It's my daughter Daniella's birthday to-day... "Buon Compliano Bella Mia." .
She is my second youngest and my WILD child.
When growing up she had all the boys bluffed, no one dared say the wrong word for fear of her volatile temper. In High School her face reigned almost every photo lining the Principals Office wall. A champion athlete, baseball player and the lead soprano, she represented her school at the Sydney Opera House.
But instead of a career, she opted for an early marriage.
After the birth of her 2 son's she suffered a miscarriage and then the death of a premature baby boy who only lived 10 days. He passed away on a Christmas Eve... a difficult memory.
The marriage was violent with shocking abuse. Finally she broke free and fled with her son's to another state.
Today she has a lifetime of memories.
Yet overcome she has. Currently she is studying for a Double Degree in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education.
Nevertheless, her greatest acheavement has been the strength of her faith.
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock (Christ Jesus)."
Matthew7:24-25. "On Christ her solid Rock she stands, all other ground is sinking sand!"
Her Testimony at Rainbow Beach.
Up the in the tree...
Pictured here at about age 14yrs with her cousin's and brother Lee (the smallest)