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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My new grandson

God has graciously blessed us with another grandchild, our first grandson. Evan Miles Decker was born at 5:13 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2007 in the middle of a blizzard. It was a long, hard labor for Bekah with a lot of back pain but she did a truly heroic job pushing that baby out. Bekah is on bed rest for another day, trying to let her body heal after a difficult birth. He didn't want to tuck his head and come out. He apparently loves his hands. His ultrasound picture showed his hands up near his face and that's right where they were at birth, causing trouble! But the midwives managed to stay on top of things and Bekah said she just got mad and pushed him out. The midwives were concerned near the end, wondering if this baby had too big of a head to be pushed out. Considering your options in the middle of a big storm is not fun! I left the room for awhile and knelt down at the couch and began to pray. I hadn't really been praying during the last 25 hours. I knew Kathryn had her church praying for us because she had called me from church that morning (they never cancel services!). I began praying Psalm 23, asking God to bring us to the still waters and the restful place of lying down in the green pastures. I remember asking specifically that the baby be born in the next half an hour. I had thought earlier that morning that surely with the dawn this baby would arrive. But now it was dark again, close to 5:00 pm. I got up and then Jill (one of the midwives) came out and got me and we went back into the bathroom and he was born! "The ways of God are without fault." Psalm 18:30

I was there Sat and Sun and came home on Monday. Went back up yesterday to get in some more baby time and finish the laundry.

Today I will be having withdrawal pains from not being with my grandson, but Kathryn and I are going to paint Acadia's bedroom a lime green and raspberry in hopes that she will be coming home with them after Christmas. They leave on Saturday to go to Maryland and plan on coming home on the 27th. They are trying some new medications and yesterday she had a much better day, so we are hoping and praying that this will be the start of many good days.