“For This Child I Prayed”

for this child

Last week my handy-man husband put together the mini crib that all of my awesome siblings surprised us with during our family vacation at the beach this summer.  The crib is now sitting adorably in our room between the wall and our bed.  I’d be lying if I said that during the day I don’t sometimes lay down in bed next to it daydreaming about when little Ty will be sleeping in it.

I’d also be lying if I said that the first night it was in our room I didn’t fall asleep in freak-out mode as the reality of an actual human baby coming onto the scene finally began to hit me for one of the first times.

This is it, you guys.  The first baby is coming—and relatively soon.  We’ve got 11 weeks until the due date, and when I think about how fast the 10-week quarters used to go by when I was in college, it’s sort of freaky to think that little Tyler could be here that soon.

It’s also unbelievably exciting!  I can’t believe I get to be a mommy and that this little person will be Tyler’s and mine to care for.  I feel like the cheesy lead in a Rom-Com gushing about how I can’t believe God “picked me” to be this little guy’s mom—and I haven’t even laid eyes on the kid outside of the womb yet!

In all of this, I’ve been thinking about Hannah’s words to Eli when she brought Samuel to the temple:

“For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me my petition which I made to him.  Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; and as long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord” (1 Sam 1:27-28).

More than just a pretty decal to adorn the wall in a nursery, this is the heartfelt prayer of a mother. (If you don’t know the story of Hannah, read the first few chapters of 1 Samuel—and if you’re like me you won’t be able to stop after just those few chapters!).

I’ve been praying for this little guy since before my wedding day (side note: the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena works, guys), and I’ll be praying for him for the rest of his life.  I don’t know how many more little blessings God will entrust to Tyler and me—if any at all.  I only know that ahead of us is this huge task of getting each other and this little guy to heaven.  And I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!