March 24, 2009

Celebrating Our Firstborn’s Birthday Today

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:16 pm by Debra

Arianne. Jacqueline.  It’s your birthday!  Time to party!

Of course you love all your children just the same, but there really is something special about the firstborn.  Look at any parents expecting or enjoying the first year of their first child, and you know what I mean. They just can’t get over the awesomeness of it all.  It’s the newness, the miracle before us, the perfection, the humility, and the perfect joy – an amazing, wonderful, gift from God.

I remember how extremely happy and how horribly scared we felt after her birth, just 31 years ago, today.  A few hours after her birth, we were all resting comfortably, and my hubby left us to go get a bite to eat.  He was gone for what seemed like an eternity -over two hours!

When he returned, and I asked him  where he went, he said, “The whole thing was just too much for me to take in, I had to take a walk, I needed to pray, I needed to ask God to please be with our new little family.”  A two hour walk? In Minneapolis. In MARCH. In the cold (below freezing) and snow?  I had done the labor, but clearly,we both had given birth to a new life.

I also remember how, as new parents, we worried so about her health, her nutrition, her development, her future schooling, her christian education, socialization with other children.  What DIDN”T we worry about?  New parents are not just tired, they are carrying the burden of their children’s entire future.

Well, I’m happy to report, our first born is doing very well.  She is a smart, beautiful,loving wife to Jacob, and an amazing mom to her three boys.  She has always been a natural leader, among her friends and among her siblings.  They all look up to her, and seek her advice.  I wasn’t surprised at all when her sister told me she had over 5,000 “followers” on Twitter.  People have been following her for years.

She has an independent streak a mile long, which used to frustrate the heck out of us as parents.  But, it also meant, no one was going to talk her into anything.  Peer pressure?  Not a problem.

Yes, all those worries we had as new parents, served to make us better parents, and more than anything, it increased our dependence on God.  We soon realized that taking on the entire burden of our children’s future was more than mere humans can take, we had to give our future and our children’s future to Him.  Surrender it all.  And God has blessed us beyond belief.

Our lovely daughter is now a parent with the same worries, the same struggles.  We hope we have set the example for her to love her little ones unconditionally,  and to teach them without ceasing the love God has for them.  But most of all, how important it is to trust Him to be with them, and to bring them a beautiful future.  It will all be unfolded right before your eyes.

Arianne, you are still an awesome miracle to us, and we can’t wait to see what else is in store.  We know it will be unique, fun, hilarious, funky, sweet, intuitive, brilliant, loving, and totally out of the box, because that’s who you are.

Loving you with all we have, all we are,

Mom & Dad



  1. Such a beautiful post. I love Arianne and am not at all surprised by her success on and offline. She’s an amazing woman with this glowing positive energy flowing around her and I’m proud & thankful that she’s my friend. Hope her birthday is fabulous:)

  2. dealseekingmom said,

    Aww, your post made me totally tear up. I count Arianne among my best friends, and I agree that she’s a very special person. You should be proud for raising such an amazing daughter! Happy birthday, Arianne!!!

  3. This is such an incredible post to Arianne. I mer Arianne through the blog world a couple of years ago… she has become one of my best friend’s. She’s there with a laugh, advice, a shoulder… anything one needs. I think the true mark of a beautiful person is their sense of humor, she has one of the most amazing sense of humor’s in the world. She’s gifted beyond gifted in her writing abilities, her talents and beauty just amaze me everyday! What a wonderful daughter you have! On this day – Happy B-day, Ari!! xoxo

  4. What a beautiful post. She’s everything you listed in your post and more! Arianne is so blessed to have such a loving and supportive family. You done good, Mom.

  5. […] enjoying all kinds of email, text, phone, bloggy, mama (go read my mom’s post, y’all) Facebook and Twitter love today.  It’s surreal to […]

  6. Oh ! Tears. Beautiful and amazing. This is so touching.


  7. What a beautiful post – you did a great job raising such a beautiful person! Love this.

  8. PennySue said,

    Beautiful article. Always good to read good articles with love and tender care. Its truly very touching. Happy belated Birthday to Adrianne, you are in a very loving environment

  9. Uncle Dan said,

    your mom has outdone herself……..She should be writing for Hallmark!


    Happy B day Arianne from the Chumbley family!!

  10. What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday to Arianne and thanks to you (Mom) for a beautiful post!

  11. Mrs. Cline said,

    It was so wonderful to meet you last night, and this post is just beautiful. Moved me to tears!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: