I think "Tell About It Tuesday" is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to my newest niece, Madison Mae!
Isn't she adorable? We get to go meet her in person on Friday, and I can hardly wait to get my hands on her!
My husband comes from a family of three boys and a girl. He and his older brother are just one year and two weeks apart in age, and his younger brother came along about three years later. Then, when my husband was 16, his parents broke the news to him that they were going to have a baby. His mom started praying then ... if she was going to have a baby at the age of 42, please God, at least let it be a girl. Well, her prayers were answered ... that baby was a girl. And since that time, every baby born into the Sullivan family has been a girl. (If you ever have a prayer need, just talk to Brad's mom)! Each of the brothers had two girls, and Madison just joined her big sister, Faith.
Yes, that is now eight granddaughters on this side of the family, and not a single grandson! In fact, when I include both sides of the family, I have NINE nieces, and ONE nephew.
We are excitedly anticipating seeing Faith and Madison this weekend, but as in every family milestone these days, there is a tinge of sadness. Neither of these girls will ever know their oldest cousin, Hannah. Faith was two months old when Hannah went to Heaven, and I am glad that we at least have some pictures of Hannah holding her that she can look back on someday. And as much as Hannah loved her younger cousins, she would be ridiculously excited about this new addition.
It all just makes me that much more ready for Heaven, when our family will be complete again. Chris Brauns, on his blog, talks about how his family has discussed where they're all going to meet in Heaven as they arrive there -- at the fifth tree on the right side of the throne. I absolutely love that. So, I'm just gonna say right now that the Sullivan/Persenaire family will be meeting at the sixth tree on the left, when you're facing the throne. Sounds like a plan to me!
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever." Revelation 22:1-5