See this adorable couple to the right here? They are going to have a baby.
NO, not my seventeen year old daughter in the red dress on the left (praise the Lord!), my sister-in-law Bonnie and her husband, my brother George on the right.
Our newest member of our family is here, but we will have to wait until April 2010 to love on him or her.
Is there any gift more precious than a child?
With my little brother beginning his own parenting journey next spring, at thirty years old (on Saturday), I can say with complete honesty, I have never seen a man so excited to be a daddy.
I'm not sure if I've seen a woman as excited as he is!
Though I do not hold a degree of higher learning as far as schooled education is concerned, being around children all of my life should give me at least a Master's degree in child development, nursing, psychology, government and public policy, and just about anything else under the banner of the learned. My brother, on the other hand does hold a Juris Doctorate in Law, but will be the first to tell you how little he knows about fatherhood.
He has already signed up for the "What to Expect while Expecting" blog site, figured out how far along his wife is, and managed to carry around her positive pregnancy stick to church last Sunday and in his pocket to work on Monday and Tuesday.
I know how precious it is to hold your first glorious bundle of love. For almost eighteen years my brother has sat by while his three older sisters have been pregnant and given birth to his ten nieces and nephews. His smile broader and wider with each new baby placed in his arms. In a few short months he will experience his very own beautiful little one, placed gently in his arms.
And once again I am speechless at a God who loves us so much He would allow us the opportunity to play a tiny part in the greatest miracle in existence, to bring a life into the world.
We are so very Blessed...
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,the fruit of the womb a reward.Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! Psalm 127:3-4