Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Baby Jude is here!!!

I'm so thrilled to announce that our dear friends the Bleeckers welcomed their second little boy into the world this afternoon. Sweet Jude Michael was born at 3:06 pm weighing 7lbs 9oz and 21in long. Evan (their first born) and Lily are four months apart and the best of friends (and will hopefully get married someday ;). Luke and Jude are 4 1/2 months apart and hopefully will be best buds as well! 

I am always overwhelmed with awe and wonder at the miracle of life. Just to think that this morning Jude was still snug in Faith's womb and then this afternoon he was out for the world to see- breathing air, seeing light, stretching out for the first time. Probably quite a rude awakening! And just to think that his journey on this earth has begun.

I know that Michael and Faith lift up the same prayer that we pray for our kids- that they will grow to know and love Jesus more than anything else. That the Lord would reveal Himself and His will to them throughout their lives. That theirs would be a life of significant purpose and deep joy. That they would be undeniably secure in who they are in Christ.

Moments like this are so refreshing. Reflecting on the goodness of God displayed in this new little life leads me to worship. To think on Him, which has been something that unfortunately I haven't done a lot of lately. I've slowly crept back into my routine of cruising. Just staying on the surface cause that's easier than plunging into the depths and facing the depravity of my heart. But He is sweet to use this little miracle to draw my thoughts, my affection, my heart back to Him. He is good. Well, I started this post intending to announce Jude's birth, but I guess I had a little more on my heart to share!

Here's a few pictures I took on my phone...I know that Bleecker will have some posted here before too long.

pretty mama

proud daddy

little Jude!
(sorry it's blurred, he was moving)

trying to keep the toddlers entertained

kissy kissy (after the parents egged them on-i'm sure we'll regret that someday ;)


The Hunters said...

Natalie, thank you for posting about that. I haven't talked to Faith since she helped me with my wedding in 2005...but have been checking her blog lately to see when she delivered. I love hearing the news of a new baby, or pregnancy. It is just so exciting, like you said. And thank you also for posting about your heart. I don't know what it is about the all consuming new born that even in all its glory and joy, can take my heart away from the Lord. But the miracle of birth brings my heart to worship as well, and my eyes to tears, and makes me want to grow that much closer to the Lord, once again. And makes me want to have 100 babies because I just think its so amazing. Anyway, thanks again for your post. Just the little bit you said really touched my heart.

Jasien & Bekah said...


Tigpan said...

yea! Thanks for posting! I know Bleeker will post soon, but I jumped on almost as soon as I got to my mom and dad's house to see if I could find out the news! :-) So glad they are all healthy, I was praying while I was in flight!
See you in a few weeks! So excited to have a fantastic (and growing with every birth) church family to come home too...and to do 2009 with!

Dawntoya and Adam said...

So fun:) Michael is one of the proudest and best dads:) Wish I could be there to see all his overflowing joy. Glad your post went deeper! I needed to read that.

Anonymous said...

ha ha Love the kiss!!! Their future in-laws are just relentless. ;-)

Faith said...

Thanks Nat for your sweet words. It is so true. I feel overwhelmingly blessed to get to experience having children. It truly is a miracle.

Michael, Faith and Evan Bleecker said...

Thank you so much Nat Pat. Your words are beautiful and your love for our family is so incredible. We love the you guys and love that God put you in our lives to edify us, love us, and point us to Christ!
-The Bleeckers