(This is me at 36 weeks pregnant with BigMan)
Two and a half years ago I posted this:
God blessed them; and God said to them,
Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord.
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies at the gate.
I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your
Lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word
according to all Your name.
For You formed my inward parts:
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the
Your eyes have seen my unformed
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Her children rise up and bless her
And I thought this time around, I’m not sure I could find a more fitting way to announce the expected arrival of Parker5! What better way to say I have been blessed to be great with child than through God’s beautiful words about children and just how He feels about them?
It is very neat to have been blogging this long. When I can look back and see where I had begun to plan the 4th (now we know him as BigMan!), to see when we found out we had been blessed with him, all those weekly updates, the live-blogging on his birth day, and all the joys (and not so muchs!) along the way. And now, to be able to do the same with this one! I love it!
I have already told many of you (and for those I have not, I’m terribly sorry, I definitely meant to, please forgive me, and be joyful along with me!) and some of you have been genuinely overjoyed with us. Some of you have smiled and been not so much. And that is alright. After announcing the expectancy of TheMiddlest (my second child that arrived 19 months after the first) to the surprise, concern, and even disdain of a few and really being shocked by the responses of some to the blessing of another child, Matt and I have come to expect it. And really, I can understand. Kind of. I had no idea before I actually had children what it was really like. And before I completely died to self and devoted my entire life to their care and raising, I couldn’t have imagined how much fun this would be. I did always want five. Since I can remember. And now I’m living my dream!
So laugh (with or at, it doesn’t much matter, so long as you’re laughing!) and come along for this ride that is the best of my life! Because, you’ll want to stick around for the story of how I tested in the Walmart bathroom with all 4 of my children cheering the whole time, how ThePrincess prays for a “girl baby” every chance she gets, how she wants to name the new baby Ninja or Sparkly, how my husband announced to one of his friends, well before I even tested that I was pregnant, after a day of phone calls to him that were, let’s say, a little emotionally wrought, that I hope to do this drug free this time, that I still wouldn’t mind twins, and all that ridiculous circusness that is our silly family and the stories that go with our dailiness.
Parker Baby Numero Five: we anxiously await your arrival! And know, SweetBaby, that you will be more loved than you could ever imagine!