Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Baby Story

This story of God's sovereign grace in my life actually begins June 28, 2000. It was the day before my fourth child was to be born. I had just finished dropping off my three older children at my parents home and was pulling into the driveway of our little home on Norwood Street. It was a hot June evening. I can remember the feeling of my shorts and t-shirt sticking to my body and the sound of the loose rocks on our driveway. As I turned the car off I prayed, "thank you Lord, for my quiver is full!" My fourth child was born the following day. Our family felt complete, two girls and two boys. At age 36, I was thankful for the gifts God had given me.

Fast forward to October 2003. I celebrated my 40th birthday. I clearly remember a phone call from my mother-in-law wishing me a happy birthday but also imparting a special blessing in my life as I entered my forties. She said they had proved to be the best years for her. She admonished me and encouraged me to embrace what was in front of me. I was and still am so thankful for my mother-in-law. I celebrated my birthday with a trip to New York City with my own mom. We had the most wonderful time together sharing four fun-filled days taking in as much as our time would allow of the city. It was truly a highlight for both of us and a wonderful way to begin a new season in my life.

Fast forward again to March 2004. I was privileged to attend a four day intensive with other Pastor's wives on Home Mentoring, based on Titus 2 in Ohio. It was life changing. I was ready to move forward with what I could sense the Lord was doing in my own heart.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD." Isaiah 55:8

Four weeks later at the age of forty I found myself sitting at an ice skating rink on my daughter's 9th birthday watching the rest of my family skate in utter disbelief at the two pink lines I had observed that morning.

to be continued...

8 comments:

Kelly said...

Can't wait to hear the rest!

Heth said...

You're leaving us hanging?! :)
It's so fun to hear the "behind the scenes".

Katherine @ Raising Five said...

Our #5 is our bonus baby, too. What a blessing she has been. Love to hear the rest!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Wht a blessing you are to this Pastor's wife who has just had her 3rd 7 months ago and is wondering just what the future holds!

Kim said...

I love this! I'm 38 and we are expecting number 5,too...through adoption...but,deep down I would love to be pregnant again...maybe God has that for us,too....I'm so incredibly sick during pregnancy...every time I have been sick the whole 9 months,on meds to function normally,throwing up even the day of delivery. It has been physically challenging. But...I am willing to do it again if the Lord wants this for us!

I can't wait to read the rest of the story!

Kim

Carol said...

I wouldn't mind a couple of pink lines right about now. Except for the fact that I am significantly older than you, that is.

Why did I start so late?

Looking forward to the continuation...

Julie Fink said...

I love stories . . .!

Jen said...

Come on come on.....don't leave me hanging even though I know the rest of the story...I think