I am smitten!
The first time I laid eyes on this sweet baby boy, I was filled with love and joy. Then tonight I got to hold him for just a few precious minutes and he stole my heart! This dear baby was born five weeks early to my lifelong friends – Robert & Nina Ward. He has spent the first week of his life in the NICU and is likely to be there a bit longer.
His name is Micah Mitchell and he was born on Tuesday August 12 weighing in at 5 lbs 14 oz and 18 inches long. He he has 10 tiny fingers and 10 tiny toes, his skin is pink and soft as silk, his hair is like fine gold, his lips are kissable and he smells intoxicating. He is precious and he is perfect and he has a bonus chromosome – often known as Down Syndrome (or Trisomy 21).
Most importantly Micah is a gift from God. He is special, unique, and lovable. He will face challenges just like every other child…they just may be different challenges. He will not worry much about the complications and stresses of life; he will simply experience, cherish and savor every moment. He will experience Gods unconditional love and acceptance in a way that many of us never will and he will freely bestow that same unconditional love to others. He will greatly impact everyone who comes in contact with him. What an amazing life he will have! He is God’s wonderful creation –
- a blessing, not a burden
- a joy, not a sorrow
- a reason to rejoice, not to mourn
- a masterpiece, not a mistake
Psalm 139: 13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
As I stood in awe & amazement over his incubator the day of his birth, I was filled with such love, joy and excitement for all that this baby will bring into not only the Ward’s lives but to everyone who is blessed to be a part of their circle. Our family is looking forward with eager anticipation to being a part of this spectacular journey!
Baby Micah – welcome to the world! We love you.