Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27th! It's My Birthday Today!

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome to you all! Today is my birthday.  I am 58 years young.  :)  I was born here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1956 and have lived here all my life.  

I am an only child.  My mother had 4 miscarriages, then she gave birth to a son (Richard) in 1950. However, Richard's life was a very short one, as he died at the tender age of 7 months (bronchiole pneumonia).  After having lost these 5 children, my mother's doctor told her she could not have any more children.  Then 6 years later, when she was a few months pregnant, her doctor told her that she was carrying a child.  My mother was shocked and said to the doctor, "But you told me 6 years ago that I couldn't have any more children."  The doctor said, "Yes, I know....but God has another plan!"  They both smiled.  

So, although I was supposed to be born in November, I was born 3 weeks early, on October 27th at 2 p.m. My mother was very happy but concerned because I weighed just 5 pounds 8 ounces, and I was tiny.  The doctors had said that if I weighed 8 ounces less I would have been put in an incubator, but I didn't have to be.  However, the doctors kept an eye on me for a while, as my mother had already lost 5 children, they wanted to make certain that she wouldn't lose me! At this time my mother was just 2 months short of her 41st birthday!!!  This would be her last chance at being able to have a child.  

Thankfully all was fine, but there was something different about me.  I slept through the night, not waking up for feedings.  My mother was nervous and kept waking up anyway, and went to check on me to see if I was still breathing.  So she told the doctor about this...that I slept through the night and didn't awaken for feedings.  The doctor told her she was blessed, but he understood her concerns.  After all, she had lost 5 children and she would be 41 on December 24th!

I am going to share a photo with you all. Please be aware that I am not at all photogenic!  As well, I lost many of my photos many years ago in a fire, including the negatives, so I have a very limited amount of photos of myself, sadly.  This photo was taken in January, 2011 in St. Sauveur, Quebec.  No, that isn't my car.  You just need to click on the image to see a larger view.

I am going to share two of my favourite songs with you!  "To Sir with Love" by Lulu and "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon.  :)




For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.







Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share.

63 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! Hope your day's good and wishing you a great year ahead. God bless, cheers!

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  2. Happy Birthday dear Linda, may your day be filled with joy. You are already a blessing as reading this story I know 100 percent you must have been a very precious child to your sweet Mother. Thank you for sharing your story with us, and for the lovely pictures of yourself, the other pretty photos and the music videos too, a gift to us :) Sending a big hug to you on your special day, HUGS! HUGS! Denise xxx

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  3. Happy birthday! What a wonderful story. You were such a blessing to your mother. :) Nice photo of you by the car too. (You are too photogenic!)

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  4. Happy birtheday, Linda, may you day and the new year be filled with joy!
    I can only begin to imagine what your parents felt when you were born, a miracle child! I can understand your mother's concern when you slept through the night right away, she must have kept vigil many a night, just to make sure you're alright.
    Hugs from Vienna,
    Merisi

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  5. Hello Linda, Happy Birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday, hope you are having a lovely day.
    The photos of you is lovely, it's nice to see you :)
    Your mother sure did have a time of it, poor lady.

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  7. Thoroughly joyful birthday wishes, dear Linda!!! I hope that you have a celebration and year ahead that abound with joy, fun, great memories, and plenty of special treats!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  8. Happy birthday Linda! A big hug!

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  9. Happy Birthday dearest friend, and for sharing your life with us, more thanks. Today is so special ,and may your year ahead be filled with friendships that are full of joy, love and happiness, days with some sun and some laughter, and as always, all of us out here, miles apart, but close in our hearts. Hugs. Many, and XXX Jean.

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  10. Happy Birthday, so glad you were born.

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  11. Happy Birthday Linda ! congratulation, you are really 58 years young !
    Buon compleanno ! (In Italian as well !)

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  12. Congratulations Linda, I wish you a great day. Nice to see a picture of you. Dear greetings from Edward.

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  13. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Linda! What a blessing for your Mum the day you arrived in the world after all those painful and unhappy years!
    Have a great day!
    Gill xx

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  14. Happy birthday Linda, have a lovely day! Nice to see you on a photo, now we have a "face" of Linda. (sorry, my English is not so good, but it is nice to see you).

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  15. dang, I am sorry I missed THE day, happy birthday wishes- I love your photo...

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  16. Ah, 1956 was a great vintage year! Life is a precious thing - I wasn't supposed to be here - when my mother got cross with me she'd refer to me as her 'little accident'! Thanks, dad! Anyway - VERY many happy returns - have a really special day; great choices of songs.

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  17. Happy Birthday Linda... it is awesome that that you were born through such circumstances... I am sure your mom felt very blessed to have you in her life... I feel that blessed to have my Valentina, I was 39 when she was born :)

    Have a fun day Linda xox

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  18. Beautiful Linda! GOOD MORNING! I see you came over to visit me early yesterday, and I'm finally able to swing by...first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I too am an only child and will be 57 in April!

    I LOVE your profile photo of the cat looking at what seems to be a mirror that reflects a LION! HAHAHAHHAAA! Oh, to be able to see ourselves strong and in control....may your new year be filled with the love of God and empower you like you've never known. Wisdom that comes with age and with experience has to be one of the most blessed things in life. Thank you again for your kind comment! Anita

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  19. ønsker deg en riktig god start til uka :-)

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  20. Happy Birthday LInda, have a great day.
    Lovely photograph.
    I quite like Lulu with 'To Sir with Love' but any Paul Simon song is great with me.
    Greetings from Scotland.

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  21. Happy Birthday Linda! You are here to brighten our days! Thank God you made I for our sake and your mother's! I really like the song, "To Sir With Love."
    I wonder if Lulu did any other songs? I thought she would have been more popular as she had a great voice!
    Deb

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  22. Happy Birthday Linda have a great day xx

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  23. happy birthday!! enjoy your day :)

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  24. And a very happy birthday to you!

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  25. Kiitos Linda Hyvin mukava musikki ja kuvat. Hyvää alkavaa viikkoa :)

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  26. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Blessings!
    Carol (a blog friend of Debbie Nolan)

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    Je t'embrasse fort et passe une belle journée

    Manon

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  28. Hello! I wish you a nice week.

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  29. Happy birthday, Linda. I have a grandson whose mother had many similar experiences in child bearing as yours did. She calls him her "miracle baby." So your a miracle too....:)

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  30. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Linda, happy birthday to you. Can't sing it to you , so will just type it.

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  31. happy birthday, dearest linda. you're truly god's gift to the world and we're blessed to know you. thank you for always reminding us to treasure the people and experiences that make us happy. may this 58th year be a wonderful one for you :)

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  32. Happy birthday! I enjoyed the wonderful story about your miracle birth. I liked your picture, too. God bless you and I hope you have fabulous day... :)

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  33. Dear Linda - Happy birthday sweet friend. It was so nice to see your lovely smiling face and to read about your miraculous birth. God planned something special when He made you. You give so much joy here on your blog. I am so glad I found you - may your birthday be blessed with the best - Hugs!

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  34. Happy Birthday, Linda..

    have a great day

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  35. Happy Birthday, Linda! Thank you for sharing your amazing story. You were meant to be here!!!!! And I'm so glad that you are! You posted two songs that I have always enjoyed. I am trying to live that first quote. These past 18 months or so have involved me sorting through a lot of heartache in my past and coming to grips with it all. It is hurting less! But each of the quotes is excellent. Have the best day!!!!!

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  36. Thank you. :))
    ♥nic

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  37. And Happy Birthday wishes from Scottish shores.

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  38. Je te trouve très belle Linda! Je te souhaite une très bonne anniversaire ! :)

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  39. Bon anniversaire, Happy Birthday !

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  40. Happy Birthday Linda. Have a wonderful and blessed day. Enjoyed your post and the music and quotes . Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  41. Happy Birthday!

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  42. Happy Birthday ma chère Linda, que cette nouvelle année te soit douce et belle, toute pleine de tendresse et bonne chose!!! Bise et bonne journée tout en douceur!

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  43. Helen Devries3:52 PM

    Many happy returns and I hope that you have a wonderful day.

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  44. Life is full of surprises, Linda ! Happy birthday, my dear friend !
    A big hug, and kisses... !

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  45. Happy Birthday Linda. Thanks for sharing a lovely story. You brought joy to your Mom and you are doing the same with us. The songs bring back memories. enjoy your day. hugs

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  46. happy birthday to you, linda!

    yes, the plans of god cannot be thwarted! ;-))
    I'm thankfull for that otherwise we would all miss this! :-))

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  47. Happy Birthday Linda :)
    I love the song " To Sir With Love "

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  48. Happy birthday, Linda! I am so sorry your mom lost five children...it's beyond my imagination how hard it was. But I'm so happy she was blessed with you. You are truly amazing! Love your photo, you have such a beautiful smile!

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  49. Thank you for sharing your story. It was touching. You are a jewel to your parents. Happy birthday to you.

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  50. Happy birthday, have a great day.
    Merle................

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  51. Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  52. Happy Birthday Linda!!!!! We're so happy that you're here!!!!

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  53. Happy, happy birthday. What a wonderful story, you were truly meant to be. Your mother is a very brave woman.

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  54. Happy birthday Linda. Beautiful story of you. Nice seeing your picture. May God bless you more in every srea of your life💜

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  55. Happy birthday, Linda! What a blessing for your mother. I can only imagine her delight to have a baby to hold. I'm glad we have other options for photo storage now, it would be sad to lose them.

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  56. Happy belated birthday Linda,
    I wish you all the best!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  57. Just forgot to say Linda what a amazing story , bless you. x

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  58. Lots of Happy Birthday wishes, your way.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  59. Belated...


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