I remember this day twelve years ago, quite clearly.
To begin with I need to tell you what happened on October 5th ~I sent your Daddy off to work, I laid down to take a nap. When I awoke, I washed the breakfast dishes and did some light house keeping. I ate a can of Spaghetti O's for lunch ( I ate those all the time, no wonder you like them so much!) and I went to Walmart to pick up a layaway. While waiting in line, a man asked me, "How much longer?" I told him, I didn't know, since I just walked up. He laughed and said (while pointing) "When's the baby due?" I told him that he was due in two days. The lady behind him, piped up with, "You won't be waiting that long." We all talked back and forth while waiting for our turn in line. I cooked supper for myself and Daddy. After supper, we walked around the neighborhood. When we got back home, we ate some ice cream. I added sour cream and onion chips to my chocolate ice cream. It was a crazy concoction that your Aunt Lisa and I came up with when we were younger. Something that I've passed on to you. Of course, you have an odd creation of your own ~ Peanut Butter & Jelly, Mayonnaise and Pickle sandwiches. Hopefully, you'll be able to pass it on to your children one day.
Later that night I was admitted into the hospital in labor. (Daddy swears it was from the ice cream and chips.) I spent all day October 6th walking and resting, waiting on you. Finally at 11:57 that night, you were born. You were the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. Daddy and I couldn't get enough of you. It was the first time, I ever saw your Daddy cry. He was so happy! When Granny and PawPaw came in to hold you, they both said that you were the prettiest of all the grand children at this age. They could not believe how beautiful your head and skin color was. They talked about the peach fuzz on your head. Really, there wasn't much, but you weren't an onion head! That's what PawPaw always called babies with no hair.
Twelve years may seem like a long time to you, but it's not. These past twelve years have flown by bringing with them many happy times ~like being able to talk again after all the months of therapy, learning to ride your bike, killing your first deer and accepting Jesus as your Saviour. Of course, those years have also brought some scary and sad times ~ like falling into the car and biting the inside of your mouth open which required over 25 stitches, ripping your hand open on a piece of jagged wood and the passing of MawMaw and Paw. We've even seen some funny times ~ like learning to "gobble your gizzard" like Daddy, trying to cook Ramen Noodles in the microwave without water ~ boy, was that a real stinker! and watching Copper fight with the broom under my bed ~ crazy dog!
Daddy and I have always tried to make our home a safe haven for you. A place where you find LOVE, HAPPINESS, SAFETY, TOGETHERNESS and THE LORD. We both pray that you will take this year and use it wisely. Don't waste your time on nonsense. Grow closer to the Lord, seek Him daily. We will do all we can to help you, but the Lord is the one that truly can help.