Thursday, October 7, 2010

35 Years Ago, Our First Daughter and My Best Friend Was Born

Exactly 35  years ago, I got up, got dressed, went over to my Mother's and then went to get my Grandmother.  Then we headed out for Dr. Matthew's office.  For that day was the day that our first daughter was to be born.  Or at least, we were hoping that it was a little girl.  At that time, there was a lot of guessing about the gender of the unborn child.
Well, I went in, but the dr. told me that I needed to go for a long walk, that is after he gave me a shot.  So off to the park, we went.  All three of us walking and hoping that my labor pains would start to kick in.  After a while, my grandmother said enough already, let's take her and have the dr. check her out.  (that meaning me) After waiting to see the dr., he finally sent me to the hospital.
After getting me settled in a room at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, we began the long, long wait.  Here I was thinking wow, now it is just a matter of minutes.  Not hardly.  Sixteen hours later of hard labor, without any drugs, our precious, MANDY JEAN (named after the book, Mandy and my mother) arrived.  Just a side note:  At this time I had had a chocolate poodle that was named Mandy, and to this day, people really think that I stooped so low, that I would name my first born after a dog.  NOT HARDLY!!!!!
My husband was so cool and steady, that the nurses thought that my brother, Stephen was the dad.  For he was the one fussing at the nurses about not giving me any thing for the pain. (What a great brother).
After a stay in the hospital for a few days in a plain room.  Nothing like the ladies get today. I finally went home, not to my house, but to my Mother's.  We stayed there, for my Mother not only took  care of me, but had the time to spoil Mandy. The first grandchild and first great-grandchild.  In my day, Mother's took care of the new mother and child.  It was so nice having her there to pamper me.
Now, 35 years later, our little Mandy has grown into a lovely lady.  She has a heart for the Lord, a great and good-looking husband that we are so proud to call  our son-in-law.  They together have blessed our lives with 2 sassy, wonderful, and energetic daughters.
Mandy is the first of our four awesome daughters.  Over the years, she has become my very best friend, one that I can always count on.  If you ever get the opportunity to know her, you will find that she can be a little sassy, straight to the point and a loyal friend.

 Our Mandy, on her first trip to church. This was her dedication dress, and was used for all four girls and then Mandy's two girls.
My Mother, Betty Jean, with her first grand-daughter.
 WOw, momma, this dog is as big as me.  He won't eat me, will he?        

Mandy always loved playing with the cats, now she can't be around them, due to allergies.


  1. What a beauiful dedication dress! It is so great that the kids and grands got to wear it. Happy Birthday to Mandy!!!

  2. Thank you! Finally, after all the years I know the real story behind my name...I think I'll need to pull that book off the shelf and read it again; it's always been a favorite!

  3. What a great story. Mandy you are such a cutie pie! Love the dog picture. Happy Birthday to Mandy!



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