Today is Bethany’s seventh birthday! She has grown up so fast! While my Mom was close to her due date with Bethany, my Dad had to travel to Chicago. Mike was graduating from boot camp and Dad went to see the ceremony with two of my uncles. That day of the graduation, Mom started having contractions. She knew she needed to head to the hospital, so she started calling some friend to find someone to take her and someone to take care of us. It just so happened that everyone we knew was at a bridal shower in a different town. And our neighbors didn’t answer their phone, so that put us all in a dilemma. Finally, Mom decided she couldn’t wait any longer and was about to walk out the door with us to the hospital, when our neighbors called and said they could watch us. So, Mom took us to their house and then drove herself to the hospital. The doctors decided to deliver and she called my aunt, who in turn called one of my uncles who was in Chicago, who in turn told my Dad he may want to come home. He started right away but didn’t get there in time to see the delivery. The doctor noticed my Mom was by herself and asked if there was anyone she could call to be with her. There wasn’t but she said the Lord gave her a great peace about the whole thing. As for us, I must admit we weren’t worried in the slightest we were just excited about the baby! Bethany was born a healthy, chubby baby and today she is turning seven!
We celebrated her birthday on Saturday because she wanted to do water balloons and it’s supposed to rain today. So we surprised her and had m&m cupcakes and then water balloons. The water balloons weren’t really fair though, because SHE got to use them and WE had to use rinky-dink squirt guns! What she doesn’t know is that we are also going to celebrate her birthday again today with a Chutes and Ladders cake and a few more presents. I’m also going to make cinnamon rolls for breakfast after I’m done here and after I run.
One of my favorite stories about Bethany: We were camping and Becca said something about wishing stars. And Bethany looked at her and said, “Becca, we don’t have those kind of stars around here. I wished for a pony and I never got it!”