Things have been quiet around the blog lately, but it’s been as loud and as busy as ever around our house! Here’s a snapshot of our latest celebration…
That’s right! Little olive shoot # 5 is on the way! We are so very thankful, so blessed.
“Blessed the man that fears Jehovah and that walketh in His ways; he shall eat of thy hands’ labor and be prospered all thy days. Like a vine with fruit abounding in thy house thy wife is found, and like olive plants thy children compassing thy table round.” (from Psalm 128, my favorite psalm to sing ~ You can read all about it here.)
My husband and I had known about our newest blessing since early April… for a whole month before we told our other children. It was hard to keep such joyous news a secret for so long! However, we wanted to wait and share our excitement with all of the grandparents on Mother’s Day, and we knew the other kiddos would “spill the beans” to everyone they saw if they found out! Meanwhile, they continued to pray for another baby each and every day. 🙂
A couple of days before Mother’s Day, we decided to finally share the big secret with the kids. We all sat around the table eating dinner as usual when Dad showed them a picture from the first ultrasound.
That’s when I received the best Mother’s Day gift ever… It was better than flowers, jewelry, sleeping late, having a day off. It was one that I will ‘treasure up- pondering it in my heart’. My sweet kiddos jumped up from their seats and shouted and laughed and hugged each other. I heard #1 say, “This is the best day of my life!” They danced around and jumped and were filled with joy– and so was I. They forgot all about dinner! I heard “Thank you, Father!” and even “Woo hoo!” It was a par-tay! Then I heard the soft, sweet voice of my teeny, youngest daughter trying to be heard over the shouts. “Come on guys! Let’s go play!” “Yeah!” The four bounded into the den.
What?! I don’t think so. My mama-brain clicked into high gear. We aren’t going skip dinner!
I walked into the den and found my kids kneeling, not playing but PRAYING.
My little one had suggested that they pray, not play. My heart melted. They wanted to thank the One from Whom all blessings flow. They knew that this tiny miracle was knit together by the Lord and their hearts wanted to praise Him and thank Him! Seeing my children kneeling and praying that day was the best Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” No. Greater. Joy.
Later that night, after all of the excitement and laughter and answers to questions and imagining what our baby will look like or when Baby’s birthday will be or what we will name our baby, I found my thoughtful, sweet, five-year-old son working to write something at the kitchen table. He was copying from the Psalter.
“It’s for you. It’s your favorite, Mom.”
Blessed. Blessed indeed.
“For Jehovah out of Zion will to thee His blessing send!” Psalm 128:5