Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain... Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. (Psalm 127)
Well, it's time for a family update. This morning Naomi posted this "38-weeks" picture on her facebook page and said it was the last one in the series. "The next one," she said, "will be of baby David!"
Naomi and Craig's favorite phrase at the moment seems to be, "We can't wait!" Thursday they both have the day off work and are planning one more trip to "Babies R Us." They say they're all done, and they have absolutely everything the baby could possibly need. Well he had that the day his parents found out they were expecting.
"Everything David needs" amounts to parents who love one another, who are committed to raising a family in the context of faith, and who don't seem to be confused at all when it comes to understanding what really matters.
Meanwhile, over in Italy, Andrew is doing important work and catching the eye of the people who understand and value his contributions. He is creating opportunities for himself simply by doing what he does very well... and also with a little imagination and creativity.
Andrew is a great example of a phrase I often use in my writing - "Living like we mean it" - and it makes Rebekah and I so proud to know that he is engaging life with such purpose and passion. This picture was taken Sunday morning (two days ago), in St. Peter's Square. Andrew took the train to Rome to meet one of our great family friends, Sandee Hagen. Sandee - who was traveling in Italy on vacation - was a critical element of the close-knit support group that loved us unconditionally, and helped us survive some of the more tumultuous years of parenting back in Pensacola.
Rebekah and I both feel goodabout what we're up to professionally, but we're also working harder than we ever have before. The good news is that, because we're both flexible and I work primarily out of our home, we're able to spend a great deal more time together. The new building at the church is almost complete, the ministry is still vibrant, and I have some up-to-date book news I'll be sharing at the end of the week.
And, yes, the pets! Darth Maul the cat got his moment in the in the spotlight just last week (scroll back a few days if you missed it), so I'll close today's entry out with a scruffy but beautiful look at Scout Labradoodle. What can I say? Our pets bring us joy. They reward the love and attention we give them by being happy and grateful, and you can't ask for much more than that.
In fact, in summing things up, Rebekah and I are blessed and happy and healthy and at peace. "Happy" may be too small a word, but it fits well and is at least the beginnings of the story.
Simply grateful - DEREK