On this day our youngest, Jill Naomi Peterson, was born in Tumut, Australia. She was names “Jill” because we wanted a JN to match Norm’s name (John Norman) and Joy’s (Joy Natalie). Jill means “Little Girl.” We didn’t know what we would have (back in the days when we had no choice of finding out) so we had a boy’s name and a girl’s name. It was a while before Norm and I could come to an agreement on Jill’s name but before she arrived, she was named (IF she were a girl!).
From the time she was a tiny babe, she was a clown. Norm nick-named her “Bean” .. it started out as “Silly Jill,” then “Silly Jilly,” then “Silly Jiily-Bean” and ended up as “Bean” or “Beanie.” Granddaughters call her “Auntie Bean.”
She has been a delight since she was born; she is still a delight. “They” claim you can’t have favorites in your children, but “They” are wrong. Jill is my favorite YOUNGEST child. No other will match her!
We are so blessed to have two loving daughters and we love them both. But today is Jill’s day - so we will wish her a Happy Birthday and many, many, many more.
We both love you Beanie!
Joy and Jill with a friend at an Australian zoo.