Last night after Alan and I returned to our hotel room, our hearts were so full, and we were so tired, that we went right to sleep, even though it was only 9:00 pm. Alan was snoring softly when the phone rang, and he didn’t even stir when I answered. It was Michael calling from Hawaii to let us know that their baby had arrived safely! Well, then I just had to wake up Alan so we could skype!They had a home birth with the help of a midwife, so the girls were able to flit in and out from time to time and were delighted with the baby: a BOY! Just what they wanted! Now they have their little “prince” for all their make believe games. Nycteris was particularly excited, “We get to keep this one!” she exclaimed. The baby weighs 9 pounds, 4 oz. and is 21 inches long. He’s a BIG boy!Coming up with a name will take a little while, because they were thinking he might be a girl! He looks a lot like Michael to me, and I know Mike’s going to love having a boy to rough and tumble and be “men” together.Alan and I are at the airport in Sacramento now, waiting for our flight back to Spokane to help celebrate Jonny’s birthday tomorrow. We are really looking forward to spending time with them, and then we’ll be back home for just a little before heading to Hawaii to see grand baby #8. There is something so therapeutic about new life while grieving the inevitable loss of Alan’s sister, probably in the not-too-distant future.
“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”