Thursday, January 17, 2013

fourth son

Hi dolly.
i keep thinking about you.
It's actually fairly constant.
At nearly 20 weeks, you're big enough to make yourself known in my shape, in my agility, in my night wakings with your gentle nudges and rollings...
You're my son.
My fourth son.... my eighth child...
And it struck me tonight as i was driving down the road, turning a corner that will lead me straight to our house - your house too -  that sits on a bustling street in our little neighborhood... That you're my first.
You're my first you.
Nobody will stretch me as a mother like you will.
Nobody will bring home the friends that you will.
Nobody will smell just exactly the way that you smell - or impact our family the way that you already have.
It looked like, in the ultrasound, you had a profile somewhat like Gage's... It seemed to me, that your little feet were turned quite a bit - just like all your brothers feet have been. You, like your siblings before you, are a combination of genes from your tall impatient daddy and your short irritating mama...
But you're the only you.
Nobody elses genes will make quite the combination that yours will - to create just the person that God destined you to be...
Our fourth son.
And i find that i can't wait to lay my eyes on you.
i wonder at a loving Father who chose to send you... to us... right now...
He saw fit to send you to a loud house. One with lots of bodies, one with a daddy who travels and a mama who just came through a hard year. He decided to send you to me now - when i'm ripe with age and experience. Daddy has way more grey in his hair... i have way more creases around my eyes. He blessed this mama with you when your sister talks about her grade 12 year coming up, graduation, moving out, college and life and everything that comes after...


And i wonder sometimes, little son of my heart... if you'll know... if you'll understand... your uniqueness. There is a purpose and a plan for your life - you are the workmanship of a creative Father. You were created to do good things - which have already been planned in advance for you to do.
And as you grow - i grow - both physically and spiritually... to accommodate you in my body, in my life, in our home, in this family... You and i are probably the most aware of this growth - my body holding yours as it develops within.
And so i suppose it's no wonder that you're so constantly on my mind.
There is so much that i wonder about you...

And yet enough that i know:

Your life was breathed by God. You were created in His image. You were not brought to life by my will or your daddy's - but by the will of God.
This. This is enough.
i trust God - who sent you - who gives good gifts - and who gave us to each other.
And baby, i hope you will too.


8 comments:

Carla said...

Hi Paige. Another beautiful post. Thought I would introduce myself. Your grandpa Pastored the church I went to as a child. Stephanie Zee is named after my Mom, Zee.
Blessings on your wee one.

Lesley said...

I've been thinking of you so much lately and have been waiting to hear how your new little one is doing! I'm glad to hear that he is 20 weeks! And a HE...that makes things nice and even;-)
Love from far away!

Holly said...

Hi Paige. I still pop in here from time to time. I'm always encouraged, uplifted, or stretched by your wrighting. thank you so much. what you said here to your boy was said so beautifully. congrats! A fourth son and eighth child, what a gift! I'm SO happy for you!

Holly said...

Hi Paige. I still pop in here from time to time. I'm always encouraged, uplifted, or stretched by your wrighting. thank you so much. what you said here to your boy was said so beautifully. congrats! A fourth son and eighth child, what a gift! I'm SO happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Please have him and your other sons circumcisied!!

Mindy said...

Perfect. I loved this so much, Paige.

Mindy said...

Perfect. I enjoyed this post so much, Paige!

Torah-Lovin' Mama said...

Wow! Congrats Paige! Beautiful post, and as for more lines by your eyes, those are the best kind, cause they mean you smile and laugh a lot!! Blessings to you!!!

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