I wrote about some of my favorite friends from seminary here. We got the opportunity to hang out last summer, when they were in the area, and we talked about being better at getting together. Of course, life intervenes. And we haven't actually gotten together. But, my friends, plans are in the works to do just that.
However, the circumstances behind our getting together could have been better. They were pregnant with their second child, and there was much excitement surrounding this upcoming new arrival. However, there were some complications, which required an amniocentesis to check the baby's lungs and afterwards, the baby's heart rate dropped and so they had to do an emergency c-section.
Apparently, when the baby was born she wasn't breathing and so the anesthesiologist had to do CPR. She was revived, but they were worried about the lack of oxygen to her brain. So she stayed in the hospital for a while, but now she's home and she seems to be doing fine, although it'll have to wait for developmental milestones to see if the trauma surrounding her birth has any lasting effects.
So, my friend Nate-Dawg (who is the father and classmate from seminary) called me to give me an update on their new baby, and in the course of the conversation asked me to be the Godfather. I, of course, jumped at the chance. So I met with El Capitan and told him the whole story surrounding this lovely little baby's arrival, and how I had been asked to be her Godfather, and so I said that chances were good I'd be needing to miss an upcoming Sunday. After much conversation, it was decided that the last weekend of this month would be the best weekend for me to miss, so I was encouraged to encourage my friends to choose this date for the baptism...
But, it will work. That's the date they chose. I've already secured the time off. I'm going to go and see my friends and I'll get to see their cute as a button son and their amazing new daughter. It will be a lot of fun, and I'll get to stay an extra day because it also happens to be a holiday weekend.
BUT, that is not ALL! This amazing baptism celebration will be the weekend after the Festival of Homiletics, which I will also be attending. AND there are quite a few of my friends and classmates from the Mothership who will be attending, three of whom I will be rooming with during the week o' fun and learning. I am super-duper excited to see these great people. Oh, and to learn about Homiletics, too.
And now, I have a couple feel good moments of the day to share with you:
In a conversation with a grandmotherly member of the congregation, she said to me, "I like El Capitan. I know him and respect him. But I feel like I've gotten to know you more. We have a relationship and I love you."
Then, sitting on a couch, next to a member of the congregation, he suddenly turned to me and said, "So how long are we going to get to have you?" I looked and him and said, "Well, I guess I haven't really thought about it." And he said, "Who decides that? Do you decide that or does the church decide it or what?" And I said, "It's my decision." To which he replied, "Oh. That's good. I hope we get to have you for a really long time."
And, also, my 7 year old best friend and his little sister who are ALWAYS excited to see me. Little Sis gets so excited to see me that I feel as if I'm some sort of celebrity the ways she gets so excited and then latches on to my leg whenever we're in the same room.