Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Just a Treat

30 years ago today I missed Halloween. I had the candy ready to hand out and we had pumpkins carved but our first daughter Kirsten, decided to be born and everything was forgotten.

I was thinking about that day and realized that her birth had been the catalyst of so much of what my life is now. I never much liked kids while growing up. Baby-sitting for me was purely a money making activity but not anything I really enjoyed. When my husband asked me to marry him I said "yes" with the caveat that he didn't expect me to have any children. Four years later on Halloween they placed Kirsten in my arms. I don't know any other single time in my life that I felt such complete joy! From that moment to this day, God has placed a love for children in me that I can't explain.
Kirsten has opened my heart more each day of her life. Even now I see her now giving up things that I don't know if I could, to go on the mission field in Africa.

Today is Halloween and we can't be with her and her family to celebrate....and I know she would about LOVE this cool fall weather right now! (What's it like 102 in Chad today?)
Happy Birthday Kirsten Jan and thank you for being my pumpkin.


Emily said...

I thought for a moment that the baby in your arms was your grandbaby. They look alike, no?

And your daughter and I could be twins. (If I had been bore 30 years ago....I have 3 years on her)

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Isn't it amazing what the Lord can do.

jewlsntexas said...

This was precious. I can't imagine you not liking kids!
Kendra really changed my life too!
Those firstborn daughters are something special aren't they?
So are the others - it is just so different with each.

Halfmoon Girl said...

Beautiful picture! What a lovely post. Hope your daughter can read your blog way over there in Africa!

jblieu said...

Great picture. Funny how much Scarlett looks like Kirsten and Elijah looks like Kara.
I am back - so give me a call and we can go to Costco and search out the 200 pack of TP.