Honey-Rae Phillips was born with a birthmark that continued to grow as she did. At 18 months old, the little girl has red blotches that cover much of her right side.
"I just sobbed and sobbed, knowing my baby was going to permanently marked for the rest of her life," mother Tanya Phillips told The Mirror about seeing her daughter's birthmark for the first time.
As reported in The Mirror, Tanya would dress Honey-Rae in pants to avoid stares from strangers. After relenting one day and dressing her daughter in shorts, she overheard an older couple comment on the noticeable birthmark.
"I knew if adults could be that insensitive, then kids at school would also be unintentionally mean," Tanya said.
To ensure that Honey-Rae never feels ostracized, Tanya and her husband Adam decided to get matching tattoos that look like their daughter's birthmark.
"When the swelling went down, I showed Honey-Rae, and she gently touched it and smiled as she said ‘match,’ pointing to her own leg," Tanya said.
Now Honey-Rae likes to touch her parents' "birthmarks" and then her own, laughing every time. And she also has a daily reminder of how much her mom and dad love her.