Maud Humphrey

Maud Humphrey

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Fifteen years ago today, at 10:19 am, my first daughter entered the world. All 8 lbs, 7 oz. of her. After three boys, I wasn't going to believe it until I saw it. In fact, I even took a boy outfit along with me to the hospital, because I wasn't willing to totally believe the ultrasound. Afterall, they make mistakes, don't they? But then, there she was. The nurses cleaned her up and presented her to me, and she had a little, pink bow in her hair. I'll never forget that. PINK. I could hardly believe it. Here was the little girl I had always dreamed of.
Needless to say, she was treated like a little princess. Her brothers loved her (at least until she got older and started getting into their stuff!) I sewed before she came along, but once she was here, my sewing really kicked into high gear. Frilly dresses, ruffles and lace. This was also when I learned how to smock. I discovered a magazine called "Sew Beautiful", which is full of heirloom smocking and sewing projects for children. I was hooked. I HAD to learn how to smock. So I taught myself. My very first smocking project for her was an Easter bonnet. The stitching was far from perfect. But oh, how proud I was of that bonnet. I made a matching coat, too, all out of light pink corduroy. I sewed a lot pink that first year! I sewed for my boys also, but there just isn't as much you can do for them. They did get a lot of flannel pajamas, though.
This must be the "new" fifteen. I can honestly tell you, I never looked this good when I was that age. I was a "late bloomer", awkward and gangly. I didn't have a clue about fashion, or how to make my hair look cute. I was horse-crazy, so I'm sure I cared more about how my horse looked than how I was dressed.
This girl has style, poise, and confidence. Not sure where she got that from, 'cause it didn't come from me. It took me a long time to acquire those attributes, and I'm still not 100% sure of myself!

Happy Birthday, Natalie. Your family loves you. Jesus loves you. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next fifteen years hold for you.

1 comment:

  1. Happy 15th birthday, Natalie! We are so glad to know you and love you.
    Angela, I'm so happy for you, that you got those girls! (All of your kids, of course!) But I love that you so love and enjoy your kids!