She came into our world, it seems, ready to take on all comers. Not in a belligerent way, but a righteous one. My favorite photo is of her facing down a goose. She was no more than three years old, the goose was the same height but there she stands, finger pointed, wearing a scolding face giving the goose what-for.
This clear thinking, determination has been her style of life. What could have become hard and threatening was and is tempered by a elf princess, gypsy soul. A very winsome combination to be sure.
Her horizons became broad, her dreams large. With that determined spirit she focused and achieved.
The outside world was her first love, school was merely necessity Yet, while still a girl, she entered a national writing contest and won for herself a trip to New York, with prizes and photo ops all sorts.
Through the years she has been playwright and director of Cousin Productions at family gatherings. All brilliant and entertaining, by the way.
She dreamed of singing and going on tour with a prestigious concert choir. She studied with a vocal coach, saved her money and was accepted. Her world expanded yet more as she toured 'across the pond' seeing for herself, among other things, her beloved-from-afar Ireland.
There was career move, a desire to acquire a beautician's license. A year of difficult schooling followed and success was achieved.
She traveled to the Holy land with her papa and returned with a future husband.
These are just the highlights of life paths well chosen, a life well lived. But it should be mentioned too that there is a straight-lined Faith conviction that has kept her course true. As she has passed through life, she has been a Truth speaking, Truth living young woman of excellence.
The present finds her in a season of motherhood. She conducts this as she has her life up to this point, with ease, grace and a clear thinking, straightforward good sense. She has a fine husband, who she lovingly supports and encourages. She has her own little gypsy elf princess and prince now, which she is bringing up with joy, teaching them the wonders of the world around as well as in the 'nurture and admonition of the Lord'.
She, this young woman of exuberance and excellent, of joy and song, brings continual delight to us all. We are blessed that she is 'ours'.
So with this tale of random thoughts I wish her a delicious birthday with full years of all good things yet ahead.
With all our love to you our own, our very dear Bessie.