That's went I into labor with my first born child...
I lived in the country in a little county seat town, New Castle, KY, (I must mention that I loved everything about that amazing little town...) We were approximately 45 minutes from the nearest hospital. I was a week overdue... snow covered the ground... it was a cold, cold day!
I was a bit stressed out that my new little baby was going to only have a birthday every FOUR years, but, my sweet mother (who always came for the birth of my babies) kept me calm and timed my contractions...
Well... the labor went 23 hours and 15 minutes.
Whew! Little Lauren Mikeal was not born until the next day... March 1st... much to my relief!
She became the light of my life...
Big blue eyes and animated spirit... Lauren rocked my world!
She loved to sing... a natural performer... and, to my delight... Lauren chose a career in music and theatre!
Here is my favorite opera pic of Laurie:
This past Thanksgiving, Laurie married John (literally the boy-next-door!!) in our backyard... (it was another cold, cold day...) We've known and loved John forever! What a gift to our family!
Laurie and John
My beautiful girls...
Kelsey, Laurie, Christine (John's beautiful sister), and Erin!
Laurie singing at her wedding reception in our home... it was a tender moment!
The memories of Leap Day 1984 are as fresh as can be... and my life has been so rich because of this girl!
That darling little one made her way into my life and into my heart forever!!
La - Ti - Do!