S: Through the eyes of your Mother
FC: Erica | The photographic story of your first thirty years as seen through the eyes of your Mother
1: Erica, It's your birthday and I have the usual problem of deciding what to give you. I know you might enjoy many things-books, clothes, anything horse related. But I am very selfish. I want to give you something that will stay with you for more than a few months or years. I want to give you a gift that might remind you of me every Birthday. What gift could I give (besides already giving you the gift of life) that you couldn't buy for yourself? I thought long and hard and decided to make you this book. I hope it helps preserve your childhood memories and reminds you of where you came from & how you became the person you are today. As your mother it was always very hard not to interfere, having to watch you struggle with decisions and make your own mistakes. But as I look back on your life I realize that you have done a great job, all on your own. You have always been a grown-up in a little person's body. You have made your father & I so very proud. I thank you for sparing us the grief that most parents experience when raising a child. So even though this is your gift from me... I want you to know that I have always felt that you have always been, God's gift to me. Happy Birthday..."little one" I Love You Mom
2: 1 month | 3 Months | 1 year | Introducing...
3: Erica Lynne April 1st, 1980 6 lbs 12oz 20.5 inches long
5: When you were about five years old You would cry & say... What am I good at? I'll never be as smart as Mike or as pretty as Nicole I told you...Don't worry, one day you will ... It looks to me, like that one day is here!!!
6: You were so excited that you were finally going to "real school" just like Mike & Nicole Your smile was from ear to ear when you met Miss Church. ..your Kindergarten teacher (Don't ya think you had the cutest little face?) September 1985
7: My First Day Of School | Nursery School 1983 | Pre-school 1984
8: School Days
9: Hey, who's the hot new chick??
11: Erica loves her Daddy... They can laugh & talk for hours
15: Look... More money from the tooth fairy
16: You guys always loved going to old cemeteries & reading the headstones
17: 1988 | The highlight of the year is Grandparent's Day
18: We took our 1st trip to Myrtle Beach in 1984. The 8 of us would pile into the van on Good Friday & off we'd go. Sneaking into hotels to get a cheaper rate. Anticipating the arrival of the Easter Bunny hopping along the Beach throwing candy for us to catch. The cousins all got along so good.(Can't say as much for me & Marge) I guess if I had to pick a most memorable moment it would either be when Brande got her hair stuck in the fan & Aunt Margie was hitting her & screaming or when Erica wouldn't share her Birthday cake, ate it all & then threw it up.Those were the good old days.
20: Happy Halloween
21: Can you guess who this is?
22: Halloween through the years
24: 4th of July in Caseville
25: Everyone loved going to go Caseville for the 4th of July We always had a big group of friends & family The girls boy-watched & the boys girl-watched We all had so much fun !!!
26: Erica, May you realize that the privilege to learn is a gift, that the power to learn is a blessing, that the love of learning is success. Love, Mom | These are really 4th grade pictures
30: 1989 Disney Cruise Was pretty rough ..... everyone looked a little bit like Kermit the frog... green
33: How did Erica keep this hat on her head??
35: Bemis Jr High Track 1992-1994 | Varsity Track Henry Ford High
38: Who would believe these two girls fought like alley cats
40: I belong to Erica
41: Blue Water Pleasure Horse Show
44: New Orleans 1995
46: There's a lot more to ridin' a horse than just sittin' in the saddle and lettin' yer feet hang down
47: Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day... | All decked out for a horse show
48: Erica was always the most excited one to see what Santa brought her. She always woke every one up at the crack of dawn. | Christmass through the years...
49: Dear Santa, Please bring me a puppy or a horse. Love Erica | I didn't get a horse...but I did get a very cute puppy. I was so excited!
50: Niagara Falls 1995 Mike did come on all of our trips...but he wouldn't get in any of the pictures. I am just documenting this so that one day he doesn't accuse me of keeping him locked up in a closet..his whole childhood.
51: Discus & Shot Put 1996 Look at this form... | I'm sure lifting 60 lb bales of hay helped Erica develop these muscles (Check out the legs) | Biceps- any man would envy
53: Erica sure did clean up nice....didn't she???
57: Winter Memories | Mid-Winter break was always spent skiing with our family & friends. Erica started ski school at 4 years old She loved getting the little trophies when the week ended.
58: October 1995
59: Prom 1997
60: 1997 | Big Smile...Comanche
61: While Erica proudly shows off her ribbons... Comanche's just too tired to brag !
63: The senior Prom was held at Penna's Erica & her 5 very best friends had this special picture taken | A smile is worth a thousand words... This smile is worth two thousand dollars But was it worth the torture of the thousands of hours spent wearing braces? I think so !!
65: Ms Lancour was Erica's favorite teacher The subject??? You ask... Biology of course...What else???
68: Steve's Graduation | 2000
70: Pizza, Beer & Plenty of Karaoke 2001
71: Make a Wish! | Shhhh... It's a Surprise Happy 21st Birthday Erica
72: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate | Autumn | Erica | Alisha | 2002 brings the bittersweet end to four fun-filled years together... Wipe your tears girls... there's always Graduate School
73: May 2002
74: Brande & Dave's Wedding 2003
75: Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
77: Competing at the GP Hunt Club
78: Merry Christmas | Everyone always loved their gift..... except Grandpa, who always pouted when he got another coat!!!
81: I will love you forever and ever and ever and... | Steve has always been so thoughtful. He surprised Erica with a helicopter ride for Valentine's Day. He told her that they were going somewhere & to get dressed. The copter landed in the backyard & took them for a romantic ride over Lake St Clair & the city.
82: Steve has been showing Erica the world.
84: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love."
85: Tuesday July 28th Hi guys! Wow! It is totally amazing here. We are staying at Jade Mountain in one of their Sanctuaries...It is almost unbelievable. There are only three walls so the birds fly in to eat our leftover fruit! And last night there was a gecko running across the ceiling. I was glad that we have a bug net around our bed...No air conditioning but six ceiling fans and an infinity pool in our room so it is plenty cool. Just got the Justice of Peace to stamp our Letter of Intent so we are all set for Friday or Sat. which ever day we choose. Love You! Thursday July 30th Mom and Dad Today we were told that we needed two witnesses for the wedding and it made me sad that I couldn't have both of you here and am going to have to ask two strangers...I have been making Steve very sorry(especially with my tears) that he did not ask/tell you about his plans earlier in case you wanted to come. I don't want you guys to feel sad, like you are missing out or that we did not want you here. But at this point, perhaps the best we can do is recreate our experience when we get home... However, we are extending a late invitation(airfare included) to our wedding on Saturday(if you come, if not it will be held on Friday. These people are amazingly accommodating around here). I will call you tomorrow morning...Erica Friday July 31st Needless to say, we are off to St Lucia to share Erica's Special Day!!!
88: August 1st 2009
89: Congress 2009
90: Congress 2009
91: My gold neither sparkles or jingles. It glistens in the sunlight and whinnies in the darkness.
99: Only when we are no longer afraid-do we really begin to live