Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Sammy!

My big 1 year old.

I can't believe I gave birth to Sammy a year ago . . . in Spain of all places! If you would have told me at the age of 21 that I would be willing to have a baby in a foreign country, while speaking a foreign language, I would you have said, "Estas loco!" But I have to say that having Sammy in Spain is one of my most proud and happiest memories in my life. The whole experience was one big adventure for me (and you know me-I'll do almost anything for an adventure!). The frustrations of dealing with totally different systems and expectations for birthing Moms, the joy of having an ultrasound at EVERY APPOINTMENT, meeting my good friend Bea in the process and having her help me understand everything I needed to bring to the hospital, even something simple as taking the bus to my appointments was fun for me. Call me crazy. But I loved it.

I think there are some things in life that you say, "If that ever happened to me, I would die." But then you find yourself on the other side of that situation saying, "I did it! I actually made it! I'm so proud of myself!" Perhaps this is how Moms who go through birth without drugs feel. See-I can relate! :) I remember holding Sammy while I was in our hospital recovery room thinking, "I did it. I had a baby without any complications, while speaking Spanish, and I was able to understand almost everything that was said. I can't believe I did it!"

So to get all spiritual applicationish on you . . . be encouraged that the thing you are about to face that you never thought you could . . . you can do it! But not by yourself. Today I was reflecting over this day a year ago and I was reminded how many people were praying I'd have a normal delivery, with no surprises or complications. Jesse and I had been praying about it for awhile. And so many people (especially my Mom!) were praying that Sammy would be born while my Mom was still there-and he was! I know that none of this was by chance. I could not have done any of it had God not set it all in motion. God is so good, and so faithful.

And just to reminisce . . . I had to repost this video. It's for my own sake-you don't have to watch it! :)


Anonymous said...

- the POST content
- the TIMELINESS of said post
- the video!

Aunt Britt can NOT wait to meet you!!!!!!

P_31Girl said...

Aww...we love Sammy!! Wish we could have been there for his birth, but SO happy we get to have him around now!

Beatriz said...

I am so happy I could share such an special moment with all of you. And, Julie, you should be proud, not only you deliver a baby in a foreing country, you never lost your smile!

On Mission With God said...

We are in an apartment on the north side of KC.Contact us so we can get together sometime.Also Colin in coming here on the 27th, I am looking forward to hearing about North Africa. We love you guys,Randy and Teresa

Meredith said...

Such a cute little man. I can't believe a whole year has gone by!

Nate and Natalie said...

I am not sure how I missed this post, but happy belated birthday Sammy! Can't believe he is one already, craziness. Great job on the slide show, super cute and memorable.