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Thursday, December 31, 2009

27 years ago today....our miracle became a reality!


Tis the wee hours of New Years Eve. December 31, 2009. Twenty-seven years ago on this day I ventured off to work with my hubby. Larry was a heavy equipment operator but his dad also owned Seiber and Sons Housemoving.

On this particularly warm December day Larry and I, along with his brother Chris had worked on a roof. Larry knew I couldn't stand to be sitting on the ground while they worked away ontop of that house. They were literally numbering and lettering boards in order to "lay the roof down" on a 200 year old log home. So...with Chris in front of me and Big Larry behind me I was allowed to climb the ladder and sit. When I say sit...I mean, the kind you tell your kids, "DONT MOVE...SIT!" They were both scared to death I'd fall and being 81/2 months pregnant, well, I just did what I wanted to do within reason...and yes...this seemed within reason.

A little background. Larry and I had no idea we were pregnant for several, several months. After a family trip to WestPalm Beach to visit Debbie and George...the mixed drink, the ocean, sun and especially the high diving board seemed to "do me in." When I arrived back to Nashville and went to the doctor on September 30th...I learned I was between 5-6 months pregnant. Larry and I were beyond ourselves. We had been told I couldnt conceive!! We were given a due date of Jan 14th that changed to Jan 5th. We knew all along our baby would have to be a C-Section, but we still went to every birthing class they offered in that short time.

So....now....here it is...three months after learning I was expecting....sitting on a roof watching my hubby and his brother. We laughed about it later and so did Dr. Witt as he, himself, told me to keep up my normal routine!

We arrived home around 5:30 and I made myself a peanut butter and banana sandwich....Larry and Chris both commented on how that would send me into labor! After a longggg sit in the tub, I noticed a "jolt" and had that "hummm, i wonder" feeling all new moms have. I looked over at the clock and it was 7:00. That "jolt" came again at 7:45. This continued and I kept it to myself until the "jolts" were now 5 minutes apart and we lived about 30 minutes from the hospital.

Big Larry was seriously a basket case......The poor man. Long before cell phones he and Chris stopped at the local "Kanagroo" market and bought coffee and got plenty of quarters for the phone. Then, as an ongoing joke...and jolts now serious contractions and 3 minutes apart, Larry pulls into the Greyhound bus station in Murfreesboro, TN. I'm laughing so hard I just about wet myself and poor Chris...he had no idea what was going on. The joke was, when it was time for the baby to arrive, larry would board a bus, go to Memphis (Graceland) and come back. By then the baby would have arrived. It seriously was a joke....He loved Elvis and said that would be the time he would get to see him. Eventually after a few minutes of us both laughing and me now in some serious-mode....We arrived at the hospital and they began the routine of making calls and family began to arrive.

Larry kept telling them I was suppose to have a C-Section but my doctor wasn't on-call. Just before midnight....Larry came into the room and said, 414....414!!! I'm looking at him like, "What"? 414 tiles honey.....thats how many tiles are in the hallway!!!! The next thing I know I'm being kissed on the forehead by family and wisked away.......

and just before Jan 1st 1983....our son, Larry Christopher Seiber was born! WOW....27 years!! I was two years out of high school and Larry insisted on my finishing college. We didnt do anything as I was taught and raised to do....we were engaged, the marriage did take place in front of our family on Dec 23, 1984 after our daughter was born. (Secretly we wed, in front of the judge long before) I was in such a state of rebellion I guess and looking back now, I'm glad we did the things we did. I'm thankful for being rebellious in someways. It taught me how to really know my kids today. I'm thankful for an older husband that loved me unconditionally...who use to sign me out of school as my stepdad!!! LOL Look, when your in good with the principal....it doesnt matter!!

Son....you are quite a man. I know I often tell you how proud I am of you and how proud your dad would be.....but I dont think you understand the meaning behind all that. WE ARE SOOOO PROUD OF YOU! You have the heart and soul of your father. You have the gift of laughter and life from me. If there are two things your dad and I shared alike is was for those less fortunate and to emerge ourself into each new day as it was our last. We lived to wake up and go to sleep in each others arms. The nights that you would lay atop your dad and yall would sleep.....ahhhhh.....are moments etched in my memory!! These are gifts from heaven we given each day, memories.

Live your life for God. Live your life for you wife and then for your children. You will be soooooooo rewarded to stand strong during the hardtimes and become so much closer when you seem so distant. If I can give you anything on this your birthday.....it would be the gift of Gods everlasting love to you. You know Him. You honor Him. Now go and grow and grow that much more in HIM! Take that voice he has given you and honor HIM with it. Your family is so, so talented....bask in its musical talents and honor HIM through making "Your Life Song!"

Larry, I love you. There is no material gift I can hand you and watch you open that would tell you how much I love you. You were our first miracle...now look where you, our miracle, has taken each of us!! Pretty awesome when you think about our journeys!!
Happy, Happy Birthday Son!!

M♥M


1 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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