Posted by: tgonzales | April 25, 2016

Jennifer’s another Year Older and I Love Her More Today than Yesterday


When I first thought about having a child I knew I wanted a girl. My husband at the time wanted a boy so I changed my mind and decided I wanted a boy too. This photo was taken when I was about 3 months pregnant. We had taken a little vacation with my husband’s cousin and wife to Corpus Christi, Texas and over the border to Mexico. I remember feeling sick to my stomach all the time and especially when we went over the border and smelled the food and fish cooking. Yuck, I can still remember how bad my stomach turned.


I was so happy to be pregnant and knowing that I would have a child of my own made it even more fun. This photo was taken when I was around 8 ½ months pregnant.


Little did I know that my Jennifer would take her own sweet time to come into this world and continued to move at her own pace as she grew up (she was 2 weeks late). I never knew I could love someone so much, until they laid Jennifer on my stomach and then in my arms that day 40 years ago. I didn’t even care that she wasn’t a boy. 🙂 Jennifer’s Dad and I looked at each other and as we took her home in the rain; he said, “she’s all ours!”


It was funny my sister was pregnant at the same time as I was and she ended up going into labor the night that I had Jennifer. So my Jennifer and my sister’s son Jarred grew up more like brother and sister than cousins.


Jennifer was very active and before I knew it she was pulling up to the side of her baby bed. I caught her just in time in this picture; it would have been a matter of minutes before she would have toppled right over the edge of her bed.


I loved putting her hair in piggy tails for the first time.


Jennifer loved to grab my craft project and run away with it whenever I wasn’t looking. Here I was trying to explain to her that the embroidery thread was mine and I needed it. 🙂 Of course she didn’t understand, she only knew that I wasn’t paying attention to her so she was going to get my attention one way or another.


I still remember that first Christmas, I think I let her open every present that I had for her way before Christmas even arrived.


Here she was at her first birthday party, my sister and I decided that we would celebrate both of their birthdays on the same day to alleviate family members getting together two days in a row. I can’t remember when we stopped the parties together but my memory was something similar to chaos when all 5 of the nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles would gather for these parties. 😉


I remember my Mom had Jennifer one night and decided to take her bottle away from her. Then the next night she sent her home to me. I told Mom that if she ever tried that with any of the other kids that she should keep them until they got over it. We had a rough couple of weeks, but Mom thought it really was time for her to give it up. What? she was only a little over 2 years old and my first child.  🙂  I didn’t want to take anything away from her.








Jennifer and I literally grew up together. I remember Jennifer loved to sit on my lap for about an hour in the morning until she woke up all the way and got hungry. Then the day would consist of me doing my chores. When it was time for me to vacuum, Jennifer would gather up a bunch of her toys and sit them all on the couch. She would stay there until I would go out of the room and then when I would come back into the room with the vacuum cleaner she would hurry and jump back up on the couch. It was funny. I only enjoyed my crafts after my household chores were done and Jennifer knew that she would have to play by herself while I created things. (mostly sewing) Now days the household chores are on the back burner and creating is always on the front burner.  🙂


When Jennifer was in middle school I started dating John and when we found out that we were going to have a baby I worried about telling her. I remember the day we told her and her reaction was nothing like I expected. She only said, “I’ve always wanted a brother or sister!”


Joshua and Jennifer were friends from the beginning. Jennifer stayed up with me when Joshua was little and when I needed an extra set of arms to hold him while mine rested. I don’t know what I would have done without her.


When Jennifer found out she was pregnant she loved every minute of her pregnancy too. She knew that she always wanted to be a mother, just like I did;


and a good mother she has become. I love you Jennifer and I hope your birthday is filled with sweet things just like you. Love, Your Mommy!


  1. What a sweet post! Happy birthday, Jennifer!

    • Hi Cathy!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. It means a lot to me and Jennifer. I’ll make sure I let her know.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  2. Great pictures and a lovely walk down memory lane for you, I’m sure Tamara. Happy Birthday to Jennifer. May it be full of good things.

    • Hi Jeanne!

      Thanks for traveling down memory lane with me and for stopping by to comment. 🙂

      Hugs, Tamara

  3. I enjoyed reading your post and looking at your pictures. Gosh you look young in the pictures, Tammy. You must have been 12 years old when you gave birth. Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      Thanks so much for loving the photos and actually I think I was 10 when I had her. 🙂

      Love you too!

  4. Happy birthday to Jennifer, beautiful photos – I love the one of J and J on the steps 🙂 xxx You must be so proud.

    • Hi Jill!

      I let Jennifer know that you all wished her a happy birthday. I love the photo of her and Joshua also. His eyes just look right through you in that one.

      Love, Tamara

  5. Happy birthday Jennifer. Such a lovely post.

    • Thanks so much for loving the post!

      Hugs, Tamara

    Sure did enjoy ‘walking’ thru your & Jennifer’s life in these photos, Tamara. Love those braids on ya! 🙂 And the bell-bottoms! 😉
    Not sure if Jennifer is very, very happy in that first baby photo .. or if she is ‘squeezing’ very, very hard. LOL [She is definitely happy standing up in her crib. HA!]
    She was *walking* before 8 months??!!!? Wow!
    Sooo funny about your mom taking Jennifer’s bottle away — and your response to her about that!!
    I just L-O-V-E the pro photo of you two. Your smiles are exactly alike!! 🙂

    Nice that you sorta had your own live-in babysitter when Joshua was little, right? tee-hee! I love the fact that J&J are such close siblings, even with so many years’ difference. I also love the fact that you & Jackie had Jennifer & Jarred almost at the same time. Hey ~ y’all really do love J names, eh? No wonder you married John. [giggles]

    Hey ~ my household chores are SO on the back burner .. that I cannot even locate that back burner. Bwaaa-Haaaaa!!!


    Love, Hugs, Smiles, & all good things ~
    :: Kat ::

    • Hi Kat!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. In regards to Jennifer walking at 8 months; no she didn’t actually walk until she was 13 months and I think the photo was actually taken the following year. Her very first Christmas she wasn’t walking around yet. 🙂

      About the live in babysitter; wrong she was way too busy to babysit, but she was home at night and that’s when he was sick. So her arms and her mind weren’t doing anything at that time of the night. 😉

      HAHAHAHAHAHA about the chores.

      Love you, Tamara

      • Well, Tamara, sorry to hear Jennifer was not your live-in babysitter. LOL!
        But I am *glad* to hear she was not walking at 8 months — that just would have been too, too much, right? 😉

        Hey! What’s TODAY? …
        Have a grrreat weekend, doll!!
        Hugs from Kat

  7. I love this post mommy, almost as much as I love you! So many great memories, I am so lucky to have you as my mom! That pic of me in middle school is one of my favs too. I recall Joshua being very tired in that senior pic of him and I. His eyes would turn almost black when he was tired. Joshua and Emilee were arguing alot that day. I was soooooooooooooo happy to have a sibling, of course we really wanted a girl (with brown
    hair and blue eyes). But once he was here, it didn’t matter, our bond was instant. Our memories are a little different tho, I remember doing some babysitting from time to time. And I took him lots of places with me. I took him to football and basketball games as well. There was the time I had him and Shannon came over, the time I had him and I locked him in my truck, and for my 16th bday, almost every pic on that bday he was attached to my hip. I wouldn’t want to change a single thing! I love you and thank you for continually being a great mom. Sorry it took me so long to comment:(.

    • Jennifer,

      I’m so glad that you loved the post. No one realizes how many tissues I go through when I write these types of posts, but just know it was a lot. I can’t even believe that it has actually been 37 years ago that I gave birth to you. My how time flies the older you get.

      Oh by the way about taking care of Joshua. I know you took care of him a lot and I appreciated all of it. I know that’s why you both are still so close and besides that you both have my disposition and that makes it easier to get along. 🙂

      Thanks for thinking I’m such a good Mom. I think you are a great Mom too.

      Love you,

  8. Thank you mommy! I love all of these pictures! Especially the one sitting in your lap with my one socked foot and one bare foot sticking out from my jeans! You and Aunt Jackie were the greatest with all of those crazy birthday parties growing up! I hated that darn vacuum! I was afraid it would gobble me up too! Thank you again for your kind words and story telling, it was a great way to wake up on my 40th year on earth! Love you always!

  9. Wonderful post that travels down memory lane and exudes the love you have for your daughter! Hope she has/had a fabulous birthday!

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