We took her to Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop's for the weekend once. We lived in Camden, DE, 45 miles from Mom and Dads. These were the days before cell phones. When we got home we had a message from Mom, come back, she doesn't want to stay. We did.
She always had a big heart; making friends with girls that didn't have friends. She wanted to be so generous. When I was pregnant with Kristin her Grandmom Shoemaker passed away. Mrs. Shoemaker was such a wonderful person that I grieved that she'd never meet the baby growing in my belly. Both my girls got a little bit of Olive Shoemaker, Meghan her nursing and caring for others and Kristin her sweetness.
Kristin made a lot of friends over time but none as close as Stacie and they are still close today. Stacie became more than a friend, she became family. Stacie lived with us for a time, she was a wonderful addition to the family, plus she would cut half the grass (even though Mom-Mom would ride around on her lawn mower).
She had a sweet relationship with her Mom-Mom. I know she misses Mom. I know Mom loved her so much.
She has grown into a wonderful daughter and friend. I love her so much and am so proud of her. I am thankful that she lives close and I see her almost every day.
Happy birthday Gem. You are my precious gift.