When you are pregnant, you get all kinds of feedback and questions from others. Some are fantastic, some are unspoken, some are others’ hopes and dreams, some are others’ pains. They are all (ok, almost all) relevant in their own way. And as much as there is to complain about when you’re pregnant, all of that is just mist compared with the gift of life.
One question we’ve been asked several times this pregnancy is, “Do you want a girl or a boy?” Maybe we were asked this a lot the first time around; I just don’t remember! Maybe because my answer was the same, “Whatever!”
We are so blessed to have kids that I would be excited with a house full of “whatevers”.
The truth is I try not to answer that question – I try not to ask it of myself! I mean, I don’t want to be somewhat crushed when the ultrasound comes, ya know? It’s a personal thing – some people hope for one or the either each time. But everyone is truly thrilled no matter how the genders play out. So I figure, why work myself up?
So this time around, at the 20-week ultrasound, when the focus went between the baby’s legs, we could see very clearly that we would be having a girl! The tech confirmed it (a few times), and Brad kissed me while we were jumping up and down inside and trying to explain to our 2-year old.
It was a rush! We already have been blessed with a healthy and eager boy. A boy who captures our heart. A boy we can’t help but smile and speak about in hushed tones when we both lay down on the pillow at night – no matter how rough the day was.
And now, a girl! We were so thrilled!
As we sat in a lab waiting area, Brad turned to me and said something – through his joy – about how difficult it will be to raise a daughter.
It stopped me.
I was so exciting about having a daughter, but raising one!? That’s an entirely different thing ha!
We came up with her name the same day, Emma Nichole, which means Complete Victory.
Anytime I hear her name, I will be reminded of our complete victory in Jesus.
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:54b-57, NETBible)
And that’s what I really want for my children, and for all of the children I meet and come in contact with for that matter: that they would know that God-incarnate came to earth to die and then raise from the grave, thereby satisfying the death penalty for our sins and also showing complete authority over death.
That following this God and telling others about Him would be their greatest pursuit in life.