Well, Adahlae is finally here.
Basic Birth Stats:
- Date & Time: July 14, 2011. 11:15am.
- Length: 21 inches
- Weight: 8 pounds 15 ounces
This is how we kicked it all off & originally shared our good news with you. It still gets me excited to watch this video. Thought I’d share it with you again as we get ready to welcome our little girl into the world in a few minutes:
I’m really excited to let you know that Amanda and I will be heading to the hospital tomorrow (Thursday, July 14th) morning to meet our little girl.
Amanda will be delivering her via a C-section at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC.
The decision to deliver via C-section was not an easy one for either our OB group or for Amanda and myself. From the ultrasounds and measurements during the last few weeks and observing how Amanda has been progressing to deliver, the decision was made earlier this week to move forward with the procedure. Given what we know: it’s the safest thing for our baby & it’s the safest thing for Amanda.
Obviously, I would like to ask for your prayers for both my wife and our little girl. Delivery via a C-section provides a few different challenges, and your prayers will be greatly appreciated.
If you could, please take a few moments and pray for these few requests:
The C-section is scheduled for 10:30 in the morning. I will be posting some updates to both Twitter, YouTube, and here on the blog during those first few days.
Thanks for your friendship, love, and mostly … thanks to all of you who have shared this journey with us. It has been a real honor to do so with you.
-Kevin & Amanda
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This weekend we finally finished prepping for the little girl’s arrival.
Over the past weeks through many of your generous gifts and through our many, many shopping trips … we’ve accumulated the “stuff” you need when you’re expecting a baby.
Here’s a list of the stuff that you need when you’re having your first baby:
As we put the finishing touches on decorating her nursery I realized this: “We have all the stuff, but we don’t have a baby yet.”
We kind of have a baby already. I can literally see her moving in my wife’s belly. I can feel her move when I place my hand on there. It’s just that she just hasn’t made her full-blown appearance.
What comes first: the stuff or the baby?
Is it enough to have all the stuff without the baby?
I’m pretty sure that having all the baby stuff without having a baby would create a pretty shallow dwelling.
That’s how a lot of us live, though.
We identify “the stuff” that’s associated with a goal we have and think: “If I get that stuff, I can meet that goal.”
That’s not how success works at all.
That’s reverse engineering success. Reverse engineering success never works; it always leads to problems.
Sadly, that’s how many of us approach following Jesus.
“If I have the right bumper stickers and wear the right T-Shirts … then I’m a Christian.”
“If I go to church, then I’m a Christian.”
“If I have a daily quiet time, then I’m a Christian.”
“If I can quote scripture, then I’m a Christian.”
“If we solely spend time with our family, don’t have “sinner” friends, and only laugh at the Devil because he’s stupid … then I’m a Christian.”
Sadly, you can’t approach following Jesus that way; if you don’t have Jesus first, the rest is pretty empty.
Imagine that my wife was playing a really sick, twisted joke on us. She hasn’t been pregnant. She’s been wearing a “prosthetic” belly for the last few months. She was faking the symptoms: the swollen sweet, the heartburn, etc. The doctor’s were in on it. The ultrasound was just a recording. All of it was a hoax. (It’s certainly not … but follow me here … )
The baby “stuff” would suddenly become meaningless without the baby. Instead of providing great joy, for me, it would signify great emptiness.
When you reverse engineer following Jesus, the “stuff” replaces Jesus practically and in our priorities. Your “Christianity” is empty simply because it lacks Jesus.
“Stuff” should always come second. In babies and most importantly with Jesus.
Questions to Ponder:
Have you ever tried to replace Jesus with “stuff”?
What “stuff” is replacing Him in your life right now?
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