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Twenty First Birthday!

I'm three days early, but I had planned a fabulous This Is Your Life birthday post, and me not having a computer is not going to stop me!

So there are a few years in a person's life that mark important changes, I've tried to find photos of all of them, let's see:

Being Born:
thank GOODNESS I do not have a photo of the actual birthing, but here's the earliest photo I could find of myself- I'll have to make copies of the other ones my mom has at her place.

First Birthday:
The love affair with chocolate cake begins!

For an eldest child, gaining a sibling is a big event! My sister Mae joined our family shortly after my 3rd Birthday.

in our church, Children aren't baptized till they are 8 years old (check out for more info!) I was baptized with my good friend Nikki who is just a few days younger than me.

Being sealed:
I was lucky enough to get to go to the Toronto Temple and be sealed to my family, sadly I don't remember much, the nursery and taking photos outside in the gardens.

Sweet 16:
Instead of a huge party, I spent my 16th birthday in France! I actually missed about 6 hours of it, due to the time difference, but it was worth it! I spent two weeks in France with my school's french club- It was amazing, we saw all the sights in Paris, Nancy, Strasbourg and northern France. I would post all the incredible pictures, but I haven't had time to scan them in.

After 1 elementary school, 2 middle schools and a high school that was too tiny for a football team, in 2006 I graduated! I remember the pointless several hour long practices we had for walking. (thankfully I had Colleen to get me through it, not to mention the 4 years prior =D ) It was only 3 years ago, but it seems like a whole other life.

I'll be the first to admit that a "normal" 21 year old probably wouldn't have marriage on their list of accomplishments :) I was incredibly lucky to find Jake as quickly as I did (though it felt like forever to GET him, he was stubborn!)

Now I'm (almost) 21, and I am proud of what I've done and become for these past 21 years. I may not always act like it, but I've had a pretty good life! I've always been surrounded by people who love me and want what's best for me. I've forged fantastic lifelong friendships and have learned so much from everyone in my life. So here's to You, thanks for making my life wonderful!


Jaime says:
at: Apr 16, 2009, 7:13:00 PM said...

happy early b*day

Coiner Family says:
at: Apr 17, 2009, 8:27:00 AM said...

I didn't know it was your birthday! So are you going to have a big birthday bash? Keg? Booze? YOu are 21 after all. Ha ha ha.