Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

June 6, 2014

Blessings abundant

Do you ever just start out a week, thinking it’s going to go a certain way, only to have everything flipped upside down and not one bit of the week turns out the way you pictured?

I had one of those recently. Very recently, in fact.

We had a busy weekend, lots going on. Including our youngest daughter singing a solo at church that Sunday morning. Talk about proud! The next day was Memorial Day, and with the threat of rain, the ceremony at our courthouse which is normally held outside by the memorial instead moved inside to the county courtroom. Running late, it was so crowded we had to stand outside and listen. It was so incredibly hot. But we were able to meet Candelario Garcia’s brother Manuel, sister Mary, and see his local sister Lou. We got to hug Jay and David Fondren and see how Jay’s boys have grown. It was a beautiful ceremony, with a great turnout. So grateful.

The afternoon was spent on an SOS mission to daughter Lily’s house. She was still having issues with her pregnancy and kidneys, so we took her some lunch and spent a delightful afternoon just hanging out visiting with the girls. The evening was slated for the sports banquet at Corsicana High School, which was lovely. Saw lots of people, and many great kids recognized.

The next day I got up prepared to go to work, but before I could get there my daughter messaged me to say she was on her way to the hospital. And, since that’s what moms do, I headed there instead of work.

The next four days are somewhat of a blur, all spent at the hospital, going home sporadically to sleep and shower. The first day had some pretty tense moments, in that an “extended” family member was there having a baby as well, and though the baby appeared fine at first, was taken by helicopter to Baylor to the neo-natal intensive care unit that evening. Our youngest daughter and her mom were spread pretty thin those four days too!

On Wednesday around noon, our beautiful Charleigh Ryan McLain made her debut, all six pounds and 19 1/4 inches of her. Her big brother was quite taken with her, as were her nervous daddy and all her grandparents.

We breathed a huge sigh of relief, as this pregnancy had been full of hospital visits from the beginning, thanks to some health issues my daughter had prior to becoming with child. I know Charleigh’s paternal grandmother and I had been praying fervently the entire pregnancy not just for Lily, but for the baby. And especially after what we’d seen our extended family go through, we were triply thankful for our problem-free delivery and healthy baby.

Prayers were answered all around, and now that baby is home as well.

Isn’t it amazing how much a tiny little six-pound person can throw things into an uproar?

But what a miracle the way God knits those little people together ...

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com.

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