Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Rilyn Olivia Oakes

rilynI 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!

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7 thoughts on “Rilyn Olivia Oakes

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Beautiful about Rilyn – wish every child could have a person praying for them like you do. We have waited on Rilyn for awhile and we are so happy she is here and healthy. Love her very much. Love you for your thoughts Doug.

    From Gail
    YES, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL…SENT FROM THE HEART OF GOD…HIS HANDIWORK…MADE WITH HER PARENTS AND HER SISTER IN MIND…FILLED WITH LIFE…WITH SUCH POTENTIAL…A JOY-INSPIRING LITTLE BUNDLE OF LOVE. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING HER NEXT WEEK. I LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN HER GREAT AUNT GAIL WILL MEET HER TOO. GOD BLESS YOU, SIS.

  2. Once again Doug you have touched me deeply with the way you express your heart to the ones you love. You make me see God’s love in such a different way than I have seen it for the biggest part of my life. Thank you.

    Congratulations on this new grandbaby. Your arms are going to be so full of babies! What a blessing God has bestowed on you!! He has also given each of these little ones a particularly wonderful gift in giving them you as their Poppa!!

    SHERRY, THANK YOU FOR SHARING OUR JOY. THANK YOU, TOO, FOR YOU KIND WORDS. YOU ARE GOOD FOR MY SOUL. I AM GLAD FOR YOUR HEART NOW SEEING, FEELING, AND ACCEPTING THE LOVE OF GOD IN A FULLER, TRUER LIGHT WHERE YOU ARE CONCERNED. I KNOW THAT’S SO BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOU SHARE HIS LOVE SO GENUINELY WITH OTHERS NOW, INCLUDING ME.
    I DO LOOK FORWARD TO HOLDING RILYN FOR THE FIRST TIME (WE ARE TO TRAVEL TO CA NEXT WEDNESDAY). MY ARMS ACHE TO HOLD HER…BUT I HOLD HER IN MY HEART CONTINUALLY. GOD HAS INDEED BLESSED US.

  3. I hope for many opportunities for my children to get to see their Oma and Poppa. I am so proud of the legacy of Christ-following that has been handed down through you and those who were not afraid to love you like Jesus. My children are going to have more opportunity to know Jesus b/c of that legacy. Whether our time together is frequent or not, your influence on their lives will not be missed. Your story is being told to my girls…even if they aren’t old enough to comprehend it. I love you, pops.

    YES, SON. WE ARE SO BLESSED TO BE PART OF THE STORY OF LOVE…WONDERFUL LOVE. WHEN YOU WERE BORN…THAT’S THE DAY I FELT HIS LOVE FOR ME MOST FULLY. MY HEART WAS OVER-WHELMED. I BEGAN TO EXPERIENCE IN MY HEART WHAT I KNEW INTELLECTUALLY…NOT ONLY DID GOD LOVE ME, BUT HE LOVED ME AS I LOVED MY SON…ONLY MORE. NOT ONLY DID HE LOVE ME, BUT HE LOVED ME APART FROM ANY CONTRIBUTION I COULD MAKE. NOT ONLY DID HE LOVE ME, BUT HE COULD NOT STOP LOVING ME. YOUR GIRLS ARE DEAR TO MY HEART…CENTRAL TO THIS STORY OF LOVE. GOD BLESS YOU AND KELLY AS YOU CARE FOR AND LEAD MY TWO CALIFORNIA GRANDDAUGHTERS. I LOVE YOU.

  4. I’m so glad that everything went okay and Rilyn arrived safely.

    God has truly blessed her with a family that will never lose their appreciation for the gifts God gives them. He knows that your family is a safe place for her … a place where she can grow and learn … even make mistakes … and still be loved more and more each day.

    God bless you and yours.

    THANK YOU, PAIGE, FOR REJOICING WITH US. KELLY REALLY DID WELL IN GIVING BIRTH TO RILYN, PRAISE GOD! I AM SO GLAD FOR THIS, MY FIFTH GRANDCHILD.
    I APPRECIATE THE REMINDER THAT RILYN WILL BE LOVED MORE AND MORE EACH DAY. THE GIFTS THAT GOD GIVES NEVER GROW OLD DO THEY. THEY GROW MORE AND MORE…BUT THEY DON’T GROW OLD. I LIKE WHAT ONE SENIOR LADY SAID TO A SMALL CHILD WHEN THE CHILD ASKER HER IF SHE WAS OLD…SHE RESPONDED, “NO DEAR, I HAVE SIMPLY BEEN YOUNG FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME.”
    HAVING A FRIEND NEVER GETS OLD. LOVING MARRIAGES DON’T GET OLD. BEING A PARENT DOESN’T GET OLD. LEARNING GOD’S WORD DOESN’T GET OLD. FORGIVENESS IS AS RELEVANT AS TOMORROW MORNING’S NEWS. AND ON AND ON.
    AND, PAIGE, WHAT YOU WRITE FROM YOUR HEART FOR GOD, NEVER GETS OLD EITHER. THANKS FOR BEING A FRIEND. BLESSINGS!

  5. Congratulations on becoming new grandparents.The picture of your newest granddaughter is precious. It is truely a great blessing from God.I was in awe of how you express yourself in thought. You have a gift. You are eloquent ,but humble. I copied a letter off the internet that I rearranged and sent to my grandchildren this past christmas, it lacked in comparison to your expressed words of adoration and prayer . Love, your cousin Kathy and family.

    COUSIN KATHY,
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING IN OUR JOY. WE CAN’T WAIT TO GO MEET LITTLE RILYN. WE ARE TO FLY OUT ON FEBRUARY 4TH.
    THANKS ALSO FOR THE COMPLIMENT YOU PAID ME.
    I AM GLAD YOU GUYS ARE PART OF THE MID-COUNTY FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY.

  6. Melanie Roseberry on said:

    We were thrilled and thankful to hear of the safe and healthy arrival of Rilyn. What a great day January 22 was! We had a great day at Thursday School – with a visit from Frosty the Snowman – I am amazed how week to week those three year olds energize me! So with it being the day of Rilyn’s birth, it was truly a blessed day.
    Your words again prick at everyone’s heartstrings. I know one day your grandchildren will treasure your writings forever.
    Have a wonderful trip to California.

    DEAR MELANIE,
    IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO KNOW PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO FIND THEMSELVES ENERGIZED EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THEIR SERVICE TO KING JESUS. YOUR LOVE FOR THE CHILDREN REVEALS YOUR HEART TO BE JUST LIKE HIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COUNTING US AMONG YOUR MANY FRIENDS. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS ALL THE ROSEBERRYS AND GIVE YOU PROTECTION, HEALTH, AND MANY MORE YEARS TO SPREAD HIS LOVE AND TRUTH.

  7. Email Girl on said:

    What a precious little life. God is so good isn’t he? Congratulations on your newest grandbaby, she is very blessed to have such a family. I will pray today to FATHER GOD that all of your dreams for Rilyn come to life.

    DEAR EMAIL GIRL,
    WHEN SOMEONE LIKE ME SAYS GOD IS GOOD, THAT’S ONE THING. OF COURSE IT IS TRUE AND NEEDS SHARED. BUT WHEN I READ YOUR WORDS ABOUT GOD’S GOODNESS IT COMES TO ME WITH RENEWED POWER AND MEANING. YOUR FAITH IS STRONG AND BLESSES US WHO GET TO WITNESS IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING OUR JOY OVER RILYN. IT MEANS A LOT TO US. LOVE’S PRAYERS, D.

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