S: To Briana Love, Your family
FC: Briana Marie Galati
1: Briana, Everyone who contributed to this book were there from your beginning. You were the first grandchild, niece and baby. We were all excited to see what the world had in store for you but especially what you had in store for us. We have enjoyed watching you grow into a beautiful young lady. We know you have an extremely bright future ahead of you. We look forward to sharing it with you. Always remember other things may change us, but we start and end with family. We love you!
2: Once upon a time on June 27, 1993 the angels got together and a picture-perfect baby was born. Now this baby was no ordinary baby for she was as sweet as pie, had hair as dark as coal, and had a twinkle in her eye. Some people thought she looked like Snow White and others thought she looked like Elvis. But she was more precious than anyone would ever know.
3: This baby grew up to be a smart, beautiful, young lady who made everyone smile. She would touch everyone's lives by her kindness and generosity. She had the gift of song and dance and could make everyone laugh. She was not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf or the Wicked Witch. She would take those bad apples and make apple juice out of them. | The angels were so pleased with this beautiful, young lady that they wished upon a star, sprinkled stardust in her hair and it turned a golden hue, just like the angels because she too was an angel. This young lady continued to follow the yellow brick road, she never stopped believing, and her dreams always came true. THE END
4: Briana, We are so proud of you and love you very much. You are a smart, beautiful, young lady. Remember there is no place like home and your parents are always right! You will come across some frogs, witches and even trolls. But if you stay true to yourself and always be happy, you will live happily ever after. Love you always, Aunt Nancy, Uncle Ray, Nicole, and Brandon
6: A Cousin | is a sister you never had.
7: Dear Briana, I am going to miss you so much! We have been through so much together and it is going to be so sad next year not having you in school with me. Who is going to get me Port of Subs during volleyball season, or drive me to school on delayed starts, or even take me to In and Out on early releases? Who am I going to buy peanut M&Ms for? Who is going to answer all of my questions when I have no idea what is going on at school, or help me pick out my classes, or recommend good teachers, or even help me find my first job? Who am I going to look to when all else fails and who will be my new role model that I will look up to? What can I say? You're like my big sister. The best cousin anyone could ever have. I'm going to come visit you in college, like all of your posts on Facebook, and I'm going to send you toilet paper when you run out! Just kidding, that will be my mom sending you toilet paper! I'll be sending you something that you will actually need! Anyways, I hope you have fun in college! I love you! Love, Your favorite cousin Nicole
8: Dear Briana, In early June of 1993, the whole family was filled with anticipation. The youngest of the three Galati brothers, Todd, and his wife Debbie were about to bring a child into the world. I was particularly anxious as Todd and Debbie had asked me to be the child's godfather. What did I know about babies? I wasn't sure how to be an uncle, let alone a godfather. On June 27, 1993, you were born. The Galati family was buzzing with excitement. I remember the first time I saw you--so tiny, so beautiful. Look at you now. You are grown up and still beautiful. You've turned out to be a fine young woman and your parents are very proud of you. It is hard to believe that 18 years have passed so quickly and that you are graduating from high school. Remember, there is a reason that graduation is called commencement. It truly is a beginning of a new phase of your life. It is time to take the things your parents have taught you, add the things you have learned on your own, and chart your own unique path in this world. I'm sure that whatever you choose to do, you will be successful. Remember that if you ever need anything, Sally and I will always be there for you. Congratulations on your high school graduation! Love, Uncle Craig
11: Hey Briana, Wow! Can't believe you're graduating. Feels like just yesterday we got back from the park for your first birthday and Chuck E. Cheese. Having you around made having kids look so easy - Why did we have three?! Now as you head off to college, you've made the high school years look so easy. We just hope our kidlings follow your path. Everyone says the teen years are the worst. But, you came out fantastic. Thanks for letting me pick your brain up in Tahoe about what to expect - the best though was talking about your mom's boyfriends with your grandma there HAHA! Hurry up with the Ortho degree so I can get the kids in on a family discount! Love you tons, Claudine and David
14: Dearest Briana, How could it be that you are ready to graduate from high school? It seems you were born just a short time ago. (We adults always say things like that - and you will too some day.) We are very proud of you and the lovely, brilliant, athletic, talented young woman you've become. We hope your future takes you to the farthest reaches of your imagination, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
15: Great opportunities and adventures await you! We look forward to witnessing what life has in store for you and what beautiful choices you will make with your future. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best..."Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." Be a trail blazer dear Briana! And remember that you are loved, Uncle Scott, Auntie Faith, Madison and Aidan
17: Friends are forever, | cousins are for life.
19: Dear Briana, I still remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. I had more hair back then. Everyone was so excited because you were going to be the first grandchild. After you were born, family members were allowed to walk by and peek into the delivery room. The nurses had you sitting up on a cleaning table and your eyes were big and blue. You had a look on your face that said, "Wow this is the world, it is about time!" As the years went by you grew to be a toddler I was asked the inevitable questions to babysit you. Have I ever told you I hate babysitting!!! Your mom had to get her haircut and Grandma Geis and myself were going to watch and take care of you. I was prepared and ready to play for hours and become an exhausted uncle. As soon as your mom left you ran upstairs and locked yourself in your bedroom. We tried to get you to come out but eventually gave up and watched TV. It was the easiest babysitting job I have ever had. I told your mom I would babysit you anytime. You were a dream child.
20: Congratulations on your graduation from high school. You should be very proud of yourself. You are a very smart and intelligent young woman who has the promise of a bright future. Always follow your dreams and never let anyone get in the way of them. It is your life and you are the one who will decide where it leads you. Enjoy your college experience because it will come and go a lot quicker than you may think. Good luck and remember I am here for you if you need anything. CIara and I love you very much and wish nothing but the best for you. Now go get 'em kid! Love, Uncle Doug and cousin Ciara
22: Dear Briana, I was not exactly sure what to write. I have known you your entire life and yet when you look at the big picture I have not spent very much actual time with you. The first and my favorite memory is when you were still a very small baby, and I mean very small baby. Your Grandma Bea Bea and Grandpa Vic and I drove up to Sacramento to see you. There was also a golf tournament involved, but that was not the important part. The important part was the moment I first held you, you smiled at me. I was just blown away with how cute your were. The best and worst part of the trip was that you were sick. It was the worst because everyone was very worried about you and there was, after all, the golf tournament. Now the best part was that I have absolutely no interest in golf and strangely enough there seemed to be quite a bit of conversation about who could stay with you. However, it was finally decided that it would be safe to leave you with me. I had no doubt about it but it appears that new mommies and daddies, not to mention grandmothers (grandfathers are | concerned but somehow manage to think any adult can handle a situation with a baby) are very cautious and a good deal of conversation took place before the decision was made. Now they were finally off to the golf tournament and I had you all to myself. For someone that was sick, you were very easy to take care of, not fussy at all, maybe that was because I couldn't put you down...that was more for me than you. You were a precious angel and would probably have gotten more sleep if your dad had not called every half hour to check on you. See what I mean about daddies. Every time I just gave the same report.."Yes, she is fine., No her fever is not higher., Yes, she is sleeping. Yes, she took her bottle." You get the drift. I think it may have been the shortest golf tournament on record but when everyone got home you were fine, I was fine, the dogs were fine, and most especially mommy, daddy, grandma and grandpa were fine. And we have all spent our lives loving you. I also have a wonderful memory of your Grandma Bea Bea and I taking you on your first train trip. I am not
23: so sure it was as wonderful for you as it was for us since it was your first trip away from home and we really had to talk you into it. Grandma and I thought it would be a great adventure for you and then there was the part about having you all to ourselves for a couple of days. Anyway, the big idea was to take the train from Reno to Sacramento and see lots of snow in the mountains, this really appealed to Bea Bea and me since we live in the desert and almost never see snow. Fat joke on us! It took 8 hours by train and we saw snow on the ground but not a flake fell the entire trip there or back. Since you see snow all the time, I'm sure that if it had ever crossed your mind, you must have been thinking, "What's the big deal?" But you were very patient with us and finally you said you would go. Yipee for us! I can tell you that it never occurred to us that you were probably bored to death (I mean 8 hours!). But Bea Bea kept you as busy as she could and she loved every minute of it. Of course any minute she could spend with you was very special to her, me too, but her sun rose and set with you (and all her grandkids) so this was extra special. Anyway, we spent a couple of days with Aunt Faith, Uncle Scott, Madison and Aidan. We did crafts and went out to dinner, another new experience for you, me and Grandma. We went to a Crepe restaurant, very interesting food, but not something you had ever had before and as I recall you were not all impressed, but we did have fun. Finally it was time to get on the train to go back to your house. On the way back I didn't even get to sit by you. The train had a lot more people going home after the holidays so I sat across the aisle and you got to spend the time with your grandma. I will never forget the look in her eyes... they sparkled with love for you. So now I remember all the Thanksgivings and Christmas' and I can hardly wait to see you graduate. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday to me, but I bet you think it took forever. I wish you all the love and success you so richly deserve and I am thankful everyday that I had such a wonderful friend, your Grandmother, who chose to share the most precious thing she had in all the world - her family - with me. Love, Auntie Marie
27: Dear Briana, Where has the time gone? It just seems like yesterday that you were born. I remember that day very well. Your parents were living in Sacramento at the time. About 6:00 AM your dad woke me up with a phone call telling me you were about to be born. I woke Doug up and we hopped into the car and drove over to see you. It took us three hours and you still hadn't arrived. It was a happy day for us all. You were the first grandchild. I had never seen so much hair on a baby. Now, your hair is your crowning glory. It was several years before your family relocated to Reno. I was so glad because I wanted to see you grow up. You are a model student and I am so proud of you. I'll always remember your many awards and activities that I got to share with you. Now, you are a beautiful young lady and have a whole future ahead of you. Enjoy your college years and make the most of them. I wish you the best of luck to you always. Lots of love, Grandma Geis
28: Dear Nana, I am so lucky to have you as a sister. You have taught me many things and I will always look up to you. Congratulations and have fun at ASU. Love you big sis, Anfernee
30: Briana, Before you were born, we could never imagine our life with children. Now we can't imagine life without. You have brought great joy and happiness to our family. You make us proud everyday. | We have watched you grow into a beautiful, fun-loving, intelligent young lady with a caring heart.
31: We know that life has many great things in store for you. The sky's the limit. You will be successful in anything you set your mind and heart to. Enjoy the next journey that awaits you at ASU. We will always be here for you. We love you, Mom and Dad
34: Your Guardian | Angels
41: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. We love you!