Welcome to the World!

There’s a new man in my life — a very little man. He’s already mesmerized me with his charm and good looks.

A text message woke me up at 11:47 last night, and kept me semi-awake the rest of the night. At 4:30 I finally got up and bustled around, waiting for the call. At last it came.

“We have a baby.”

“Yes?” (Come on, boy or girl?)

“His name is Calvin Sterling.”

I cried. I thanked God for this first little grandson.

I thanked God for this first little boy who will carry on his great-grandfather’s family name.

I thanked God for this precious boy’s daddy who loved my daddy so much, and who chose to bless his son with my daddy’s name.

I thanked God for his mama who has already loved him and cared for him for nine months, and who graciously accepted God’s plan when her labor came to a halt over a week ago and left her in suspense and discomfort until the following Sunday evening. She’s going to have her hands full with three daughters, oops, make that children (wow, I have to get used to this boy word!)¬†aged three and under.

I thanked God for a covenant family of believers who have prayed for him and his parents, and who will stand committed to him and his family in the years to come.

I thanked God for his uncomplicated labor and delivery.

Instead of writing a blog post about choosing the right things to do throughout the day (addressing an excellent question that was asked in response to last Tuesday’s post), I embraced the gifts my heavenly Father chose to bestow on my day:

  • A day with our daughter and her two little girls who live two hours away
  • Little Katie bursting into our house with, “Nana! Nana! Nana!” and an immediate invitation to play Princess with her
  • Impish Victoria toddling over to me and babbling as she held up her arms
  • Calvin’s warm little head, his newborn cry, his bright eyes as he quietly observed the new world ¬†around him.

I had planned on addressing a question that was asked in response to last Tuesday’s post. “How do you determine which things God wants you to do each day?” Instead I did what God obviously wanted me to do today. I enjoyed His many blessings, and I thanked Him from an overflowing heart.

Pretty good lookin' for just seven hours old!

Photos by Susannah Forster and Daniel Forster


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