Snap Shots from the Life of Rachel de Azevedo Coleman

snorkeling in Maui
Rachel snorkeling on a family vacation.

by Linda de Azevedo, Rachel’s Mom

I guess you could say Rachel is right-smack-in-the-middle of our family. Being number five of nine children puts four siblings above her and four below her. However, she did sort-of become the oldest child when her siblings left for college and/or got married. So I guess I could say she fits anywhere and that is how she relates so well to everyone in her life.

When I Googled “middle child”, I found this reference that sounded to me like Rachel!

Middle Child: Middle children have less of a clear-cut role in the family; instead, they often make a place for themselves outside the family, creating a network of close friends, venturing away from the family physically, and breaking the mold intellectually as well.

Cokeville, Wyoming
Riding a horse in Wyoming, around 10th Grade.
Graduation from Bonneville Junior High
Graduation from Junior High. Curly hair was "in" that year.

I was struck with how that could describe Rachel and her place in life and with Signing Time! She has created a worldwide network of friends and family, and she keeps on amazing me with her awards, her awareness, her friendships, her music and acting, and her dedication to making things happen for children of all abilities. She and her husband Aaron, and their amazing daughters, Leah and Lucy, are changing the world with their vision.

These few random snap shots of Rachel growing up might give you a glimpse of the different sides of the Rachel I know.

Chilling waiting for a plane
Waiting for a plane in Hawaii on a winter vacation. Mom (middle), Rachel to the left, sister Rebecca (right of mom) and two of their friends.










Love you and wishing you a Happy Birthday, Rachel! Love, Mom