Saturday, January 17, 2009
We welcomed the newest member of our family on 01.09.09: Luke. Luke's father is our nephew, Travis. I babysat Luke's daddy (boy, does that sound weird) when he was little, so this is pretty poignant, sweet and disturbing, because I am old. (What? This isn't about me?)
This is Travis as a boy. It's still kind of hard to believe that a couple of years ago, I posted about his wedding. And now they are a family. Travis, Meredith: We are so happy for you, and proud of you because we know Luke is going to grow up in a stable, happy home, where his parents will love him enough to teach him about Jesus. As you pray over Luke every day, don't feel silly for telling him how much Jesus loves him--out loud--so that the name of "Jesus" will be as natural for him to utter as it is to say, "Mom, Dad, I need you" throughout his whole life. It's not too soon to begin.
His tender little spirit needs to be nourished as much as his body every day, and God has seen fit for you two to bear that awesome responsibility of raising him, with all that entails. There's nothing quite like the burden of love you will now know for the rest of your lives. If you ever need us for anything, you just let us know. We cannot wait to hold Luke!
And this is Travis's brother, Jared, who is about to be married February 14. I know: "Awww. Valentine's Day." I also babysat this one, and nearly stole him from my sister-in-law and hid him in a dresser drawer or picnic basket because my mom-hormones had kicked in, but I was only a college junior just dating his goofy uncle, so babies were a thing in the distant future. I remember holding this kid and feeling so mushy I almost got dizzy. And look at his beautiful fiancee. Abby: Welcome to the family! Cathy: Someone has stolen Jared from you, and it wasn't me after all!
Now I just have to lose 25 lbs before February 14. I hope it's not too late for Biggest Loser auditions. (What? This isn't about me?)