Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Late Night Thought

It's Halloween night and I'm working on my final paper for my senior class. Sara and the little one are asleep, and I thought I'd reflect for a moment. I never thought it would be so hard knowing I am going to be a father and not be able to tell anyone. It is all I can do every day not to let it come bursting out of my mouth. I want you all to know how blessed I feel to have a family that loves Sara and me. Neither of our families are perfect, but we are all loved by a God who is.

As I learn what it is to become a father, I am grateful for those who have gone before me. I am so overwhelmingly blessed to have positive male role models in my life. In today's American culture, many boys grow up without even knowing their father or having one they can learn from. Thank you dad, Gary, and Tim for being in my life. Thank you also for grandfathers who have shown me honorable and hard working lives. Each of you men have touched me and influenced what I have come to call manhood.

Moms, life begins in you. Literally. :-) I am also thankful for the strong and loving influence of the moms in my life. The will to not give up when the road is tough. The desire to care for and bring out the best in a young boy. The openness to accepting a stranger into your family and learning to love him like one of your own. I can not buy the lessons I have learned from each of you mom, Linda, and Mary. You are a blessing and an inspiration in so many ways. Grandmothers I can not even begin to describe what your influence has meant on my life. Please just know I am the man I am today because of your nurture, guidance, love, and even firm hand when needed.

My heart is full when I think of all those I call family. Know that you are loved, that you are a part of our lives, and that you are tons more influential then you will ever comprehend.

"A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish son is grief to his mother."

Proverbs 10:1

If I am wise it is because of all of you.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Those that tease, don't believe

Well, this past weekend we told all of our parents the news of Baby Greenwood. We started with my (Sara's) parents. Their reaction wasn't a bit of a surprise to me. They didn't believe that we are pregnant! They thought we were playing a prank on them. Now, if you know my family--especially my mom--you know that we like good prank. I told her to go check out this webpage and her response was, "You sure went through a lot of hard work to play a joke on us!" She didn't believe us until she saw the picture of the pregnancy test. After it sunk in that the news was true, they were very excited about the arrival of Baby Greenwood.

Chris then called his mom and stepdad. They were sitting in the drive through of KFC. Chris said, "I don't know if this is a good time to share this with you, but I think it will be memorable." His mom responded with, "When?" So as they were waiting for their food, they found out that Baby Greenwood is coming in July. It is probably one time that the drive thru line didn't seem very long.

We had Thurston over for dinner and told him. He was excited about the news and can't wait to tell the rest of the Tennessee family at Thanksgiving that the first grandchild and great-grandchild will be arriving. Linda was at church meetings, so she found out when she got home. We got a phone call that night, and she is excited that three of us will be moving in with them at the end of November.

I know it is going to be hard for our parents to hold this secret in for the next few weeks, but we just want to make sure that everything is all right before we tell the rest of our family and friends.

"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; The fruit of the womb is a reward. " -Psalm 127:3

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hand in the cookie jar

Well, today I went to visit Dr. Bob for a follow-up for my back. I figured while I was there I would see if I could take take a pregnancy test. Dr. Bob came in with the news--it's official, we will be expecting Baby Greenwood in July. While I was there, my mother-in-law (Linda) stopped by to pick up something for church. She didn't know I was in there. When I heard her in the hallway talking, I felt like I was a little kid caught with my hand in the cookie jar. Dr. Bob and I had a nice chat while we waited for Linda to leave. We eventually got around to discussing my back, which is doing well.

As I sit here typing this entry, I feel truly blessed to have a new life within me. I have been praying for this little one for a long time. I remember when Chris and I went on our first date, and I told him my calling was to be a mom and a wife. I am so thankful that I have such a godly guy who has made me both!

" 'I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him.' " -1 Samuel 1:27

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Weekend to Remember

We've made it official and many of you are reading these entries for the first time. We want you to know how excited we are to share this journey with you all. We hope this journal helps you feel like a part of this time in our life as we wait for the arrival of Baby Greenwood. These entries are written at the beginning so you will learn as we learn.

Well, we just got back from a marriage conference called Weekend to Remember in Raleigh. This conference was a tremendous blessing and it helped us reaffirm our commitment and love as God's perfect gift to each other. We left early Friday morning and headed to the NC State Fair. It was our first State Fair, and we were excited to see what it would be like. We walked around enjoying the sites and the FOOD! :) Chris even agreed to ride on a Ferris Wheel for the first time! He had some trouble at first, but he made it through. We left after a few hours and couldn't quite beat the rain back to our car. Have you ever seen the rain coming and not been able to do anything about it? After getting soaking wet, we headed to the hotel. When we got to our hotel room, we decided to go ahead a take a pregnancy test we had picked up earlier that day. Within 3 minutes, we saw 2 lines saying that I am pregnant!! This helped explain why I was too queasy to go on any other rides at the fair. I will be making a doctor's appointment to confirm the test before we tell any of our family members and friends. We plan on telling people around Thanksgiving. It was so hard this weekend not to tell anyone our good news--especially, Jared and Amanda! : ) Amanda's cross-examinations almost got the best of us, but we stood firm! Not only has this weekend been a weekend to remember because we got to spend time as a married couple, but it will be a weekend to remember because it is when we found out we are going to be parents. We'll write more after the doctor has confirmed the news. Until next time!

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."

*Psalm 127:1