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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDIE!

My niece Maddie turned nine today!  Happy Birthday sweet girl.  I may not see you often enough, or send birthday gifts on time, but I love you still the same.  I can remember the days surrounding your birth like it was yesterday. Here are some of my memories:

  1. Getting called early one Sunday morning (almost 2 weeks before you were born) from your mom thinking she was in labor.  I got so excited that I hopped in the shower and forgot to rinse the conditioner out of my hair – not a pretty hair day.  I spent the day at your mom and dad’s house and finally in the late evening, we headed to the hospital – practically needing a Uhaul to get us there!  Your mom had so much stuff with her – framed pictures of Shiloh, a radio, and much more that I can’t even remember.  Needless to say, you were not born that night and I can remember us laughing hysterically in the car thinking of all the stuff we had loaded into the car FOR NO REASON!  Your mom was so depressed, we had to stop at Wendy’s on the way home for a “light snack.”
  2. Working in my classroom on the last day of school, and getting word that you were on your way – this time for real!  I headed straight for the hospital.
  3. Watching in horror as your mom bravely tried to handle the pain, then almost passing out when I witnessed her getting the epidural shot.  THAT scarred me for life – 4 kids of my own, and I cried every time I got that shot!
  4. Holding the video camera for hours, thinking that you were going to arrive any minute.
  5. Hearing the words, “It’s a girl!”  and feeling shocked and greatly pleased.  The minute I saw you, I knew I had to have a little girl too.
  6. Returning home at 3 in the morning, only to wake up bright and early so that I could go baby girl shopping at BabyGap.  I picked out the prettiest, girliest dress I could find.  I had the time of my life!
  7. Watching you grow your first year of life, when we had the privilege of living down the street from you – I knew every new milestone you made, sang you a special song about your poppy to put you to sleep, and even tried to take you from your mommy the first time you got hurt – I thought you were mine!  It broke my heart to say goodbye to you when you moved to South Carolina.   Thankfully,   God blessed me with my own little girl a few months later – and you were there to meet her!

I hope you had a great day!  We love you.  I will see you at the beach in 2 weeks.  Hey, and no telling anymore of my kids that there are sharks in the ocean – Elli wouldn’t put a toe in for 2 years after that :)!!!

Love, Aunt Heidi

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MEMORY LANE… LESSON LEARNED

Under the tree

Since the event took place, at random times, I would just start laughing thinking of what happened. I thought it was time to jot the story down, so as to never forget it.

It was Christmas 2006 and we were in Pennsylvania visiting my family. The four oldest cousins, much to their delight, all received a beautiful American Girl Doll on Christmas morning (Thanks Grammy and Papa!). The families were now blessed with four more beautiful girls: Kaya, Felicity, Molly and Josephina. The rest of the day was filled with changing the dolls’ clothes, fixing their hair with the new hair kits, and setting the dolls up in scenes. These were good times…

Fast forward 24 hours. Jodi and I were in the car, with all four girls and their four new dolls. Everyone was singing, and having a great times, while they fixed their dolls’ hair for their first big outing. All of a sudden, as Morgan was using the brush on her doll, she let out a scream and we watch in horror as Felicity head went tumbling down to the floor, WITHOUT THE REST OF HER BODY!!! The happy sounds in the car come to a screeching halt, as every girl stared at the scene. I swept up the head, grabbed the body, and got to work quickly reattaching the head using the string at the top of her back to secure it in place. In a matter of moments, all was well. Felicity was back in Morgan’s arms and we resumed our drive. The moment had not been lost on any of the girls, and no one picked up a brush the rest of the trip. As for Jodi and I, we could not stop laughing. Never had we witnessed our kids so quiet.

After arriving back at my parents’, we retold the catastrophic event of the afternoon. Nathan, not one to read instructions manuals, piped in, “I read in the doll hair book, you should always place one hand on the dolls head while brushing it with the other.” At that point I wasn’t sure which was funnier, the decapitation of Felicity, or the fact that my not so detail minded, very manly husband, knew how to properly brush and American Girl Doll’s hair!

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