Thursday, May 19, 2011

Eliza

The day that Eliza was born Kristin, the friend, and I(Sha) went up to the hospital to see the little angel.  I almost felt like I was intruding, it felt like sacred ground.  Every birth feels that way to me.  Babies are so newly sent from our Father's arms and the veil is thin.  This was different.  Josh had had surgery just a few weeks before.  He was sick and seemed so fragile.  The uncertainty of his diagnosis and treatment was scary, making their emotions fragile as well.  As I walked into the room, I felt love.  When I looked at baby Eliza and held her I fell in love with her too, as was clearly written on Kristen, Josh and Grammy's faces already.  As Kristen held her I saw peace.  As Josh held her I saw joy.  That is what Eliza has brought, love, peace, and joy. 

Even though this year has been one of difficulty and trial, there has been a bright ray of sunshine in the Baumgarten's daily lives-Eliza!  (Not to say that the boys haven't been also, but this post is about her)  As Kristen was getting ready to have Eliza I asked her if she was excited. She said that she was excited for her to come but thought that the timing was way off and wished she could have her without all the chaos and uncertainty of Josh's diagnosis and treatment.  I remember thinking the same thing and my heart broke for them.

But now, at least for me, and I think Kristen would also agree, the Lord's timing of bringing Eliza was perfect.  Crazy to think that He would have known huh?;)  This little girl has brought so much love, peace, and pure joy into her family's life and those around her.  I have been privileged to witness the special bond that she has with each member of her family.  When she is around they light up and love eminates into the room.  It is precious to say the least.

A week ago we celebrated Eliza's first birthday.  Again, I felt privileged to be there, to capture it, to witness the love that she brings and that all have for her.





8 comments:

Cindy B from CA said...

Am so happy to see pictures of this sweet family. I am still quite upset about the cruel "anonymous" who led Kristen to want to discontinue making her blog available to all, but I understand her right to protect herself and her family. Keep hoping she will change her mind. Am happy to still be able to follow the family here and I continue to pray for hope-filled days for them, surrounded by good and caring people, who love them.

Mindy said...

Super cute pictures, Sha! I love that little girl... and her whole family!

Kristin said...

You made me cry Sha!! I remember that day we met Eliza so well. Your beautiful words described it perfectly.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful angel with us Josh and Kristen. Love you guys!!

Grammy said...

What a beautiful post. I have felt from the day that little angel was born that she was exactly that.....An Angel from a loving Father who knew Josh and Kristen needed her and the peace and joy she would bring with her, and for all of us who love our family.....what a blessing she is!!! BUT.....friends like you are to Kristen and Josh and their kids, you too are Angels that are AMong us!!

M&C said...

I agree! Love that little girl!

Josh and Kristen said...

Thank you Sha! I love you!

Ranger Kim said...

She is SO CUTE!

Mindy and Larry said...

Thanks for sharing the memories of Eliza's birth and her one her anniversary day! We love her, too! and her whole family!