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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lauren Turns 14!

Today's post is dedicated to my oldest child, Lauren.

Dear Lauren,
I am so very proud of the smart, beautiful young woman you have become! I love all you kids so much! But, I will always have a special bond w/you I think because I had 6 1/2 years w/you as an only child. I still remember the day of your birth pretty much minute by minute! I was so scared not knowing what to expect & hoping to be the best mom I could be! I've watched you grow from a cute, chubby, happy baby to a shy, adorable, really well-behaved toddler to a funny, happy, smart young girl to a nice, artistic, beautiful, outgoing teenager! Now that you are a teenager, I know we definitely don't always "agree" on things & you think I'm overprotective, but I promise someday when you have your own child/children you will understand! Just know, that beyond all that I still love you more than you know! Oh, and I know I don't always tell you but you are a great BIG sister!
Love, Mom

Lauren Taylor Melle

May 5, 1997

11:58 p.m.

7 lbs. 4ounces

21 1/2 inches

Now remember some of these pics were BEFORE digital!

A couple hours old.

Mommy w/Lauren.

Daddy w/Lauren.

This was my Grandma(father's mother). Lauren was the only one lucky enough to get 8 yrs w/her. When she died their were only 4 other great-grands & they were too small to really remember her.

I think she was only 1 or 2 months in this pic. I look so young!

I still have this swing to this day! It also had a bassinet for when they were really small, before they could sit up. I used it w/all 4 of my children!

Lauren's 1st birthday!


1st dance recital! She was 3.

Lauren's 5th Birthday!

Kindergarten pic.

Lauren's 1st Thanksgiving w/her baby sister, Laci. She was so happy to finally have a sibling!

Lauren's 1st Communion.

Her 4th grade pic.

Lauren holding Braedon for the first time!

Lauren's 5th grade graduation.

One of many dance recital pics.

Lauren holding Rylan for the first time.
Lauren was in the delivery room for all 3 of her siblings!!

Lauren at Whitney's farm.

Last years dance recital.

Last summer


Love you,


  1. Allison...these are beautiful pics! Happy birthday to your little girl. P.S. the first couple of you are exactly how I remember you from high school!

  2. Happy Birthday, Lauren! My daughter, Shelley, will be 14 in July. I hope Lauren had a great day!

  3. Aww..that is so sweet. Lauren is my older boys age. It is amazing how time flies. I remember the minute by minute too. It was truly the most exciting day of my life...I am blessed too, to have a wonderful teen. It's tough out there that is for sure. Happy Birthday Lauren!!~


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