Today my beautiful niece went to the doctor. Not just any doctor, though. An OB/GYN!
I realize I’m not even writing in correct sentence form either.
But who has time for that when you’re trying to make a point?!
MY NIECE IS PREGNANT!!!
She is so incredibly smart that she finished high school a year early. Having just graduated in June, she moved shortly thereafter to live with her boyfriend in North Carolina. We were so sad to see her go but looked forward to our visits together. We took them to Carowinds this summer and had a great time, and she’s been back here a few times since to visit with us as well. I have enjoyed every bit of time spent with them!
I’ll never forget the phone conversation with her when she said she had news to tell me. Immediately I responded with, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!” and she hadn’t even said anything beyond that yet. Ha! When she told me the news, my heart leaped out of my chest!
My sister’s baby is having a baby!!!
Oh, what joy filled my soul upon learning this.
Now I realize she’s probably already heard people saying things like, “You’re so young …” and she is, but she has graduated from high school and has been attending college. She still plans to continue with college and building her future.
I want to be a part OF that future! NO matter what it holds. And … in her future, WE will be HOLDING her baby!
She messaged me after the appointment today, as she goes back in a week for an ultrasound and blood work. I was having lunch with my oldest daughter at that time, and we were both so excited we could hardly contain ourselves! My daughter told me to ask if we could have a gender reveal party for her. I had just picked up balloons at a store about 15 minutes before that which would be appropriate for a gender reveal OR we could use them at her actual baby shower.
Now, I was nervous asking her such a question. I don’t want to intrude, but I want to be a part of all of this. Only if she wants me to, though. And I pray she does!
There I go again with the incomplete sentences.
But … the greatest thing has happened. When I told her I wanted to be there for the ultrasounds, she responded with, “COME ON then!”
And my heart did a back flip!
My niece has invited me in to be a part of this.
Let me say that again. SHE HAS INVITED ME IN TO BE A PART OF THIS!
Not only has she invited me to be a part of the appointment when she has the ultrasound, but she has agreed to let them tell ME what the gender will be so we can have a gender reveal party for her!!!!
We are soaring!!
And the tears form in my eyes as I think of such an exciting time that I was a part of years ago … when my sister told me that she was pregnant. It was such a special time the way my sister announced her pregnancy also. I’ll never forget her allowing me to be a part of this time with her as well.
I can’t help but think of the tragedy in losing my sister two weeks after my niece was born. I think of how my sister should be here to celebrate the anticipation of her grandbaby’s arrival, and yet, she’s in Heaven watching over them as we prepare.
My heart hurts!
Honestly, I wanted to call my sister to ask her, “Did you hear the news ….” My sister was always the very first one I’d call to talk to, and now I can’t. A part of me thinks she already knows, though, because God whispered it in her ear before he placed this little angel in my niece’s womb. I believe God sent a little angel to us, to provide joy and to bring lots of laughter as we watch him or her grow. I also believe He did so in a way to allow my niece and I to further bond together through this. That is my prayer, at least.
She wants me to be a part of this!
And I swoon!
Thank you, Lord!