A little over a month ago, our friend Amy went into labor with her third child.
Knowing that such a beautiful event was taking place, painted that day a brighter shade. This seems to happen when someone I love has a similar life changing moment. The senses are a little more alive, perhaps?
We went through our normal routine, (all the while keeping my phone close at hand). But, I swear, the clouds were more brilliant and the sky more blue.
Then, Maebel Elizabeth was born.
I use her full name because, being the word-nerd that I am I looked up the meaning. Maebel means beautiful and Elizabeth means: God is abundance. What a powerful message her name alone brings.
I had the opportunity to take pictures of her sweet family at the hospital as her older siblings met her the first time.
The raging world outside quieted.
Inside this room was the soft warmth of love, celebrating over a human being. Not for what she had done (although being born is no small feat) but simply because she was there.
New lives come into the world bearing the full weight of glory, promise, and anticipation.
When babies enter the world, they bring with them that lovely scent, renewal, and new hope.
Each moment, the world is in labor with all the fullness of new life. His Mercies are quite new each morning; each breath.
May we be granted the grace of eyes to see. May we reach out hard for those three things that still remain: faith, hope, and love. May we be strengthened, renewed, and filled with a fresh breath of life.
And sweet Mae, may you continue bring the beauty of God’s abundance throughout your one wild and precious life.