My Woman of Worth

Watching her baby even at rest...

Watching her baby even at rest…

  At the start of the month I began my proverbs review.  One chapter at a time..and since the month has thirty-one days I get to read Chapter 31.  This is a chapter I have to read aloud to her, and I must say she deserves it in spades.  I cannot match the beauty and wisdom of the Bible so her are the words of Proverbs, and some photos to follow showing the riches my wife brought to our family.

Proverbs 31: 10-31

10  Who can find a woman of worth?  Far beyond jewels is her value.

11  Her husband trusts her judgment; he does not lack income.

12  She brings him profit, not loss, all the days of her life.

13  She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands.

14  Like a merchant fleet, she secures her provisions from afar.

15  She rises while it is still night, and distributes food to her household, a portion to her maidservants.

16  She picks out a field and acquires it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17  She girds herself with strength; she exerts her arms with vigor.

18  She enjoys the profit from her dealings; her lamp is never extinguished at night.

19  She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle.

20  She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.

21  She is not concerned for her household when it snows—all her charges are doubly clothed.

22  She makes her own coverlets; fine linen and purple are her clothing.

23  Her husband is prominent at the city gates as he sits with the elders of the land.

24  She makes garments and sells them, and stocks the merchants with belts.

25  She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs at the days to come.

26  She opens her mouth in wisdom; kindly instruction is on her tongue.

27  She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28  Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband, too, praises her:

29  “Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”

30  Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.*

31  Acclaim her for the work of her hands, and let her deeds praise her at the city gates.

Proverbs 31: 10-31 from the USCCB in the New American Bible for Catholics

I hope you can see the love on these faces!  It is real.  Their work and prayers helped get us here.

-ehw

Kellie Meets John Paul for the first time.  “John Paul has nose!”

Kevin marvels at his new pine cone picker upper helper

Kevin marvels at his new pine cone picker upper helper

Kalen wants to cuddle with baby all day long.

Kalen wants to cuddle with baby all day long.

Julia loves having another sibling

Julia loves having another sibling

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Child, Hear your Father’s Instruction

Proverbs Chapter 4

THE TEACHER AS MODEL DISCIPLE

1  Hear, O children, a father’s instruction, be attentive, that you may gain understanding!

2  Yes, excellent advice I give you; my teaching do not forsake.

3  When I was my father’s child,  tender, the darling of my mother,

4  He taught me and said to me: “Let your heart hold fast my words: keep my commands, and live!

5  Get wisdom, get understanding!  Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth.

6  Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;  love her, and she will safeguard you;

7  The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom; whatever else you get, get understanding.

8  Extol her, and she will exalt you; she will bring you honors if you embrace her;

9 She will put on your head a graceful diadem; a glorious crown will she bestow on you.”

The New American Bible for Catholics, Proverbs Chapter 4

-ehw

Welcome John Paul

Momma and John Paul

Momma and John Paul

    Our fifth child is here!  John Paul Theodore entered the world at 9:09 PM weighing in at 8.5 pounds and 21 inches in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mom and baby are doing fine.  Brothers and sisters are excited and unable to get to sleep.  He is, for a few weeks, the newest addition to the Regina Caeli nursery!

    A special thank you to all those who have prayed with us on the journey thus far…we could never make it this far without your support and intercession with the Lord.

    More later…but for now we are all smoked!  We have a date in the nursery floor in about an hour…so I need to pack up the gear and get ready for our first move.

-ehw

P.S.  We will never forget our babies already in heaven from miscarriages.  We love all of you: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.  Thanks for guarding your brother these last few months.

New Seat at the Table

A New Seat comes to the table

A New Seat comes to the table

      As we await our fifth child, I must confess the lifetime calculators have me worried.  Birth, food, college, weddings, dance lessons, music, school, medical, housing and of course food…they all cost something. Many people tell me we are nuts for having this many children.  I always tell them I could never give up one of these wonderful lights in my world.  We believe nothing should be free to us, or we sinned by enslaving someone to us without a just salary. So I cannot cheat someone of a just wage.  We already sacrifice things, and care for 30 year old sofa’s because they still work just fine.  Yet I still wonder how I will make ends meet over the next 25 years or so! 

   The weekly readings sounded a timely note in my home.  The disciples fearing they could not feed the 5,000 before them wanted to send them away to find food on their own, lest they riot or go hungry.  Jesus on the other hand calms his disciples, and feeds them miraculously.  

   So as I listened to the Sunday sermon, and the divine office yesterday, I found myself comforted.  I’ll find a way to provide if I listen to our Lord’s call.  We’ll find a way to make due because he will help us find a path.  We just need to do our part, listen to his call, and maximize the tools God gave us.

   We know the lives in our home have the potential for doing a special missions for our Lord, that we could never dream of.  Maybe a priest, nun, or a parent of God fearing family…maybe someone who saves a life for the Lord physically and spiritually…maybe a simple child who inspires with simple acts of faith.  I now find myself relishing the unveiling before us in the coming years.  Sweat and tears in the years ahead for sure, but what good things come from a life of complete ease?

  I hope to live out  for my parents and experience the following words from Proverbs 17:6

“Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.”

-ehw

P.S.  We are supposed to be at the hospital this morning, but there are no beds right now…please pray for good news soon!