Today my Elisabeth is 15 years old! What a treasure she is to our family!
We quickly called our midwife, Judith. When she talked to me on the phone for a minute or two, she asked for me to pass the phone back to Patrick. I watched his face turn white as she explained to him that she was going to hurry to our place, but she could tell by my voice that she wasn't going to make it. I thought she was crazy since everyone told me that for your second birth you can expect labor to be cut in half. I had 6 more hours to go! (or so I thought)
Feeling confused and thinking maybe we had a crazy midwife (which she wasn't, she was an amazing lady!) I headed back to the bathroom while Patrick began making chipped ice raspberry cubes. Before we knew it, my water broke and the baby was coming! Talk about panic! He quickly called the midwife back on her cellphone and she began explaining the instructions to Patrick. Within minutes she lost signal. Patrick was in a little bit of shock himself and kept saying over and over, "I should have read the book from Judith, I should have read that book from Judith."
Of course by this time Joshua (21 months old at the time) was awake and amazingly calm. He even seemed to know what items Patrick needed from the birthing kit and helped his Daddy out! After trying to not give birth for what seemed like forever, I could hold back no longer and our sweet baby girl was born at 5am. Wow! Talk about an amazing morning! Judith arrived at 5:05am. I remember saying "I have a daughter! I have a daughter!" What a wonderful memory that I will forever cherish!
She is diligent in everything she does....schoolwork, helping me and in her relationship to the Lord. She faithfully reads her Bible and keeps a faithful prayer list. I've even caught Silas and Callie pretending to be Bess (their nickname for her) and praying like her.