Rilyn Olivia Oakes
I don’t know you yet, little one…after all you only just arrived on planet earth yesterday, Thursday, January 22nd at around 3 PM (PST). But I know from the reverent tones of your daddy as he spoke briefly to me yesterday that you are all the reason he needed to drop to his knees in grateful prayer and praise to God. I haven’t met you yet, but I know your mother and how she has faithfully watched over your care during these months of preparation and how she will love and nurture you now that you have made your presence fully known. I haven’t had the pleasure of your acquaintance, but I do know your big sister, Remi. And I know how thrilled she will be with you…how she will want to help you along, teach you things, laugh and sing with you…show you the wonders of her world…share with you the joy of family…mommy, daddy, doggie, and kitties all.
I haven’t held you in my arms yet living as I do in Ohio while you arrived in California, but I have held you in my heart and in my prayers ever since we first heard you were coming to be part of our family. And I have felt the weight of your meaning. Could you possibly guess all that you are to us? No. And you won’t fully until the day, when by God’s grace, you hold one of your own children. The you will think how much Father God loves you to give you such a priceless privilege as that of becoming a parent. You will think how He made your baby especially for you. You will know fear like never before…fear that you might do something wrong. But you will also have a brand new definition of joy. Your conception of love will experience a growth explosion as you wonder within, “Could God really love us as I love my baby?” Good parental pride will possess you. A sense of awe over your very own precious baby. Whatever part it is within you that goes into parental protect mode will be alive and well and on ever-alert duty. The baby monitors which can be purchased are helpful but they can’t match the one that’s built into the hearts of new parents.
I haven’t gazed upon your face in person, but I know that when I do see you, I will get lost in your eyes and that I will marvel over your features and I will think to Father God, “How is it possible that such a blessing could come to one such as me?” For though I hoped for you with all my heart, I could never have expected such a treasure to be mine. I can’t wait to see how Father God has made you uniquely you…as I have already considered the fact that He has such plans formed for you…plans for good and for your welfare. We who love you are humbled by the fact that He has entrusted you to our care that we might nourish His dreams and plans for your life…and not simply our own. For in our hearts what we want most of all for you is a lifelong intimate loving relationship with your Father God. And we want this even if the cost is the sacrifice of our own cherished hopes or plans for this life.
Dear little Rilyn, I’ll be holding you in my heart until I can also hold you in my arms. You already have a permanent and prominent place in my prayers, but now I’ll be getting to know your personality…and I’ll look forward to how my prayers will adjust for you. Your coming has filled us with love and joy and with a fresh sense of possibility where the future is concerned…but most of all…with a renewed vision of what God is able to do as He surprises us with joy and works out the wonders of His love in the hearts of His faithful ones (like your mother and father). Welcome to our family, little one!