Saturday, December 21, 2013

top ten posts of 2013

In the midst of wildly preparing for Christmas: shopping, wrapping, food-planning etc, I had an idea today to end the year with ten top blog posts of the year. Why do big ideas explode in the middle of chaos?!

Anyway, I'm looking back over the year and choosing the top ten based on completely subjective criteria. Some posts had lots of readers, others had a number of comments, and some were my personal favorites.

In no particular order, here goes. Today's is May 31, the day my first grandson was born, entitled "Welcome, Noah Daniel!"

Dear Noah,

A first-time hello and welcome to the world from your Baba! Happy birth-day!

Though my cell phone was right beside me last night, it was on 'vibrate' so we missed the messages that your mama's water had broken and daddy was whisking her off to the birthing center.

Good we still have a house phone; your daddy got through just after 1:00 a.m. "On our way!" He sounded excited but also totally calm. After all, it was his third time around: he's a pro!

And then at 3:01 a.m. the message came that you'd arrived at 2:31 a.m! That is to say, for being a few days overdue, you were good and ready to join your family. You weighed a healthy 8 pounds 11 ounces and are 21.5" long. Yay for mom!

All that's behind us now. You came home in a few hours and spent most of the day, as best we can tell, sleeping. Late this morning, we got to see you with Mommy, Daddy, Ari and Ashlyn via Skype. We're so thankful for this amazing technology which is the next best thing to being there with you. Not the same as a snuggle, but better than when your dad was born!

I think your name is amazing. Noah of the Bible listened to and obeyed God, (though people thought he was crazy building that big boat), and was rewarded. I pray you, too, will be a Noah of obedience to your heavenly father. 

I can't wait to visit you, Noah, as soon as I can. Until then, I know you're in good and loving hands. I pray and trust you have a wondrous life ahead of you!

Much, much love, my dear grandson,
your Baba

Noah with his big sisters, Ari and Ash


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