The joy of a newborn is indescribable in words. Love and perfection are two words that come to mind, but even they are lacking. I’ve been blessed with two of my own children and five grandchildren. Each birth was special, different, and yet similar in some ways. The anticipation and wonder of it all brings renewed faith for me and immeasurable joy!
In the past few days, a sweet baby girl was born in our family. What bliss to hold her! She’s a delicate, tiny bundle that already likes to smile. Her lips curve upward often, making what we know to be a smile. It’s impossible to know if the movement has any meaning to her. Her sweet little face looks so content when she does ‘smile’, and of course we all love it.
Our newborn came into this world with a 3 year-old big brother and a 7 year-old big sister to love her and share life with. They adore her and are so tender and gentle with her. It is a joy to watch them together.
Life’s balancing act insures that with the joy comes some suffering, as my daughter-in-law and son are having to endure. The pain that comes along with birthing and the slow recovery of the woman’s body is a challenging part of the process. Sleepless nights are also normal for the parents, yet really difficult, especially with two other children with lots of energy.
Grandparents, uncles, neighbors - all come to the rescue to alleviate some of the suffering when they can. The old saying, “it takes a village” is true. Many hands lessen all burdens, and the benefits of strong families, caring friends, and neighbors are so evident and priceless.
I feel deep gratitude for our healthy, precious new addition to our family. I am also grateful for being a part of the ‘village’ that welcomed into the world my grand daughter and who's there to help support my son’s family. What a blessing!
May you each remember the joys of new birth as you read this post, and may we all be renewed in our faith by knowing wonders of life abound even in the difficult times we are living.
With Love and Gratitude in My Heart,