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The Blessings of a Daughter

Updated on September 21, 2014

A Letter To My Daughter, On The Day Of Her Graduation

Today my daughter graduates from high school. This moment marks a very special time in the life of any teen. It's a transition, a moving from one stage of life, to another. As such, I'd like to celebrate this special moment for my daughter in a unique way: the creation of this page. Therefore, I'm writing this in honor and appreciation of my beautiful, talented, and very special daughter.

On this page, I'll show you some photos, share with you a little bit about my daughter, and appreciate the many blessings I've received in raising her.

By the way, there are two guestbooks on this page. The one near the top of the page is for Jessi's family and friends who would like to leave a message of congratulations for her. The second guestbook, near the bottom of the page, is for Squidoo lensmasters or others who may wish to leave a comment.

The photo above was taken of my daughter when she was about 4 years old.

This guestbook is for Jessi's family and friends. Would you like to leave her a message, or congratulate her on her graduation?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessica, I, too, realize what a beautiful and special person you are. I have not had many opportunities to be around you, but I do remember two good times. I remember when you were about 5 or 6 years old and we were at the lake house in Gantt together. I thought you were adorable. You had to most beautiful hair and face, but even more than that you had a wonderful spirit. You were a joy to be around. A second time I remember even more clearly was March, 2009, when Marjoryn and I traveled to South Carolina to visit Rebecca and Clyde, and we were given the added bonus of a visit from you and Alex and Janice. You were not too busy to come over and hang out with your older greataunts. You entertained us with your music and your delightful conversation. I am so proud of you. I know that God has a good plan for your life and I will watch as He unfolds it for you. Study hard. Do what's right. Make your parents proud. God bless you.

      Aunt Charlotte

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your big day, Jessi!!! I'm so excited for you and I'm a little sad that we are all grown up now. I've been so glad to get to know you these past (is it 10?!) years and it is so amazing to get to see you graduate. I'm so happy to be your friend. =) I hope your graduation goes well and I'm going to be right there cheering for you! Love you lots!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessica,

      I can't believe this day is finally here. It has been so much fun watching you grow up... playing with the kids, taking care of the pets, learning to drive, sharing birthdays, swimming at the pool, shopping with the girls, etc. I loved the pictures your mom chose as it brought back so many memories. We have been neighbors for 10 years and have seen you go from a small child riding bikes with the neighborhood kids to a lovely young lady getting ready to embark in a new stage of life. We'll be praying for you as you begin to plan for your future. We love you and congratulations!!!!

      Keith, Diane, Joy, Jackie, David and Josh

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessi, Today is a big day for you, an ending and yet a beginning. We are so proud of the young woman you've become. It seems like such a short time ago that we got the call, letting us know you were born. We always wished we lived closer so that we could have experienced more, first hand.Maybe now that you're older, you can make the trip to NY and spend more time with us. We will be thinking of you today, enjoy all the moments of this wonderful occasion. We love you and are proud to call you our niece.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have enjoyed knowing you since you were a young girl. You have always been very special and have matured into such a beautiful, intelligent and caring young woman. We are so proud of you and wish you much happiness and success in your future! Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Go after your dreams. The only limits are ones you decide on. Love, Shannon, Randall, Zack and Brandi

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Jessi,

      How amazing it is that you are already graduating high school! You have certainly grown into a beautiful young woman, both on the inside and the outside. It has been a privilege to have known you over these years and watch you grow up...getting off the school bus, learning to drive, babysitting, dating, etc. You are a bright, responsible, trustworthy, and amazing young woman. No doubt you will make wise choices in your future, and there will be a lot to make. We look forward to hearing about college and the many exciting things that your future holds! Our prayers will be with you as you take this next big step in your life! All the best!

      We love you!

      Eli and Caroline

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessi, i've enjoyed getting to become your bestfriend over the past six months. i look at these pictures and i see how you've become the girl i've come to love. As we move on to college together, i look forward to getting to be part of your life and who you are. i can't wait till we can live our life together. i love you, david

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessi: I don't believe that there is a more beautiful, loving, kind, and hard-working granddaughter anywhere on the face of the planet. You are simply the "most!" As I read your mother's comments and looked at the "growing up" pictures, I, too, was reminded of some of those precious moments when you made us all imitate you clapping hands and drumming on the table, or when you went through the intricate steps of ballet, or roll and tumble in gymnastics. Your grandmother and I looked forward to each moment we were able to spend with you. Jessi, I'll never forget your smiling face as you labored in carrying or rolling yours and my luggage all over Europe. My sincere wish for you is that you will enjoy college as much as I did, and that you will learn more than I did. Keep the same wonderful spirit that you have and always have had, and I know that you will succeed in everything life has to offer. You are very loved!!!

      Granddad

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have always been such a loving, special granddaughter. My hope for you is that have a wonderful experience in college, and will achieve all your aspirations during your life. Love, Grandmother

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessi,

      I'm so proud of the amazing young lady you've become. I'm lucky to be part of your life.

      Love, Grandma

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessi, I am so prood of you. As I think of all the wonderful times through your life, I makes me so happy. There were so many occasions when watching/helping/being with you have so much joy and happiness. You have really grown into a wondeful adult.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As I look through these pictures that Janiece has collected, I can remember you at each of these ages. They tell a wonderful story of the progression of your life so far. At graduation, we stop for a brief moment to recognize and acknowledge the accomplishment of completing high school. But as you look over these pictures, realize that each of them was also a graduation in a sense. We live our lives in a series of graduations. You have learned many things in High School, some of which even came from textbooks. But of all those things, the thing I hope that stays with you all your life is the passion to learn. It will serve you better than any historical date or trigonometric equation. In recalling my own graduation, it was a bittersweet moment, filled with the hopes of things to come, but also with sad goodbyes to people and places I had come to hold dear. And so I want to share with you a thought from Richard Bach: ââ¬ÅDon't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.ââ¬Â We are both very proud of you, Jessica. You have grown into an amazing, intelligent, charming young woman. Congratulations on your graduation!! Best wishes for the future!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's been fun watching you grow up and getting to participate in many of your events! I look forward to seeing what new and interesting things come into your life in the years to come. All my best wishes for this wonderful occasion! Love, Susan

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jessi,

      It's so great seeing all these pictures of you over the years. I have had the pleasure of watching you grow up and I am amazed to see the beautiful and competent young woman you have become. It is so exciting that you are moving on to the next stage of your life. Enjoy!

    A Letter To My Daughter

    On Graduation Day

    The day I found out about you, that you would one day be a part of our family, was the day my life changed forever. Words can not describe the joy I felt! I was thrilled beyond belief!

    Even before you were born, I loved you. I talked to you just as if you were already here with me, and I eagerly awaited the day when I could actually hold you in my arms.

    Finally that day came!


    I loved having you with me! (I still do!)



    Once, when I needed to hang up some clothes, I put you in the laundry basket so you could be close to me. You seemed to like it there! You thought it was a fun game!



    You were growing so fast! When you were only 4 1/2 months old, we discovered that you could stand holding on to the side of your cradle! Wow!



    Before I knew it, you were cruising around the living room, from one
    piece of furniture to the next!



    You loved interacting with others too! You often played this game at the table. You'd tap on the table, clap your hands, turn and look behind you, or throw your hands up into the air, and expect everyone else at the table to copy you! And we did, to the best of our abilities! Whenever we messed up, you pointed at us, as if to let us know we'd made a mistake! It was so much fun! You had everyone at the table laughing and laughing!



    What an angel!

    The Day of Graduation

    The Day of Graduation
    The Day of Graduation

    The more you grew, the more new interests you developed!

    One of your first loves was dance. As a toddler and two year old, I'd put on some music and you'd dance all around the living room! You danced to songs like "5 Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed" or "Bingo."

    There was a song about a flower growing, and you'd get down low to the ground and pretend to be the flower growing. Yet I didn't realize how quickly you, yourself, were growing too!

    Your love of dance lead to tap and ballet classes. Oh, how adorable you were!



    But of course you didn't stop at dance! You developed many varied interests:


    Art


    Being A Ham!


    Dressing Up


    You've always been a whiz at puzzles!


    Rollerblading and Bike Riding


    Collecting and playing with American Girl Dolls


    Piano


    Horseback riding at camp


    Swimming


    Tennis




    Violin and Guitar

    Also, gymnastics, writing poetry, working on the yearbook staff, journalism, photography, other types of art, and many other things!









    Let us not forget your love of animals!

    You've been the primary reason we've adopted most of our pets, after all!


    Bowzer


    Ben


    Tiger

    I have developed many interests of my own from knowing you!

    I've received so many blessings from raising you! You've enriched my life in so many ways!

    For example, I hardly ever sewed anything before you came into my life. Once you were born, I developed a love of sewing doll carriers, dress-up clothes (remember the wedding gown and veil, the princess clothes, and all the rest? They were so much fun to make! And even more fun to watch you wear!), hooded towels that looked like animals, a tepee, and many other things.



    One day while playing with the tepee, you wrapped up one of your dolls to be a papoose, and strapped her onto a long stick with a Y shaped fork on the end. Shortly after this photo was taken, I made you a Native American outfit to wear while playing with the tepee.

    I also had such a wonderful time planning for your birthday parties! Preparing the themed activities, and making decorated cakes to match the theme was a lot of work, but I LOVED it!!


    Your Jungle Safari Birthday cake, when you turned 4.


    The streamers and animals were both decoration as well as part of an activity at your Jungle Safari Party. You and the other four year olds at your party started on a "safari" outside, which continued on into the house, through the dining room, and ended in the living room. The kids walked along with homemade binoculars and safari hats, looking everywhere for animals! They kept track of the animals they spotted, and compared notes later.

    You taught me about having fun with art. And dance too.

    Oh, I have a story to tell you about dance! When I was pregnant with your brother, your dance teacher had to quit about a week before the recital. She called me up and asked me if I would get up on the side of the stage and do the dance routine for all the three and four year old girls to watch, as they did it themselves on the stage. I was quite pregnant at this time, and wasn't looking forward to doing this! There wasn't much of a stage, and I would have been in plain view of the audience - pregnant belly and all! But, luckily for me, and for all of the young dancers, your teacher showed up that night after all, to lead you all on!! Whew!!

    I remember.... - A quick glance back!

    To me, our time spent together has been such a wonderful blessing!

    • Your first experience with snow. You were not even 2 years old yet. I gave you a little plastic shovel and pail to play with in the snow. You walked around to the front of the house and used the shovel to clean the snow off a small section of the top step. Then you sat down! Only...you didn't sit in the spot you'd just cleaned! You sat right beside it! :-) You didn't seem to notice though! You were just having fun being out there in all the snow!!
    • Drawing things on the driveway with you when you were very young. That was a pretty cute Easter Bunny you drew! I think you were only about two when you drew him!
    • Going camping with you when you were about six...and you drawing pictures of everything around you!
    • Taking you to the park and pushing you in the swing, or chasing you all over the playground..until it was your turn to chase me!
    • Sharing so many fun kindermusic classes with you!! We also did some fun preschool gym classes together!
    • Taking you to the library for story time. Once, we were even in the newspaper!
    • Teaching you how to read. And taking you to the library to get your first library card, as soon as you could read!
    • "Playing school" with you, almost every day after your half-day kindergarten program. You went by Kathy, remember?
    • Playing badminton in the backyard with you. And very silly games of ping pong, that were TONS of fun!!!
    • Enjoying Gatlinburg with you. And Pigeon Forge, Charleston, Virgina, Maine, Canada, Disney World, Williamsburg, Europe, and more! And countless numbers of zoos, aquariums, and campgrounds too!
    • Our yoga class together.
    • And cooking with you!
    • NOT cooking too! Remember the week long fast we did together one summer?!
    • Don't forget our fun playing pictionary...without the board!

    The Blessings Of A Daughter

    Simply KNOWING you, Jessi, has been such a blessing in my life!

    Yes, the blessings of a daughter are many. They are comprised of the small things more so than of the big. Your smiles that light up your face.. Your hugs that warm my heart. A pretty flower you picked for me while out playing in the yard. Watching you play or learn new things. Your laughter!

    Helping you shop for the prom, graduation, or just to buy a pretty dress and shoes.

    Seeing you happy...that's the biggest one of all.

    With all my love,

    I love you, not because you are beautiful, smart, creative, and talented, but simply because you are you...my girl, my very, very dear girl.

    As you graduate today, and take another step along this journey we call life, know that you have always been, and always will be, dear to my heart.

    I will do my best to be here for you whenever you need me.

    You will always be, my special girl.

    with all my love,

    Mom

    Graduation Day

    Graduation Day
    Graduation Day

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        Jennifer Mathis 2 years ago from Florida

        What a great story of the life of your beautiful daughter! I too have an 11 year old daughter whom I'm so proud of and I can definitely wait until she leaves home and goes on to college. Time just goes by so fast! Again, great story!

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        AceofHearts 4 years ago

        That is the most darling lens I've read in along time. Thank you for sharing it. I really enjoyed it.

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        Alan Katz 4 years ago from Florida

        What a beautiful, touching lens. Jessi is beautiful. My daughter is 11. I had tears of joy when she graduated fifth grade.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I got a little misty reading this. Looks like she turned out to be a wonderful person, and I'm sure you had a lot to do with that.

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        JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

        What a beautiful, heartfelt lens about your daughter! I had tears in my eyes as I read through your wonderful memories and connected with similar parent / child moments (like trying to sew, and baking theme birthday cakes). In less than 3 years, my son will graduate, and the memories pop into my mind almost daily now. Good luck to your daughter on the new stage of her life! Congratulations to you for being such a fabulous mom!

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        Joan Haines 4 years ago

        What a sweet lens. What a nice daughter.

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        PestControlEasternSuburbs 4 years ago

        One thing is for sure, Janiece - she looks just like you! Nice lens. Congrats on your graduation, Jessi!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Very nice feelings for a Daughter.

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        Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        How nice of you to share this. What a beautiful girl you have.

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        attraction 42 4 years ago

        Great leans! I like it. Thank you for shareing.

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        acoreystory 4 years ago

        I love a good read about family :-) I too have a daughter! She is two as of Feb. Great leans!

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        sheezie77 4 years ago

        Beautiful lens, well done!

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        marsha32 4 years ago

        It was fun watching her grow up through your photos.

        Congrats on her graduation!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Wow...this is a classic example of a mother's love! Really enjoyed the "then and now" pictures!

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        Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

        A lovely tribute to a beautiful girl. She looks like you. God bless you both and may you have many wonderful mother/daughter moments to come.

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        JennySui 4 years ago

        This is really a beautiful tribute!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Mum and daughter look so much alike and so applealing to the eyes. Mum has taken pain and time to collect and keep pictures of the growing stages of daughter and presented them in such a meaningful way. Well done Mum my hat's is off for you and Jess, you have the best mum in the world - CHERISH is the word !

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        This is really a beautiful tribute. The love for your daughter shines through and best wishes to both!

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        Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

        What a wonderful way to honor your daughter. They are so special, aren't they? Congratulations on being blessed with such a beautiful, talented young woman.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        You are an awesome person, this will last forever, love speaks, even in silence.

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        Ruthi 5 years ago

        What a wonderful graduation gift for your daughter! I feel your mother love in every word and photo. Blessings and a bit more sunshine!

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        AngryBaker 5 years ago

        Lovely...

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        What a wonderful tribute! Your daughter is a beautiful young lady and you are both fortunate to have each other.

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        Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

        Absolutely lovely tribute to your beautiful daughter!

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        jaredsgirl 5 years ago

        Such an amazing lens and creative idea for your daughter on her big day. She is absolutely beautiful and I thank you so much for sharing this with us. It truly makes me appreciate how wonderfully amazing my children are and how quickly time will pass before they too will be graduating (they are only 17 months and 8 years now). Congratulations to your daughter and to you for all her accomplishments!!

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        WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

        Beautiful tribute to a lovely daughter!! Congrats on your daughter's graduation!

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        grannysage 5 years ago

        What a great idea and tribute to your daughter. She certainly picked a good Mom!

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        stephanieelizabeth 5 years ago

        Lovely pictures of your daughter! Reminds me of a lens I made recently... it was about me though, I don't have children yet.

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        little_diddle 5 years ago

        This was a very sweet lens!

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        LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

        Aw, I love this lens! It brought tears to my eyes. They really grow up so fast!!

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        ideadesigns 6 years ago

        What a beautiful child. She's passionate about life I'd say! Love your daughter's spotlight lens :)

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        LouisaDembul 6 years ago

        Your daughter is beautiful, and it is obvious how much you love her. I hope my girls will grow up well like yours! To Jessica we say Congratulations, well done!

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        dwnovacek 6 years ago

        A wonderful tribute to your daughter, and one - I think - that also shows what an incredible mother you are. Congratulations to both of you!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Wee-Wee! It is just so sweet...I'm just touched by the love here for your daughter Jessi. She is very pretty and looks a lot like Mom. ~ I got to see that tepee you were talking about on one of my lenses, that is so neat that you made that for your kids. This is a fantastic congratulations card lens, one of the best I have seen. Its so personal and alive.

        Best wishes to you Jessi in all the you do! (I have a son named Jesse) So, I'll be thinking of you and won't forget your name...lol!

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        Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I'm back Janiece and this time with a blessing :) **Blessed by a Squid-Angel and featured on Squid Angel Blessings by AJ**

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        puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

        I'm getting all teary-eyed myself. What a wonderful way to recognize your daughter. I love the guestbook at the top of the page for family and friends. Your daughter is beautiful!

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        Joan4 6 years ago

        Congratulations, Jessi! What a beautiful tribute! I hope you are going to print this and keep a "hard copy". This lens is a wonderful way to let us all celebrate with you and Jessi!

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        Oh me! What a true treasure for your whole family to have this lens to enjoy. Wonderful!

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        southshoretees 6 years ago

        This is a wonderful tribute! Making a lens for on occasion is an underestimated gift and tribute, and a great way to organize it all into one memorable page. You've done an outstanding job. The photos look great, and the story is fun (fun watching the photos from birth to today!). Congratulations to your daughter!

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        Carmel Aaron 6 years ago

        WOW! Your lens made me cry. It is such a loving tribute from a wonderful and oving mom.

        I am so amazed that you remembered so much.

        I think Jessi is wonderful-and she is also blessed to have a mom like you.

        Congratulations to you and Jessi.

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        Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Simply beautiful and touching ~ I loved reading through the lens and understanding what you experienced in raising your blessed daughter. I'm sure she'll love it and treasure it and more importantly cherish your love. All the best to Jessi as she graduates and moves forward as more opportunities await. And all the best to you and your family as you continue supporting her in her future endeavors. Blessing! :)

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