Sunday, July 18, 2010

Amber Lynn

Amber was born on July 17th, 1988. I really, really wanted her to wait 3 days until my birthday but she wasn't having it. It was over 24 hours from when Amy started timing contractions until her obstetrician decided it was time for a c-section. I was actually in the operating room for her birth and it was one of the most extraordinary experiences ever. I remember her sitting upright, with her bottom half still in utero and her top half pure blue just before the doctor pulled her the rest of the way out.

And I remember her in the nursery right after she was born. We all looked at her through the big windows and she gazed right back at us. I felt like I could hear her thinking "oh, these are the people I've been listening to all this time".

She was an adorable baby and she got attention wherever she went. Here's a picture of her at around one and I could actually substitute a picture of her son and I don't think anyone would know the difference.

From the time she was born, she was everybody's favorite toy. Her aunts and uncles adored her and so did her grandma and grandpa. It was probably hard for her mother to claim her as her own when so many people wanted a proprietary share of her. But she and her mother were always close back then and they still are now.

Maybe that's why she was such a little performer. She wasn't even three years old when she sang at her aunt's wedding. I have a picture somewhere but I guess it hasn't been scanned yet and it was before the beautiful age of digital photography.

She didn't just sing either. She was also a dancer and I do have visual proof of that:

She has always loved animals and was fearless around the biggest dogs.

But I think her favorites were the cats. Here she is with her uncle's cat.

And here's the cat she has today.

It might seem like she's kind of a ferocious, evil little cat but actually she is. Just kidding. She's just a bit playful sometimes.

As Amber matured per personality did too. She was always smiling, always loving, and always kind.

As her aunts and uncles had coddled her when she was little, so she coddled her brother and sister and nieces and nephews.

Amber and I used to love to have photo shoots. I got to practice photography and she got to practice posing. Here are a couple of random shots.

In 2008 Amber met and married her husband, Chris. A wonderful guy that we all love.

Last year their son, Jack, was born and this year, in fact in about six weeks, they're expecting their second son.

We had lunch with Amber and Jack yesterday. She's just as wonderful and sweet as she's always been and we were grateful to get to spend part of her birthday with her. Jack is adorable and a lot of fun but unfortunately Chris had to work.

So please join me in wishing Amber a slightly belated happy birthday. She has always been and continues to be a joy to us and her entire family. We love you, Amber. Happy Birthday!


  1. Happy birthday, Amber! Mary, I love your birthday posts. She is a beautiful and amazing girl.

  2. Well just another great post, of course I probably love it more than everyone else since she is my little girl! I just love looking at the older pictures of her and she really does look just like Jack! (or him like her) Awesome job again Mom!!...and Happy Birthday again Amber!

  3. Great post grandma! I really love it! I love all the pics and eveything its perfect! Thank you so much! And thanks again for lunch, it was awesome and really made my day! I love you!!


  4. Happy Birthday Amber! Another lovely birthday Mary. You do such a great job on them.

  5. She has such a beautiful smile! Happy Birthday to Amber!

  6. I didn't know Amber was having another boy. How much fun!


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