How did my baby turn 19???? Here's a pic of the lovely Lauren with (as he's known around these parts) "the amazing Dean!" (Hey, we ALL agree he IS amazing). Lauren's been missing Dean pretty badly this summer - and I think it works the other way round too. Dean's been working at a camp in Alaska, and Lauren's been at a camp in exciting Southern Illinois. Next week they get to see each other again, and I *think* they're both a little excited about that.
But it was 19 years ago today that I first got to see that beautiful face - and I got to hold her before her mom did too! She was a c-section baby. When she was born, old Henry Huepenbecker told me: "She's born on my birthday! I think you should name her Henrietta." Well, she dodged that bullet. (Henry is a story for another time - delightful man and unbelievably agile into his 90's!). I remember the nights of holding and rocking her and singing hymns to her (she really liked "A Stable Lamp is Lighted" - I could just tell!). And now she's so grown up, so independent.
Well, LEW, happy birthday! We love you!!!!