Today we make welcome a very special baby. He was born to our dear friends, Greg and Amanda Humphreys. Talk about two awesome parents. They are wonderful, Godly parents and we know that God will completely bless them as they continue to raise Josi, 3 years old, and their new son, Joseph Scott Bennett Humphreys. He was born Wednesday, October 10th, at 7:52am weighing 6 ounces and 19 ½ inches long!
This pregnancy was very different from their first one. When Amanda was pregnant with Josi, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia which caused her to go into the hospital early and deliver Josi at 33 weeks. Josi was a teensy baby who stayed in the NICU for a few weeks prior to coming home. She had a tough first few weeks but she was a fighter and to this day she still is. If you’ve met Josi, you would understand. She is full of life and is feisty as anyone. You would never believe that she had such a difficult first few days of life. Josi is a living, breathing miracle and nothing short of a God given answer to prayers.
The same would be true of Joseph- he is a God given answer to prayers, too, and a miracle as well. The only thing difference was that Joseph was a full term baby. Amanda carried him to term and delivered him at 40 weeks and 1 day. What an answer to prayers! In some ways, it was like Amanda and Greg were pregnant for the first time as they weren’t able to experience those last 7 weeks during their previous pregnancy. Amanda has been able to nurse this time which is a HUGE answer to prayers. She was able to pump for Josi for the first few weeks but trying to nurse that early is very hard. Something that brought tears to my eyes was that she got to hear Joseph cry for the first time as soon as he was born. She never heard that with Josi. She was also able to hold Joseph after his birth, too. God is so gracious and caring for His children. He knows Amanda had these desires with Josi and He had different plans to bring her into this world safely. With Joseph, God was able to give some of the things she was not able to experience the first time around.
Amanda and Greg have been given the desires of their heart- two beautiful, wonderful, healthy children. They may have come in different ways, but they are just as special and loved just as much by their parents. Please join me in congratulating Greg, Amanda, and Josi and welcoming Joseph into the world!
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” Psalm 37:4-5