Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday's Child



On a Sunday morning in the Amazon jungle, a precious baby girl was born. She was our firstborn and no first baby was ever more anticipated. 

We'd arrived in Ecuador 2 1/2 months earlier and were barely getting settled. Everyone told me that first babies were generally late, so when I awoke in the middle of the night, 10 days before my due date, I assumed it was nothing. 

After a few minutes I lit a candle (no electricity during the nighttime) and opened my childbirth/childrearing book to find out just what might be happening. I concluded I was in labour. 

I was hungry, so on our gas stove, Tim heated up a bowl of soup for me and I ate it at 5:30 am. Then we went to the hospital, in a borrowed car, since our vehicle was stuck in customs. Jostling 30 minutes down a pot-holed riddled gravel road gave me time to practice my breathing. 

I assumed the baby would be born many hours later and no one was more surprised (and relieved) than I when Cristal made her appearance at 8:30 am. There was one phone in town and it rarely worked. I lay in the hospital all that day and the next thinking that no one in our families knew about our beautiful baby girl. On Monday night I left the hospital and before returning to our home, stopped by another ex-pat's home to make a ham radio call to let our families know the news. 

And now, 29 years later, that beautiful baby is grown into a beautiful young woman. She delights me, makes me laugh, and I love spending time with her. 

Happy Birthday, sweetheart!

For Mosaic Monday I created a collage of photos of Cristal. For more mosaics, visit Dear Little Red House - from dish collections to stunning nature scenes, there's a mosaic to enjoy.

22 comments:

Dishesdone said...

WOW, what a story! Your daughter is beautiful, great mosaic!

Sarah said...

What a sweet post! Sounds like an experience to remember. Happy Birthday to Cristal.

Pondside said...

Happy Birthday to your dear daughter! What a beautiful story to pass down through the generations.

eileeninmd said...

What a wonderful story! Happy Birthday to your daughter, she is beautiful.

Elizabethd said...

Bonne anniversaire to your daughter! What an experience!

Andi's English Attic said...

What a fab story. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter. xx

LDH said...

Wonderful mosaic of precious loved ones and a beautiful daughter! Happiest Birthday wishes to her!

Precious story!

Sheila said...

Lorrie - I'm amazed by your courage in such unusual surroundings...it was an experience that makes me appreciate the hospitals that were close by when I was expecting. I enjoyed seeing the wonderful pictures in Cristal's birthday mosaic.

Snap said...

Happy Birthday to Cristal! Lovely tribute to your daughter.

Regina said...

hi lorrie,
what a wonderful story!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR LOVELEY DAUGHTER!!
hugs,regina

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

She has a great birthday story! Happy birthday to your lovely daughter.

Vee said...

What an interesting birth story she has! What faith you had, my dear, to be arriving in Ecuador knowing that you would deliver a baby there. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter!

Laurrie said...

Hi Lorrie with two r's: My firstborn was also born this month (30 years ago) into a jungle, but it was a jungle of tubes and wires and monitors, not a real Amazon jungle. Like yours, mine has thrived and flourished despite the sketchy start. I loved your story and the photo collage is great!
- another Laurrie with two r's

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

What a beautiful story about a much loved daughter!!! I loved your mosaic images!!!
Have a wonderful week and wish your daughter Happy Birthday from Tennessee!!!

Diann said...

Great post and wonderful mosaic!

Friko said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Cristal.

Stop worrying about the link. I simply bin it.

Cheryl said...

I agree with you, Laurie, daughters are wonderful! Cheryl
PS: Did you ever return to the gathering where you felt unwelcome?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! She had a memorable entrance into the world and I think she'll be destined to do wonderful things in her life.

Brenda Leyland said...

Lovely tribute!

EG Wow said...

What an experience! And it turned out so well. :)

Kathleen Ellis said...

WOW! how lovely! In the Amazon? my goodness...what an adventure!
;-D
Kathleen

Barbara said...

A lovely birthday post and what a story.