Celebrate International Daughters Day September 25!
Let's Celebrate Our Wonderful Daughters On Their Special Day!
I am blessed with a wonderful daughter named Carianne. There was much struggling trying to come up with her perfect name! She was not named until she was about 4 days old. I was sitting on the phone with my BFF Sue in Arkansas in the hospital trying to come up with ideas. She thought the name Carrie was cute, and it kind of stuck. My two best friends Sue and Sally both had the middle name, Anne, and it hit me that they would work perfectly together. Her daddy got to pick her middle name, Marie. So, Carianne Marie was here, which was a small miracle.
When I was just 6 weeks along, my doctor found a tumor on my thyroid gland. It was thought we would watch it and leave it alone as long as nothing changed. Unfortunately when I was 5 months along, it did change and start growing rapidly. They were pretty sure it was a malignant thyroid cancer. It would not be safe to operate during the second trimester, so we had to wait in nervous agony until my 7th month, when it was safer to operate. Thank heaven it turned out to be a benign adenoma. For many weeks I wondered if I would be alive to raise my baby. It was an anxious time. Then after the surgery I started trying to go into labor. They managed to stop it that time. I went into preterm labor again at 8 months and again they put me in the hospital and stopped it. Cari was in a hurry! She made her entrance the day after Christmas and we brought her home six days later, a tiny 6 lb. 2 oz. bundle of pink beauty. Her older brother John was delighted to meet his baby sissy and took on his role as her personal protector.
My daughter was a smart and athletic little girl from the start. One of my fondest memories of her childhood was fixing her waist-length beautiful blond hair, which was about 100 different colors. You couldn't buy that kind of bottle job.
She made friends easily and was my little social butterfly, and adored by her teachers. Just a sweet kid... most of the time! You didn't want to make her mad, as she did have quite the little temper.
She sang in all the choir functions and was in all the high school musicals, I was so proud of her. She was also a cheerleader and her squad went to and won Nationals in Las Vegas. I was always so amazed that I had produced this person who was so athletically gifted, as I never was!
One of my favorite memories of Cari as a teenager was the day I was baking and she decided to re-enact the flour fight scene from the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes." It was absolutely hysterical, even tho I ended up with flour in my eye!
She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska, and in 2014 earned her Masters degree in Counseling. Her father and I simply could not be more proud. I see so many great things for her future, and she seems to have a gift for helping humanity.
Here is one of my favorite photos of Cari at age 18. She's a few years older now and even more beautiful.
Cari With Her Beloved Winnie - Her Miniature Schnauzer
Cari always helped with the various schnauzers in our rescue growing up. After she went out on her own, she bought her own Miniature Schnauzer, Winnie who is now 4 years old (and my pride and joy!) She recently bought Winnie a friend, Macie, a white German Shepherd puppy who has the sweetest personality. She's an excellent dog mom!
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I love you, my baby girl. Always will.