My step into motherhood started with this little baby and what a baby she was.To me Brooke is the true picture of motherhood and one of the best moms I know.Here she is with my grandparents and Al’s mom.
I realize she looks like a sleepy baby in most of these photos but actually she was nocturnal and never slept at night until she was about two years old.I didn’t care.I was at my thinnest because I learned to go without sleep because of this precious bundle.
This was her first husband she thought at two and she let us all know it.At the church she beaned the brides dad over the head with that little basket.About a year later she was asked to stand up in another wedding and tried to tell them she couldn’t because she was already married to this little guy.We told her the marriage was annulled and it was OK.
It was a blink of the eye and she went to kindergarten.Her teacher made me mad because she told me Brooke was socially retarded and never colored the trees green or the sky blue and wanted her to repeat the class.We decided to move her to our church school.
I don’t know what in the name of heaven she is holding this bird for because I can’t stand them.I guess it was a good thing because I once left her in her stroller after I thought a bird was attacking me and her beloved father had to rescue her.
This is Brooke and Jared at the neighbors.They are an older couple the two of them would ride their bikes to see.Who knew that Mrs.Haag would get Brooke’s bouquet for being married the longest years later at Brooke and Mike’s wedding.I think this was my favorite time of raising these two.Look how cute both of them are and they aren’t fighting.She could get a little rough with her brother but she always always loves him.
This is her high hair days and I just hated it.I knew what battles to pick and this wasn’t one of them.I always thought she looked like she had one of those semi wind breakers on top of her head.She now hates this picture so of course I had to put it in for her brother.We should have bought stock in hair spray.
Brooke at her confirmation.She had hurt her foot or leg or something and had to tough it out for this picture.God has always been important to my girl.She now raises her four kids in the same church she grew up in.God is good.
Our church school only went to eighth grade so when she was a freshman she went back to the public school and she was on homecoming court.She wore her cousin Jami’s dress and she was beautiful.I video taped it and all you can hear is me bawling.I put this picture here because you can see how much she looks like her dad.They have the Kovach nose.I think that always kept her humble because she hates her nose.I love it.
Here she is at the junior prom.She was always friends with Rick and we actually didn’t meet Mike for a while.The tall one was Mike’s girlfriend at the time.We called her Amazon woman because she was so tall.I wonder if she had any idea that someday Rick would be her brother in law.
This is Brooke’s senior picture.This girl wasn’t a minutes trouble in high school.If you told her to be in at eleven she was there at ten to eleven.I found out later she did a few shady things but nothing to out of the ordinary for a kid.She told me that her best friend asked her to try a cigarette and she told her that was the last seven minutes she was ever going to give her of her life and she kept that promise.
This is Brooke walking out of her graduation ceremony.She was second in her class.Not to shabby for a socially retarded not coloring right kid.Of course by this time we had the little girls and she had her Little Wheel with her on the big walk out.
Brooke’s wedding was a blast but one of the saddest happiest days of my life.I knew it would be hard to let go of this thing of beauty that started my own motherhood walk but it has been such a blessing to share all of her life.Here are all of my precious daughters with our little Alexis at her baptism.Brooke was born to be a mother.Alexis was a very sick baby when she was born and Brooke and Mike took such good care of her.Alexis spent time at the University of Michigan NIC unit as she was a gastroschisis baby.This means a lot of her organs were on the outside of her body when she was born.Brooke spent her birthday that year in the NIC unit and was so happy because she was holding her baby.She never once complained about the problems with her little girl.Alexis was so blessed God looked down and saw Brooke as her mother.
Brooke has no idea how wonderful she is.She is kind and she is smart.She is a teacher, a wife, a daughter, and a sister,but she is also the best mom and I am so proud.I have no idea how she got to be what she is but I am so glad she is mine.Happy Mothers Day Brooke.I love you.Mom