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Happy Birthday, Ashley!

Today is Ashley's 22nd birthday!

Ashley was three weeks early (how about that EE?) and has continued to be like her dad and early to everything henceforth. I had a fairly easy time of delivery, other than the high blood pressure which made everyone think I was going to stroke (250 over 150). I fainted in the shower when some dumb nurse left me alone only 40 minutes after delivery. My pediatrician arrived early so he witnessed the whole birth (along with several nurses and interns since she was born during the lunch hour!). Dr. Chuck says he was never the same after that!

Let me tell you a bit about this daugher of mine....

She is a picky eater. How did I get a picky eater??? I don't know but I am glad its her and not me! She does not like "white" food, including vanilla ice cream (she prefers chocolate). Whipped cream, mashed potatoes, marshmallows.... nada.

She is a great student, graduating in the top 10% of her graduating class of 600 and achieving high academic honors at her college. She majored in Fashion Management and Marketing but will be getting a masters in counseling. She takes her studies seriously, again taking after her father.

She's a classic beauty. She wears very little makeup and what she does wear looks so natural you aren't sure if she really is wearing any. In this regard she takes after her Grandmother Oliver. She has a natural sense of style and grace.

She loves God and has worked at the Newman Center as a Youth Director while in college. She loves children and dotes on her two little cousins, Kassie and Tristan.

I suspect she drives too fast and hasn't yet been caught (that would be like her mother!)

She's loyal to a fault. She works at My Secret Garden which is a floral shop which has been difficult with her college schedule. She finds time to work there. This semester she's working from 8-10 a.m. If you knew that her first college class didn't start til 11, aren't you impressed that she gets up early to go to work?

She's a fan of CSI (all of them), movies and Grey's Anatomy. Considering she gets two channels at school, this is quite the deal.

She is a miser with money, finding a way to spend YOURS rather than HERS.

Ashley was born on her Grandpa Steffes' birthday. The only granddaughter on one side and the baby on the other AND sharing her grandpa's birthday made her a very special baby. She is still our special baby today.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl.

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  1. Oh.My.Word Terri! She is gorgeous! And from your post, it sounds like she's a beauty on the inside too. Happy Happy Birthday Ashley!


  2. Anonymous8:23 AM

    What a wonderful testiment to your daughter Terri. She is truly a beautiful girl both inside and outside. Happy birthday sweet Ashley.

  3. Happy Birthday Ashley! Yes,,,you are right...she is beautiful! Any girl that prefers chocolate over vanilla is OK in my book! My DD prefers vanilla and I sometimes wonder HOW did she ever come out of ME?? LOL

    Birthday Blessings!

  4. Happy Birthday Ashley! She is GORGEOUS Terri!!!!! She will be the most beautiful bride too!! Your bouquet should arrive tomorrow :)

    Thank you so much for donating to sweet baby Parker. He is so special to me. God bless you Terri!


  5. Anonymous10:01 AM

    No wonder Eric is smiling ear-to-ear! Ashley is beautiful! Note to all..click on her photo to get a better look~ BEAUTIFUL! Love your hair style and dark color Ashley! Cute little body~ that is what not eating all that "white" food gets you..."GOOD JOB"...BEAUTIFUL GIRL! I know your so proud Terri!

  6. Anonymous10:04 AM

    OH ASHLEY! I forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I was so "into" talking about your "beauty"...lol! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous10:04 AM

    OH ASHLEY! I forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I was so "into" talking about your "beauty"...lol! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

  8. Anonymous10:22 AM

    Happy Birthday Ashley! You are absolutely gorgeous - and your dear Mom wrote the most beautiful post about you... may you girls be greatly blessed on this very special day in BOTH of your lives for many, many years to come!!


  9. Terri you are the perfect doting mom! And from the sounds of it, I see why. She's beautiful. Please wish her a very Happy Birthday from me.

    And FYI - I have more snowmen than I can count. Kenny has banned me from buying any more. But, the joke's on him because I have so many, he doesn't know if this is a new one or an old one!


  10. A very Happy Birthday to Ahley! She sounds like a lovely girl!! What a wonderful tribute to your daughter.
    Sending you hugs and blessings...

  11. Terri,
    Happy birthday wishes to your beautiful daughter, Ashley. You have every right to be so proud!

    Glad your picture showed up...hmmm, I'll have to see about mine.

    Becky K.

  12. Happy Birthday...Ashley...You are such a lovely young lady.

    Terri...you are such a great mom...your daughter is very lucky to have such a loving mom!

    Blessings to both of you...and Ashley will make a beautiful bride...you better stock up on tissue...all's I'm sayin!!


  13. Ashley is lovely! Cute as can be! Happy Birthday to her from South Dakota!

    It is amazing how fast our kids grow...sad at times too!

    You have a Christmas site! Oh my?! Is it for family only?

    Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year.

    God Bless!

  14. She is a true beauty...inside and outside! Just like her mama. What a sweet tribute to her from an adoring mother!

    Happy Birthday lovely girl!


  15. Anonymous3:28 PM

    Happy Birthday to Ashley!!!!

  16. Happy Birthday to your very beautiful daughter!! She is gorgeous! It's no wonder you're so proud of her, she certainly sounds like a wonderful person inside and out...even if she does have a heavy foot like her mother! LOL Loved that part! xoxo

  17. Anonymous11:46 PM

    I see your faces just about everywhere I go so I thought I'd pop in to see you on your own turf! You have a lovely daughter! I have one who will be 20 in February, my how quickly they grow into beautiful young women!


  18. Anonymous3:09 AM

    Hi Terri! Good to be revisiting. Seems it's been ages! Awwwwww, such a beautiful daughter, and sounds as if she is a beauty inside, too. What a wonderful time in her life this must be! Hugs. :-)

  19. Anonymous7:16 AM

    A lovely daughter indeed. Funny, I don't like brown...or black foods. Chocolate is the only exception, but oreos, chocolate cake, black licorice ,etc. I tend to stay a way from. :) Jiffy has a nice cornbread mix, too.

  20. She is so beautiful and so lucky to have both beauty and brains!

    I love your pumpkin in the urn!

  21. Ashley is absolutely gorgeous! Hope she had a great birthday!

    Sandy :)

  22. You just had to rub it in, didn't you? ;)
    She's absolutely gorgeous, and so darn hip!
    You did good, mom!!!


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