Bryant Walton Green entered the world on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 10:52 pm. We arrived in Arkansas the next morning and were able to see him then.
So were his two brothers.
Reed is four and Lincoln is two. Reed seemed to have a pretty good idea about what was going on (after all, this is his second go around) but Lincoln not-so-much—although he did seem to gravitate to the idea that he had now graduated to the status of being a big brother.
There were three boys in my family (followed later by a sister) so it’s sort of déjà vu all over again to see our son and his wife with three sons. Most people hear someone has three boys and think (or say) something to the effect of, “Better you than me.” I remember Janice being told this when we were expecting our third child. Big families are largely a thing of the past so that now anything more than two children seems to be thought of in this way.
I suppose that raising children is as expensive as ever . . . but I’ve noticed that most people don’t hesitate to buy all the house they can afford (whether they need it or not). Does that say something about us? It’s hard to think it doesn’t. But let’s be honest—raising children is the toughest job you’ll ever have. It is not for the faint of heart or more to the point, people who aren’t totally committed to the task. There’s a reason God made us to have children when we are young. He knew that it requires a lot of energy.
But the other side of the equation is that apart from becoming God’s child, there’s no greater blessing than having children. God gives to a husband and wife a child who is made in the image of them all. God partners with us to bring a life into the world! The work of raising that child is, I believe, the most important thing that we’ll ever do and the most fulfilling.
And that brings us back to you Bryant. You don’t know it now, but you are greatly loved and abundantly blessed. You have two brothers who love you and two loving, experienced parents who are dedicated to your well-being—even ahead of their own. Yes, you are blessed and we’re all glad you are here.