Chicken strips, milkshakes, Jeopardy, and scrabble... These are a few of their favorite things! Amber and Ross and their amazing families were such a pleasure to get to know. Amber handled her nearly 24 hour long induction, like. a. champ. I was in awe of her strength, her stamina, and her grace under pressure. The same can be said of her husband Ross. He was a diligent support system for her the entire time. And their families, quite literally set up shop in the waiting room to be there for them at a moment's notice.
Some back story on a few of the images in the slide show: The day they went in for the induction, Ross was rummaging through an old barber's bag to get a razor and shave. It was an old bag, one he hadn't used in quite some time. In it, he found two military pins that had belonged to his grandfather. This day, would've been his grandfather's 100th birthday. It was a sweet reminder of his presence in his absence on this most important day. Ross brought the pins to the hospital and we stepped out into the waiting room so he could show them to his grandmother, his late grandfather's wife. Her reaction was so precious and endearing. And to make Larkin's story even more special, the next day, she was actually born on her other great-grandfather, Bryenton's birthday.
It wouldn't be the last time his grandmother would nearly steal the show. Once the whole family had been let in to see Larkin after her delivery, they went to the waiting room and brought his grandmother, Margaret back to see her great-granddaughter. No one knew the name Amber and Ross had chosen for their precious girl, and as his grandmother laid eyes on the newest arrival they told her the baby was named after her, Margaret "Larkin". Her expression and elation literally brought tears to my eyes.
Parenthood suits these two very well... a little girl born surrounded by love from all directions. Their faith and love for the Lord will be with them every step of the way as they navigate this new journey!
'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, And to take him at his word; Just to rest upon his promise, And to know, "Thus saith the Lord."