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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dani Go-o



August 22, 1987 was an amazing day! Twenty-two years later (August 22, 2009) is another amazing day because our little baby, Dani, is 22 years old!


Three-year-old Kevin was so happy to have a baby brother or sister and regardless of gender, he wanted to name the baby "Danny" after his best friend at daycare. We honored his wishes by naming his baby sister, Danielle and calling her Dani. The nickname stuck with the addition of 'Girl' (so as not to be confused with Danny Boy) and then a few years later when we were babysitting a two year old who couldn't pronounce his "Rs" he called her "Dani Go-o" and that nickname has stuck ever since.


Dani is a remarkable young lady. She is one of the most persevering and hard-working people I know. She has done some amazing things and developed great talents and as a result is in a very good place in her life. She married her true love and is now teaching history, a subject she has a passion for, to high school students in Baltimore, MD. She also has been honored with the opportunity to receive her Master's Degree at Johns Hopkins University. These great honors have been the result of diligence on her part and the blessings of Father in Heaven. Her Dad and I feel so privileged to be the parents of a truly valiant and dedicated young lady named Dani. She has blessed our lives in countless ways. We love you Dani Go-o!






Random Facts about Danielle Marie Crouch Ahern:


She is very musical, you should hear her play the Clarinet


She hasn't yet forgiven me for the time I had her hair cut when she was five years old


She is a wonderful sister to her two brothers and one sister


She graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUU

Dani has a hilarious sense of humor

She has a Bachelors in History, her minor was Music


She was a Drum Major for The Weber High Warrior Marching Band 2004/05


She is not afraid of heights


She doesn't cook--Kelly does all the cooking in their new home


Dani was Youth Mayor of Pleasant View City Youth Council her senior year


She organized and ran a textbook project for schools in Ghana, South Africa


Dani lived on campus her first two years of college in the dorms with one bathroom per floor


She represented SUU at the Western National Honor's Convention this year


She was selected as one of 4,000 Teach for America Corp Members out of 45,000 applicants!

We miss Dani at our house more than she can imagine.




5 comments:

Dean and Sheri said...

Okay...you made me tear-up and all out cry. I am having such a hard time right now having had the last of our 4 daughters move away. This just brought it all back to the surface. Actually that's not hard because it's always right there, just beneath the surface anyway. I don't know if this will pass soon, if ever. But, I do know how it feels to miss your girl(s). Dani is a pretty amazing young woman and I admire her tremendously. What blessed parents you and Rob are.
ps...guess who got the first hug last night! Yeah...that's right. Your son. That's okay...I was 18, once upon a time, so I understand.

Dani Marie said...

Thanks Mom. I love you!

Dani Marie said...

And I made burritos two nights ago. And one time I made tacos. And I make lots of PB&Js for Kelly's lunch to take to work. And I make bacon better than Kelly. His reminded me of that part on "Better Off Dead" when the mom is like "You said you didn't like all the grease from fried bacon, so I boiled it."

Georgia said...

I stand corrected, Dani does indeed cook (when the mood strikes her and Kelly will let her into the kitchen). Boiled bacon....blecky

Margie said...

Happy Birthday to Dani!!! I'm sorry I am slow in my wishes, but I do think you are wonderful Dani.

I am so proud of you and I think you are a great person! I miss you too.

I love the pictures too!!