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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Our Firstborn

10 years ago, John became a father and I, a mother. Wow, has time flown. We have a great son. He is very smart and sensitive. He likes to read, he believes himself to be a superhero ... and he wants to be a toy inventor when he grows up (among other things.)

When I think about the day that he was born, 10 years ago, I can’t help but think of something that happened on the way to the hospital that was so special. Let me back up and tell you that during the pregnancy, John had been singing me the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” every day. Actually, he had been singing the hymn to me and to our child. (You know, the cute way that expectant fathers sometimes direct their eyes to the swollen abdomen of the mother-to-be, when they are talking, or … singing, in this case.)

On our way to the hospital that cold February morning, (it was only a 10 minute drive), we were both pretty nervous and anxious, having never done this before. We were nearly there, when I clicked on the radio. Guess what song was playing? Yes, it was “Be Thou My Vision.” We both cried tears of joy that this song would play. It was a very special moment. We had a sure sense of the eyes of God on us.

The delivery was long, but everything came out OK! We named our son a name that means “Jehovah is my God.” It is the Gaelic form of the name “Elijah.” (Does anyone know the name I speak of?) This boy has been a blessing to us for 10 years now! Praise the Lord!

(this is a page from a scrapbook, that is why it looks a little strange.) :~)

the END


  • Elias?
    Happy birthday to your big boy!
    Cute photo!

    By Blogger Susan, at 2/04/2006 8:35 AM  

  • Oh what a great testimony of God's grace in your life and God by His Great Grace giving you a great picture of his love for you in the midst of having this boy. Wow what a story...

    I love that hymn as well. My kids like this one in family worship and at church

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 2/04/2006 10:32 AM  

  • That is a nice picture!

    I must admit, I am not a big fan of 'Be Thou My Vision'. It seems a bit wafflely and not really about anythign in particular. A bit like some of my posts, I suppose.

    God Bless


    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/04/2006 12:09 PM  

  • Hi Susan,
    No, not Elias, I think that would be the Greek? Keep guessing. The boy is having a fine birthday. He just read the post and thanks youfor the wish.

    Thanks for the greeting. I'm glad you relate to how special it was.

    You're kind of right about the lyrics to the song.
    It has really neat music, though, very comforting and soothing. ... good for a pregnant woman to hear!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/04/2006 12:37 PM  

  • Hi Rose

    Elliot = Jehovah is my God

    Great Story

    By Blogger forgiven, at 2/04/2006 1:47 PM  

  • Forgiven,
    Either you have a good knowlledge of names and their meanings ... or ... you have a good memory. (I have mentioned his name before.)

    Good to see you! I guess this means the computer is back up and running.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/04/2006 2:58 PM  

  • Children are such a blessing from the Lord. They grow so quickly, too. Thanks for sharing this special moment from your life with us.

    By Blogger Gordon Cloud, at 2/05/2006 12:53 AM  

  • Great Picture and Great Hymn, one of my favorites Rose.

    By Blogger marc, at 2/05/2006 1:20 AM  

  • Happy birthday Elliot!

    Rose thank you for sharing the memory, the picture and your blessings here. I am so thankful God has blessed You and John in your family. I really do appreciate knowing how much God blesses His children.

    By Blogger Kc, at 2/05/2006 6:00 AM  

  • Happy birthday Elliot!

    Rose, What a beautiful testimony! Nice picture of mom and child.

    May the Lord bless the Cole family.

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 2/05/2006 9:31 AM  

  • Hi Rose~

    Excellent idea to do a post on your son and what he means to you.

    Our friends have an Elliot who is very shy and very smart. I gave him a magazine called TJ that is a journal for creation scientists to publish their work in, and it has a lot of pictures.

    Wish Elliot Happy Birthday from one more unseen web friend :)


    By Blogger H K Flynn, at 2/05/2006 10:13 AM  

  • Thanks for the true comment, Gordon.

    John has caused me to reconsider my agreement with Matthew over the words of the song. They are not waffley at all. It is a great hymn. It has a soothing meoldy as well. Thanks for visiting; I didn't know you made it over to these parts ever anymore. :~)

    That is a blessing to hear of how God blesses other believers. Thanks for stopping by.

    Hi bluecollar!
    The Lord is blessing the Cole family. He is very good to us. He is very patient and kind.

    Hi "HK",
    We have many resources from that ministry. We have 2 of their videos on dinosaurs that Elliot likes. I have not seen that particular "TJ".
    Are you still an unseen web frined? Does this mean that you are NOT in the picture with Carville? ;~)

    Hey Matthew,
    Why do you think the words are waffley? :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/05/2006 3:33 PM  

  • The words of that song do not really say anything very specific; they are just vague poetic sentiments without any substantial doctrinal content.

    Funnily enough, in church today, they made us sing this awful new version of the hymn with 'thou' replaced by 'you'. It was quite dreadful. They had to seriously alter the words to make it scan.

    A wafflely poem was made considerably less poetic.

    Every Blessing in Christ


    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/05/2006 4:06 PM  

  • Matthew,
    "Why don't you tell us how you really feel?"

    (remember: N. American colloquialism)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/05/2006 4:33 PM  

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    By Blogger Jeff H, at 2/05/2006 8:04 PM  

  • I assume he looks a bit different these days, but still. God has obviously blessed.

    And, by the way, you're featured.

    By Blogger Jeff H, at 2/05/2006 8:08 PM  

  • Uh-oh~ I get what your getting at...

    By Blogger H K Flynn, at 2/06/2006 12:13 AM  

  • Hi Rose,
    I don't think i have heard the song "Be Thou My Vision" before, but very sweet story and cute picture. My son also wants to be toy inventor (among other things) LOL!

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 2/06/2006 10:10 AM  

  • Matthew,

    Does this mean you are a big huge praise and worship chorus fan, but hate hymns? ;-)

    Actually, I personally like a little of both myself, however a bit more of hymns. PDI praise is good!!

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 2/06/2006 1:39 PM  

  • Shawn-


    I dislike most choruses and love hymns.

    Were you being sarcastic?

    'Be Thou My Vision' is a hymn that Charismatics love because it is Celtic and a bit esoteric.

    Every Blessing in Christ


    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/06/2006 2:05 PM  

  • Matthew,

    Yes I was joking.

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 2/06/2006 2:49 PM  

  • Shawn, it is good that you have a sense of humour.

    God Bless

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/06/2006 4:29 PM  

  • Shawn and Matthew,
    I think it is great that you both have a sense of humor. Thanks for coming over and brightening my day.

    I got the joke when I first read it.
    Matthew, it is funny because you are so conservative about so many things that the thought of you repeating some of the fluffy choruses is a hoot!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/06/2006 4:55 PM  

  • Thanks Jeff H.

    Thanks for visiting! Good to see you. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/06/2006 5:17 PM  

  • A few weeks before I stopped going to my parent's Charismatic church, they sang an altered version of a song by The Kinks.

    They changed the chorus 'You really got me' to 'God, you really got me'. I was absolutely appalled.

    After that I started going to a Pentecostal church that was almost as bad.

    The Evangelical church I go to has a mix of hymns and older (mostly) choruses. My parents think the worship there is a bit old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy.

    Every Blessing in Christ


    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/06/2006 5:19 PM  

  • "God, you really got me"? That is just nuts!

    I like "old fashioned and fuddy duddy" if it means hymns. Hymns are generally far more intellectually and spiritually stimulating than just repeating something over and over again. Many of the better ones cause my heart to soar!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/06/2006 5:27 PM  

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    By Blogger Shawn L, at 2/06/2006 5:57 PM  

  • Matthew,
    That stuff is bad. I really dislike it when Christians try to take what the world makes and cheapen it by offering it up as worship to God.

    I'm not opposed to styles and words that worship the Lord, but I feel like this is probably because of our real inability to Christians who look to the Bible for our worship more than anything. I'm not legalistic about this point of styles, etc, but why not create a New song unto the Lord for HIS Glory?

    I deleted the post because my answer was confusing, eh?

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 2/06/2006 6:46 PM  

  • Shawn,
    It was a little confusing, maybe? ;~)
    There is nothing like the old hymns, but there are some newer songs that are great, too. I just like songs that have substance for my heart to think about and not just a few words repeated over and over again.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/06/2006 9:15 PM  

  • I am not against new songs. I do prefer it if they use 'thou' rather than you, as I think it is more reverant.

    God Bless


    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 2/07/2006 4:04 AM  

  • Matthew/Rose,

    By creating a new song, I meant that we shouldn't as Christians copy other songs. I don't think we should spend time copying a secular song and turn it into a "Christian" song. That doesn't seem to be the point of good Christian music.

    Alot of hymns are "new" songs to many children and us because they reflect being transformed by the grace of God. That's what I meant by new song, not that the style has to be new, but newness in the sense of God's grace working.

    I do pray for godly singers to be raised up who want to come up with new hymns of the faith that reflect this.

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 2/07/2006 9:31 AM  

  • Elliot, a great name. One of our sons has Elliot for his middle name.

    God bless,


    By Blogger Jim, at 2/09/2006 6:12 PM  

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