I woke up around 4:00 AM on August 31, 2008, and I just knew I was going to have a baby that day. Contractions indicated labor was imminent, but not quite immediate. So what does a rational person do in that moment? Of course, go to Panera to enjoy a cup of coffee and a light meal.
Well, it took a while for the coffee to kick in because our firstborn didn’t make an appearance until after 2:00AM on September 1. Since the moment she arrived, Lucy continues to bring so much light into the world. And how grateful we are that she helped us add a most special title to our resumes: Parents.
Dr. Peter Kreeft offers some of the best parenting advice we’ve heard. On this occasion of our firstborn’s seventh birthday, passing it along to all of you.
Treat them as what they are. They’re the King’s kids. You’re His foster parents. They’re not pets, or problems, or products. You don’t raise kids, you raise cattle. Love the Hell out of them. Love them twice as much every day as you did the day before. And most importantly, do what Mary did in the Presentation: put your child in God’s hands.”
Happy 7th birthday, little light! May you always know you are a child of the one true King.