Happy Birthday Angel Face

It’s Angel Face’s birthday today!

In honor of her birthday I thought I’d post some photos from the past year, each with accompanying clever commentary.

It was a nice thought, and it’s the thought that count, right?

The problem is that when my old laptop crashed, taking the hard drive with it, I lost a bunch of photos. Then when the hard drive on my new laptop crashed I lost even more photos. I hadn’t realized how many photos I’d lost until I started looking for photos of Angel Face to post. Then I realized that the first photo I have from 2009 is dated November 11.

I started to have a panic attack when I thought about what photos were missing. Birthday parties… Soccer games… Plays and musicals… Her confirmation.. Her 8th grade graduation… Summer marching band…
Hyperventilation and heart palpitations aren’t conducive to writing clever commentary, and this post is supposed to be celebrating Angel Face’s birthday – not mourning lost memories.

Drying my eyes I pulled myself together and tried to think of what to do. I was raised to “make do” so finally I decided to use what I had. I put together a weird and random assortment of photos – most of which aren’t even blurry! Digital telephoto is a nice idea, but in reality it often produces nothing more than a blurry mess.

Are you ready? Here we go with Random Moments in Angel Face’s Life. In no particular order, of course.


Angel Face is HidingAngel Face went through a phase lasting several years where she hated having her picture taken.


Angel Face is Still Hiding Anytime she saw me with the camera she’d duck and cover.


College Boy is Hiding I don’t have any idea where she got it from.


Angel Face is STILL Hiding “Just smile!” I’d say. “I’m going to take the picture anyway, so you can decide if you want to look stupid, or smile and be pretty.”


Angel Face is Smiling Eventually she saw the wisdom of my words or realized I’m more stubborn than a mule and smiled.


Angel Face as AbbyAngel Face loves dressing up and “goes all out.” Whether it’s Spirit Week at school, Halloween, or a themed dance you can bet she’ll come up with a fantastic outfit. This Halloween she dressed up as Abby from NCIS. She is so not-Goth that it was weird to see her all Goth-ed up, but she looked great and had fun. She even took Jo-Bear and his friends Trick-or-Treating so Teacher and I could come home early with the little boys – we were all frozen!


Angel Face Playing PianoShe’s very musical, which is no surprise since our whole family loves music. She plays the piano – here she’s accompanying her friend Mallory during Winterfest. Winterfest is the high school’s annual fund raiser for the music program. Details will have to wait for another post…


Angel Face is Playing SaxIn addition to piano she plays the saxophone. She started playing alto sax in 5th grade, then switched to tenor sax in 6th or 7th. When she graduated from 8th grade she had to give back the borrowed middle school band tenor sax and to back to her alto for high school. She still misses the tenor, but her alto is much happier now.


Angel Face is SingingAll through her school years she’s sung in choir: in Children’s Choir from 4th to 5th grade, then Junior Choir from 6th to 8th grade, and now Freshman Choir in high school. I’m curious to see where her audition places her for next year. Apparently she cracks up in the choir too. What’s so funny, Angel Face?

The girl two to the left of Angel Face, in the reddish shirt, is Mallory. We’ve called them “the twins separated at birth” for years. From the back you can’t tell them apart, which is embarrassing for a mother to admit.


Angel Face Tossing FlagAngel Face played her sax in summer marching band, but when it was time for high school marching band she decided to follow in her sister and mother’s footsteps and join color guard. I am proud to say that she’s almost as good as I was.


Angel Face Playing SoccerShe followed in her big brother and father’s footsteps, playing rec soccer since she was 8 or 9. This year she’s on the high school JV team, and…


Angel Face Scores!SCORE! She made the first goal of their second game!

Sometimes I look at her when she’s not noticing and I wonder how we ever ended up with such a wonderful girl. Then I look at her dad and I know – she takes after him.


Angel Face is HidingHappy Birthday Angel Face! We’re so very proud of who you are and love you so very much!

Amy Sue


  1. Donna Wolgamott-Schucker

    Dear Amy Sue,

    I have recently viewed your post and enjoyed it very much. I am an old friend of Tom’s and find in enlightening to see how successful he is with such a beautiful family.

    I see your daughter is much like mine. I have 2 daughters ages 22, 21, and 20. My 20 year old played the flute in 6th and 7th, then the alto sax in 8th and 9th, but her love was the tenor and she played that in 10th-12th. When she was very active in marching band in the fall she pursued winter guard (color guard performed in the gym during winter)my 21 year old was in color guard and winter guard and wasn’t into the music at all. My 22 year old was all about music. She played the trumpet in 6th – 9th, she played the french horn from 10th – 12. She also plays the flute, piano and sax. During the winter months she was in Drum line and played the #3 Base drum. My husband and I never played an instrument, but when my oldest became so involved in music, I volunteered to become the band president and completed my 8th year and resigned. My boys had no interest in pursuing band after middle school. They are all very involved in sports instead.
    Thank you for sharing your family with me and I will continue to visit your sight.
    God Bless

    • Donna,

      Our daughters – and families do sound quite a bit alike! Our other daughter plays trombone and was in Color Guard also while our eldest son played percussion from middle school through high school, then seemed to lose interest. Our second-oldest son is finishing his first year as a percussionist and is already looking forward to marching band when he’s old enough.

      Thanks for taking time to write,
      ~Amy Sue

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