it started out like so many births do. she checked in to the hospital the night before to begin preparations to meet their baby sometime the next day.
by the time i arrived, the room was abuzz with excitement over the progress and the announcement that was coming sooner than later…boy or girl. son or daughter.
but as quickly as the light-hearted atmosphere swelled, that funny little thing called labor turned a corner and things got intense. he coached like he’d done it a million times and she worked like it was a one-in-a-million opportunity…
but in the end, the doctor told her it was time to do it another way. he leaned over her bed and whispered, are you ok with this? and with the nod of her head, the preparations began.
as slow and steady as the build-up was, the pace in the OR was hurried…but calm. he sat by her head and talked her through every second of the waiting…
and then they heard it…the tiniest of cries that lasted just a few seconds. but it was all they needed to know that their world had forever changed. they had a daughter.
but as the new daddy would have it, the tangible thrill of the day was only just beginning. he gathered the waiting family and friends and slowly pulled off his jacket to reveal the long-awaited colored shirt announcement.
as the joyful reactions resounded through the hospital halls, the laughter grew even louder as one by one each person read beyond the blue-colored shirt to the words written across it…
brad and stacey, i’m so honored to have spent the day with you in anticipation and in celebration of your precious baby girl. just as nola has been blessed with an amazing family, i know that she is an indescribable gift to each of you. congratulations, my friends!!
i prayed for this child, and the lord has granted me what i asked of him.
1 samuel 1:27