I can not begin to convey to you the rush of emotions I felt as I held Joshua Robert for the first time. Love, joy, pride, duty, responsibility, awe, wonder and so much more.
He is perfectly precious. A sweet little boy who is easily comforted and not fussy. His mom and dad are at ease with him, no apparent jitters for these new parents.
And may I say here, at the risk of embarrassing her, what an amazing young woman our daughter - in- love is. Most of you know that her mother passed away a month before Joshua was born. Kristi has borne her grief with grace.
We found out on Monday the 28th that Joshua was breech. Kristi had been hoping to have a natural birth. Faced with the prospect of a C-section, she once again proved to be a woman of strength. The doctor asked if he might try to turn the baby manually. After he explained the procedure to Kristi, she agreed to it. It was a very uncomfortable time for Kristi as the doctor slid his hands over her belly, trying to convince Joshua that he should do a somersault. Joshua proved to be perfectly content the way he was ( I think he gets his stubbornness from his dad, tho' some might argue it comes from his paternal grandmother). Kristi was a trooper through all of this.
I am amazed at the speed of her recovery. She is already going up and down stairs, just a week after surgery. She's amazin' y'all.
After the sadness of leaving great friends in Wisconsin, God gave me great joy in welcoming our grandson into the world. Expect more bragging and pictures from now on.
The moving truck arrives tomorrow. It was supposed to be here yesterday. Mom and Dad are out of town for a few days, so we have taken over their house and their puppy.
I may not blog again until Monday. We think we have the phone lines and internet connection all set up - time will tell.
I will leave you with this verse from yesterday's devotions. Quite appropriate given our current surroundings and situation:
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice islike the great deep.
O, LORD, You preserve both man and beast, How priceless is Your unfailing love.