Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Christina Dawn...

Christina Dawn

On this day in 1982, I became an aunt for the first time ever! Christina Dawn was born in San Angelo, Texas as a premature baby. The doctor who delivered her, had delivered her mother and her mother's father. Seventy-one years earlier, Christi's paternal great grandmother had been born in San Angelo, too!

At first they told us that Christi was 4lbs. 6 oz. and then a couple of days later changed her weight to 6lbs. 4oz. I knew better! My son Travis, who had been born 7 months earlier and weighed in at 6lbs. 12oz., was twice her size at birth!

Christi loved playing the piano and her repertoire was getting quite long. She was very good with people and her guinea pigs. Christi taught Sunday school and was active with the puppet ministry. She wrote stories and poetry and created 3D images out of baling wire or modeling clay. Christi loved to go on nature walks, always taking her walking stick. She got to go to our family reunion in Arizona in 2001 and loved every minute in the desert.

She was my angel after I had back surgery, staying with me during the day for about a week while my sons were at work. She cleaned house for me, did the laundry, fixed meals and helped me when I needed to move around. But, what I will always keep in my memory is the picture of her curled up on the edge of the couch with her favorite book. She had just sighed really deep knowing that she had completed all her work of taking care of Aunt Janey and she had a few hours to enjoy reading before her cousins came home!

We lost Christi in a car accident along with her mother Pamila Dawn, five years ago this coming May. Christ was only 21 and this would have been her 26th birthday. We miss you Christi and Pam...

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4 comments:

Sharon Lynne said...

Oh Janey, this was a beautiful tribute. What a hard time you must have gone through with such a sudden loss.

I'm glad you are clinging to the good memories that are in your life because of their lives.

"Now we see through a glass darkly...but one day we will see clearly" We don't know why things happen. All we can do is trust...and trust some more...and wait for that day when all things will come clear.

Janey Loree said...

God has a way of softening these tragedies through time. Time spent with those you love...however on landmark days like Christi's birthday, the loss is intensified.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts as we remember this beloved one...

Naomi said...

That's a beautiful tribute to a very special girl Janey. I'm sorry to hear of your sad loss. It must have been a very difficult time for you and your family. The good thing though is that the happy memories of the time you spent with both Christi and Pam will stay with you forever.

Janey Loree said...

Thank you Naomi. It was difficult, our belief in God and time has eased the pain as we concentrate on those memories blending them into our future...





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