Monday, September 18, 2017

Maybree | Longview, Texas | 9.18.17

The room was pitch black, and my eyes were as big as saucers, while I tried to figure out what it was that had awakened me. I saw my phone lighting up and buzzing on my bedside table at the same time that Kay Lynn flew into the room, yelling, "YOUR PHONE IS RINGING!!!" This is not how Kay normally reacts to a ringing phone, but this particular occasion happened to take place somewhere around 5:00 in the morning, and we'd been waiting for the call for what felt like an eternity. "Hello?" I squeaked out, trying to pretend I was well awake. The voice on the other end was calm and cheery, "Hi! Just wanted to let you know, Cody & I are on our way to the hospital. It may be a while before you need to get up here, but I'll let you know!" Several hours later we arrived at the hospital to find Cody & Brittani surrounded by family - each offering their own encouragement and excitement.

Sweet baby Maybree finally made her appearance in the early afternoon, welcomed by a host of family, each eager for their turn to hold her.

Earlier in the week, Brittani's sister Hannah gave birth to a baby boy,
so she checked in on things via FaceTime. 

When the time came, not everyone was eager to leave the delivery room - specifically younger sister Addison - who spent a fair amount of time with her ear pressed up against the door, listening any for signs of progress.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
                                                     - Psalm 139:14

One of the sweetest moments of the day was this one - simple, loving, wisdom-filled words prayed over Maybree's new life by her great-grandfather, and echoed by her parents and family.

Maybree Jo, Happy ...almost... Birthday!  Can't believe you'll be the big 0-1! We know you are well loved by your folks and your big brother - and figure you're in for quite a celebration! 😊

Cody & Brittany, thanks again for letting us in on such an incredibly special day!

Jill & Kay