Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Rachael

First of all- Jimmie . . . They took his tube out after his 6:30am feed. He only ate 30 mils in 8 hours and slept most of the day. So they put his tube back in and will try again tomorrow.

While his tube was out he was hungry, but just would not eat. He would cry, struggle and then go to sleep. Rinse and repeat . . . We are disappointed, but not surprised. We really appreciate your continued prayers for Jimmie.

After his tube went back in and he had a good meal, he perked up and had fun hanging out with his Daddy and Mack.

And he rode the 4-wheeler! Well, not really, but don't tell him that.

And now- for Rachael:

Happy Birthday Rachael!

You are the best sister ever.

Even though you ruled the roost, chose the best spot for your bed in our room, had the front of the closet and 5 drawers while I had 4.

You also put yourself in between me and someone annoying. You put your arm around me when I couldn't sleep at night and were my constant companion and playmate.

I was only 14 months old when you were born and my earliest memories are of you. If I had known and understood, your birthday would have been one of the happiest days of my life. I'm sure I was happy- I've been told that I poked you in the eye. Which reminds me of another time I poked you in the eye when we were dancing together. Wait-- I think it was YOU who poked ME in the eye in that duet. Half the time I don't know who did what. Was it me or you? (-:


(Amber and Rachael

I enjoyed sharing a room for 23 years, sharing a passion for dance and now sharing a business.

(Before a recital with our cousins.)

(Bowing after a show. This was 3 months after Gracie died. Those pink corsages we have on were for her.)

As life has evolved I now enjoy sharing in the joys and sorrows of being a wife and a mother.

Life is so beautiful- especially because you are in it.

I love you,


  1. That was beautiful gift to give your sister. You are both lucky. I hope one day you publish this journal and become very rich. You have a great gift for writing, thank you for sharing it with us.

    Kathy Barnes

    Happy Birthday Rachel...I hope this new year ahead is a happy and trouble free one!

  2. That is beautiful and Jimmie is so handsome :)

  3. I love the pictures of Jimmie on the 4-wheeler! HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHAEL!!!!!

    Sorry that Jimmie didn't want to eat. =( We'll keep praying!! We love you all so much!!!

    "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" -I Peter 1:6-8 (NKJV)

    We love you!!!
    Adrian and Janelle

  4. OK Amber..... You made me cry AGAIN! I feel so blessed to be friends with your loving family. You make me ache to be a better sister to mine. I so love you ALL!

  5. Happy Birthday Rachael! We will continue to pray for the little dud and hope that his eating gets easier each day.

    Loved the pics of the 2 of you when you were little! Adorable! OK is it just me or is McKenna a mini Amber : ) so cute!

  6. Oooohhh! Beautiful post! Bravo Amber :) Happy Birthday Rachel! You are blessed beyond words - having the best sister in the world, the cutest little miracle in your arms, great hubby + wonderful wonderful family and friends. YAY!!! Who has that??? I talk to David (my hubby)about jimmie and your entire family a lot, how wonderful and caring you ALL really are. It amazes me! You truly are BLESSED to have so much care and so much love around you!

    Prayers, prayers and more prayers coming your way...Love,

    misha and fam

  7. OK- my comment was supposed to say little DUDE NOT dud- Jimmie is anything BUT a dud he is an amazing little man! Sorry I can't type : )