Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Happy Birthday Amy,..........


On Monday I posted about our first daughter, Melinda's, birthday...Five years and two days later, on August 22nd, l967, our other daughter, Amy Lynne, made her appearance.....she was born at 3:42 am, weighing in at 6 pounds 1 ounce....

My doctor had already taken his vacation that summer and he assured me he would be in town. Two weeks before my due date, I awoke one morning and could not lift my arm. After visiting my doctor, he admitted me with a blood clot under my left arm next to my heart. I spent a couple of days in the hospital taking medication to dissolve the clot.

A few days later, I began having lower back pain really bad and as I was in town, I ran by the clinic just to be checked. The receptionist informed me that my doctor was in some far away state duck hunting.....I was so mad I didn't see another doctor and just went home.......steaming.

Later, that night, we went to the hospital when the labor pains came closer and closer together.
Amy was born the same way her sister had been....sunny side up......Early the next morning my door was open and guess who came up the stairwell? My vacationing, duck hunter doctor. His mother-in-law had become ill and he was called home. He came into the room and cheerfully asked what I had...I rather dryly told him, " a little girl unless the circumcision was too close." I was still outdone with him.......

Amy was a new toy for her five year old sister......but Mindy was jealous....even to the point of wanting a bottle for a couple of days....thankfully she warmed up to the idea of having a little sister.

Amy was a happy child and smiled most of the time.......once when she was about four or five, she wanted curly hair.....well, curls don't run in our family on either side. I was in the middle of giving her a permanent when she decided she no longer desired curly hair........we did finish after a heart to heart talk......

Amy has always been extremely determined.......I often told her that God had something special in store for her.....I didn't know what, maybe an afflicted child, but she had been given her determination for a reason. Now I think I know the reason........Read further to see. One thing, Amy taught me patience.........she learned every floor board in our bedroom that creaked. I would wake up in the middle of the night with two eyes staring down into mine and warm breathing on my face with the question, "Mama, are you asleep?" I always looked down on the floor by the bed before I put my feet on the floor so that I didn't step on a sleeping Amy. She had her own room but preferred to sleep with her sister.........

Once when the Olympics were on television and we were watching the gymnastic events, Amy said, " I'm going to do that." After some pleading, we signed her up. The coach when interviewing her asked her to sit down, place her hands on the floor in front of her and lift her body up. She did it without hesitation....She won many ribbons and was winner of overall events a couple of times. We traveled all over the state to meets. She played basketball and softball in high school and both girls enjoyed fishing........

Amy is a school teacher by profession, a wife and mother by vocation. She taught in public and private school for several years. She is a minister's wife. She and Chad are the parents of six children and live next door to us. She home-schools the five oldest. Amy has the patience of Job. She is calm and even tempered..very seldom have I ever heard her raise her voice to the children. Chad is the same. Mindy, her sister, said, " well, the Lord knew who to make the preacher's wife and give six children."

Amy has always enjoyed writing stories. I was looking at both girl's baby books this week. I'd stuck several of her stories in her book. She has been published many times in the last few years and is a regular contributor to several magazines. She critiques for a couple also.

Amy is one of the best cooks ever. I would buy a meal ticket at their home anytime. She likes French-Country-Cottage decor and her home is tastefully decorated.....Amy is blessed to sing beautifully.....she sings at weddings and funerals. She and the children go with me to the nursing home to entertain the residents. I play and they sing.....the children have grown up going to visit and sing there and it's second nature to them.

If everyone's children gave them no more trouble and heartache than our girls have given us.....this would be a care-free world. Edward and I are so blessed with our family.

Happy Fortieth Birthday Amy. Daddy and I love you dearly and thank the good Lord for letting us have you.........

Amy's blog is Picketfence Mom's Place.....please drop by and wish her a Happy 40th Birthday...

11 comments:

Myrna said...

I have enjoyed reading about both of your daughters. They are lovely women. It doesn't surprise me to hear some of the things you said about them--Such as "organized, tastefully decorated homes"...After all, they are your daughters!

Happy days to both of them!

RUTH said...

I can feel the pride and joy coming through your blog when you write about your daughters.
Wishing Amy the Happiest of Birthdays :o)

Penless Thoughts said...

She sound lovely.
Susan

Cathy said...

She is also beautiful and such a blessing, giving you 6 grandchildren. I love how you all go to the nursing homes to entertain them.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Betty, what a wonderful post and tribute to dear Amy. I always read with great interest about Amy and her wonderful family. Happy Birthday dear Amy. Fondest Love - Marion

dot said...

Betty, your girls are beautiful as well as talented.
Hope Amy has a wonderful birthday!

Susie said...

Betty,
What a wonderful tribute to your lovely daughter. I've also read of your tribute to Melinda. My own two children are two years and two days apart (They are 36 and 38).
They both sound like such blessings to your family..
:)

PEA said...

Happy Birthday to Amy!! She's beautiful like her mom:-) She certainly does lead a full life and God has blessed her with so many wonderful characteristics, it's no wonder you're so proud of her!! xox

Barbara said...

Tributes to both your daughters. I think they both look like you, but Amy a little more so. Interesting to read all the details.
Your question, the second photo is of an old water pump.

Interesting about the petrol - will pass on to Alan.
LOve B

Mary said...

Betty, I'm sure you know how blessed you are to have two talented, beautiful, loving daughters - but then they too have a wonderful Mom, it comes across in every word you always write. Happy Birthday to both gals.

Love the pics of you and your DH on your new bikes - what a nce surprised. Ride carefully and have fun!

HORIZON said...

What a wonderful write-up for your daughter, Amy. l shall go and visit her blog to wish her a happy although belated birthday ;)
That blood clot during pregnancy was very dangerous- l am so glad things worked out for you Betty.
You are blessed with two wonderful daughters and l wish them the very best. So nice to have Amy and her family just next door. They will enjoy seeing you out on your bike.
bests xxx