Dear SharperIron Friends,
The anticipated birth of our first child got top billing last year, and now we are praising God for making that anticipation a reality. Felicity Jane Osborne was born June 14, 2006, and life has not been the same since. As the manna that came down daily in the wilderness, so is God’s grace to us at each new stage of life: it arrives when needed, and not before or after. Not that Felicity is a particularly trying child—far from it—she’s quite sociable more often than not. But she adds a lot of work and subtracts a quantity of sleep and with her mere presence tells us without words: “You are responsible.” By the grace of God, OK. We’ll do it. And it is indescribable joy. John Piper would remind us, and biblically, too, that the joy set before us is a good motivation for doing a good thing. The flash of a smile when Mike arrives home from work or the drifting off to sleep in Becky’s arms is joy.
Felicity’s was not the only birth this year: several second cousins were born, too. Brenden (June 12); Derek (August 7); Jorja (September 13); Emma (adopted December 12); and one on the way next spring. Our extended family is amply supporting the photography industry. At church, others are expecting. Now we are sufficiently conversant in the baby culture.