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21 Years Ago

Tomorrow, October 5th is my son’s birthday. He will turn 21. But I remember with clarity where I was on this day – 21 years ago.

Today is not much different from that day many years ago.  Cool and crisp – but sunny.  We were living in Fortuna, California, where Greg was pastor of Rohnerville Assembly of God church.  My mother was visiting in preparation for the baby.  He was due on the 2nd – but still had not come.  I was HUGE and very anxious.  In the middle of the night on this day – I felt some lower abdomen tightening and went to sit in the recliner in our family room.  I remember this well – because I would watch the clock on our VCR and time the tightening.

By morning, nothing had happened so I said to Greg, “let’s take a walk”.  It was such a nice morning – crisp and cool, summer was reluctant to leave and was giving us some beautiful long sunny days before waving goodbye.  I was aware that there was an apple festival in our little town – and thought it might be fun for 4-year-old Ashlee to go and have a hay ride.

When we got there it was lunch time – because nothing was happening with me (as far as labor was concerned) I didn’t see any problem eating lunch.  And eat we did – they had chili dogs and I HAD ONE!

Greg found where they were giving people hay rides and decided to go with Ashlee.  They hopped on and quickly out of sight.  My mother and I were left to roam around and look at several booths.  I remember there was a building we went inside to look at some things – and it was then that I felt something.  It was not painful – just different.  It was not an emergency – but it’s funny how you go into emergency mode.  With Greg and Ashlee gone – we weren’t sure what to do.  After what seemed like hours – they returned.  We left Ashlee with one of the teenagers from the church so she could continue to have fun – and the rest of us went home to see if this would be the real thing.

The little hospital was right down the road from where we lived – so going home was better and more comfortable until we knew for sure.  I remember we tried to rest that afternoon.  But it was more and more apparent that this baby was COMING!  We decided that my mom would drop us off at the hospital – keep the car and go get Ashlee.  She was new in our town – and had quite a time finding the place where the festival was – and then back home again.

I had a 5 hour labor with Ashlee – four years earlier.  And would you believe – this labor with Shawn was also 5 hours long?  It was just as intense – and completely natural both times, although Shawn was significantly bigger.  But SO worth it!!

I will never forget my first moments with Shawn Tyler.  Everyone had left, I was in a private room – holding him.  I kept humming the Brahms Lullaby to him.  And there was a very special bonding that took place in those moments.  I knew at the time it was something I would remember all of my life – and someday tell him about.

Happy birthday to my sweet, sensitive, funny and crazy talented son.  You are very loved.

Shawn and me at Ashlee’s wedding in 2009

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20 Years Ago

20 years tomorrow, bring back many memories for me.  Our younger child, Shawn Tyler was born, October 5th, 1991.

Like those of you with children, either young – or grown, you can’t even hardly remember what your life looked like without them in your life.  We are no different.  To us – it feels like both Ashlee, now 24 and Shawn – have been with us forever.

But they weren’t.  We lived a whole lifetime before we knew them.  Hard to imagine it now.

20 years ago we were living in Fortuna, CA where my husband Greg was lead (and only) pastor at a very small church.  We lived next door in the church owned parsonage with our 4-year-old daughter, Ashlee.

Both my children are gifts – I did not have the easiest time becoming pregnant – and with Shawn it took 18 months to conceive.

I remember walking around a park nearby to our home and praying for another child. The memory is so clear in my mind – even all these years later.

The Lord said, “yes” and some months later I discovered that I was expecting again.  I took the home pregnancy test – it turned light blue and Greg’s first response was this:  “It’s NOT blue enough”!  Can you imagine?  But indeed it WAS.  And I WAS!

Both my pregnancies and deliveries were pretty text-book – I did get to walk around more with Shawn – was in a much more progressive hospital this time around – even though we were in a very small town in northern California.

But Shawn was much bigger than Ashlee’s little 7′-10″ – He was 8′-13 1/2″ and a few inches longer than Ashlee too.

He was late – where Ashlee was right on time.  And Shawn has been late for everything since that day – Laid back and peaceful.  He has not changed much since he was a child.

I remember holding him after he was born and humming the “Brahms Lullaby”  to him.  It was a true “bonding moment” that stands frozen in time – in my memory.

Fearful and carefully guarded as a child – he has grown up to be a great listener and warm and compassionate with others.  He has an easy peaceful and laid back spirit, makes friends easily and is fun to be around – bringing energy to an entire room.

We knew that Shawn was musical from the time he was a little boy – had incredible pitch even as a child – and adapted well to many instruments – leaning toward the drums and guitar while still quite young.  He was also a very good student and athlete – playing both baseball and basketball for several teams – but in the end when he had to make a choice – music won out.

He played lead drums in his church for several years – and now has made a move to Burbank, CA to attend Musician’s Institute in Hollywood – a dream of his – for years now.  He is down there living the dream and we couldn’t be happier for him or think of anyone who deserves it more.

Shawn was a normal child and teenager – but always had that invisible “X-Factor” growing up.  He made normal mistakes while growing – but learned some valuable lessons about himself, others and the grace of God.

And so I remember with fondness – our almost 20 years with an incredible human being – who is out on his own to follow his dream.

I love you Shawn – Happy Birthday tomorrow to my sweet son 🙂

All my love,

Mom

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