Merry Christmas everyone, This Christmas will be especially memorable for me as I get to spend it with my first grandchild Eli Thomas Carr Stauffer who was born into this world at 10:55 PM December 3rd. Those who know me already know of my love of babies, but for those who do not know me so well – what can I say? Babies are a blessing, they are the beauty of the earth, they make peace possible, the possibilities and the answers to all the hard questions can be found in the peace and gentleness that is experienced when looking into a new born baby’s eyes.
New Baby Changes Everything
All babies should be loved, all babies are special, but not all babies are born the same. Eli came through a difficult delivery and he did not breathe for several minutes after he was born. He appears healthy now, but as someone who has helped families with special needs for the last 5 years I am all too aware of what the repercussions could be from that lack of oxygen for the first several minutes of birth. We know now that Eli is physically healthy, cognitively we will figure that out down the road. But after holding him the first time regardless of any challenges he may face growing up, I and the rest of his entire family will be there for him no matter what. This was my little insight during this holiday season, God’s way of connecting me that much closer to the people I help serve on a daily basis. I now have a little clearer vision of how the families we serve do the miraculous things they do every day and I am even more thankful for being able to serve them and especially during this Holiday Season.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.