By Rose Luna

Killeen Daily Herald

Forget about horseshoes, four-leaf clovers and rabbit's feet.

The first Saturday in July proved to be the luckiest day for two young Killeenites.

Seth James Phillips was born July 7, 2007, at 7:07 a.m. at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple.

Seth is the first child of Brad and Tiffany Phillips of Killeen.

"We're going to nickname him Seven'," said Seth's grandfather James White, jokingly.

"He's been a good baby so far.

He doesn't cry or fuss.

We think he's going to be a lucky baby and hopefully have a good life."

But Seth's birthday wasn't just a lucky sequential coincidence.

The day also was his parents' first wedding anniversary.

"He was the best anniversary gift," Tiffany said.

Also celebrating the lucky day were seven couples in Killeen, who were all married by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin. The Bell County Clerk's Office did note an increase in marriage licenses before July 7, but it could not give an exact number.

But what makes the day such an anomaly? American Indians have seven directions, Christianity has seven sacraments, and Hinduism believes in seven chakras, or points of spiritual energy, in the body.

In terms of gambling, three sevens are usually a jackpot on a slot machine and a seven can be lucky in craps.

Although local psychic Mother Hanna does not discredit the day as being lucky, she said there's more to July 7, 2007, than just superstitious luck.

"If you wake up with a positive attitude, you're going to have a good day," Hanna said. "Just like on Friday the 13th.

If you think you're going to have an unlucky day, then bad things will happen to you.

It's all in how you look at it."

Halima Rose White celebrated her seventh birthday on the lucky day at Bea's Teapot Cottage and Tea Room in Killeen with her grandmother Rose Thompson, parents Teffani and Travis White, brother Imhotep and 10 friends.

"We didn't think it was that big of a deal until we started to get E-cards wishing her a lucky birthday," Teffani said. "People also have given her little trinkets and charms of good luck."

Halima also received a few lottery scratch-off tickets, although her mother did the scratching.

The combined pot from the lottery tickets was $11.

"This sort of thing is once in a lifetime," Teffani said. "It really exalted her self-esteem ten-fold.

She's the luckiest girl in the world."

Contact Rose Luna at or call (254) 501-7469

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