Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Father’s Gift





My daughter Naomi is fast approaching the completion of her second year of life and my wife is one-step behind her with the birth of our second child "set" for September 10th. Yesterday I asked myself, "What would be the greatest gift that I could give my children?" Thoughts like my time, energy, devotion, love, faith, attention and encouragement come to my mind. However, I think one word can sum-up all these concepts: myself. The best gift (and a huge responsibility) is to give all of me to my kids. Jesus said it best, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13 (NKJV) More than anything I desire my children to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Dads, may Christ's love be our model as we lay down our lives for our kids.

4 comments:

Brittney Harmon said...

Are you guys ready for two kids? Remember... pictures!!!

Rancho Oasis is said...

Ready? I think it is a little late to ask that question! We are going to have to be ready! "We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us" (Plus we've got help from the abuelos).

Brittney Harmon said...

I'm just curious if you're prepared... and if Mare is ready to have her body back (well minus the nursing). What's naomi think of the whole idea?

Rancho Oasis is said...

Prepared - I believe so. Somethings won't really sink-in until both kids are present, but I think we are ready. Mare says she's enjoyed the pregnancy & it will feel strange to not have the baby inside her, but it will be nice to fit into her clothes again. :) We believe that having Naomi present at the birth will help her welcome the baby into the family. She talks to the baby and gives it kisses via Mare's belly. We've watched some birth videos that include kids in the birth/labor - and she loves to watch them. I ask her all the time if she is ready to be a big sister and she says she is!