Monday, June 1, 2015

Barrett meets Baker - Barrett's Birth Story (Part Two)

There are few days in my life that stand out above the rest.
The day I was saved by His great grace.
The day I wound up in Bryant Denny stadium sitting beside a cute freshman, 
with a beard that would make a grown man jealous
and hair so wavy it made all the girls swoon, 
 and our Roll Tide romance began.
Let me just pause for a moment of silence over that hunk of a creature.
Hubba. Hubba.
The day that same good looking fella met me at the end of the aisle and
 put a ring on my finger. Feeling like the happiest girl in the world,
I said I Do to my best friend and got me a forever date.
The day we welcomed our Baker Boy into our hearts and first experienced the consuming love of a mother and a father.
On the third Friday in May, we met Barrett.
When he was placed on my chest, and I peered into his slate gray eyes,
I knew my life would never be the same.
If the day had stopped there, I would have gone to sleep an incredibly blessed woman, the mother of two precious gifts, and the wife of their adoring daddy.
But it didn't.
God, in his infinite goodness, had even greater plans for our day.
Ones that left us praising Him alone. 
I had dreamed of this day.
Brian and I had discussed a baby with Baker.
Against his daddy's wishes, we got him a baby doll, Baxter.
Instinctively, he nurtured, and loved, and fed, and diapered, and dressed him.
We talked about the baby growing in mommy's tummy.
We sat in Barrett's rocking chair and dreamed of the day my lap would hold another.
Baker couldn't wait to for the day he could read Little Blue Truck to his little brother and watch me wipe the predictable tears as I read Love You Forever for the billionth time. 
Dreams come true.
That's what we hope for.
But this time, the dream fell far short.
When Baker first laid his eyes on Barrett, it was more perfect than any dream foretold.

It was love at first sight.
This video melts my heart every single time I watch it.
So pure.
So sweet.
So full of love.
Oh my heart, be still.
The boys mimicked my goofy grin that threatened to be washed away in the flood spilling down my cheeks.

And my heart threatened to overflow watching the bond between these brothers begin.

As we sat in the bed together for the first time as a family of four,
Baker's and Barrett's futures flashed before my eyes.
I saw Baker and Barrett playing together,

protecting each other,

scheming against us,

standing up for each other,
picking fights and sharing jokes.
Loving and laughing and doing life together as brothers. As friends.
The celebration continued with a birthday party.
We clapped and sang and ate cupcakes to our hearts delight.
After Baker helped blow out Barrett's candle, we looked around the room and all nodded and smiled the same silly smiles,
agreeing that we just witnessed one of the most spectacular things this side of heaven.
God made Baker special, with a heart and a love that knows no boundaries.
Of all the things I hope he teaches his little brother, this one is the greatest.
Our home.
Our hands.
Our laps.
Our hearts.
His glory.
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
the whole earth is full of His glory."
Isaiah 6:3


  1. So sweet! I've watched the video about 500 times! :)