Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Blessings

So often I write here about the difficult things friends of mine are experiencing. Tonight I want to direct you to 6 minutes of pure joy. If you are a fan of Baby Story-type shows, you won't want to miss this. 

L. was a Young Life 'kid' of mine back in my single days in Columbus, GA. We bonded during a trip to Frontier Ranch, a camp in Buena Vista, Colorado. We shared a love for singing Little Mermaid songs at the top of our lungs--a trait the other riders on our 36 hour bus ride didn't always appreciate. She went on to graduate from high school, then Auburn University. She married a wonderful man and they are both volunteer Young Life leaders. Last week they delivered twins. My P's name is actually her maiden name. Although he wasn't named after her, the good vibes from my warm memories of L. definitely helped me love the name.

I last saw L. at Sweeney's funeral. Her tummy was huge and she was glowing. She & her husband decided not to find out the gender of the twins ahead of time, so there was a great reveal as they were born last week.

I had never heard the song accompanying this video before, but fell in love with it as I watched this compilation of photos from that precious day.  (Hillsong United, You Hold Me Now) The photographer did an incredible job capturing all the anticipation and emotion surrounding the birth of these sweet little girls.

One of the most remarkable things about ministry--and engaging in the lives of people--is when you get to see various chapters of their lives unfold. I am so proud of the beautiful mother my sweet L. has become. I don't get to take any credit, but I love and worship the God who does.

20 comments:

Melissa said...

What a beautiful video! I can't imagine having twins and not finding out the gender!

Traci said...

The whole thing is so sweet, but there is just nothing better than the joy on all those grandparents' faces- I LOVE that.

Liz said...

Please tell your friend that those babies are BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a great video!

And by the way...is your friend or her family from East Texas? A few of those people in the video looked familiar.

MamaBear said...

I had to quickly brush away a few tears as I watched this beautiful video - didn't want hubby to think I was crazy :) I can only imagine how precious the video is to the family!

As a photographer I LOVE the idea of having someone capture the emotions of a birth day - all the family and friends can be in the moment and still have the photos to prove it.

Thanks for sharing!

JMom said...

I love the grandparents faces, the new Daddy face and her sweet face as they bring them in her room. Tenderness!!

Isn't the whole thing awesome? My hubby asked me a bit ago: "How many times are you going to watch that?"

Liz, they are in Ga.

Amber said...

Such beautiful babies! Congratulations to your friends! I love that song too!

Nancy said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

What a beautiful video... The photographer captured it all beautifully and I too LOVE the expressions on the faces of the grandparents. Are they the first grandchildren? Such delight on all the faces and mama looks wonderful!

Marva said...

Absolutely precious! WE too did NOT find out the gender of our twins and that was a gift in itself...would do it the same all over again! Blessings and thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I do not know this family, yet this video brought tears to my eyes, reminding me of the day that our twins were born. Such precious memories. And seeing the excitement on the grandparents faces, gave me chills thinking back just 9 months ago when I became a first time grandmother. So thankful that mother and babies are doing so well. God is good!
Thanks for sharing.

Kate said...

I am amazed by the overwhelming love surrounding L & B on this new journey. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. I've heard wonderful things about you and have actually visited your blog a couple of times before.:) Nice to finally have some sort of encounter via the internet. Thanks again! [Kate Whitmore]

Kylie and crew. said...

What a wonderful gift that they will treasure! Now you need to talk her into blogging!! :)

JP's MOM said...

That was simply incredible. Brought back sweet memories of the birth of my twin boys.

Thank you for sharing.

Tara said...

Thank you so much for sharing these tender moments. I do not know them, but they sheer joy on each face is wonderful!

plainkids said...

Nothing like a good cry to start my day! Absolutely beautiful.

maxmakingmemories said...

So precious...thank you for sharing...I relived the birth of our babies watching it and love the song too. There is nothing more miraculous than a birth day.

Mandy

S said...

I sat here blubbering my way through this video. It was incredibly done...what a fantastic way to show birth, and all that goes with it. The girls will love this as they get older!

Nikki said...

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

Rock said...

Wow, so beautiful. Waiting for my new niece to arrive any moment. This just made me even more excited!
What a precious family!

-sarah

Colored With Memories said...

thanks for sharing that...i cried through the whole thing..and i don't even know them!

dee said...

Pure joy, indeed! Thank you for sharing. Love everything about it-precious girls, family, their names, the song, the pics,... I could go on and on. It is truly priceless for them to have captured. The photographer did a phenomenal job.