I'm doing this tribute a little differently. Instead of telling all of you how much I LOVE Sarah Beth, I'm going to tell HER. You can feel free to read along if you would like.
Sweet Sarah Beth,
I cannot believe that you are 21 years old today! It seems like yesterday that you were going through Recruitment at The University of Alabama. From the moment I saw you sitting in that chair on the left hand side of the room, I knew that you had to be in my sorority. I remember that excitement that I got when I scanned the Bid List and saw your name and I remember sitting with you in the chapter room on that first night thinking "this girl is going to be even better than I thought."
Those that knew me during college would probably say that I was much happier my senior year...I would attribute much of that to you. When you work...you WORK, but when you have fun...you have FUN. I'm still working on that fun part, but I think I'm getting better.
You were, and still are, my sports friend and my Friday lunch date...oh, how I miss our Friday lunches at City Cafe! Then there were the Sunday walks by the river and the last minute computer assignments. We crammed lots of fun memories into that one year.
You are a leader...whether you want to be or not. People are always watching you and always following. I remember countless conversations that first year when you talked about maybe wanting to be President. Sometimes I kidded you about it, but I want you to know that I always knew that our Sorority would thrive with you as its leader. I will never forget when you called to tell me that you had decided to sign up to run...then the call a few weeks later to say you were slated...then the call the week after to say you you were the new President of Delta Zeta. I felt like a proud Mom! Then, when I saw you in action a few weeks ago, it was all I could do not to cry. Once again, you've surpassed my wildest expectations.
Sarah Beth...on this, your 21st birthday, I want you to know how proud I am of you. I want you to know how thankful I am to have you in my life!
She will probably kill me for posting this picture, but I just had to. It's not a good picture of me either, SB...
One of my favorites...celebrating her birthday freshman year. How nice of the sorority to throw a Grab-a-Date party in her honor!
Relishing in a Crimson Tide victory over Mississippi State