From two to one

June 17, 2009 at 8:53 am 4 comments


Today our family celebrates an event that takes us from two to one. (No – I am not talking about splitting up!) Exactly twenty years ago, our dearest daughter Samantha was born. That means Sam advances from NineTEEN to Twenty today, moving up in status from a “TEENager” to “Almost an Adult”, thereby reducing the TEEN count in our family from Two to One. (Jerry is still a TEEN at sevenTEEN – see my blog entry about a boy growing up)

Whether this reduction in the family’s TEEN count is going to help us parents or not is questionable, but it is certainly worth pausing to consider this event, marked by a specific time-period called a day. God has in His Infinite Wisdom, has created order in both the Universe and in our World, and part of that is the creation of such distinct time-periods. In fact, right at the very beginning, in Genesis 1:3-5, God created the Day and Night, the basic markers for creating the larger time-periods of Weeks, Months, Years, and so on.

Such distinct markers provides opportunities for us to pause, to think back and remember as well as to look forward and hope. Today, my wife and I take that opportunity to think back to that day not so long ago when Sam, by being born, launched us on this great adventure called “Parenting”. We are filled with thankfulness to God for both the opportunity and the resources He provided to raise this little girl into the almost-adult she has become today. And on this day, as Sam looks forward to stepping into her twentieth year (as well as her final year of Undergrad study), we join her in anticipating the good things that are yet to come. These good things are part of the Good Plan that the Master has in store for her per Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.)

We are reducing our TEEN count from two to one today, and I see that as a good thing. God in His Infinite Wisdom, had factored in even this event in His Plan for us as parents. And just as my wife and I moved up from being just a couple to becoming parents through Sam, so also we hope and look forward to advancing to the next level.

So here’s to you Sam:

Number 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you  and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Have a happy 20th. With many blessings and all our love!

John and Sharmila (Dad and Mom)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sam  |  June 17, 2009 at 9:05 am

    thank you daddy 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. divianathan.g.mannivannan  |  June 30, 2009 at 2:01 am

    After a long time I rad your blog;This is woderful and beauiful and a classic to a daughter from mom and dad Regards

    Reply
  • 3. A Father’s heart « Letters from a Layman  |  August 20, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    […] is thinking about my children, remembering all the shared moments right from their birth until the present, and looking forward to the good things that God is going to bring their way. As a father, I have […]

    Reply
  • 4. Lue-Yee Tsang  |  October 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I hope one day I become as excellent a father as Sam testifies that you are. =)

    Reply

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