Jacob's Baby Shower

For many years, one of my favorite TV programs is Family Feud. I watch it mostly at noon on Channel 5. The MC is John O'Hurley. His little son was born about two years ago. It is such a pleasure to see this very proud father bring his son on the program on birthdays, holidays, and in-between days. John just glows with pride. Another man that glows with pride is Mike, Jacob's father. He has to be assertive, sometimes, saying, "It's MY turn to hold Jacob!"

Wanda and I really are enjoying little Jacob -- her first grandbaby; my first great-grand- baby. I never dreamed there could be so much planning ahead for his birth. Wanda spent untold hours decorating his nursery; making the gorgeous drapes and matching comforter for his bed; and the cover for his crib.

She planned the most elaborate baby shower I ever attended. The invitations were inside little plastic baby bottles, nipples attached! The post office allowed her to mail them with address labels applied thereon for $1.20 each.

Guests arrived at the shower in Rachel and Mike's home in Tomball, Texas at 7:00 p.m. to assemble their favorite gourmet taco salad. The dining room table was loaded with baby animal Easter baskets (without handles)--little ducks, baby chicks, rabbits, puppies. Backs scooped out to hold Easter eggs, now held bowls of salad ingredients: ground taco seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, guacamole, chopped green onions, sour cream, tacos, picante sauce and salad dressings. The table was covered with a mint green satin table cloth with tiny baby toys scattered about: miniature diaper pins, rattlers, alphabet blocks, pacifiers, baby bottles, and bracelets. Guests were given a wooden lap tray, ringed with a tiny bamboo fence, to hold refreshments.

Across from the dining table filled with taco salad fixings, was another table full of Italian cream cupcakes and chocolate Oreo cookies, all iced with animal faces on top (monkeys, lions, tigers, elephants and zebras).

A third table held an assortment of many kinds of cheese slices and crackers. The center-

piece was a large watermelon cut out in the shape of a baby carriage with huge orange slices for the wheels. Inside the scooped-out melon was a fresh fruit salad of cherries, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple chunks, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe balls,

On the breakfast bar were huge faucet-containers of drinks: lemonade, tea, and coffee.

Napkins, plates and cups carried a baby theme picturing cute little lions, zebras, giraffes, and elephants.

A couple of fun games were played about 8:30. Then, the opening of the presents. Not in my wildest dreams could I think up some of the new baby presents which we did not have 20 years ago when I had grandbabies. So many Oh's and Aw's over the cute clothes; baby car seat with a mirror to show the baby's face to the mother while driving, and her face to the baby sitting behind her; the car seat sits in a matching fold-up stroller; monitors to listen to baby in the nursery while parents are in another room; bracelets and booties that "rattle"; little shoes with tiny colorful lights that turn on and off with movements; diaper-wipe warmer; a swing that plugs into the wall to swing and play music; a portable and adjustable height play-yard which folds up to l'xl'x4' long for carrying to the park, or to grandma's house; play pen picturing fishes on the floor; darling stuffed animals; attractive mobiles, both musical and colorful; large 2" thick turtle-shaped sponge to lie on for Jacob's bath; bed linens; and hundreds of throw-away diapers.

Many of the guests included Bible Scriptures on their gift cards.

Since his arrival, there are pictures taken every day of his expressions: smiling, thinking, wondering, frowning, sleeping…all just beautiful and wonderful! It takes all three of us--mother, grandmother and great-grandmother--to take care of him. My job is mostly just holding him, and I LOVE every minute of it. Sometimes I let the proud daddy hold him! Wanda is busy cooking meals and washing a tub full of baby things every other day. Rachel needs rest between nursings, day and night. It's exciting news when Jacob does something besides sleep, eat and poop -- like, twice, he rolled over! I praise God for letting me be a part of his life. I'm so glad I'm still here.

We can never be reminded too many times to be aware of God working in our lives.

Do you look for something every day that only God could have done?

When we reflect on God's faithfulness and follow Him faithfully, our faith grows stronger.

I just go "ballistic" every time something breaks around my house! I just want every thing to stay the same and keep working. I live in an old house, built in 1955. Things are bound

to deteriorate and need replacing, if not repairable. Since this was always Jack's job, I don't know what to do. Plumbers give me the most trouble. The guest bathtub was leaking. I called a plumber to replace the fixtures. The man came out on a Friday and said he'd have to tear out the whole wall in the linen closet (beside the tub). He'd have to come back on Monday. He had cut off the water at the meter, done away with my circulating hot water system, and I don't know what else. I asked if showers could be taken in that tub and he assured me it would be o.k. Yes, it would be o.k. if you wanted to take a cold shower! I called the plumbing company and told the owner what had happened. He said all the employees were out on calls and nothing could be done until Monday. I said, "Don't you send that same man back to my house. I will not have him replacing my fixtures. He doesn't even know how to keep my hot water going!"

Monday morning, another plumber came out; just opened the door to the tub from the linen closet and beautifully replaced the fixtures!

The sink in the guest bathroom began leaking. I called a plumber. He said the whole entire sink had to be replaced. The counter is squares of tile, and so old it could never be matched. He charged $98. to tell me he couldn't fix it unless I replaced everything. It's been leaking a gallon of water a day for six months! Since I don't water my yard, I'm entitled to leaks.

I was straightening up some things under my bathroom sink. I can't squat. I can just bend over. There was something under there that looked like a concrete block. I couldn't move it! How in the world did that get there? I decided it was a petrified box of Kleenex! Do I have a leak? The floor looks o.k. No water on it.

The air-conditioning technician came out for my semi-annual checkup. He said my thermostat was off 2 degrees. He would install a new one for $350. I'll have to think about it.

My outside garage light fixture went out. A new bulb was not the problem.

Then, my dryer quit heating. The lights come on. But it won't dry the two tubs full of bedsheets I just washed. I managed to drape them over the one rope line across the back of the garage, and over the lid of the washing machine. No problem with this 100-degree weather!

All this happened over a period of six months…plus for the last year, my water softener has not been performing correctly. I don't know what to do about it either. I prayed, and prayed.

Even told the Lord how to handle it: "Just let me be talking to someone about my problems and they will tell me what to do." No such luck. Until I was telling Wanda my troubles. She said, "Why don't you call Mike? He can fix everything!"

"I didn't know that…plumbing? Electrical? Dryer?"

There is a Scripture I often tell myself about: Psalm 27:14:

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart:

wait, I say, on the Lord."

I had waited…flustered for six months ! Mike (Jacob's father) fixed everything. He looked at those fixtures in the guest bathroom sink and said, "I don't see why they can't be replaced!" He did!!! In my bathroom, the sealant was gone causing water to fall below every time I washed my face! He replaced the fixture. He bought an A/C thermostat for $80; a new fixture for my garage light. Replaced my water softener ($800!) and the belt on the dryer ($20).

WOW! Every thing is working again! Mike is Mr. Wonderful, the handiest handyman!

"Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Psalm 37:4).

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