We Have A Birthday!

Two years ago, today, I’d checked into the hospital the night before to begin Cervadill and begin the process of inducing labor.  The night went by quickly with regular checks and contractions started sometime around 3:00 a.m.  The doctor stopped by around 7:00 and broke my water.  The contractions started coming a bit harder and faster and lasting a bit longer.  I was able to breathe through them ok, though.  My husband, my helpmate, my rock through all of my labors and deliveries was there with me.  We opened up the blinds and saw a winter wonderland in front of us…it had snowed during the night.
I asked for an epidural around 10:30 and was able to get one fairly quickly (for a Friday) and my husband and I commenced playing Cribbage and listening to the radio.  The nurse on duty was the same nurse on duty when we’d had Helen three years before.  She and Craig had known each other in college (her best friend and Craig’s best friend had dated for awhile) so we talked, caught up and all of that jazz.  
Even with the epidural, I could feel the pressure of the contractions.  I do not see this a failure of the epidural, I like still feeling some pressure…but it did remind me just how painful those contractions could be without the epidural (I’m not much on pain).  Soon, it was time to push.  As the doc arrived, he brought someone with him and asked could she observe (she was a med or nursing student, can’t remember which).  I just said, “Hey, I’m gonna do my thing…she’s welcome, it’s not going to change how we proceed.”  So, I pushed.  and I pushed.  My husband helped count to 10 through each push.  Finally, that head crowned and the body proceeded out with following contractions and my beautiful baby boy was born!  At 1:16 p.m. on 1/16/09.
We have been so blessed by Dominic’s presence in our lives.  The girls have a baby brother to care for, to hang out with and to learn from.  Dominic is one of those people you just have to experience.  He is fun, gentle, sweet-tempered, and laughs easily.  Dominic is the kind of kid that makes you want to have another baby.  The importance of his addition to our family is difficult to put into words.  All of our children are miracles, but they each bring a unique perspective to life, to our family, and Dominic is no different.  
Dominic’s smile, his very presence, illuminates the true meaning of the gift of life.  Thank you, God, for sending us our little Dominic.  He completes us all in ways that we never could have foreseen.
Happy Birthday, Dominic!!!

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And He Will Raise You Up

Since I was a girl, I loved this song, “On Eagle’s Wings.”
My 8th grade class sang it at our graduation.  
My brother sang it at my wedding.  
It was sung at my Grandfather’s funeral.
No matter the challenges in my life, this song has always reminded me that the LORD lifts me up, that His strength is never-ending, and that if I place my trust in HIM, that I will be at peace.
It’s not always easy and many times I forget.
But even if I forget, HE never does and HE is there, waiting for me, when I turn back to HIM.

Why "Endless Strength"?

My favorite song growing up was the song titled, “On Eagle’s Wings”.  Growing up in a broken home, I clung to God more fervently than I think I would have otherwise.  I didn’t have a stable home or parent to cling to.  I had my siblings, but they could only provide so much.  I remember the verses and certain words that always kept me going…

“Say to the Lord, My Refuge, My Rock in Whom I trust”

“And He will raise you up, on Eagle’s wings.  Bear you on the Breath of Dawn.  Make you to shine like the sun.  And hold you in the Palm of His Hand.”

Knowing that God would hold me in the Palm of His Hand was enough to get me through the day at times.
When I got older, I still clung to this song.  We included it in our wedding Mass, even though the liturgist raised his eyebrows and said, “That’s usually a song used in funerals.”  I didn’t care…that song had been a part of my life for so long and as I began a new life with my husband, I wanted that song to be a part of it.  
I remember the song also played at my grandfather’s funeral and I cried familiar tears.
When I named my blog, I referred to my favorite bible verse, Isaiah 40:31:

Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. –Isaiah 40:31

Endless Strength refers simply to the strength I receive only from God.  I can see His hand throughout my life, through all my hardships, sufferings, joys…I can see His Amazing Grace all around in the fact that I am where I am now, when I could be in a much worse place.  

The Lord has provided this Endless Strength.  It is His Grace that led me where I am today.