Happy 13th Birthday, Allison!!

Today, just 13 years ago, a precious, tiny little blessing was born to a little family of Father, Mother, & sister & brother.

In the past 13 years, this tiny blessing has grown to be a not-so-tiny, lively, fun-loving, social, & beautiful young lady!

~ I remember her with her short bobbed hair, dramatic, outgoing personality, & her ability to get to know a total stranger in record time.

~I remember literally rolling on the floor, laughing, with my younger brother, Mitchell, as we huddled outside her bedroom door and listened to her singing & dramatizing some very "original" compositions. :)

~ I remember all those summer days the 3 of us (Mitchell, Allison, & I) spent playing house out in the pasture. Later as all the boys came along, our "pretend" families grew, as well as our creativity! Allison was always right in the middle of things, decorating her "house", and cooking up "scrumptious" fares. What wonders we accomplished with a few sticks, stones, & odds n ends!

~I remember the summer that we remodled our house and we children thought that heaven had moved to our front yard. To our little selves, those piles of dirt seemed like absolute MOUNTAINS, and many afternoons were spent on top of those dirt piles, singing away at the top of our lungs! Allison was our "violinist" and "vocalist", and she just knew that when she "grew up", she wanted to play violin and sing. (Since then, she has "upgraded" from a hairbrush to a real violin, and she now uses a real mic instead of sticks.)

Some of the original quotes from her younger days are:

While sitting by the window, enjoying the scenery, Mom asked Allison (2), who made the grass. She promptly replied, "Grandma".:) Mom told her that God made it . Later Mom asked her who made the trees. Obviously confused, Allison said, "well, let me think...."

"I've never had a lunch as good as this one, except for all your other lunches were as good as this one." confusing....(this was after a yummy picnic lunch in the yard.)

"Well, I'm never gonna have a husband, at least not until I'm older." (Mom was telling Allison that letting Chelsy have her feet on Allison's side of the bed would be good practice for when she had her husband someday. At first Allison said that she would get married when she was 31, then later she changed it to 18.)

And all these things that I remember, seem like they happened just yesturday, and now she's a teenager. How does time go by so fast?

Some things you may not know about Allison are:

1-She absolutely LOVES horses!! (ok, you probably know that!)

2-She wants to be a missionary to India someday.

3-Her favorite colors are blue & pink.

4-Her favorite music group is the Wissmann Family.

5-Her favorite song is "Only Here for a Little While".

6-Her favorite foods are spaghetti & chocolate...not together! :)

7-Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5 &6

In the Bontrager family, Allison is the encourager, our nurse, the tender-hearted, compasionate, friendly, outgoing, music-loving, creative, & gentle sister & daughter. Her cheerful spirit & sweet personality make her a joy to be with and to have in our family.

Happy Birthday Allison!! We are so glad that God placed you in our family!

We love you!!

(written by Chelsy)
Allison playing violin at a recital.


  1. Oh, a very very happy and blessed birthday, Alison! Chelsey has summed you up perfectly -- your radiant smile and willing helpfulness have been a blessing to me many times over! May the Lord richly bless you in the coming years.

    Can't wait to see ya'll again!

  2. happy birthday allison!!!!!
    thanks for being my friend...
    love ya, Grace Chmelar

  3. Alli dear <3 I hope you had a simply marvelous birthday! You are such a beautiful young lady, and I love you for it! hugs, mari


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