Monday, March 2, 2009

A Miracle

As we sat there in the waiting room, a million thoughts filled my head, none of which had to do with the Sports Illustrated magazine I held in my hand. I was pretty much just going through the motions of turning the pages, not bothering to read what was on them. I’m not even sure I was paying attention to the pictures. It was a fairly quiet morning. The others in the waiting room were sitting there quietly waiting their turn, just as we were.
Our morning in the waiting room had been something that we had been waiting on since early in February. The days had passed so slow from then till now, but the time had finally come and here we were, waiting to hear what I already knew.

That I was going to be a daddy!!

Sure enough, our turn came, and I followed my wife to the back, where they dropped me off in a waiting room and scurried her off to somewhere unknown to me. After what seemed like an eternity, they reappeared and told me to follow them. They lead us even further back into the office where they had us wait in yet another waiting room. This made the 3rd waiting room for me, but at least I got to hang out in there with my wife. It was just the 2 of us and one older lady who wasn’t much for conversation, so the two of us just sat there and talked. Then, they finally called us back to another room where they went over some general stuff with us about the “do’s and don’ts” of being pregnant. Then they finally whisked us off to the last room.

You know, nothing can quite compare to seeing your own little baby for the first time in the womb. It really is a miracle to behold. I will never forget the seeing the little guy (I’ve reserved myself to think it’s a boy) kick his arms and legs for the first time. It was a moment I will always remember. The miracle of life in its early stages truly is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. The way I felt at that moment was un-describable. I felt like a new person, like I had a whole new lease on life…it was really quite amazing. To be able to see God’s handiwork first hand. Then, just when you think it can’t get any better, you hear the heartbeat-for those of you who have experienced this, you know what I’m talking about, and for those of you who haven’t, words can’t describe how amazing the moment is. The first time you hear your baby’s heartbeat, and see your baby move in the womb. It’s amazing how people can see things like that and still not believe in God. There is truly nothing in the world quite like it…the beginning of a new life!

Baby Parker is due around the end of September, and I can’t wait!! I can’t wait to hold the little guy in my arms and rock him to sleep…I never thought I’d be so excited about having a baby, but I am thrilled. I hope each and every one of you will pray for Olivia and I as well as the little one as we go through the next 7 months or so. No matter if it’s a boy or a girl, we hope that it is a healthy baby, and we pray that we will be the parents that God would have us be. We are so excited to be starting on this new journey, and this new chapter of our lives. We are so thrilled that God has given us such a wonderful gift. I know it will change our lives, but I am looking forward to joy’s and challenges ahead. And for the record, there is nobody in this world that I would rather have by my side through these years ahead than my amazing, most wonderful wife Olivia. Thank you Jesus.