12:30 comes early , or late, depending on your point of view. To me it was early this morning. I was staying over at friends while my house was full of family. I think I actually laid down at around 10:45PM. We had, giving honor and glory and praise to the father of lights. I do believe he was pleased with everyone and everything. His presence carried us to new levels. I was very tired, exhausted and really a little apprehensive about what the next day would bring. Jennifer and Sean and the girls were flying out the next morning, and Hernan, Lisa and Lisadawn were leaving around lunch. I was already dreading being alone in the house. It seemed like I had just gone to sleep when the phone rang. It was Lisa telling me that I needed to change my plans. She was going into labor. I was going to be a grandfather! That was obviously no surprise. But so soon after the service, that was a surprise! Being the calm granddad that I am, I tried to go back to sleep until she needed me. I figured we were in for a long day. After all her last labor was over 12 hours. I forgot that Julia had told Lisa a couple of weeks ago that she dreamed that the baby came very quick this time.Now I always figured that Lisa would have a girl. You see, my father had 4 sisters, I had 3 sisters, 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters. So the odds of a grandson have never seemed high. But you can always hope. With all the modern technology, you think that I would have known whether it was a girl or a boy. But that’s if you use the modern technology. Lisa is all about natural, organic, and home births. Julia and I have learned a lot from her about healthy eating and living. Julia was gung – ho about it all. Me, I had to be brought into it slowly. It’s been a few years now, and I am a believer. I haven’t had a diet coke in over 3 and a half years. I’m healthier than I have ever been. My blood work is better than ever and I attribute most of these results to healthy eating. But lets get back to the sex of my future grandchild. Being a man, I obviously was hoping for a boy. Lisa had a name picked out and I was ready. She still hadn’t picked out a name for the girl. Then came last week’s tragedy with Julia. After her passing, we were in the hospital when Lisa told me if the baby was a girl, she was going to name the baby Julia. That shifted everything in me. Now I wanted another granddaughter more than anything. I felt that it would be a blessing for God to bring another Julia into my world.
So here we are, two trips to Wal-Mart later, and she is delivering, right in our house, with the whole family there. It was such a blessing to have a birth, pray for life and health. The goodness of God released in our presence with a new promise of life. It was as if Julia talked to Jesus and asked if he would arrange a perfect night for us in what would have been a grief filled night. I’m crying as I write this now. The tears are a mixture of joy and sorrow. I know there will be many days of joy, and some days of sorrow. I heard Graham Cooke talk about Gods grace. He said Grace is Gods divine gift to enjoy and Gods divine gift to endure. Today has been full of Grace. The good news is I’m still here with family. Jennifer is staying until Thursday, and I’m not sure when Lisa and the gang are leaving. As I close tonight I know that sometime this morning around 3AM Julia met Julia, and that is good.
Oh, I don’t want to leave you hanging. After our first date in April, Julia and I dated 2 more times. It was a long distance relationship. I graduated from Pilot Training in Texas on July 8, and we were married Sat July 11 1971.