Recently we were at Gould Hill Farm to pick apples. We go there every fall to do so. With my camera hanging around my neck and no warning, I turned the camera towards Erin and snapped this surprise picture. No aim. Just turn the camera in a general direction and shoot. I like it. I love the genuine smile on Erin’s face. Her two-and-a-half-year old brother is holding on for dear life in the orchard while getting a shoulder ride from his big sister. I think it’s a great shot of Erin.
Erin smiles while Theodore holds on tight, both enjoying the shoulder ride through the orchard.
Happy 16th Birthday to my beautiful daughter Erin. I love you very much sweetheart. You are a wonderful, smart, beautiful young woman. I didn’t always know this, but I know it now; my life wouldn’t be full without you in it.
Like this morning, Easter Sunday, represents, a fresh start, a new life awaits. I look forward to your next 16 years, and beyond. Remember that the easy path, the easy things in life are usually wrong, or worthless. The hard work, pursuing the path less traveled, making the right decisions that are the toughest ones to make, brings the rewards worth accumulating. I trust there will be rewards aplenty for you as you grow, mature, and make proper choices with God’s help, our prayers, and your family’s continual support.
I love you so much. Your family loves you every moment, no matter what. We look forward to spending your birthday with you today. It’s going to be a great day Erin, and it’ll be an even better year. Happy Birthday Erin!