Chatter and Chitter

Twenty-three Years Ago Today

man and woman in hospital room

Tipper and The Deer Hunter 

Twenty-three years ago today, The Deer Hunter and I were sitting in a Gainesville GA hospital awaiting the arrival of our daughters.

Every time I see the photo above I remember how scared we were.

Not that we weren’t happy to be expecting parents, but twins? Geesh we didn’t even know if we were ready for one child and somehow we were about to have two.

I won’t bore you with the details, but my pregnancy was a nightmare. From the start I had every pregnancy aliment you can think of and a few you’ve probably never even heard of!

By the time I had the girls I had already been admitted to the hospital at least a half a dozen times for one complication or another and then the scheduled delivery ended up in a rather hurried c-section on top of all of that.

twins babies in bassinet

Chatter and Chitter 

We knew very early on that I was carrying twins. It seemed like everywhere I went someone told me they prayed for twins or that having twins was their life long wish.

Honestly, I felt so miserable that having twins wasn’t something I was happy about.

Every time someone shared their twin dream with me I thought “Well I wish you were having twins too! Then maybe I wouldn’t be so sick!”

After the girls were born, it didn’t take me long to realize I had been given the ultimate gift. No wonder all those people wanted twins.

parents and twin babies on first birthday

The Deer Hunter holding Chatter and Tipper holding Chitter – First Birthday Party at Papaw Tony’s

Having the girls in our lives has filled every day of the last 23 years with brightness and joy. We will be forever grateful they were given to us.

Happy Birthday Chatter and Chitter. We love you more than you’ll ever know.


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    September 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    It made me tear up to read your words, Tipper. It’s just wonderful to read about how scared, but ultimately how happy, you were to become parents of your beautiful daughters. Happy Birthday to Chatter and Chitter, and Happy Mama and Daddy Day to Tipper and Deer Hunter 🙂

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    lynn legge
    September 27, 2019 at 12:31 am

    happy happy birthday to the beautiful twins….and you parents…you have brought joy into so many hearts

    sending love and ladybug hugs

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    September 26, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Since I felt well during my pregnancies – what a blessing! – I can only imagine what you went through… Worth it all when those girls became a wonderful addition to the family ♥️♥️.

    Your complications reminded me of my neice whose father was fighting a losing battle with cancer while she was expecting her twins. On top of that she, her husband & their two kids were in a pretty bad car crash leaving her with leg injuries requiring surgery & no weight bearing on that leg for Many weeks during that pregnancy.

    God blessed them with beautiful (but preemie) twins. Thankfully, her husband was wonderfully helpful through all that! Her mother has also made herself available to help regularly & at short notice with her grandchildren.

    So glad to hear your story! Reminds us all that good times often follow tough ones.

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    September 26, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Happy birthday Girls, its still the 25th in az, 11:30 pm.God Bless.Belva-Jean

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    September 26, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday, to Chitter and Chatter!
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos, Tipper.

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    Glenda Beall
    September 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Happy Birthday, Pressley Girls! I have enjoyed getting to know one of them better the past month and I have never a nicer, more polite, and charming young adult. She is a joy to be with and I am sure her sister is the same. You and the DeerHunter are evidently wonderful parents.

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    September 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Happy Birthday to your precious girls, my husband is a twin (identical ) their Mama and daddy didn’t even know they were going to have two, what a surprise and what a Blessing 🙂 … Happy Birthday Chatter and Chitter celebrated every day 🙂

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    Jane Bolden
    September 25, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Happy Birthday, young ladies!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    September 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Happy birthday Ladies wish we could hear you sing this oct at John C Campbell folk school

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    September 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Happy birthday lovely young women ow what a double blessing you are to your parents and all of us who have heard you sing and make music. I wish I could be at the festival this year, so home sick .

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    Bill Burnett
    September 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Happy Birthday to Chitter & Chatter, I think each of you are lucky to have each other.

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    betty stephenson
    September 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    happy birthday girls have a great one regards bettu

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    Rick Shepherd
    September 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Pressley Girls….Mary and I have yet to see you perform……We hope to at the Fall Festival.

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    Ken Roper
    September 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I called our Christian Radio Station at Murphy and told Donna Lynn today’s Chitter and Chatter’s birthday. Just as she played “The River of Jordan”, I heard her shout out “Happy Birthday to Chitter and Chatter.” That is my Favorite Song. …Ken

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    September 25, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Happy birthday, Chitter and Chatter.

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    Garland Davis
    September 25, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Happy Birthday, Girls

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    Wanda Devers
    September 25, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday!!! Yall are so beautiful & talented!!

    Bless your heart & the Deer Hunter’s too. (the good bless your heart!) Yall look so tired and scared and so young.

    Tipper, my pregnancy was similar to yours–no twins but numerous ailments & anxiety attacks followed by 24 hr. labor & emergency C-Section. Medically mishandled! I had a hard time with how I felt about that doctor & still do sometimes 33 yrs later. A woman is so vulnerable at that time and doesn’t need a jacka** for a physician. Everybody saw my baby before I did. Despite that I love my son more than anything and wouldn’t ever want to be childless.

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    Ken Roper
    September 25, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Happy Birthday Chitter and Chatter! Take Good Care of Mama and Daddy, they are the Best Parents in the World. …Ken

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    September 25, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Happy Birthday Girls!!!

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    Kenneth Ryan
    September 25, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Happy birthday, girls!!!

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    Debbie Nixon
    September 25, 2019 at 10:06 am


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    September 25, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Happy Birthday, Chitter and Chatter!!! Precious pictures. Twins and a set of triplets ran in both my Mother’s family and my Father’s family but I didn’t get any. We were blessed with two beautiful sons and are very thankful for them. I had to have c-sections too so I do know that you were probably not too perky after their birth too, but what beautiful young ladies they have grown up to be.

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    September 25, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Happy Birthday to both of your sweet girls! Sending hugs to both of them, and to you, too, Tipper! Congratulations!

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    September 25, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Pap thought they were jewels and I think he was right! Happy Birthday to two beautiful young ladies.

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    Matthew Jones
    September 25, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Very happy birthday gals! Tipper, you know that my wife and I have been blessed with two sets of twins. It’s always an adventure! And always a blessing.

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    Susan S
    September 25, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Happy birthday to wonderful young ladies. Wishing you a very happy day and an awesome year!

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    aw griff
    September 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Looking at the picture of you and the Deer Hunter at the hospital, I couldn’t help but feel sorrow for you. You looked so weary and sick. Your beautiful little babies made beautiful talented young ladies. I wish Chitter and Chatter a happy birthday and continued success. Oh, and I got tickled about what you thought about the well wishers.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 25, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Happy birthday ladies! You two have, as David said, “a goodly heritage”. Enjoy your 23rd and each one of all the others. As your Mommy says, you two are a blessing to so many.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I cannot believe it’s been 23 years! They are grown but they are still kids to me. A big Happy birthday to the girls and a big congratulation to you and the Deer Hunter for a job very well done!!

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