Did you think this post was about us? Ha!
Sorry Mom and Dad. You'll have to wait.
Grace Elizabeth Winston was born on January 20 at 9:19a. She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long. I'm really glad I have my brother-in-law's email to confirm these stats, because for the life of me, I can never remember these things.
I haven't met her yet, but I know she'll be very special to all of us.
As many of you know, Grace's joyful arrival was preceded by a deep, dark time of trial and sorrow. Our nephew, Reuben Samuel was born on November 1 very early in his gestation and survived less than an hour on this earth. My sister- and brother-in-law held him as he slipped into eternity of completion and painlessness.
It was a very sad time, obviously most felt by my sister- and brother-in-law. We had a small funeral for him and buried him in a tiny coffin, committing him to God and to God our limited understanding, questions, and sorrow. This song was played at his funeral.
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
The news of a new baby's pending arrival was met with joy and with anxiety. Because of the previous experience, my sister-in-law's pregnancy would be challenging to say the very least. But in the end, Grace arrived safe and sound and is now at home with her mommy, daddy, and brother Benjamin.
Excuse me now, I need to go to Baby Gap.