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Oct 18, 2007

Happy 21st Birthday, Sis!

My baby sister turned 21 this week. I just can't believe it! I remember when she was born! We always called her our 'miracle baby'! I grew up as a middle child in between two brothers. I don't remember ever playing with Barbies or playing dress up... or any of those other 'girly' things. Mostly I remember playing with He-Man, GI Joes, or pro wrestler toys. I use to beg my mom to give me a sister... but she always would tell me that it was impossible. After my younger brother was born, my mom had a tubal ligation. When I was about 6, I started praying every night for a sister. I just wanted someone to play dolls with... someone who didn't always want to wrestle, etc. So... about 2 years later, my parents sat us down at the kitchen table and told us that we were going to have a new addition to the family!

I was so thrilled! I thought for sure we were going to have a foreign exchange student (or something)... but mom and dad told us that they were going to have another baby! So my brothers and I made bets on whether the baby would be a boy or a girl... but I knew deep down that I was going to have a sister.

I remember my dad picking us up early from school one day and telling us that mom had had the baby. He wouldn't tell us what she had and we were dying with anticipation! So we got all gowned up and walked into the hospital room... and there was my mom holding a little bundle of pink! She just looked up at me, smiled and said --- "Julie... I have your baby sister!" I just started crying. I can remember it like it was yesterday!

So before mom left the hospital, she went back in surgery to have a re-do tubal. Four kids were enough in this household! Previously, the surgeon said that occasionally a small regrowth can occur and cause a pregnancy. But when the doctor began the operation, he was really confused. He called in a couple of his colleagues to get their opinion and then later told my mom what they had discovered. He told my parents that he had no explanation as to how they could have conceived my sister. There was no regrowth... and no tissue left to remove. Basically, my sister's birth was a miracle.

My parents told us the report and I walked up to my mom and told her that I had been praying for my sister for 2 years. She really was our miracle baby after all!

So... now my baby sister is 21. I love her with my whole heart... but it's hard to see her all grown up! We look so much alike -- talk exactly alike -- but our personalities are so different! It kind of freaked me out watching her celebrate the big day! You can tell I'm definitely the "older" sister! :) Love you, Jen!

17 comments :

  1. martinezmarga@yahoo.comOctober 18, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    That is such a great story!
    And what a thought for your sister to know she was a miracle. There is something special waiting for her in this life, otherwise she wouldn't have been born against all odds!

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  2. What a great story! So heart-warming! My little sister turns 25 tomorrow so I totally understand. :)

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  3. Loved this Julie!! What a neat memory to have - Happy Birthday to your sis!! :)

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  4. What an amazing story Julie! Happy Birthday to your sis!

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  5. What a great story! Happy birthday to your sister! Also wanted to say how much I love your blog! I hope you don't mind that I added you to my favorites. :)

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  6. Julie, this story made me cry! I'm such a sap. What a miracle she is.
    My next oldest sister was 18 when I was born and she has told me that she felt the SAME way about my birth...super excited. (my mom was 42 when I was born and my dad was 53!)
    Happy, happy brith day to your sister.

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  7. What a wonderful story! Happy birthday to your sister!!

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  8. I have a special baby sister, so I completely understand what you mean. I had 3 brothers so I really, really wanted her...God is so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. This is a tear jerker!!! My Christian prayed I would have a Boy with 3 girls after him...The Lord answered his prayers...He has his baby brother who Absolutly Adores him, Nehemiah is 15 months and they already wrestle around..

    Hugs,
    Lisa B <><

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  10. What a beautiful story and what a beautiful blessing. You and your sister are both beautiful ladies. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  11. Oh I LOVE this card! You and your sis are just DARLING! Great pic. . .thanks for sharing!

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  12. Cathy told me about your blog. I remember the day like yesterday too. You guys are very special to me; I'm so proud of the beautiful women you have become inside and out!

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  13. What an awesome story!!! She is beautiful and you guys look SO much alike!

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  14. Ahh...I love my girls!! Correction though...When I first told you we were going to have a baby, you put your hand over your mouth and gasped, "Mom! I've been praying every night for two years for a baby sister!" You also failed to add that you prayed for multiple women after that, and they were all able to conceive. Does God listen to you or what?? Love you...and you are so incredibly talented!!

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  15. what a sweet story Julia! and please don't mention me in your prayers *wink*

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  16. What a great story Julie!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Liz

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