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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Jacqueline Shayne!

~ The year was 1966. I was twenty-years-old and waddling around like a duck. My legs hurt and my back ached, but Aunt Eunice told me over the phone, "Darlin', all these inconveniences of pregnancy that you're experiencing will be worth it." "Are you sure?" I asked. "Well, that's what they tell me. I've never had a baby--can't stand the thought of all that pain...oops...never mind. Just grin and bear it!" she said, then hung up.

~ The labor began, and all I could hear was Aunt Eunice' voice echoing, ...can't stand the thought of all that pain.... In the delivery room, before I could scream, somebody help me! a man in a white jacket smiled down at me as he placed something that looked like a vacuum cleaner nozel over my mouth, and said, "Take a deep breath..." The next thing I remember is waking up to the soft cry of a little pink angel--my daughter, my Jacqueline.

~ I still get all mushy and sentimental when I think of my daughter, forty-four today, and the wonderful times we've had over the years. I have to say that she has never given me one day of sorrow...well, the day in Big Bear when she was horse-back-riding and the horse fell down a cliff and died right under her brought a few tears to our eyes (you'll have to ask her about that one!)

~ We've been through some challenging times, but with God's grace, we've come out stronger. She's a tuff cookie, covered with lots of icing. She's a wife, a mother, a sister, a giver, a shopper, a singer, a lover of God, a humorist, and...the best daughter a Mom could ever hope for.

~ I could go on and on, but let me take this moment to say, "Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with Jacquie. May she always be a blessing to those around her, and I pray that she will follow You all the days of her life." HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACQUIE!





2 comments:

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Very sweet! Happy Birthday to Jacqueline!

Sharon, thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed getting to read more about you and your family.

Have a wonderful week!

Renie Burghardt said...

What a sweet tribute to your beautiful daughter! My daughter, who is my youngest, (she has two older brothers) will turn 45 in July.

Happy Belated Birthday, Jacquie! And many blessings for the coming year!


Best wishes,

Renie