Amberle

5 year old Amberle is an amazingly bright and perceptive little girl. Always quick with a hug and a kiss when you're feeling down. She is an excellent student in her home schooling program and an avid artist. She is a common sight around the store where she helps out by dusting, cleaning the glass cases, making mojo bags and Vodoo dolls, and dancing by the juke box. Distinguishing characteristics; Beautiful curly hail and a "chocolate chip" birthmark over her left eye.



Click to enlargeAmby on the beach in South Haven
Click to enlargeAmberle's 5th BirthdayOOOhhhhh!!!!!! What's in it, what's in it???????

Click to enlargeAmberlebellAmby wearing her favorite dress-up costume

Click to enlargeAmberle's Vodou ArtworkDone on June 18 2000, Amberle surprised mom and dad with here latest art. We were impessed with her talent and ability to draw her impressions of her mom's religion. images of Amby's picture from left to right, top to bottom ( in her own words); A Voodoo VeVe snake, Cat Voodoo Doll, a Voodoo Moon, Voodoo string, a Voodoo rock, more Voodoo string



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