Sometimes the best days aren't the days that are full of extraordinary adventures, but instead, are the ones that fill your heart to overflowing with the joys and tears of ordinary life.
And yesterday was one of those days. An ordinary day that, at it's heart, held the height up triumph. Because after nine months of waiting, I finally got to meet Baby Joshua, my nephew, who threw wide the door to the inner circle of my heart and made his little home there.
Can you see that? That's auntie-pride oozing out of this post. :)
My day started at 5:33am with a phone call from my brother-in-law Mark asking if I could come over and stay with a sleeping Bethany and David while he and Kristine headed to the hospital. I was out of bed and in my car within probably three minutes. And it's a good thing I live so close, because Baby Josh was born a whole twelve minutes after they got to the hospital! That's only 45 minutes between me waking up to the come-over phone call and the actual birth! Baby Josh's a fast one. :)
Left: David's face as he sees his little brother for the first time.
Right: Bethany holding Joshua for the first time. The first of many times. :)
It's easy to see that Bethany is in love. She was glued to Josh's side, hugging, petting and lovingly caressing his little head almost non-stop.
Left: Davo was excited about the baby...but I think it's also safe to say that this momma-lovin' boy was actually more excited to see his mommy. :)
Right: baby Josh.
David being handed his little brother.
A family of five!
Mark's parents arrived at the same time that me and the kids got there. The room was fairly bursting with excitement!
And then Auntie Kellie got a turn. Or three. ;)
Left: Grandpa and his grand-kids.
Right: holding baby Josh also now consistently involves having Bethany draped across your arm or lap. She loves her little brother!
I took the day off work, just because that's the kind of Auntie that I am...or maybe it's just because I CAN'T STAND not being a part of the birth-days of my nieces and nephews!
As I drove Bethany and David to the hospital yesterday evening, I was truly just marveling at the blessings of the day, big and small. The blessing of Josh himself. The blessing of a quick, "easy" delivery. The fact that I'd moved closer to my sister just a month ago which enabled me to get over there fast (otherwise, it might just have been a road-side delivery by daddy!). The blessing of getting to spend this life-changing day with my niece and nephew. The fact that my boss is just so awesome that she gives me these kinds of days off!
And then, my favorite part - the immense privilege and overwhelming joy of being the one to take Bethany and David to the hospital to meet their little brother for the very first time.
I'm a proud auntie of six.
With one more due later this year.
I'm blessed, ya'll!
Baby Josh, I love you already!