Today Marissa turned 13 and is officially a teenager. When she was born, she was a tiny 6 pound beautiful little baby and I'm not sure another little girl was ever so wanted in the whole world. I felt so blessed to be getting my first daughter. She was born in Salt Lake City during a blizzard and we nearly didn't make it up the hill to LDS Hospital on the slippery roads. But thanks to her patience or her "tardiness" as her Dad would say, we made it with hours to spare. She was born on a Sunday afternoon. She had lots of dark brown hair and her dark eye-lashes and eyebrows were clearly visible from the first moment I saw her. Shane's grandma stated it best, when seeing her for the first time, she said, "She's a little doll with painted on eyes."
As Marissa grew, I realized that she was extra special and extra sweet. I would always tell her "that it's as important to be as pretty on the inside as you are on the outside" and I believe she took that to heart. She is and has always been a kind, sweet girl.
Marissa is a little shy sometimes...but she can really get going when she knows you well.
She has beautiful green eyes. She loves animals....especially horses. She has ridden horses competitively for 6 years. She also loves to dance and is now interested in tumbling. She has played basketball and tennis and does well at both. She loves enchiladas and cherries. This year she is on the Student Council at Mt. Nebo Jr. High and she is an Honor Roll Student.
Marissa is a wonderful daughter. We love to see her happy and excelling in all that she does in her life. She is a close friend to her brothers and sister and always a peacemaker in our home. We love you so much and wish you many more happy birthdays. Just don't grow up too quickly......