Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Linea!

It is time to write about Linea! She was born on Thanksgiving Day, finally, after making us wait through three days of snowstorms, walking miles through the hospital corridors and waiting, and waiting some more for her entrance into the world. In a family of blonde babies, she was a head of dark hair and born ready to dance with long, long legs and music in her soul and on her lips. Her seven and 1/2 year old big sister, Jordan, held Linea moments after her birth and declared her partnershp in mothering this baby. Linea became a headstrong two-year old and one that we suspected might cause us to fear the teen-age years. Not so. Yes, she was determined and strongly goal-oriented, but immensely kind and loving to her family and to the world. She was a thinker, putting pieces together like a game of Uno, like a Brahms concerto, like the workings of the brain. She is still all this and more. Just look at this beautiful picture she sent to me while attending college in Chicago. This girl has taken us all on a journey with her, an unexpected journey, yet one of immense bravery and with such honesty that our lives have been enriched beyond anything we could have possibly considered. Read her blog, http://www.lineajohnson.blogspot.com/ and celebrate another year with our precious daughter. I can't wait to travel forward with you, Linea, and share all that life has to offer! Love, Mom

12 comments:

Megan said...

She is a truly beautiful young woman! Having girls is fun...

erika said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! I always thought that my mom should be celebrated on my birthday, since she did the majority of the work on that day, and many many consecutive days :)

I always enjoy reading about your family. Your words always overflow with love and tenderness.

And on a not so serious note, I have a blogger award sort of thing for you on my blog. Please don't hate me for it :)

Jordan and the committee said...

Happy Birthday Linea! I was 7 and 1/2 when she was born, by the way, as much as I would like to not be in my thirties yet...
Linea was a feisty little thing, wasn't she? I remember holding her down, trying to practice my mascara skills on her while she struggled mightily.
He favorite toddler outfit consisted of (starting from the top) blue plastic "glasses," (frames only, empty, of course) an epic eighties black and gold airbrushed cat leotard, quilted vest with a strawberry pattern, pink tutu and/or black pleater skirt with bow, striped pink and white leg warmers. This I will never forget.
Linea has improved her fashion sense, but her individuality remains the same!

Meg said...

Happy Birthday Linea! That is a beautiful picture.

Corrie Howe said...

Happy Birthday Linea! I love the photo you sent to Mom on Mother's Day. What a wonderful family you've been born into.

MaggieMae said...

What a beautiful birthday tribute to your daughter. Happy Birthday Linea. Your writing is so peaceful... I love it. Looking forward to reading more.

I also admire how you embrace and find the beauty in every part of life -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Not always easy to do.

Cinda said...

OH MY Goodness! Seven and 1/2 years. I am losing it....Still a wonderful birthday!

Cindy Swain said...

Cinda I agree with everything you wrote and will add one other trait: her never-ending energy! I don't know how Jordan does it but she just goes, and goes, and goes and goes....like an upbeat, positive and hilarious energizer bunny. Even after she had Thomas and wasn't getting any sleep she still had more energy throughout the day than I did! Jordan is an incredible woman. And incredible mom. An incredible friend. And, an incredible sister-in-law!

Cindy Swain said...

Well that post wasn't suppose to go here...it was suppose to go on another blogpost! Gotta love technology, user-error, and the frustrating ability to not be able to delete:-)

As for this post, Linea is an absolute inspiration. I am so lucky that Jordan married my brother and our families have been brought together. Although I have been out and about traveling the past few years, I am excited when I return to Seattle because the "Aunties" are going to have some fun! And, I hope that that by hanging out with Linea more, some of her incredible fashion, photography and writing skills will rub off...she never ceases to amaze me with her wit and creativity.

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow ..... that was a moving blog that only a mother could write. I have two daughters and can relate. Happy Birthday Linea.

Stephen Tremp

Sneaky Momma said...

Happy birthday to your sweet girl! :)

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

I hope Linea had a wonderful birthday! That photo is so beautiful!