I love spring. It is my favorite season for many reasons. I love the sunshine, the flowers coming up out of the previously frozen ground, and the calming rain that will eventually bring new life to the grass and trees. I also love to open all the windows in our house and let the fresh air drive out the staleness of winter. With it being March 1st, I feel like spring is just around the corner, and I can't wait!
This year spring will also bring about a new beginning for Ashley and I. We will get to welcome little Jude into this world and become parents to a newborn infant. As excited as I am for this, I am also apprehensive about raising a child of my own. Ashley and I don't want to just raise our children so they just survive in this world, but we want to raise them to love and serve the Lord. Over the past 9 months I have had the privilege of experiencing firsthand how my mother-in-law and father-in-law made this their first priority with their sons. Being married to Ashley, I knew he was raised in a manner different than most children; he has such a pure heart for God and is a better man than most. However, I always assumed that part of what I saw in Ashley was due to maturity and age, but now that I have lived with Sean for 9 months I realize that my in-laws instilled values into all their children that most kids don't get. I want to be a parent like that. It is a scary task, but hopefully one that I can live up to with the help of Ashley and friends and family surrounding us.