Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Day Amy was Born

Today is our first-born daughters birthday. October 8, 1973, Amy Denise Cashion was born to us. We were only 24 years old when she came into the world. Bill was pastoring his first church in New Hill, North Carolina. We were so young, so scared and inexperienced. I can remember the first few days after we came home from the hospital we handled her like she was a fragile doll (the doll part was right) We didn't want to break her. It wasn't long before we realized that she wasn't breakable. Amy was only two weeks old. I was in the kitchen cooking dinner. Bill was lying on the sofa with a terrible headache. We still were in the mindset that SOMEBODY had to be watching Amy at all times. Bill said, "just put her in her stroller beside the sofa and I will keep an eye on her." We were such novices. It wasn't that she was going to get up and run away. Well, actually, she almost did. Even at two weeks old, Amy could have some really good temper tantrums. She was long in body length and she could stretch that body out stiff as a board when she was mad. That particular night when I was cooking and Bill had the headache, she chose to pitch a fit. Strollers weren't like they are today-all enclosed. You could let the back of the seat down and it was open behind. All of a sudden as she stiffened those little legs out and screamed bloody murder, I heard Bill yell real loud and she had done a backflip out the back of that stroller.
She wasn't hurt at all. Of course were devastated that it had happened. It certainly taught us one thing - she wasn't as fragile as we thought. She was a tough cookie. From that time on we made sure she couldn't flip out the back of that stroller but we sure had to let her scream a lot.

It is hard for us to believe that today - October 8, 2008, she has matured. She no longer kicks and screams when she doesn't get her way. (I don't think she does!) She has matured into a beautiful Christian woman and pastor's wife. She is a Bible teacher and loves the Lord with all heart. God is so good. Amy is the mother of four of our grandchildren, McKenna, Bailey, Avery and Quinn, and wife to Jeffery. Jeffery is pastor at Life Song Church in Lyman, SC. God is blessing their ministry and their church with growth.

I hope that this is a very special day for you, Amy. It has been a fast 35 years. Continue serving God. Continue being a blessing to those you serve. Continue loving the Lord God with all your heart.