There are moments in life when time stops and you capture a glimpse of beauty, your future, a deep moment of love and it one of those perfect moments in time. The first time I saw Titus was one of those moments.
I spent most of my time during Eden's and Josiah's pregnancies thinking about how they would look, who they would favor. Would they have Larry's eyes or my freckles? I spent most of Titus's pregnancy praying for his health. I was so worried that my sickness would negatively effect him. I really didn't spend a lot of time thinking of his eye color or freckles. I continually prayed for a healthy baby.
The first time I laid my eyes on him I couldn't stop crying. He was perfect! He cried with strong lungs and was so pink and healthy looking all my fears began to subside. The doctor and nurses all agreed he was healthy, his apgar was 9.5. I had been mentally preparing myself for something to be wrong, yet as I saw him, I praised God that he was healthy, not only that, he was so beautiful! He was a perfect mixture of Eden and Josiah, which meant he was a perfect mixture of Larry and I. He was God's gift to our family.
Then I thought about the names we had picked for him. Titus is our Biblical name. It means defender and strength. We knew we wanted our son to be a defender of our faith. The biblical aspect of it was meant to be strong in the faith, I was praying for physical strength as well.
Simon is our Family name. My Grandfather and Father are both named Simon. Both men are heroes in the Faith and wonderful examples of the godly characteristics that we desire for our children to develop. Having our son carry their names is an honor.
The first time I got to see Titus.
Pawpaw, Simon Abe, Holding his namesake.