Today is Joy's 41st birthday! It's hard to realize that she is THAT old! Why, I can remember when she was no bigger than a large chicken! She was only 6 pounds 4 ounces when she was born!
And look at her, now!
Joy was named Joy for a very good reason ... "Joy of the first born" - "Joy cometh in the morning" - "Ode to Joy" ... many different quotes and songs have "Joy" mentioned in them.
And Joy was our first born. We had waited 5 years from the time we got married to have children, so I was very anxious for my first one.
I have a couple of pictures to share of her when she was little. We lived in Australia (as I'm sure most of my thousands of fans know) and enjoyed temperate weather in the fall and winter but hot weather in the summer.
The first picture is of Joy before Jill (her name means "Little Girl" if you're asking). She had this cute little pony on wheels that she wanted to have everywhere ... in the tub (she even rode him in the tub) and even in bed.
The second one is also of Joy on wheels (does this tell us something?) ... the folks sent her a trike (they didn't have them in Australia at that time) for Christmas. She was up and down the driveway constantly ... she loved that trike.
This one was taken about the time that Jill was born - early spring in Australia.
Joy was a joy when she was born - she still is a joy!
Happy Birthday, sweetie! I love you!