daughter

That look says it all
"I'm a brother?
What does that mean?
Make her stop crying"

Big celebration
Baptism day

And off she goes
Chasing big brother
Can't slow her down
Walking Alexis

Birthday girl
Blowing out the candles
Can't believe she's 2 already

Mom and kids playtime
Down on the floor
Fun with animals

Making family memories
Strawberry picking

Mother's Day celebration
So many blessings

Such a sweet couple
Facing life's ups and downs
Sticking together
Through thick and thin

The three amigas
Classroom fun
Amazing moms
Sweet friends

Family together
Mexican feast

Your family of four
Making memories
Day at the Peaks
So many adventures ahead

You're beautiful in every way
No flowers as radiant
As your smiling face
So proud of you
Precious daughter and friend
Happy Birthday
With all of my love

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