Seriously…if you don’t have any niece or nephews, you might want to reconsider (or at least start bugging your brothers and sisters). They are the best! I mean it–especially if your family is geographically scattered like mine. For instance, last weekend Lindsay and Hudson flew down to Mississippi and what do ya know…BOTH sides of my family got together to come celebrate Hudson. That only happens when someone gets married, and well, Bethany’s got two more years of college, and come May I’ve been married two years. All that to say, times like these are truly rare. We had great-grandparents, great aunts, great uncles, second cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncle, and mom all under one roof and boy was it great!! Hudson is already a family man, and he’s only two months old…by the time he’s 20, the girls are gonna be fightin for him for sure!
In all seriousness though, I’m reading this book right now that talks about the spiritual blessing that children are to this lost world, as well as to their family. Raising a child is no easy task (so I hear), but as my Dad said once, “God did not call us to a happy life but a holy life.” Just like marriage, the goal of parenthood is holiness. Not giving your child a checklist of right or wrong, but praying that by His grace in your example, that your child see Christ and be conformed into Christ-likeness. In parenting, one must unconditionally give of onself for the sake of the other. Watching my sister Lindsay care for Hudson was so sweet to my heart and soul. Sure she may be sleep-deprived, but no doubt the Lord is using Hudson in her life to make her more like her Lord, as He is certainly using Lindsay in Hudson’s life! What a gift to be used in such a way! I thank the Lord that He has opened my eyes to see the Gospel in a new light through my niece and nephews…looking forward to even more!
P.S. Here is a picture of Hudson, ready for take off, on his way back home to Indiana… and I’ve also included a picture of my adorable other niece and nephew, Cole and Cate. Thank you Lord for them all!
Hudson, 2 months old
Cole, 2 years old
Cate, 1 month old