“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
The fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents with your quivers full of children!”
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water
that extends its roots by a stream
and will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
and it will not be anxious in a year of drought
nor cease to yield fruit.”
“Don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.” -Matthew 18:10“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.”
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
You know me inside and out,
You know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
How I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
All the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
“Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9“‘I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.’ Then and there, they worshiped God.”
1 Samuel 1:27“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11“Cradling the little one in his arms, Jesus said, ‘Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me – God who sent me.'” Mark 9:37
Photography by Randy Olive (aka “Daddy” to the bump)
Happy 32 weeks, buddy!
What fun to document this special time. Your dad is an incredibly talented artist! Your Yaya made me the blue scarf I’m wearing, and these photos were taken at your Mimi and BB’s house (McBeth).
I loved selecting these Bible verses for you. I especially like the one comparing you to a tree. I pray that these words prove themselves true in your life.
I love you!