Sunday, March 27, 2011




Today, for nostalgic reasons, I was reading back through the carefully and lovingly written baby book that my mother kept for me.


In a simple, vintage way, without fanfare, it was stated..."A baby girl arrives".



With a colorful, vintage style baby announcement card it was shared with family and friends that I indeed had arrived.  My mother tells the story that she grew up with seven brothers (she was the oldest), and up until the moment that I was born, her doctor assured her that her little BOY would soon be arriving.  Thus, the fact that I was their first baby and I turned out being a little girl, she was elated.




She wrote down every little detail that could possibly be shared about me, including all that I ate at each meal and how many times I brushed my teeth as a toddler.
I had a happy childhood and so many special memories.  I was given two brothers and two sisters.  And I was the self-appointed "mother" that kept them safe and alive:) (their stories are endless and embellished a bit, each time they are told).  You know, it all seems impossible to me that here I am 57 years later...



...as a grandmother to little ones like I once was.  Today, I treasure each moment.  I thank God continually for His undeserving grace, mercy, and care in my life. I thank God for my journey on this earth, and for the family and friends who help add joy to my days.  I am thankful too for all of you who visit my blog and allow me the privilege of sharing my life with you.

21 comments:

Miss Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! I learned two things today...we are the same age and you have the same birthday as my daughter. She is 24 today! I hope you are having a wonderfully blessed birthday. You are a blessing to so many. It is always a pleasure to visit you!

Marty said...

Happy Birthday, dear Judy! What joy you bring to my life through your blog. May God continue to grant His richest blessings to
you and your family.

Sonja said...

So precious Judy! My baby book looks almost exactly like yours!

How blessed we are to be the ones who get to love on this new little generation, and teach them about the certainty that Jesus loves them! :)

Jeane` said...

Happiest of birthdays to a VONDERFUL GOOT mother and 'mamaw'!!!!! We were so happy to be able to celebrate with you last night!! (and quite relieved that we were able to locate two Nuks and an iphone with Blues Clues on it to tone down the 'rhetoric' from one end of the table!!!). ;) LOVE how, based on the face shape alone, there is no denying Johnny is your grandson!! :)

Lovella ♥ said...

Happy Birthday dear Judy. I often think that they might have done simpler back then but no less meaningful. You indeed are blessed to have health and strength to love on your family. Blessings beautiful lady!

LDH said...

Happy Birthday, Dear Judy! I am sure that precious little baby girl that arrived to your parents filled their lives with immeasurable joy.

Blessings to you, Lorraine

Happy@Home said...

Happy Birthday, Dear Judy!
I smiled all through this post as you shared your mother's excitement on the day a baby girl came into her family.
I hope your birthday has been a day filled with all things that bring you happiness.
Your blog continues to be a blessing to me as do your kind comments when you visit me. Thank you for that, my friend.

Marilou said...

Oh my! Is it really your birthday today? I always forget. I hope the Dollar Store is still open!! :) HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear, beautiful, kind, crafty, tenyearsolderthanme, sister!! So glad Mom and Dad decided to have you and I, for one was ALWAYS SOOOOOO very thankful to have an extra mother in my life, I mean ONE was just never enough for me. :) May you be blessed with MANY, MANY more years of life and the where-with-all to remember them! :)
Love you,
Your YOUNGEST sister, Lou

lindsey said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDY!! Such a lovely post, those baby books are great on reflect on...cant believe you are 57 (not that that is old by any means) its just you look so much younger. Have a wonderful day and year Blessings!!

corners of my life said...

Happy Birthday.

Nanette said...

Happy Birthday, Judy! So enjoyed your post today! What a beautiful little girl-- seeing a lot where pretty Ashley got her beauty! (and Caroline!) Enjoy your day!

Crickit said...

Happy Birthday Judy! Hope you enjoyed your day! :)

Love Being A Nonny said...

I LOVE that your mom did this for you and that you still have it! I kept up my kid's baby books...I need to give them to them!

Oh, and I like the Green Mountain brand of Keurig cups....Breakfast Blend.

Have a great week!

Rick/Ruthie said...

Happy belated birthday to a very special woman!! May the year ahead be filled with many joys.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Happy 57!
My mom filled out such book, beginning three weeks after your mom filled out yours. Mine included a page for a middle aged photo...wonder if this will be the year such a photo is added?

Matthew said...

It's amazing that one day your mom was doing all the motherly things to you that I am doing to my little girl! I am so glad you were born. You are a wonderful mom and I am SO thankful for you! Love you!

Matthew said...

HAHA... Once again, this is Your daughter, not your son-in-law. He asked me to make the clarification.:)

Dale said...

So thankful for the beautiful lady you grew up to be; a kind hearted neighbor to some city folks that blew in to the apartment next door. Our lives have never been the same!! Blessings to you!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Happy Birthday, my friend! I'm a little late with the wishes...but think you deserve more than one day to celebrate. I can imagine your mother's joy on your arrival...after living in a world of boys! Wishing you many blessings as you celebrate another year...and in the journey that lies ahead.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy belated Birthday Judy! We are almost the same age. Now that my second grandson was born in March it will always be a special month for me for birthdays! :)

Miss Gracie's House said...

SWEET post...it made me smile, seeing your mother's entry in your baby book...I'm the oldest child too...so can definitely relate to being the other mother:) HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!
Rene
Your words of support for me and my *mess* have been such an encouragement to me...THANK YOU for sharing your heart with me.

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