God’s Gift to the World!!! – just kidding :)


I’m very fortunate to have received the gift of creativity from my parents.  So when I started asking questions about my birth story so that I could write my own version filled with drama and twists and turns, my mom offered to write it for me! So, today I give you all a special treat, a guest post today from my lovely mother Sheryl… Enjoy!

It was a cold dark December night and the weather was turning nasty.   As the family settled in to watch their favorite Monday night comedy shows, the father noticed that the freezing rain had begun.  Although the Mother was feeling uncomfortable she did not feel like she was in recognizable labor.   The family was watching the Bob Newhart show and the weather wasn’t getting any better so the father announced that as soon as the show was over the family would load up in the car and head to town just in case the baby decided to arrive on this blustery night.   Not long after the car was loaded and the boys in their places, the mother- to-be started to feel labor pains that she had been waiting for two weeks and she knew it “was time.”

The next plan was to drop the mother off at the hospital and take the boys to grandmas.  Is this where the song “over the river and though the woods “came from??

Or is this the song being sung on those icy roads 10 miles from the hospital?

The special child was born after several hours of walking up and down the hallways of the hospital which was and still continues to be the smallest one in the state of Minnesota.

Ok, ok back to the special baby…….yes, the baby was born and she was a GIRL!   Yes! A girl!!! Pink, bows, lace and dresses now could enter into the happy mother’s life.   You see the family before this special night consisted of a father, a mother and two little boys.   Now they were joined by a Girl!  A red headed girl!   This mother was so excited that she called her mother to tell her that she had been blessed with a daughter, a redheaded daughter!   The grandmother proceeded to tell her daughter that the little girl probably just had remains of her birth on her head and not red hair!  The grandmother was very surprised in the morning when 4 hours after the birth and her first bath the little girl still had beautiful red hair.  Red hair and an amazing interest in the new world around her.  The nurses were surprised at her alertness and interest in her new world! But where did this red hair gene come from???   As the child grew she used to tell people it came from the milkman!  Her mother said it came from the milk.  Well, it was true that the milkman did have red hair……..But with all kidding aside the red hair came from several generations back on both parents side.   The great grandmother sister on the maternal side had reddish hair and the great grandfather on the paternal side had a red beard.  God took out his red brush that night and created a beautiful little baby girl to bless this family and the world.  This beautiful baby girl, Joanna Kay Kopperud was born on December14, 1982 to two very proud parents and two very excited big brothers.   The mother felt like she had just received a special new dolly for Christmas that year.


Can we all just take a moment to admire how incredibly adorable my brothers were???? So cute!!!! Joanna’s Homecoming and Christmas Card 1982.

Happy 30th birthday baby girl!

And then there were four

I found this little gem from my college days. It was written sometime before May 2005. Enjoy!

Dad walked into grandma’s warm house with the exciting news.  “You have a new baby sister.”  My brother and I raced to the door.  Dad followed behind us.  We jumped on our Hot Wheels and decided to race to the hospital that was a block away.  It was a cool, sunny day in the middle of May.  We climbed the stairs of the hospital not really caring if dad was behind us or not.  We ran to Mom’s room only to find her lying in the hospital bed alone.  Sensing our disappointment, Mom reassured us by telling us that the nurse had taken our little sister away just to make sure she is healthy.  Dad came and took us into the hallway and told us to look in the window.  Inside the window the nurse was sitting in a rocking chair with a baby in her arms.  “That’s your sister.” he said.  She looked so small in the nurse’s arms.  The nurse was rocking her back and forth slowly and gently.

Dad left us standing outside the nursery window.  My brother and I stood there for a while just watching the nurse rock back and forth.  Dad came up behind us and said, “Okay kids, it is time to go back to grandmas so mom can rest”.  After giving Mom a kiss goodbye, we walked down the stairs of the hospital and went outside to find our Hot Wheels right where we left them.  We raced back to Grandma’s excited to tell her about our new baby sister.