March Madness~Round 2~Sweet Sixteen

While I was counting down to 48 a very excited red-head was counting down to sixteen. Every day since January 1 she’s let me know exactly how many more days until she would turn 16. I tried to be excited with her. Most days, as she reminded me that she was one day closer, I smiled my best fake smile, gave her a big squeeze, and swallowed that lump in my throat.

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She had it all planned out. She wanted to invite a few church friends and do the baking herself. Homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee cupcakes with butter cream icing would be the sweet treats at Cafe Madeline. I helped out with some sandwiches and and the chocolate fountain.

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There was lots of eating and talking and laughing among family and friends.

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She got her annual hug with her big brother.

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There were candles and wishes…make a wish

And special handmade gifts by special people…jewelry fram

And a photo booth for cousins and special friends…group photo booth

Three-thirty p.m. on 3/30/98 was one of the best days of my life.stacy and maddie

3/30/14 was a little bittersweet.drivers

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