Monday, February 2, 2009

Memory Monday

I remember when I was young tearing out of my house to go play with my friend Emily. It was a warm summer day and I was barefoot - as always. Half way across the lawn I stumbled a bit but kept going. When I was two houses down I realized that my big toe really hurt. I looked down to find my toe nail almost completely ripped off! It was starting to sting really bad but I couldn't figure out what to do. Do I run down to my friends house to get help - I WAS half way there... or do I turn around and go home? I remember actually wondering who would give me the most sympathy? Emily was the middle child of 8 kids. It was only me and my brother at my house.... I don't remember how long I stood there trying to figure out which way to go, but in the end I decided on my house. And I did get lots of sympathy....

When I was 10 My brother went on a mission to Finland. I really missed him and had a hard time. One day I was home from school sick and both my parents were at work. The phone rang and when I answered it, it was Jeff! I remember how excited I was. He had found a pay phone that only charged 25 cents for him to call anywhere. We talked for about 5 minutes. And then we were cut off. But I was so happy to have been home to talk to him. After the phone call ended I remember crying and crying because I missed him so much. I called mom at work and she thought something was really wrong because I could hardly talk I was crying so much.... but when I got it out she told me she was glad I was there to take the call.

Tristin was born at 32 1/2 weeks and spent 10 days in the NICU. I spent most of the time at the hospital but would come home at least once a day to shower, change and pump. After day 4 time ran together and I remember being so exhausted. But I had to keep going. My baby needed me! Anyway, this particular day I came home mid-afternoon. I took my shower and then sat down on the bed to pump. I had one of the electric pumps. I was so tired I decided to lay back on the bed. Next thing I remember was Joe walking in and waking me up. He said "Jamie honey you need to get up!" I looked at the clock and I had fallen asleep for about 45 min. With the pump still pumping away! I was soaked, the bedding was soaked and the mattress was soaked from the top to about midway down on the bed to almost the center of the bed. I started to cry thinking about what a mess I'd made, the milk that Tristin needed that was a waste and now I had to waste more time at home doing the laundry so that Joe could sleep on the bed that night. Joe tried so hard to not laugh - it really didn't work.


  1. Those are all really good memories! I hope you are having a wonderful day and enjoying the sunshine!


  2. Think of all the memories that your children are now making with you. As they get older you will recall with great fondness what they said and what they did and when they got hurt and you had to give the sympathy...and the circle of life continues in one full round. Isn't it amazing how complex and yet how simple the plan is? I would say, try to make and enjoy the memory makers of today while you can:)

  3. Love "Memory Monday"....cute idea. I have a memory of meeting you for the first time, before Jeff and Jenn's wedding. You were a teenager, cute and energetic!!!