December 30, 1995
December 24, 2000
What a significant and
drastic change! Carolena
and Douglas both feel that
God brought them together
and has continued to shower
blessings throughout the years,
with this, the birth of beautiful
Bronté Carolena Larsen, as the
crowning blessing (to date). They
look forward to whatever blessed
surprise God has in store for them
next (He is very creative and
gracious, isn't He?)...
Carolena's due date was Tuesday,
December 19, 2000, and that date
came and went with only a few minor birth pangs. The actual labor began Sabbath morning, December 23, at about 7:00 a.m. Carolena woke Douglas with a cry of: "It's starting! It's starting!" He nearly struck the ceiling until she clarified that only part of the mucous plug had emerged (but that the real show could commence at any moment).
Within an hour all the bags were packed (of course, they thought the bags had been packed for the last three weeks, but you know how those last-minute items can add up!). Carolena's family arrived around 5 p.m. (Mom, Aunt Gina, and brother Michael) and set into a dervish whirl of cooking and her mom repeatedly declaring: "I think you're in labor! Get thee to a hospital! IMMEDIATELY!" Carolena pooh-poohed her until about 6 p.m. when for the first time a pattern began to show, her contractions at or about every ten minutes.