Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Third

Yesterday, I sat with a chirping Norabelle in my lap and was overwhelmed with delight in her. What a precious gift she is! She is so different from the sister that she adores, and yet no less wonderful. And at that moment, I could hardly contain my excitement over this newest baby, set to arrive in just six months!

My hands are certainly full -- and will be moreso when the new baby arrives -- but my heart is overflowing with joy. This has been hard to explain to others, who often wonder why on earth we'd want to have three children under three. But when I was reading in Stepping Heavenward a few weeks ago, I came across this passage that was extraordinarily encouraging to me. Since I have a couple of friends who are going through a similar season, I thought I'd share this here...
[They say] I shall now have one mouth the more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.
Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other. Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers!
from Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss
Yes, little one, you are a welcome gift from God! We can't wait to hold you!

6 comments:

whippetmom said...

I love that!! :)

Carolynn said...

My heart is full after reading that. Beautiful.

Allison said...

Thank you so much for sharing!! That is beautiful.

Lauren Limón said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I have read parts of that quote before, but it's been quite a while. Her words are so absolutely breathtaking

Daniel and Kimberly Jordan said...

Thank you for sharing that much-needed, refreshing reminder of the truth of what we're doing...I too often forget...

The Sinks said...

beautiful and encouraging...thanks!