About 3 and a half years ago my excellent nephew Matthew was born, I was living with husbandface at the time but in our former guise as housemates rather than husband and wife. Matthew was born around 2 in the morning and around 8.30am I remember a very tired happy brother phoning me and informing me of the newest member of the Arnold family. My brother very sensibly phoned the right people in the right order on the morning of his birth – grandparents, aunts and uncles and then the rest of the world.
Former housemate, now husbandface, was bemused as we drove to church that night – why didn’t Mark just text everyone in his phone as soon as Matthew was born? I helpfully explained the protocol about these things. Housemateface then blithely said, ‘so if we got married you’d know that kind of thing’.
Um yes. If we got married.
Random thing to say to a housemate I’d say. But… 3 days later he asked me out and 9 months later we got married. And yes, I did know the correct order to tell people about the birth of our child and now it’s time for the blog post.
Here he is:
Our son, Ethan Peter Cunningham – Ethan means steadfast and that’s our prayer for him over the years – that he would be steadfast in life through knowing our steadfast God.
Ethan is in the bible – he was a wise man who could play the cymbals, lyre and harp – which may indicate another drummer in the family. Peter is the middle name all the boys on husbandfaces side of the family and means rock – another prayer that our boy would be a steadfast rock and cling to the one who is his steadfast rock in this world. He also has his own psalm, number 89 by his namesake. It says important things like this:
1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d]
18 Indeed, our shield[e] belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
We’re pretty smitten by our awesome son and are looking forward to seeing him grow and develop over the years. I’m slowly recovering from a somewhat traumatic birth (I’ll spare you the details…) and we’re adjusting to life as three of us. He arrived in perfect timing for the start of half term so Husbandface could have 3 weeks off before going back. Our church family have provided us with meals each night for which I can’t express how grateful we are and some sleep is happening (trying not to speak too soon). No doubt the little one will crop up from time to time on this fair blog as I get my head around life and God in this new existence but for now it’s good to be back and feeling awake enough to write again.