Brianna will be forever 12 years old and an angel watching over us. She was the kind of girl that would light up a room, her smile was infectious, her hugs would knock you to the ground and that laugh would warm your belly.
Brianna was a girl who knew who she was, she loved experimenting with different hair colors, makeup and clothes. She had a spicy streak in her, I guess just like me. When she was 11 and 12 years old our relationship was a little harder, we definitely butted heads more. But just like raising our other daughter we chalked it up to adolescence. We had our ups and downs, but towards the end I thought it was starting to look up for us.
Brianna had such an old soul, she really read people and could pick up on their emotions. If you were feeling down she was the first one to ask how you were. If you were new at school she befriended you right away so you wouldn’t feel alone. If you were getting picked on she was the first to intervene, whether she knew you or not, she would step in. One story I heard after she passed away, she was at the skate park and saw a girl picking on another girl, Brianna went up to the bully and told her to stop, I am sure the girl said something to Brianna because before you knew it the girl “bully” was on the ground and Brianna said “I told you it was going to hurt little miss sunshine”. That's my girl and that wasn’t the first time she came to someone’s rescue.
Brianna use to tuck me into bed, I miss that so much. Her dad didn’t always feel good and on those bad days she always knew he was going to feel bad before he did, so she would go to him and comfort him. She totally looked up to her big sister and wanted to be just like her, she was always taking Kayla’s stuff and of course denying it. :) I could only imagine how they would be together today, Brianna would be 20 years old now and she would probably want to be at Kayla’s house all the time.
Brianna also gave the ultimate gift "life" Babette was honored to meet one of the Recipients in 2015, Her name is Carmen and she received Brianna's Liver.
Carmen is thriving in life, with several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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