Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, My Forever Baby!

It's my youngest daughter Tina's birthday today! I can still remember when she was born. She was the most perfect baby. I say that because the year and 2 months before she was born, God took my baby Angelino to be one of His angels, 8 days after he was born. I had Tina right away but because of what happened to Baby Angelino, I was so nervous the whole 9 months I was carrying her. But she was perfect and still is! It's hard to believe but that was already 30 years ago. I had to call Tina to verify it cause I just could not believe it.

I still remember this chair that she is sitting on, When she was about 2, she got ahold of a surgeon's scalpel and slashed the seat cushion right in the center. LOL! I just thought to myself, maybe she will be a surgeon when she grows up.

She was in Gymnastics from the time she was 7 until she was 16. She was so tiny that her coach called her Tiny Tina. This Tiny Tina won a lot of blue ribbons, including a State Championship. She also competed on a national level. Before she turned 16, we took her to Las Vegas for another gymnastics competition and as an incentive, we told her we would buy her the car of her

choice if she won First all around. Well, she did, but instead of being happy about winning, she was so excited about getting a car. She picked a brand new Honda Civic and we had to oblige. Unfortunately, she quit gymnastics right after she qualified for the nationals again because she said she just did not see herself giving up her whole summer, day and night, practicing in the gym.
She took ballet lessons too and she is a very good dancer.

She was always very conscientious in her studies. She would be at the gym until 9 PM and be very tired and would fall asleep but before falling asleep, she made sure I would wake her up after half an hour to do her homework.

This was during her bridal shower. My baby was growing and was getting married soon.

After her College graduation ceremony with her future husband and in laws then.

And here she is marrying her childhood sweetheart. Scott. They went to school together since elementary.

Do you like her bouquet? I created it. In fact, I created all the bouquets and boutonnieres of the whole wedding party, sewed her veil and the gowns for all 3 flower girls and made their head pieces and baskets and created 250 wedding party favors and all the table centerpieces. I was working full time then until 12 midnight and I would work on these after work for a year. I would do anything for that girl!

I took the couple with me to Europe when she was 5 months pregnant with her first son. This was in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

Aj also came along. This was in Athens.

Last December, we had a family reunion on a cruise and me and my 2 daughters were just bonding and relaxing on the deck.

The whole family! Tina and her family are on the left.

Me and my favorite girls.

Now she has 2 boys of her own. She calls me often because she misses her sons when she is at work and thinks about quitting all the time. But she has a hard time quitting because her boss has been so nice. This job was just temporary that is why she took it in the first place. After the project was over, the company let everybody go in that department and she was rejoicing. The next day, they called her back and only her out of the many that were hired for the project and moved her to the position of the assistant to the VP of HR. It took her a while to decide if she would take it, but she did anyway.

Tina and Scott are doing a real good job in raising the boys.
They are just the cutest and happiest babies I have ever seen, with the best disposition.

But of course you know I am biased.

And with the growth of the family, their home kept growing too. Tina bought her first house below right after her College graduation before getting married. To help pay for her monthly mortgage, she took in a house mate who rented the other bedroom. They still own it now and is being rented out. They bought the 2nd one after they had to move when her hubby got an electrical engineering job in another city. They sold that and bought another one after Nathan was born.

I love you very much Tina, and I am very proud of you.

Happy Birthday, my forever baby girl!

As I sat here thinking of what to post for a few of my favorite things, I suddenly realized that I just posted it. Although Tina is not a thing, she is one of my 3 very favorite children.

And so I am linking this for Laurie's A Few of my Favorite Things at

Thanks for hosting, Laurie and thank you all for stopping by to celebrate my daughter's 30th birthday.


Donnie said...

What sweet family photos and you have every right to be proud of them. Happy Birthday to your Tina.

Sherry said...

Happy birthday to Tina! What a sweet post Christine. Lovely family!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy B-Day to Tina, very sweet Christine:@)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

She is so beautiful...actually, the whole family is. I can hear the pride in your words. We love our babies don't we? My daughter is finally coming home for a week May 1!! Yeah!!

Suesue said...

Hi Christine! Just saw you at Queenie's blog so wanted to check in with you here again.

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! Very sweet sentiments you expressed. Your entire family is so lovely!

May all of you share a most blessed Easter.
Take care.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, you have such a beautiful family and your are so pretty. You all look like sisters. You should be proud of yourself, your children and grandchildren are lovely and loving people. Hope you have a very Blessed Easter. Hugs, Marty

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Christine, what a beautiful family!! You have done a great job which is a testimony to the awesome mother you are....

Happy Birthday to your sweet Tina!

Have a Blessed Easter!

Lou Cinda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That was such a beautiful post Christine!
Your daughter is gorgeous just like her Mom and amazingly talented too just like her Mom!
I know that must have been a very difficult time when you lost your baby. I had a pregnancy lost and I know how hard that was.
You have an amazing family Christine!
Happy Easter,

lvroftiques said...

Happy Birthday to Tina! She's still tiny AND beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful pictures of your family Christine. You are blessed indeed! Happy Easter my friend! Vanna

mississippi artist said...

Such a sweet post for your daughter. You have such a beautiful family and there is nothing wrong in bragging a little.

D said...

Hi, Christine,
I just wanted to wish you and your beautiful family a Happy Easter. The flowers you made are beautiful. I'm impressed.

The Tablescaper said...

Oh Christine, what a beautiful celebration of you daughter's life. Congratulations to both you and her. While we all enjoy our belongings, there is nothing we treasure more than our family.

Happy Easter.

- The Tablescaper

Laura Wilkerson said...

Happy Birthday Tina!
Christine, you are such an amazing mom :) and those grandbabies are the cutest things. You're very blessed.
Happy Easter to you all

Jacqueline said...

Tina is absolutely gorgeous, just like Mama! You have such a beautiful family and isn't it fun to have that family grow! You are so great and it is fun to see all that you do for your family. What a wonderful calling to be a mother and a grandmother! Have a fabulous Easter and hope they are all gathered around you.

Blondie's Journal said...

As well as I think I know you, you always give me a pleasant surprise with your posts. All the things you DID for Tina's wedding!! My goodness! You are amazing!

I so enjoyed all of your pictures and your tribute to your beautiful daughter and family. Happy birthday, Tina!! Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Easter, my friend!


Debby@Just Breathe said...

((HUGS)) So sorry for your loss.

Happy Birthday to Tina. She is beautiful. What a lovely post in her honor.

Luncheons at the Junction said...

This is such a beautiful tribute. She is obviously an extraordinary young woman. Your pride is just radiating from the words you have shared here. I wish Tina a very Happy Birthday, and a blessed Easter to all.


Oh dear Christine, I loved reading about your "birthday" little girl! What an achiever she is! She certainly was a precious gift God gave you right after you lost baby Angelino and your tribute and love, is the best gift you could ever give her! She's a wonderful young women with a beautiful family! May God bless her, her family....of course mama too! Happy birthday and happy Easter!

Carol said...

Tina is lovely, as are your other 2 girls! I featured some one rather some thing today, too!
Have a blessed Easter!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Christine, this is such a sweet post. Thanks for sharing your sweet daughter's birthday with us, especially all the pictures and memories. The winery tour was fun, too. I did not realize Natchez had one, LOL!

Ricki Jill

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a beautiful tribute to your darling daughter!! She and her family are just beautiful as is all of your wonderful family.
I was so sorry to read of the loss of your baby boy. That has to be one of the hardest things in life lose a child and my heart goes out to you .
I am sure he is an angel smiling down on your entire family.
Have a wonderful weekend!!


Lynn said...

Thank you for sharing you beautiful daughter with all of us. That is a wonderful tribute!

Beth said...

Christine, She is a beautiful young woman and this is a great tribute to her. God bless you and your family.
Blessings, Beth

Kim, USA said...

Happy birthday to Tina. Your daughters are very gorgeous Christine, like my mother huh? ^_^ And the grandsons they are so adorable and so cute! And this is a very special tribute to Tina. Your blessed Christine and your family. Happy Easter!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, you have wonderful reasons to be proud of Tina! What an amazing young woman you raised, and her boys are adorable. (I love that picture of the 2 of them hugging). I hope Tina had a great b'day. I know what you mean about having to call her to check her age! It is SO hard for me to believe that my daughter just turned 38 Sat., and my son will be 30 this Thursday!! YIKES! That makes me feel soooo old! Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Happy Belated Birthday to TINA! Oh, what lovely photos and you are such a good story-teller, Christine. And I didn't know that Tina and her husband knew each other since elementary school!!! My gosh! Did they like each other when they were in grade school and high school too? Guess it was meant to be! So enjoyable reading your post, thanks for sharing.

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