Monday, October 6, 2008

Mrs. Brown, you have a lovely daughter

My daughter, Jen, was born 29 years ago! I don't get how she can be this old when I am still a spring chicken.

After Jen was born while she and I were still in the hospital (8 days), Gary and I had thought about naming her Rachel Joy or Jennifer Christine. I did not think Gary and I had made a definite decision. My husband thought we had definitely decided. After Jen's birth, he went to make phone calls and told everyone that we had a baby girl and her name was Jennifer Christine.

When he came and told me what he had told the family, I said that I didn't think that we had decided on the name yet. He said, "Do you want me to go and call everyone back and change it?" I said no, I liked "Jennifer Christine". It was and is a good name.

Jen, as she is now known, was a wonderful, expressive baby. She was a little jewel. She is still a jewel.

Some of the qualities that make Jen who she is:

dramatic and expressive
tender and sensitive
bossy (she got the gene)
a small nose (When she was about 3 or 4, she said, "Mom, I hope I never get a nose like yours.")
laughing to point of making everyone else laugh with her
takes care of others

When Jen was about two years old, I gave her a perm because her hair was so fine and straight. I remember her lying on the counter in the kitchen while I followed the steps. I kept telling her that her hair was going to be beautiful--just wait a little longer. When we were finished, her hair was very frizzy but very cute. The trouble was that the frizz left after a couple of weeks. The smell stayed longer so that every time we washed her hair we could smell the perm.

When she was in kindergarten, she pinched someone because she/he wouldn't stay in line. Even in the nursery at church when she was one year old, she told the other little kids where to sit. There was another little girl who was also bossy, and they had a few conflicts.

Now Jen is a wonderful school teacher. She is involved in her church's praise team. She works with the school yearbook. She has many talents and uses them to reach people and to glorify the Lord. I am very proud of her.


Robin said...

You should be proud! You did a good job!

Happy Birth Day to you! and Happy Birthday to Jen!

Cute stories that you shared.

Momstheword said...

Aw that is so sweet! Yes, she is certainly a "special child", not meaning the usual meaning, of course. She is all that. I feel like I know her better now than I had before. Never spent much time around her while she was growing up. Not my fault though :)

Jen said...

Awe, thanks mom!

Julie said...

I have 2 Jen stories to share. First one is when she went to the reunion we had in the mt. by the lake, and the twins were told to watch after "the baby" They looked Jen over and up into her eyes and said "thats a baby?" Jen was taller than the older twins. I thought it was very funny.
And the second was when she was in school I don't know the age, but I think I was a senior, and she had me playing some word game- board game. The one you roll the cubes and spell words, anyway, she kept correcting my spelling so I quit. Ha ha on me that a first grader could spell better than me!! She was teaching me. :)

Jen said...

Julie, I don't remember any of that. In fact, I don't even know who the twins are...

But the spelling thing, yah, that sounds like me. Sorry about that. I was born a boss.