May 27th is a very special day for me. You see there are two women in my life that were born on this date.
The first one is my oldest daughter Ginny.
Virginia Anne is what we named her, but likes to be called Ginny.
Ginny was a very sweet little baby. As she grew, so did her infectious smile.
As a little girl, Ginny loved to play dress up. She was always smiling, laughing and trying to provoke her older brother.
You can almost see in the above photo the mischief in her little face.
Ginny always loved to have fun and still does. She was, and still is the person to be around when you want to be happy and have a good time.
We started camping when our children were very young. They always enjoyed this very much. This I know to be true because they all still go camping!
Ginny also loved to climb trees. She used to sit up in a tree at our old house to study. I can imagine that even now, given the opportunity, she would still climb trees today.
Ginny has always been adventurous. This trait is one of hers that I admire so much. I have always been somewhat afraid to try new things but my Ginny will just jump right in if it feels right.
As a teen, Ginny was very athletic. She had won so many trophies and ribbons when she ran track and cross country in grade school.
She also used to get my heart pumping when she was playing basketball and fast pitch softball!
At a very young age, Ginny acquired a strong interest in journalism. She wrote for all of her school newspapers and after graduating from high school, went on to pursue her dream to become a journalist.
" The Dorm Room "
Ginny received a Bachelor and Masters degree in journalism. She was also the first person in our entire family to go to collage.
What a dream come true. This however did not surprise me or Jake as we always knew that Ginny was capable of great things!
Ginny's first journalism job was working for the A.P. as an intern out of our Capitol building in Springfield which was great for us as we once got a " Private " tour of our state Capitol. It was truly amazing!
It wasn't long after that that Ginny started getting offers from other state newspapers. She was now headed to North Carolina, a very long way from home.
I cannot describe my sadness that moving day. Jake, Katie and I, had drove to Springfield to say our goodbyes. Heart wrenching goodbyes for all of us. I still, today, tear up at the thought.
But she was after all her own woman now. And a beautifully strong one at that. However the not knowing when I would see her again was so painful.
Ginny did well in her chosen career, unfortunately it also came at a time when newspapers were being superseded by the internet. Still she forged on to a local news station and continued to report for the daily on-line news updates.
After being there for a time, she did something that I considered totally brave. She took another job in a completely different profession. I remember her uncertainty about it. I also remember telling her that if she was to do something like this, a total career change, that it would be better to do it now while she was young enough and brave enough!
So now she is in marketing for a majorly green company. And we are all so proud of her. She is truly an amazing woman. One that I am blessed to call " My Daughter ".
Yet no matter how much older she gets or how successful she will become, she will always, always be my princess!
Happy Birthday Ginger Peach !
Birthday # 2 !!!
One of my very favorite blogger friends is also celebrating a birthday today! You know who you are!!!!
Bernie is a wonderfully warm and compassionate woman.
I feel blessed to have gotten to know her and call her my friend.
She also has a great sense of humor, but then she's Canadian.
That explains that!
I wish you Bernie, the best Birthday ever and I would so love to celebrate with you!
Please pop over to Bernie's blog " On My Own ",
and wish her a Very Happy Birthday!
Thank you all for visiting and God Bless you all.