We did it. We produced a male child! I didn’t know if we had it in us, but I guess we did. On Friday, April 25, 2014, Haddon Graham Miller graced us with his presence!
Coming off of two miscarriages, I can honestly say that more prayer has already gone into the life of this child than most by the time they’re born. It’s not that we didn’t pray for Emery and Adalyn, but since we have two kids waiting for us in heaven, we have felt and been reminded of the fragility and brevity of life. It truly is a vapor – here one moment, gone the next. We can’t afford to take any moment for granted.
Two main sections of Scripture define our thoughts and prayers for Haddon:
(Manoah’s prayer for his soon-to-be-born son, Samson) – “…teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.” – Judges 13:8
Being the parents of two children doesn’t make us professionals at all…especially now that we’ve introduced a boy into the mix! We never want to be so naive to think that we have this parenting thing figured out, so we’re always asking God for wisdom to navigate the road that lies ahead.
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:4
Our goal as parents is to sharpen our arrows while they’re at home (“in the quiver”). Our goal is to train them up to thrive when we’re not around. They are our God-given ammunition for the spiritual fight. By God’s grace, our faith will outlive us through the lives of our children!
On another note, I’m glad to say we’re already the proud owners of a football and a truck that Haddon will soon be playing with (thanks, Nate & Jenn). In years past, I have found myself longingly wandering down the boys’ toy aisle in a store, wondering what it would be like to be purchasing super heroes and monster trucks, not Barbies, bottles, and baby dolls. Now I will finally know! We’re already had some manly talks about burping and such. There will be many more conversations to come!
I have no idea what God has in store for this little guy. Whether he’s a preacher, a baseball pitcher, a parent, or whatever else, I pray he takes after his namesakes, Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Billy Graham. You don’t have to stand behind a pulpit to preach a sermon, so we’ll be training up a man of God to share the Gospel wherever he goes in whatever profession he chooses.
We’re excited to start this new season as a family of five. Thanks to the many people who have prayed for and supported us through this time!