Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Then There Were Three!

Ok, He's here! We are so excited to get to know our new little boy Creed. He is so sweet and very patient with us as learn his particular wants and needs.
As we stay up late holding and feeding him Ashleigh and I have taken time to remember the stories of our other 2 kiddos. It is so neat because they are all so different but it isn't the differences that define them for us. It is the genuine gratitude that God gave them to us to raise and protect and love. So just to have it in one place here is a brief recap of each of our kids first days.

We met our sweet Cadence Shae on August 3, 2006. We were fortunate to be able to adopt her from great family who loved her far more than many people can fathom. She was so little and beautiful. The funny part of it all was that because we were adoptive parents they didn't have a room for us in the maternity ward. So we were given a lovely storage room to start our lives with our sweet girl. It was strange but it really spoke that though things don't always happen the way you thought they should, God's plan is bigger than a nice room and comfortable chairs. Our blessing was there in our hands. Even if the surroundings left something to desire!

Our Big, Brave Caleb Shaun had a lot stacked against him when he was born, August 3, 2009. He was born with a very serious congenital heart condition and his parents couldn't take care of him in such a delicate state. When we met him, he had been too sick to hold in the 6 weeks he had been alive. He required constant monitoring and a lengthy regimen of medication. He was so quiet except when we held him. Caleb Shaun had a hard time being held when he was tiny. His tiny body had been through so much but we knew he needed love more than any surgery.
We held him anyway. Sometimes it was hard with the tubes and beeps but we held him so he would know that no matter what we would hold onto him until we couldn't hold him any more. You wouldn't believe the change in our boy. He is so full of life and really wants to wrestle and be held and snuggled!

Creed is our miracle baby. We were told a long time ago that we could never birth children. They were wrong. We knew that God wanted us to have children. He gave us our first two and threw in Creed as an extra blessing. Our experience in the hospital was so great. Our friends were there. Our families were there. Our children were there.
People ask us why we chose Creed for his name. A creed is a statement of belief. Something you stake your life to. Something that guides everyday that follows it. We believed God for our family and continue to believe Him to guide and protect and provide for us. I pray that Creed will one day understand his name and the One we trust daily.
Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
2 Timothy 1:12

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Such a great post Chris! It's really amazing how much progress Caleb Shaun has made in a year. And thanks for sharing about Creed's name. What a great life verse for him! One day he'll have to learn the old hymn that Ashleigh and I grew up singing, "I know whom I have believed." :)