“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” –Psalms 139:16
My husband, Greg, and I were attending a formal event on Saturday night just a few weeks ago. I had my phone with me just in case we got word from our son that our first grandbaby was on her way. We had been at the event an hour or so before I checked my phone … nothing. Just before dessert came I excused myself to the restroom. As I started washing my hands, my other son’s unique ring started. I had turned the volume up full blast so I could hear it over the sounds in the other room, and was it loud! So after every person’s relaxing moment was destroyed, I answered the phone with a chuckle.
“So, what are ya’ll doing?” He asked me.
“Uhhh, we are waiting for dessert then I think we are going home for an early night.”
“Have you talked to Brendan?”
“Well, no. Why?”
“I think you need to call him.”
“They are at the hospital and are preparing to induce. They’ve been there about an hour.”
I check my phone. Sure enough he had tried to call me probably 3 minutes after I had checked it the last time and, of course, I didn’t hear it. About that time my daughter, who was at the event as well, came bursting through the restroom door to tell me what she knew. As she was excitedly explaining, another friend came out of a stall and another through the door. Picture this … we are dressed in long evening gowns, hugging and squealing about the baby, and all the while in the restroom! Ha-ha … chalk it up as another story to tell little Harper one day!
As I finally exited the room where all the action had taken place, friends giving congratulatory hugs and well wishes met me. It seems news travels fast out of restrooms! I found Greg and we headed out to call Brendan and make plans for the adventure in meeting our first granddaughter! By 2:00am we were on our way.
Here’s the neat thing (please allow me to sidetrack for just a moment). When Brendan was little, we saw many rabbits where we lived. Each time he spotted one, he had the same excited response which he would shout in the same sweet little voice. “A bunny, Mommy, a bunny!” When Greg came home Brendan would run, grab him around the leg and tell him about each bunny he saw. He just loved bunnies!
So as I was looking for items to go in a special basket I wanted to do for my daughter-in-love and little Harper, I found a chunky book, you know the kind, called “The Night You Were Born”. It was all about how the animals and the heavens celebrated when she was born. Then I found a snow globe with a snowman surrounded by rabbits and deer that were celebrating with arms raised. The items, I thought, went perfectly together especially when the memory of Brendan and the “bunnies” came to my mind. I stood in my own little world right there in the store as I smiled and reminisced. Needless to say I purchased them both, added them to the basket and had them all in the car headed to Charleston to wait for Harper’s arrival.
After a long period of silence on the way Greg asked, “Is this how you pictured it in your mind? Meeting your first grandchild, I mean.”
“Finding out in a restroom, no, but I did imagine us riding down I-26 at night!”
At that moment as I looked out the car window guess what I saw … a bunny! In fact, 2 bunnies in the emergency lane! A minute later we saw a doe and her fawn! Immediately the bunny memory returned and with that memory, a sense of God sending the animals, the book and the snow globe for us to hear a whisper from Him as if to say, “Just as the bunnies were signs I sent to your family when your children were small that I am here and I am ‘in’ this moment, I’m sending the same to you now. I’m here. I had Brendan in my arms throughout the years and I’ll have Harper also.”
God, your whispers to us and the ways in which you weave the pieces are so amazing! Such a peace filled the car that night as Greg and I talked about the happenings and how one day we hoped we could sit with Harper on our laps and tell her all about the day she was born. Our biggest thought though was “Thank you, Father, for ALL of your blessings”.
Harper Ella Kight was born at 7:08am on December 29 a 6lb. 11oz. precious baby girl, and God’s creations truly celebrated the night she was born!
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