June 6th—A Day to Remember

June 6th is a day to remember.  D -Day.  From Wikipedia:

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

But in our household D-Day was also A-Day.  Our youngest, Aaron, surprised us by coming 6 weeks early.  Fortunately for us my sister and her family were staying with us before their vacation out west so they were able to delay their trip for a few days and step in and help us out with things.  I was NOT prepared and I think they actually put the crib together and I know that they washed baby clothes and took care of Micah while we were kind of in shock about his early debut.

Having a preemie takes a lot of different skills that I had not thought I would have to cultivate.  Aaron had to stay in the hospital in Dayton which was about 40 miles from our home in Greenville.  Having a husband who had to go back to work, a toddler and then another medical  procedure for me certainly called upon our patience.

Things I remember vividly are trying to get to the hospital as often as I could, having the grandparents be able to go see him in the hospital, having my niece NOT be able to see him because she was too little,  a great caring staff in neonatal who spoiled Micah when he came with me and gave him popsicles in stryofoam cup holders (really–I can’t remember yesterday but I have that image in my mind like it was yesterday) along with the worry that he was not thriving.

Well those days are ancient history and today I am happy to say that at 26 he is thriving.  That adorable little guy has turned into a pretty adorable young man and his daddy and I are very proud of him.

So today I celebrate Aaron.  Truly a gift from God.


  1. Awww Happy Birthday to Aaron! Loving the cheeseburger with the crayon candles.. 😀 Such sweet pictures Beth Ann.. and the memories. Must make your heart smile BIG!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I remember that day too!

  3. Happy Birthday to Aaron!

  4. Awesome! Happy birth-day (to both of you). 🙂

  5. merbear74 says:

    What a wonderful son you have!

  6. Happy Birthday to Aaron! And Happy Birth-Day to you. Pass the peanut butter cookies please!

  7. Happy birthday, Aaron! (You have a great mom, BTW!)

    How much did Aaron weigh? Just curious. That would have been difficult to have him so early and then far away from you and Chris.

    Yes, he’s definitely a fine looking young man. Love all of those adorable/humorous and otherwise entertaining pix.

    He shares the same bday as my brother-in-law. Thanks for the reminder as I need to email Neil, now deployed to Afghanistan.

    • Aaron was 5 pounds 10 ounces so he was a pretty big little guy who would have been really big had he baked longer! 🙂 His basic problem that made him stay in the hospital was that he did not have the sucking reflex down yet so we had to work on that before he could come home. No probably eating now. He has always been one of those kids/adults who can be funny without trying . Great sense of humor and kind heart. Thanks for the sweet comments.

  8. Yes, I agree he is a fine person who has parents that love him dearly. I enjoyed all the pictures of him that you showed. Happy Birthday to you Aaron, and many more.

  9. Happy Birthday to Aaron! What kind of case was he trying to hide in? Love this collage — well done, Beth Ann!

  10. A treasure indeed. 🙂

  11. This is a great collage! Happy Birthday to Aaron. I’ve never met your sons, but feel like I have because you’ve said such wonderful things about them.

  12. Nice collage! Happy Birthday to your son!

  13. Happy Birthday Aaron! He is pretty adorable at every age. What great memories.

  14. pattisj says:

    Six weeks early?! Didn’t he know you had a lot to do yet? LOL Happy birthday, Aaron.

  15. Precious Aaron!

  16. Happy birthday to him!! That’s so nice to see all the pictures over the years.

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