Well, those other birthday folks will have to wait today, because today it is the birthday of my eldest niece, Laura. I remember clearly when she was a teeny tot...she used to chew on my shoes! I think I remember a bit of rhyme I stitched into a sampler that I'm sure has been relegated to a back closet somewhere:
"Laura's got my shoe,
She's tearing it to pieces,
But I don't even care,
She's one of my two nieces!"
(Give me a break, I was just a freshman in high school at the time!)
This is a photo of sweet little 6 year old flower girl Laura at our wedding.
What a cutie pie! She practiced for days ahead of time tossing flower petals out in her back yard...only to forget to toss a single one on the day of the wedding!
Today she is a strong young woman, making her way in the world, creating a loving home for her family, and helping those around her as she is able. She is writing a book that I can NOT wait to see in print! I'll be able to say I knew her when!
Today I love my niece, Laura.
Happy Birthday, Laura Lou!