Aug 10, 2014


Happy birthday to an amazing Victoria.
 Work hard, be kind, and Amazing things will happen. 
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be....

Victoria, may you never stray from your true path,
as you continue your amazing journey in life.
~Happy Birthday~

When we met she was a teenager.  Yes with all the "issues" a teenager has. She was
beautiful then and if I may say so even more beautiful today.  In many ways she was still
a child, but trapped in a woman's body.  At the time I did not understand how difficult it 
may have been for this little girl, yes like me she is also a daddy's girl to go from
being daddy's girl to having to share her dad with another woman..that being me.

I could have been more understanding, but maybe I was also standing on shaky grounds.
She and I both had and still have strong personalities.  At the time we met they clashed.
I being the grown up of the two should have handled it better.  But now this is the past.

The Victoria I know today is a woman of determination and convictions.  I have seen her 
blossom from an insecure teenager to a woman with confidence and strength.  She and I have
been through some rough times.  It was maybe a good thing because today I want to say
that the relationship we have is better than ever.  She is my friend and someone I admire 
very much.  She is relentless, she is a hard worker and she does not give up.  Qualities I 
admire because I also am the same.  Like her dad she is a go getter.  The girl NEVER quits.

She has qualities I see in myself.  She is kindhearted, she is generous and she loves kitties.

She also loves her Michael. They have been together now for over 13 and a half years.
That to me is a testament of her maturity and of her commitment to happiness.
As you can see she is gorgeous.  She has her dad's eyes.  Blue as the sky.

Every picture she takes the most standout features are the eyes. 
 Of course she NEVER takes a bad picture either.

Yes, Victoria is gorgeous.  Stunning is really how I would describe her, but
her best qualities are not only on the outside.  Her even better qualities lie in
the person that she is.  Her heart is sometimes too big.  Makes for people wanting to 
take advantage of her, but being her she never lets that stop her from random acts of kindness.

Relationships are not always easy to build, but I believe we are on our way to having
a very strong one.  We have both grown from the time we met.  We have matured and
we are both working hard, at least I am to have the relationship we have.

For a young woman Victoria has achieved quite a lot in her life.
She was only in her 20's when together with her better half Micheal, they purchased
a million dollar home in Norway.  When she was just 10 years old she travelled ALONE
from Norway to the United States where her dad, Arvid was living.  Not many can claim this.

As if that was not enough, Victoria was the first student in Norway to complete
an online bachelors degree.  She was interviewed as you can see in the above picture.
Amazing is just a word, but when you put everything into action and you get results you
are looking at a truly one of a kind person.  She is of the type I can and I will.
There is never a can't in her vocabulary.  A girl/woman of grace, beauty,
intelligence and kind heart.   Proud to be her step-mom.

I have gotten to know Victoria very well through the years.  She was after all only
16 years old when we met.  Through the good and through some rough patches,
I believe I can sum up her essence in just a few words, I can hear her saying:

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.  For her the journey is only getting better.

Happy birthday Victoria.  I look forward to years and years of friendship with you.
Our future holds laughter, fun, love and good times.  All I can say to
 you is that when you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun.
 When you have fun you can do amazing things.  This to me is you!

Victoria, you may not control all the events that happen to you, 
but you can decide not to be reduced by them, and that
you do in spades!

A beautiful person, has a beautiful life.
 And, so shall you. May you sail through all the obstacles 
and challenges that come in your way to success. I wish you a very happy Birthday.