Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Shannon's Brand New Baby

Last night, Albert and I went to visit my friend Shannon at the hospital. Shannon and David just welcommed their fourth child into the world on Tuesday night. Her name is Mayah Jacqueline.
When I saw the baby, I was filled with the most overwhelming feelings of amazement, wonder, and awe at the power of God's hand.
I am not a stranger to seeing newborns. Between Albert and I we have eight children, 3 neices, 5 nephews, and tons of friends who have had babies. I've seen plenty of newborns. Yet each time, I am struck again, by the miracle of new life. A new baby, to me, is like a direct encounter with God. When I look at a newborn, I know that that warm little being is freshly sent down from heaven and that the Lord was just hours ago, holding in his arms, what I am holding right now.
This new baby has the ability to do whatever she wants in life. She is so full of God's Grace and so untainted by the ways of the world around her. She has the power to touch people's lifes, to be an instrument for Christ and it always makes me wonder, in what ways will He use her talents and abilities. A new baby is the expression of love between her parents, and more than that even, an expression of love between God and man. I felt so blessed to spend time holding her, as I do with every newborn I see. Looking at a new baby is truly looking at God's newest creation. Such an amazing thing.
I also never tire of seeing the amazing bond between a mother and her new child. Shannon looked so happy and so natural with her little one. The mother/newborn bond is such a strong, primitive and all encompassing thing. It is truly a marvel to watch. Though I know parenthood is not for everyone and there is certainally nothing wrong with that, in moments such as this, it always breaks my heart a little bit for those who will not experience it, or for those who do but are unable to fully appreciate it.
Alright, gotta run, Alexandria is finished with breakfast and is calling me (loudly) to help her down from her high chair! Someone has a dirty to the not so glorious and beautiful moments of motherhood!


Terri O'Laughlin said...

Ang, I am always so impressed with the way you express you feelings!! That is so beautiful, I have tears in my eyes!!

BoufMom9 said...

I was just about to say the same thing that terri just wrote! I swear!
I am sitting here with tears down my cheeks!
That was just so BEAUTIFUL!
ps SOOOOOO jealous you got to hold her!

Jenn H said...

Ditto to what Terri and Debi said!! It really is the most amazing miracle!!!

Anonymous said...

Ang - that's so beautiful! I agree with you 100%! Babies are such amazing little miracles! And I agree with Debi too - soosoo jealous!!!
Erin (at work!)

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