Happy Birthday Lyz

With her big sisters 2007
My Beautiful Daughters
Peter, Lyz, Adam, Meredith, David, Margaret

A little over 29 years ago, a cold Friday morning, I went to see the OB. I was two weeks past my due date. He was concerned, not only about me being past due, but about the weather report: a huge snow storm was due to hit Norman early the next week. So induction was scheduled for Monday morning, February 3, 1986.

I went home and spent the weekend hoping I did not go into labor – I had our tax return to finish, laundry to do and a truckload of homework to complete! I had a Corporate Income Tax II test on Wednesday night to study for!

Monday morning we got to Norman Regional early and Elizabeth Joy Duncan was born that afternoon. Easy labor and easy birth. She was named after my sister Elizabeth and Ron’s mother Rita Joyce. She has brought us much Joy, so we named her well.

She was, and still is, beautiful! Totally bald, though; maybe that is why she now plays with her hair so much; she is glad to have such thick wonderful hair! (new styles and colors all the time).

That afternoon a snow storm hit! Twenty-one month old Meredith came to meet her baby sister and fell in love with the baby. I sat in my hospital room and watched it snow, cuddling and nursing my sweet L’il Bit O’Joy, as Granddad Duncan called her.

Everything was shut down for the next couple of days. Ron had trouble coming to visit because of the roads. We stayed in the hospital until Friday afternoon due to Elizabeth having jaundice. (this was in the olden days before they sent you home with a Billi Light.)

Not to worry, though. I was still able to take my Corporate Tax II Test. The prof did not do makeup exams; so he brought it to me at the hospital Wednsday eveing on his way to class. And I took it there in my bed, taking breaks to nurse in the middle of it. He picked it up on the way home from class. And stayed an hour to hold and cuddle my beautiful baby girl. I made a D on the test. But a B in the class. I think I got extra points for having such a sweet, joyful, beautiful baby girl.

Happy Birthday Sunday, Elizabeth. We love you.

joy, love


I write about my life, my journey, my family, and my faith. I am wife to one, mom to seven with one in heaven, and grandmother to many. I am also full-time caregiver to my stepmom E who suffers from dementia due to Alzheimer’s. In my spare time I like to read, travel, crochet, bike, and play with our black pug Molly.


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