Recording Your Youth - My Birth Story

This is my first post in a 15 week series called Record Your Youth, hosted over at Mommy's Piggy Tales.  As my kids grow and my grandparents age, I realize that it will someday be important to my kids to have some documentation of my history and background.  What better place to assist our fading memories than on our blogs?  Today's topic begins at the beginning, with my birth.  Here's a few photos of my first year and a little video to go with them. 

Naturally that's my dad and mom at the hospital on the day I was born, November 22, 1975.  I was long and skinny from the time I was born right up until about puberty.
Here's my mom and my maternal grandmother.  I don't think either of them could be any prouder.  My Gram was a pretty awesome lady.  Dig those 70's fashions.
And then there's me with my dad's father, who I still hang out with every weekend.  Except during the summer when he and my grandmother travel to their house in Boston where they grew up.  He's a chemical engineer, just like my dad was and just like my husband and I both are.  I really like him.
And back when I was born my dad's maternal grandparents were still alive.  This photo is Ed and Ellen Farren, holding their first great-grandchild...me.  Ellen was my only grandparent not born in the U.S., she came here from Sweden at age 16. 
And finally a nice family photo of my parents and I, circa 1976.  I got my dad's crazy hair.  I also had a massive red birthmark on my forehead that appeared after birth and disappeared sometime in my second year.   


Pepper said...

Yay - I loved seeing all your pictures!! I have very few pictures do to them being stolen. Anyways.

I loved the family photo though it's so 1970s!! I loved it.

And you did great on your vlog. I love that you combined the two. I may have to do that too next time since I have so much I don't know how to break it down. LOL

Thanks for sharing!

K.M.L said...

Great pics! I love the one of your dad in his scrubs and also of you with your grandparents. Very cool!

MommaHarms said...

Lovely pictures! Looking forward to getting to know you better. Love the fashions too!

Sharkey said...

Wow--your boys really look like you did when you were little! That last shot totally looks like them.

And I'm amazed at how much styles changed between 1969 (the year I was born) and 1975. My mom kind of had bouffant hair when I was born, but your mom has the cool feathering look going on!

running42k said...

Awesome seeing those old photos.

Denise said...

Great pictures! I really enjoyed watching your video, you covered so many things that I didn't even think about when I was writing mine.

Momma Stuff said...

What a great post - I have to agree with the other commenters, you really touched on a lot of things that I didn't think of. You are all inspiring me to get out the video camera and try a vlog...maybe in a few more weeks I'll be ready to try. I loved hearing all about the history of your names. Amber :)

Janna said...

Hooray! Jendi would be so proud of you vlogging:) I still get nervous but I like having the blend of written and spoken.

Sweden, getting your dad's hair, chemical engineers wow! all so neat and special and only a part of your life and story!

Kristina said...

I completely enjoyed reading your explanation of the pictures and your vlog was great too!

I enjoyed all the extra tidbits you threw in, like wishing your name was Sarah Elizabeth and the alternate spelling of Beverley. They make your vlog very personal! Great job!

I look forward to the rest of your posts!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

i think it's great how many pictures you have of you and your birth and people holding you.. I have just one of mydad holding me as a little little baby and one of my mom.. no grandparents... :(

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