Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Wonders

I really want to describe it for you…it was so awesome a day. I’ll do my best, knowing that I can’t do it justice. It was just a beautiful day…warm (in the seventies, I’d say), sun shining brightly, big white fluffy clouds slowly passing by…birds were everywhere, singing, nest-building, food-gathering…I had received a promotion at my job, the boss couldn’t say enough good things about my performance…the stock market was up and my portfolio was bulging…the IRS called me and said I had overpaid and they were sending me a refund…everywhere I went drivers were courteous, they waved and smiled and never cut me off once…all my friends, new and old had called me just to check in and tell me they missed me…I was also feeling very well physically, results of medical tests had confirmed I was fit as a fiddle, one inch taller and had even lost ten pounds…I felt like I could run a marathon…there was not even a single phone call from a telemarketer all day…my wife and I went out to our favorite restaurant, the food and service was fantastic…then we went to a movie with a great and inspiring story line that left us with the warm fuzzies…we returned to our palace, parked our limo in the garage and entered our beautifully decorated, freshly cleaned home…I climbed into our big warm bed, said my prayers which were full of thanksgiving and drifted off quickly to a deep sleep with a smile on my face and visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.
Can you believe I had such a day? Well…it was either what I just described above or it was this…LAST THURSDAY NIGHT OUR DAUGHTER JENNY AND SON-IN-LAW, DANIEL TOLD US THAT OUR GRANDDAUGHTER, SKY-BABY, WAS GOING TO BE A BIG SISTER!!!! JENNIFER IS DUE IN SEPTEMBER. SO NOW I AM EXPECTING TWO NEW GRANDBABIES THIS YEAR, THE GOOD LORD WILLING. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! MATT AND CHRISTI ARE DUE IN AUGUST. AND NOW SKLAR’S LITTLE SISTER OR BROTHER IS DUE IN SEPTEMBER.
I wouldn’t mind at all if you spoke a word on behalf of these two families as they await their new arrivals.
Thank you for reading this and sharing our joy. I had a feeling it would please you. I love you all, but my Father lifts and lowers the sun for you.
By the way, Rex, come September, my grandchild count will equal yours…nonni, nonni, boo, boo!

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8 thoughts on “Wonders

  1. Uncle John on said:

    Congratulations Grandpa and Grandma!!!

    Our prayers are with Jenny and Christi – body, soul, and spirit!

    JOHN , WE DON’T TAKE YOUR PRAYERS LIGHTLY. THANK YOU, MY BROTHER. GOD IS SO GOOD.

  2. Alright!! That is wonderful news! Another blessed little soul…to be born into a family with such a loving Papa! May God keep both little ones in His almighty hand…protected now in the womb, and afterwards as well. May God give health and peace of mind to the mommas (and daddies) that will count the days until the arrival of their little gift from above.

    Congrats!!!

    You had me believing your wonderful day, until the telemarketer bit 😉

    THANK YOU, SHERRY, FOR YOUR BLESSINGS ON THE MOMMAS AND DADDIES TO BE AND THE BABIES GOD IS KNITTING AS I WRITE. WE LOVE THEM MORE THAN LIFE. YOUR SHARING OF OUR JOY, HELPS US…IT JUST ENLARGES THE JOY, IN SOME WONDERFUL WAY. GOD IS GOOD LIKE THAT.
    SO THE NO TELEMARKETER COMMENT GAVE IT AWAY, HUH? I GUESS THAT WAS OVER THE TOP. WE GET SUCH CALLS DAILY. BUT I GUESS TELEMARKETERS ARE PEOPLE TOO.

  3. Young McCarley and Young Oakes,

    Though we have not seen your faces we love the heart that beats inside your beautiful mothers. As LOUD as our love for you is, it is only a whisper compared to the heavenly Father’s love for you…for He (as the Psalmist writes in Psalm 139)…”has searched you and knows you.” He, right now, is “creating you in your inmost being.” He, the Creator of heaven and earth is “knitting you together in your mother’s womb.” You are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Though you are hidden by our eyes…your “frame is not hidden” from the eyes of the Father. Even before you take in the first breaths of life…your story is being written in His book…not b/c He will control your every move…but b/c He is in love with you and knows you intimately.

    Such knowledge is too high and lofty for me to attain…but your uncle Doug believes it and is confident in the work that the Creator will do in your lives as you prepare to enter this world, a blessing to your homes and this family. I love you dearly. – Uncle Doug

    SON, THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. YOU ARE NOW, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN, AND EVER WILL BE GOD’S AMAZING GIFT TO A MAN WHO NEVER EXPECTED TO LIVE TO BECOME A FATHER, LET ALONE A GRANDFATHER, FOUR TIMES OVER. YOU HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART WHERE I OFTEN GO TO VISIT WITH YOU. THERE I CAN SEE YOU AT ANY AGE…AT ANY PLACE WHERE WE MADE A MEMORY. AND IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH I CHOOSE, THE FEELING IS THE SAME…SKY-SPLITTING JOY, DEEP GRATITUDE, PRAISE TO FATHER GOD…FOR THE GIFT OF YOU. I AM GLAD THAT THE CORD HE GAVE US TO BIND US TOGETHER IS ETERNAL. ALL MY LOVE, YOUR BABY’S POPPA O.

  4. Rex Boyles on said:

    Doug, my beloved friend, the joy in your voice – when you called to report the expectation of another gift from God – still echoes in my heart. I love you being excited … I love you being blessed … I love you being rewarded … I love you being proud … I love you being covered with g-baby kisses and hugs. The truth is … I love you and yours.

    I will begin praying (already have) for healthy babies and safe deliveries.

    p.s. Tell Jenny and Matt that Rexaford or Rexella are good names for babies.
    p.p.s. All of your crew needs to be told that I do hold some g-pa rights to those babies – so I should get to see all of your D-babies before they start college.

    REX, THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THAT CALL AND SHARING MY JOY. ALL THAT YOU SAID ABOUT ME AND MINE, I FEEL IN MY HEART FOR YOU AND YOURS. THANK YOU, SINCERELY, FOR YOUR PRAYERS. I KNOW GOD LISTENS TO YOU.

    WITH REGARD TO THE SUGGESTED NAMES…REXAFORD SOUNDS TO ME LIKE A BREED OF CATTLE AND REXELLA SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD NAME FOR THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST…SO GUESS WHAT? AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!

    BUT…YOU DO HAVE G-PA RIGHTS TO ANY AND ALL OF MY GRANDBABIES. WITH ALL MY HEART I WANT THEM TO MEET YOU…TO KNOW YOU…TO FEEL HIS LOVE…THE LOVE THAT FLOWS THROUGH YOU TO EVERY PERSON YOU MEET…EVERY PERSON HE BLESSES THROUGH YOU, JUST LIKE HE DOES ME.

  5. Congrats Doug … I am excited for you and your family.

    Isn’t it amazing how news like that can actually turn your day into that perfect day that you described. You’re floating so high with elation that nothing else seems to matter.

    Thanks for sharing the news with us.

    DEAR PAIGE,
    IT IS AMAZING. I HAVEN’T HAD A BAD DAY SINCE I HEARD THE NEWS ABOUT THE NEWEST BABY TO COME. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU CARE, EVEN ACROSS THE MILES, EVEN THOUGH YOU’VE NEVER MET US, FOR US AND OUR FAMILY. I KNOW WHO CREATES SUCH GOOD GIFTS AS YOUR EXCITEMENT FOR US. THANKS FOR ALLOWING HIM TO USE YOU IN ALL KINDS OF WAYS, EVEN THE BIG WAYS THAT SEEM SMALL AND THE SMALL WAYS THAT SEEM BIG. GOD BLESS YOU, LITTLE SISTER.

  6. Congratulations, I am excited for your family. Praying for healthy babies and safe deliveries

    OKAY…I AM ASSUMING THIS IS BRENDA KINSEY…THE ONLY BRENDA I KNOW IN OKLAHOMA. THANK YOU, BRENDA,
    FOR CHECKING IN HERE AND FOR SHARING IN OUR GOOD NEWS. HOPE YOU AND DON AND ALL YOUR CLAN ARE
    DOING WELL. GIVE MY LOVE TO ONE AND ALL. I HEARD THAT JASON AND JENNIFER MIGHT BE LEAVING YOU AGAIN.
    LIFE IS NOT FAIR. I SHOULD KNOW…DOUG, JR. TOOK MY GRANDDAUGHTER ALL THE WAY TO CALIFORNIA.
    I LOVE YOU, GUYS.

  7. Gail on said:

    I am so Happy for Jenny, Daniel, Skylar and Matt, Christy. They are good parents and will be good parents. They have learned much Love from God in Heaven and examples of Love thru their parents.

    I will be praying for them along the way For Sure!

    You know I do lay down at night and wonder about things like what will these little children be like.

    I just want to say to Doug & Vicki that I did not really miss having children of my own because I always was so close to D & V’s children. I really mean that. They were so sweet to be around and they were not tiring children like some can be. They were pleasant and loving and fun for me.
    They meant everything to me and still do. I was so glad and still am glad to be part of their lives. I wish them goodness all the days of their lives.

    Doug & Vicki for your first and only chance to raise your children you did a Wonderful Job and I love you for what God helped you do with them.

    From Sister Gail

    YOU WERE SUCH A GOOD AUNT TO OUR KIDS…THEY ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO SPENDING TIME WITH YOU. VICKI AND I FEEL SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE PLAYED SOME PART IN RAISING THE AMAZING OAKES KIDS. I COULD NEVER FULLY EXPLAIN WHAT BEING A FATHER TO DOUG, JENNY AND MATT MEANT AND MEANS TO ME. WHO THEY ARE TODAY IS ATTRIBUTABLE ONLY TO THE AMAZING GRACE AND LOVE OF FATHER GOD. AS WE LOOK BACK…WE THINK…WHAT DID WE KNOW. I WAS MORE UNPREPARED THAN VICKI. SHE TOOK TO MOTHERING SO WELL. I WAS FEARFUL OF BECOMING A FATHER. BUT FROM THE FIRST DAY UNTIL NOW IT HAS ALL BEEN UNDILUTED BLESSING AND PRIVILEGE. WHEN OUR CHILDREN WERE YOUNG, SOME PEOPLE WOULD TELL ME, “ENJOY THEM NOW, BEFORE THEY GROW OLDER.” AND I DID ENJOY THEM SO MUCH…WE GREW TOGETHER. BUT I FOUND THAT EVERY AGE WAS A WONDERFUL ADVENTURE. WE ARE STILL GROWING TOGETHER IN THE GRACE OF GOD. NOW THEY ARE NO LONGER THREE…BUT SIX, WITH THEIR MARRIAGE PARTNERS…AND EIGHT WITH MY TWO BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTERS…AND SOON, CAN IT REALLY BE…TEN!!! WITH THIS YEAR’S ARRIVAL OF TWO MORE PRECIOUS GRANDCHILDREN. MY QUIVER IS FULL, BY WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS THE AMAZING GRACE OF GOD. I LOVE YOU, SIS.

  8. We were so thrilled to hear the GREAT news!! Grandbabies are such an AWESOME gift from GOD!!
    Your grandchildren are blessed to have you for their Poppa and we are truly blessed to have you as a friend! (speaking of which….we sure miss you!!)
    You are beginning to catch up with us quickly, however……our precious 6th is due in April. 🙂
    Please know that the babies, parents and grandparents are in our prayers!
    We Love You!!

    AH THE CHALLENGE IS ON! I MEAN TO SEE YOUR SIX AND RAISE YOU BY THREE. JUST DON’T TELL MY CHILDREN, OKAY? THANK YOU, LAURA (AND MARK) FOR SHARING THE JOY WITH US. MAY OUR FATHER GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THE GREAT WORK OF RELIEF YOU DO IN HIS NAME. MAY HE GIVE YOU STRENGTH SO THAT YOU CAN RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY…WALK AND NOT FAINT. OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS.

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