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"I remember I told my neighbor I had the craziest dream," she recalls. "I don't usually remember my dreams but that morning my friend called me and I told her I dreamed about having the baby in the car." It was November 1996 and Brannon's four older kids kept the family in a perpetual state of activity. "Life was very busy back then trying to get everyone where they were supposed to be," she says laughing. Her oldest was in the ninth grade, her youngest in pre-school, and that fall day she and husband Mike were running to teacher conferences. "I was in labor, but I didn't tell anyone," she says. After all, Shayne had been down this road four times before. She knew the drill. "My labors had always been kind of long except for the one right before my daughter," she says. "He came very quickly at the hospital, but the doctors thought it was a fluke." It wasn't. "It happens so fast; you don't really think about it," she says. "You just do what you need to do." They'd finished with the school conferences and were home for the night when she calmly told her husband it was time to go to the hospital. He didn't understand just how urgent the situation was. Laced with Meaning "We needed to leave the house, but he was getting his boots on and he was trying to Annie Brannon (top) enjoys celebrating annually at her birth site. Brothers Jim and Jacob (right) and parents Mike and Shayne (left) commemorated Annie's 20th birthday with her last fall. The whole family (bottom) gets a kick out of Annie's birth story. Joining her and her parents are siblings Jacob, Michael, Erin and Jim. "It happens so fast; you don't really think about it. You just do what you need to do." — Shayne Brannon Photo courtesy of the Brannon family 68 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE WINTER 2016-2017