Before we left church tonight, we had special prayer for Beth. At the beginning of the service, she came and sat by me because she was feeling strange, like she was floating and might faint. She was also worried about the possibility of a seizure. She said she had never felt quite that way before. I believe she was probably just having an anxiety attack about tomorrow’s surgery.
She takes after me in so many ways.
We will be leaving at 7:00 in the morning to go to the surgery center.
SO…..Last night when Mary Ellen emailed me to see what Beth liked, and I told her cute guys (but I also told her chocolates), I also told her she liked Vicodin for the pain. That’s what the doctor is giving her after the surgery. So I was joking with Mary Ellen that maybe she needed chocolate covered Vicodin.
This afternoon, Mary Ellen was telling Charles (her husband) that Beth wanted chocolate covered Vicodin, and he looked shocked. He said, “BETHANY??” She said, “Yeah, you know….for the pain after the surgery…chocolate covered Vicodin.” Charles said, “OOOHHHH….I thought you said chocolate covered Viagra…”
We were in church when she told me. I was putting the offering numbers on the board in the church, and I was laughing so hard, I just leaned against the wall. People were looking at us funny But that’s not at all unusual.
That’s the second time today people looked at us funny. Mark and I stand in the foyer of the church at the first of the morning service, to greet people, pass out visitor cards, etc. Bro. Herb was explaining the tradition for corsages on Mother’s Day….you honor you mom, so if her mom is alive, you give her a red flower. If her mom has “passed on” as Herb said, you give her a white flower. Mark looked at me and said, “What do you give if you want your mom to pass on??” Of course, he was talking about his mom-in-law, the one causing him so much grief right now.
Red Lobster after church………
Beth and Andy…
When I said, “Aww…they look like a couple, Beth was horrified…
This is Mark….
Brandon and Rachael gave Beth a beautiful windchime and a 2 months subscription to Netflix, since she will need something to do for at least the next 2 months…
We sang happy birthday to her, first at church, and then at Red Lobster…
Her “cake”…(it was a biscuit in raspberry sauce with a candle):
Our whole crew. There were 14 of us, but the waitress cut Steve off on the left side when she took this: Left side…Steve, me, Mary Ellen, Charles, Amber, Andy, Bethany. Right side from foreground…Mark, Robert, Dorothy, Kathryn, Brandon, Rachael and Ashley.
Ok, ladies that requested to see Steve without his beard…this is as close as it gets. It’s growing back. Mary Ellen had to jump in on the picture.
Ashley, Mark’s oldest daughter (she’s 16) developed a huge crush on the cute waiter. It was lust at first sight. She even touched his fingers when he handed her a new glass of whatever she was drinking. She said she would never wash those fingers again. Beth said the waiter was probably in the back scrubbing his right then As usual, our young people were having a great time together. Laughing till tears were rolling down their faces.
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY,
BETHANY RACHEL HARTMAN!
A lady from church emailed asking about Beth’s surgery, and what kind of things she liked to collect (meaning things like teddy bears). I said, “Cute guys.” It might be interesting to see what this friend comes up with!
April 27, 2008:
Born Sunday, May 4, 1986 9:04 A.M. 9 lbs. 21″ long
May 6, 1986…..The first time Brandon got to hold her, just before we left the hospital:
May 11, 1986…..One week old, at cousin Thomas’ first birthday party:
First time she slept all night: 9 months old
First word: “Amma” (for Mamma) 5 months old (2nd was “Da Da” 5-1/2 months)
First began to crawl: October 29, 1986, 5 months/25 days old
First sat up alone without support: 1st week of November 1986, 6 months old (Before that, she was doing what the doctor called “tripod sitting”….sitting up, but supporting herself with her arms.)
First walked alone: June 1987, 13 months old
Bethany was saved in 1992. That’s why her blog name is Singing4God8692 – born in ’86, born again in ’92. She was baptized in January 1993, along with our (then) pastor’s daughter, AnnaLeigh Wiechmann. The heater on the baptistry was not working, so both AnnaLeigh and Beth got into that ice cold water, with their teeth chattering, and their skin turning blue. This is Beth and AnnaLeigh in January 2008:
Items that were in the news around the time of her birth:
1) The investigation of the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which happened January 28, 1986. I will never forget that morning. I was standing in the living room talking on the phone to my sister, and watching the launch. It took a minute to register what had actually happened.
2) The explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Russia, which happened April 26, 1986.
There are many more pictures here: BETHANY’S PHOTOS
Sweet dreams (2004):