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Happy (soon to be) 23 ~Kristie Leigh

Happy (soon to be) 23 ~Kristie Leigh

My 2 sweeties

Imagine my delight when I found this heart-shaped rock on my hike home from the mailbox. I must toss it into my daughter’s birthday box (I wonder how much that will jack up the postage). Imagine my sadness when I realized this will be the first birthday I’ve missed of either of my kids. My first Mothers Day without them :-(… Ok, time to zap the sap. It’s Kristie’s birth month!

God gave me the perfect family, one son and one daughter. They were best buds, partners in crime. Charlie was with me back in 1989 when I had the ultrasound that told me I was having a girl. I cried. He looked up at me with much concern on his face. In his sweet, stuttering, 2-year-old voice, he said, “There, there.” As if to comfort me from the future trials and tribulations of raising a daughter.

Truth be told, boys ARE easier, cheaper and less dramatic to raise. At age 15, Kristie was not the sweetest child under our roof. Looking back, I think she chose one parent to give the most grief to. Luckily, it wasn’t me.

KPA’s wedding reception

Thankfully, she didn’t stay in the teen angst stage for very long. She soon blossomed into quite a sweet, smart, hard-working, almost 23-year-old. To list all the kind things she’s done for me would be too much like bragging.

When people say that we look, talk and act so much alike, I take that as a huge compliment. I hope it doesn’t make her cringe. To this day I won’t wear red lipstick because when I did and  looked in the mirror, I’d see my mother. Don’t get me wrong, I adored my mother.  I just didn’t want to look like her. She was old. 😉

Her boy cat-child

Happy Birthday to my mini-me! Start celebrating NOW (it’s only 2 weeks away). To all my Birmingham blog readers, if you see my girl child in or around town, give her a hug for me and one from Lance too!

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life. ~Irish Saying

[Maybe my son won’t marry.]

Kristie & her Mister


About Lets Go To Idaho

Me, Mare, empty nester, flew the coop (& heat) of Alabama and landed in northern Idaho. Bought a house without setting foot in the state. This blog was created in the summer of 2011, as my beau, Lance and I were packing to move to north... Many things, big and small, have happened since that blistering hot July in Bama when I began this blog. Read about our whirlwind adventures. Our real life love story. The good, the bad, the silly and the crazy things that happen to us.

5 responses »

  1. Kristie is truly a beauty. Like it or not, she takes after her mom, from what I can see. 🙂 If you were my mom, I’d take THAT as a huge compliment!

  2. Awww! I’m old enough to be YOUR mother (oooh, then I’d have 2 smart, sweet, beautiful daughters and 1 adorable granbaby!!

  3. Happy Birthday month, KPA….we need to plan a night in Mare’s honor at Don Pepe’s…Mare, we promise to enjoy and send you lots of pics! Cherie, you game?


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