Friday, August 1, 2008

God Moments and Miracles

There are these moments in my life which I call my "God Moments"; sometimes it's an insight or an awareness. Sometimes, they're disguised as a friend saying the right thing or just knowing without saying much. Sometimes, it's just really being aware of the presence of God. It's awesome and profound when these "God Moments" happen.

19 months ago (that would be December 31st, 2006), I was sitting at a group of my Sisters house watching the Packers play the Bears in the last game before the playoffs. Luckily...we weren't the ones needing the miracle for this game--(we won; however, that was the unfortunate year that the Bears clinched the division and my poor poor Packers weren't going on to the playoffs...yes there are miracles for teams like the Bears--occasionally. Sometimes the "God moments" are not what you'd like...I digress...) Then I got a phone call from my best friend's husband saying, "It's baby time...are you coming?" That evening, I got to be present for my best friend, Carli as she brought her first baby (and MY Godchild), Sydni into this world. It was the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. In fact, I still don't have the words to describe the experience!

I watched my friend transition through the different phases of labor and delivery. And then in minutes this baby, this complete little person was here. She was just perfect! I looked at her and thought...God is so good. I was so grateful to have been able to have that experience in my life. I was happy to be there to support my friend (actually I was comic relief to keep her occupied, if you can imagine that?!)

So...last night I was privileged enough to have had a 2nd invitation to witness the birth of Carli's second child! I arrived around 8:30p.m. to the hospital where Carli and Tom were settled. My job was to keep Carli laughing (perfect). See look at the good job I'm doing...she's been in labor for about 4 hours now and she's still smiling. (Unless that's the "get the camera out of my face look"; nah, she's smiling.)

We had a great staff of Health Care Professionals--they were fun too! They called our room the "Party Room" and came in often (I think they liked us!) I'm pretty sure the anesthesiologist who came and did the epidural didn't want to leave...oh well. Carli's OB doctor...was great. Young and spunky...we were teasing each other with analogies from our past. She had a great sense of humor and I knew my friend was in good hands. Thank you to Nurses Jean and Becky and of course Dr. Lorree Moehring! You all rocked!

When it appeared as though Carli was in for a long haul...we watched one of our favorite movies: Austin Powers and reminisced from years ago when we were both lifeguards and could recite that movie in its entirety across the pool into our lifeguard cones (I know, I know...we were talented you)

Shortly after 1:30...we realized that baby was coming...and she was COMING NOW. So the doctors and nurses came in and Baby Emelia Marie was welcomed into this world. She has a great set of lungs and a beautiful little face. Again, I was just in awe of the process and the miracle of this little human being coming into the world. So fascinating and wonderful; another one of those"God Moments" in my life, truly witnessing a miracle.

Here is a little video of Carli introducing us to Baby Emmi (I thought she was going to kill me for taking a video, but she was a good sport.)

To the left is a picture of Baby Emmi getting all cleaned up. She's about 2 mintues old! To the right is Mom Carli and her OB/GYN Dr. Moehring (Very cool lady...we loved her!)

Aw...Mom, Dad, and Emmi there first family photo (sans big sister Sydni). A picture of Dad and Baby Emmi in the middle. And even I got a chance to hold this little peanut; so tiny and cute.

Welcome to this world, Emmi! Happy Birthday! Thank you God....


Anonymous said...

Yay for Carli! She and Tom look so happy—I'm thrilled for them and their new little chica.

And I'm totally shocked that she didn't kill you for shooting a video. I'm glad she didn't, but jeez, lol.

Wait, was she born super-early on the 1st? If she was, she gets to share a b'day with Jen, the coolest Leo ever.

-Sarah :)

Kelly_SSJ/A said...

aw.....that was definetly a blessing to be there for. :)

Marina said...

bring a child in to these world is truly an experience ones see the beauty that God has made a beautiful human " psalms 139 vs 15; my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place .When I was woven together in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed body." when I gave birth to my daughter I was 21 years old and I had her natural and I would not take that experience back for anything the 11 hours in labor was really hard the pain was great and then right when you can't take the pain anymore she came out truly the work of our Lord.
your friend is so bless to have a friend like you it seems like good friends are hard to come by today.
sorry my post was long I just found your blog and was touch by your story and I couldn't fine the interview ,
I enjoy my visit hear today how to visit you again, marina

Anonymous said...

I don't know if I am in the minority on this or not, but I have actually found the birth of my 3 grandchildren more of a gift than my own 3 sons. Don't get me wrong, I have always felt blessed that I have such wonderful children, but there is something extra special about grandchildren.

As I have aged (I am now 61)I see more of the beauty of God than I did 40 years ago? Am I wrong to feel like this?

Lisa said...

Congratulations, one and all! What a gift!!

By the way, you mentioned before Retreat that you have "a new job" but you haven't said yet what it is... (just curious).