The Joy and Gift of Children

About a month ago, my wife, Jean, and I found out we were going to have baby #2!  Needless to say, we are thrilled.  God has already richly blessed us with a smart, precocious little boy, William Clayton.  Finding out we were pregnant again has been another glorious reminder of God’s gracious gifts.

It has been about 7 years since we first really started our attempt at having a family.  After  nearly 4 years of fertility treatments, Dr. appointments, prayers, and heartache, God gave us the joy of our “Will.”  What is amazing is that we had stopped medications and were in a holding pattern not knowing our next step.  Then, surprise! We found out Jean was pregnant, without the help of modern medicine.  It was like God was reminding us anew that He is the One who is sovereign and the One who grants life.

Well, He’s done it again.  Sure, we were trying to get pregnant.  And no, we had not returned to any fertility treatments.  But God worked again to remind us who’s really in control.  With our first, we experienced the joy and the fear of the “unknown.”  Now, we will experience the joy and the fear of the “known.”  But through the next 8 months of pregnancy or so and the anticipated birth of Hefner baby #2 we are thankful to our Heavenly Father for the joy and gift of children.  (By the way, Will really needs a brother or sister to remind him the world doesn’t revolve around him.  Yes, that’s our fault as his parents.  But God surely does know how to provide perspective even to toddlers.)

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