Baby and Uncle Aaron Update

I realize that it’s way beyond time for a baby update.  Speaking of time…where has it gone?!

Andrea will probably be admitted to the hospital this evening for an induction.  She is on blood thinner because of an autoimmune disease so in order to change and manage that medicine, her delivery had to be scheduled.  We would value your prayers for her and for their baby…our grandson!…during this process.

Aaron is up and down about being Uncle Aaron.  He is so focused on the issue that he is making himself nervous about it.  He talks and talks about being an uncle, to absolutely anyone who will listen…or who can’t help but listen as a captive audience in a check-out line, at their job, neighbors…

“I don’t WANT to be an uncle!” he declares. 

Then he listens as he is told once again that being an uncle is a fun job.  And that he will do a great job of being Uncle Aaron. 

“But I might have to change his diaper!” Aaron says.

And that has been the biggest subject of conversation for Aaron.  Changing diapers!

The nurse and staff at his day group have been so wonderful to help ease him through his diaper fixation.  Look at these pictures from this past Friday as once again the nurse let Aaron practice changing a diaper.  He’s always so excited to tell us that he passed the diaper changing test!

Added to diaper duty…which we have assured Aaron will not be required of him…is the actual trip to Texas to meet his nephew.  Aaron is not a happy traveler.  Therefore, his angst is increasing more than his excited anticipation. 

All these matters tend to muddy our own joy.

I knew this from the very beginning, though.

I knew that I would struggle with being far from Andrea during her pregnancy and during her delivery and recovery.

And especially, being too far away to meet my grandson quickly and often.

That’s why, on the very night that Andrea and Kyle told us back in May that a baby was coming, I knew that a struggle for me was ahead.

I know me very well.

The next morning, as I continued my study in I Timothy, I asked the Lord to give me a verse or a part of a verse to claim during these months…actually, years…ahead. 

God does not disappoint!

There it was!

A phrase in I Timothy 4:10 jumped right out at me and settled in my heart.

“…we have fixed our hope on the living God…”

I was so thankful!

My memorial stone was quickly written beside that verse:  Baby Kester, May 22, 2022.

How many times, when I have started down that path of wishing for things that are not to be…or I have begun to compare myself to others…or I have questioned God’s ways…this phrase has calmed and assured me.

For if I can’t trust God in this area of my life, when CAN I trust Him?

Then just last week, as I was in the book of Hebrews and reading about Moses in chapter 11, there it was again.

Verse 27:  “…Moses endures, as seeing Him who is unseen.”

Guess what the words “seeing Him” mean?

They mean that Moses’ eyes were fixed.

As in, “…we have fixed our hope on the living God.”

I was so touched that at the beginning of this grandbaby journey…and now nearing the end of the pregnancy…God once again told me to fix my eyes on Him.

This verb used in Hebrews refers to an artist whose eyes are fixed on the subject he is painting.  He focuses solely on the subject, not on the distractions around him.

Raymond Brown also points out that this word indicates a determined choice.

“Westcott says that it is used by classical writers in the sense of ‘looking from one object to another.’  We fix our eyes on the ultimate, not the immediate, on the eternal reward rather than our temporal gain.”

What I really want to get across in all of this is this:  I may be tired of my circumstances in some ways, but I am not hopeless!

I have fixed my hope on the living God!

God understands my desires and He knows my heart.

He keeps saying, “Patty!  Focus!!” as my eyes begin to wander to the distractions around me and I start to be discouraged or sad.

God is so good to me.  He understands and He does not demand perfection from me. 

Just trust, and hope.

Hope in the living God Who has a reason and a plan for every part of my life, grandbaby included.

Hope in the living God Who sent His own Son as a baby so that I could have that hope.

I hope I have happy baby news very soon!

And Aaron hopes that he really doesn’t have to change diapers!

Author: Patty hesaidwhatks

I'm Patty and I write about our adult son who has Epilepsy and Autism, who still lives with my husband and me, and who is a package full of many surprises and joys and challenges and TALK! Lots of talking, which creates laughter and some other reactions as well. I also write about how God shows Himself to me in everyday life.

31 thoughts on “Baby and Uncle Aaron Update”

  1. Oh my goodness! Covered your family in prayer as this joyous occasion is upon your family! Blessings for travel safety and joyful travel hearts from everyone 🤪 . We can’t wait to see pictures! Merry Christmas Patty!

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  2. What a perfect verse from 1 Timothy 4:10 to lean into during discomfort. I’m thankful our solid and faithful God is whom we can always turn to for hope.
    Praying for Andrea and baby boy’s health, that God grants you peace as you all transition into your new roles as grandma, grandpa, and Uncle Aaron.

    **I don’t blame Aaron about those diaper changes either, scary stuff!! 😉

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  3. Patty congratulations to you and to Gary. Congratulations to Aaron for not having to change his nephew’s diapers. Please give very frequent updates. Love you and prayers.

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  4. Thank you for sharing Patty!
    I quickly said a word of prayer for Andrea and the baby.
    Like Aaron, I too dislike diaper duty 😂
    Thank God for the ability to fix our eyes on Jesus. Merry Christmas to you and your family ❤️

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  5. Patty, I am covering your family in prayer. Praying for travel mercies, a healthy baby and Mom, and for Aaron to stay calm. Fixing your hope on the living God and His promises; is always the best answer.💖🙏🌺

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  6. As I’m reading a few days beyond when you posted this, so I’m hoping you are enjoying some face to face time with your grandson and praying that your daughter is recovering well. How beautiful that the staff at Aaron’s day group is helping him prepare for his nephew’s arrival. Looking forward to some baby pictures. Enjoy your family time and Merry Christmas!

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  7. What a wonderful blessing God gave you in those bookend scriptures, Patty! As for Uncle Aaron, I have a feeling he’s going to fall in love with his nephew. Maybe he’ll even volunteer to change a diaper or two–just to demonstrate his new skill!

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  8. Patty, I understand what you mean. It’s like the Lord is literally speaking that verse to your heart as you read it. It’s hard to explain to another person. I think that’s why the Bible says that “the Word of God is alive and active”. (Hebrews 4:12) I am so thankful for the gift of His precious Word. Blessings!

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  9. Having a grandson living further away, I love using Face Time to connect and see him. Aaron may love this too? It might help him accept his nephew easier. My granddaughter Face Times me all the time and my other grandson likes to talk to me on Alexa, they live 15 minutes away. Lol I never dreamed technology could keep us so connected.

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