Colleen and Kailey

Colleen and KaileyWait.  Can this be  true.  It’s been over a year since I introduced you to another “Little Girls Then and When.”

I met Colleen and Kailey through my photojournaling with the Marengo-Union Times.  They agreed to share a little with you and me.

Colleen is 33 years old. He single mom raised her and her two sister in a western suburb of Chicago. Colleen knows, more than most, how important it is to be a strong mother.

Colleen loves being a Stay-at-home Mom.  She even home-schools her 5 kids. Kailey is her only daughter. Colleen sons are 13, 6, 4, and 2 years old. She says the scariest thing about raising a daughter is whether she’ll find a good husband and be happy.
When she was a little girl, Colleen dreamed of being a veterinarian.  She loved Friday nights, because that was Pizza Night. Colleen describes Kailey as outstanding:  “She’s very intelligent and independent.”

Kailey is 11 years old and in the 7th grade. Besides baking (she’s a State Fair Superior Ribbon winner,) Kailey gets involved in a lot of different things. She loves animals: she raises chickens, and she volunteers at “Hooves to Heal,” an organization that helps people with disabilities through interaction with horses.  Kailey is a seamstress, a photographer, and an archer.  She loves science and history. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite number is 24. “I just like those two numbers together,” she told me, without an ounce of hesitation.

When she’s a grown woman Kailey plans to be therapist. Her oldest brother has Down’s Syndrome; his therapist inspires Kailey’s career goals.

Kailey says she’s more like her Mom than anyone else.  She thinks she looks like her mom.  What do you think?






2 thoughts on “Colleen and Kailey

  1. I have a 17 year old son who isn’t as organized and planned out as Kailey! lol My hats off to Colleen for the vision she had as a mother, and making it come true.

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