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Three months after I got married, my husband and I were blessed to find out we were expecting a son. We did not try to plan out when we wanted to have children, but I think that in my mind I had decided that a year after our wedding would be an ideal time. Regardless of my "preplanned" ideal, the moment I found out I was pregnant a huge smile took over my face. I was happy, but also slightly worried, and apprehensive.

My husband was still in his last year of college. I had just gotten a job to support both of us. Added to this, I did not know anything about pregnancy and neither did my mother. I am adopted and my mother was never able to have a baby of her own. I felt alone and somewhat afraid of what it would be like to be pregnant for nine months, not to mention the actual giving birth factor.

Longed to Have a Baby

In the midst of this confusion I happened to be reading 1 Samuel 1:10-11. “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying, 'O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life...'" This verse made me think of two things, my mother who had, like Hannah, longed to have a baby of her own and my own situation. Then I was able to be completely thankful that God was blessing us with a son. I realized that even if we might be having a child a little sooner than expected, one never really knows when it will be best to have a child. Also, having a baby is a gift.

From the moment my son was born I knew it would be impossible to imagine my life without him. He is almost two now and of course we have had to go through some challenges. We were not quite as financially stable as some when we had our first child, but we are making ends meet. I would say that the joy of his presence has offset any challenges we have had to face. God is good.

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