Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Sweet 16th Birthday, Cari

Today is my granddaughter Cari's 16th birthday. It's hard to believe she is already 16. Cari is an amazing young lady who has endured much in her 16 years, but has also given incredible joy to those around her. Cari and her brother Michael have lived with Walt and me since February 2005, when our daughter Julie and son-in-law Mike were killed in a motorcycle accident.

Since then we have seen Cari grow from a shy young girl into an independent (sometimes too much) young lady. The photo above is of Cari and Julie at an All Saints softball awards ceremony six years ago. (Julie was the coach.)

The next photo is of Cari and her friend Brynley on their way to school this morning. (Cari is on the left, wearing the dress).

Mike's sister Jena Dee planted the sign last night or early this morning. I know this because when I went outside at 4 a.m. to put up balloons on the mailbox it was already there. Happy birthday, Care Bear. Wishing you many more years of joy!
You are:
C ourageous
A wesome
R esourceful
I independent.


  1. Happy Birthday to an amazing young woman! I send congratulations and love, also, to you, Donna for the wonderful mother and grandmother you are! ♥

  2. I have a feeling Julie would be so proud of BOTH of you. Happy birthday to Cari and all the best to a courageous, awesome, resourceful, independent family!!!

  3. A very happy birthday to your granddaughter. I am sure she has brought you such joy. Blessings to you too for being such a good grandma. Your love shines through all of your writings about your grandchildren.

  4. Happy Birthday to Cari. What a special day. Enjoy yourselves as you celebrate.

  5. Happy birthday to Cari! Enjoy the day :)

  6. Happy birthday to your granddaughter. I am sure that Julie and your son-in-law would be very proud of the young lady she has become, and the guidance and love you have given both their children. Hugs x

  7. Two special ladies in one house.Happy 16th birthday Cari. Sixteen is a special mark in your life when you now feel so grown-up. Don't move too fast for you have years to travel. Stay sweet!

  8. Happy birthday to your beautiful Cari! How fortunate for Cari and Michael to have you in their lives, and I know they have been a blessing to you, as well. May you all enjoy this milestone! God bless.


  9. Happy birthday to Cari! And congratulations to you and Walt, too. She is a beautiful girl.

  10. Hi Everyone,
    Thank you for your words of congratulations to Cari. It was a special day--weekend, actually.
    I'm still recovering (smile).


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