My Journal entry dated April 30th 1989
(I was 21 years old when I had her, the age she is today.)
"I am the mother of the most beautiful baby girl in the world! She is finally here. I left work early because I was feeling some labor pains. Decided to go get some groceries... am I crazy or what? Well, while at Smiths my water broke, so needless to say I left the store, and I called Rich to come home. Called the Dr and she said I'll meet you at the hospital. We arrived at the hospital at 6:00 p.m. got changed into a gown, got all hooked up, one monitoring the baby's heartbeat and the other monitoring contractions. An hour later at 7:00, I was only at a 2, but then contractions really began to hit. At 8:15 I knew I was getting close, they checked and I was still only at 3! I thought for sure it would be at least a 7, so I began to prepare for a long night. But around 9:45, I knew it was getting close. And at 10:27 p.m. on April 27th, 1989, Chelsea Franklin was born! The cleaned her eyes, nose, and gave her to me, she is beautiful! I am so thankful for all our blessings, Heavenly Father is really watching over us."
(This is a tradition for us. I read the kids my journal entry about the day they were born on their birthdays.)
As I reflect the day of her birth today, what I remember is her big dark beautiful eyes. The mother/child bond that happens even before birth, was even stronger as I held that beautiful girl in my arms. God's love was so evident to me, that he would send me such a choice daughter. to me! Little did I know at that moment, how much that daughter would teach me, and so many others. How she would brighten a room the moment she walked in, how she would be the best big sister, how she would work hard at whatever she did, how she would be a friend to everyone, how she would make such righteous choices, and lastly, how she would endure and trust in Heavenly Fathers will for her life.
Happy 21st birthday Chelsea~ We love you, we love you, we love you!
We are doing our best so that we can be with you again. Celebrate the day! I spent the morning in the Temple feeling close to you, and we will be getting our annual Frosty's to celebrate the day you were born. Happy Birthday my girl.
And I ditto the end of my entry 21 yrs ago, I am thankful for all our blessings, Heavenly Father is really watching over us.... and now you are too!