S: Merry Christmas Grandma & Popop, I love you dearly.
FC: Marissa Anne Byrum | She Knows what she wants' and she chases after it every night in her dreams. But there will come a day when her dreams become her REALITY
1: This Book is dedicated to Becky & Bill Jordan or simply Grandma and Popop | Grandma, you've asked me forever for a book like this, so here it is. Each of the following pages are dedicated to someone important in my life. This whole book in itself is dedicated to you and popop. I love you.
2: Mommy Mama Mom Bearer of my life | <3 I love you. | The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at which you will always find forgiveness
3: There are times we don't get along, there are times when our opinions differ. There are times when my stubborn teenage self doesn't listen and finds out things the hard way. There are times when you're motherly protectiveness makes me want to rip the hair out my head. There are times when you say i've done exactly what you're doing and thats why I won't allow it that I want to scream. Then I'm sick, and you drop everything to take care of me. Then I'm upset and you're an ear to listen. Then I'm cold, or hungry, and without complaint you give up your food or blanket. Then I'm stressin' over work or school, and you tell me it's gonna be okay. Then I'm in a bad mood, and without complaint you let me be. You have always been there when I needed you. I know we don't agree on a lot of things, but that's why you're my mom and I'm your daughter. It's not meant for us to agree on everything. I will always be thankful for you. Without you there would be no me, and for that i will always be thankful. I might be a little prejudice, but I think you've done a pretty good job:) Thank you for being my mom. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for never giving up on me.
4: Father | Thank you for always taking up for me, for always understanding, for always listening, for always believing. I Love You.
5: It's no secret I've always been a daddy's girl. Since the moment I was born and slept the first week on his lap I was glued. As a little girl I wouldn't let him leave the house. I'd hang on his leg so he couldn't walk out the door. When him and mom no longer lived together and I'd go from house to house I'd squeeze his arm the whole car ride there. My biggest fear is losing my parents. I don't know what I'd do without them. Mom I don't worry about as much because her health isn't near as bad as dads. Of course half of his is lonliness, and even though I know it isn't my fault sometimes I feel guilty all the same. Daddy has always listened when I needed to talk to him, and always made me feel better, never worse. He believes me without a doubt when I tell him something even though I've lied before. He understands people make mistakes. He's my father and with unconditional love he forgives me anyway.
6: Brain Havis ;)
7: Good ole' brain:) Soo I don't remember a time when this man wasn't in my life. He's always been there. He taught me how to read which is one of my favorite things to do. I know sometimes we don't get along and we argue and stuff but it goes with the whole stepfather, stepdaughter territory. Brian has done so much for me in the last 13 years, & even though sometimes I don't seem grateful or I complain he should know I love him all the same :)
8: Sisterly Loveeee
9: Brittany & Mary are the only thing close to sisters I'll ever have, or ever need. Without them I don't know what I'd do. Everyone used to call Britt my second mom, and Mary was the one I always played with. Sometimes I find it so hard to believe that Brittany has been married for almost two years and Mary has a son who turns five in thirteen days, and I'm a senior in high school. I remember so many things of being little in Eastover. Me and Mary would always play barbies and I'd be so jealous because her Barbie house was always better than mine. Whenever Mary would be mean to me Brittany was always at my side. When we got older we were all a lot closer. Now it's like we've somewhat drifted away. My favorite time was probably the summer before and after Dylan was born. We were always doing stuff together such as going bowling to the movies and to the beach. Once Grandma Rachel died and Brittany got married I don't see her as much. I'm always with Mary when I'm home, but I wish I could see Britt more too. <3
10: Dylan Scott <3
11: Dylan my baby boy. Hard to believe he's going to be five in less than two weeks. Dylan is my nephew. Not technically, but because I consider Mary my sister, then he is for all that matters. This little boy has my heart. I love kids so much, and when he was born it was the first time I really had a kid that I could love and play with and have a part in his life. I love watching him learn and grow. He's the only boy I really need in my life. While other people I know were out partying for new years eve, I was on a pile of blankets in the middle of the living room floor playing video games till 6 AM with a 4 year old. && there was no other place I would have rather been <3
12: Dixie Anne Mathis :)
13: This would be my best friend. She has been there for me through thick and thin. When ever we are together we always have fun no matter what we do. We used to say we could be trapped in an empty room with white walls ands still find something to do. I love Dixie like a sister and I feel as if i'm apart of her family. Her mom treats me just like another daughter. Dixie can always make me laugh even when she isn't aware she's doing it. She's so happy and carefree. Maybe a bit too carefree but I love her for it all the same. I love you best friend Dixie, Wanita, Barbie, whatever you want to call her. She's mine and I love her :)
14: Ashley Renae Marr
15: Ashleyyyy I just met this chick in June and already she is one of my best friends. I love her with all my heart. I met her through Chelsea and I'm so thankful. She's been there for me since the day I met her. If I needed her she was there & I'm there for her. We have a thing going where we talk in old people voices and i'm Eugene and she's Betty. We have a story line along with this. Were both 86 years old we've been married 45 years have 5 kids and Betty only has one leg because she lost her other one in the Vietnam war. Its pretty darn hilarious:) Anyways I love this chica so much and we have so many plans for when we graduate i can't wait! ~*~BeSt FrIeNd, WiFe, Beautiful~*~ Call her whatever, she's mine:)
16: One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart you can't utter. | Richard Joe Brown April 25th 2009
17: Richard, I still remember the day you asked me out. We were on the ferris wheel at the Cherry Blossom festival. It started with the words "there's this girl at school that I like" I never thought I would let myself become as attached to someone as I have to you. In the last year and a half you have made me cry, you have pissed me off, you've taken my crap when you could have walked away, you've been there for me, you've never give up on me, you let me be me, and love me anyway, and most of all you make me laugh. You make me laugh more than anyone I know. I love you so much, and I don't think that will ever change. Your my best friend, & my other half. I love you more than I will ever be able to describe, even though sometimes I don't seem like it, it's just the way I am, and I hope you know that.. Don't forget babe, we got lost of things to do when we reach 80!
18: Chelsea & Lily Rhae
19: This is Chelsea:) She was my 11th English teacher. At the beginning of the summer I babysat her little girl Lily a few times. It was then that I met Ashley who lived with Chels. By the end of the summer it was like Chelsea was never my teacher, but one of my best friends. Her daughter Lily is 3 years old and absolutely precious. Chelsea is a free spirit. She plays the guitar and writes her own songs. One day she'll be a rockstar! Chelsea is also the most creative person I know. She can take anything and turn it in to something beautiful. Lilyyy is so much like Chelsea in many ways. I love playing with her. She calls me Barista, which I recently found out is a term to describe a coffee brewer haaaa. Anyways, I know mom doesn't agree with our friendship, but she doesn't know Chelsea. She's an amazing person and I love her & Lilycakes to death <3