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    January 6, 2008

    Guest Post by Antique Daddy

    As I was going through my files from my old computer, I came across an email from which the following was excerpted.  It was written by Antique Daddy when Sean was about a year old back in 2004.  His words serve as a much needed reminder that both time and life are fleeting, delicate, miraculous and inexplicably intertwined. And that these things belong not to me, but to the one who created them.

    * * *

    Late every night, long after Sean has gone to sleep, I make my way through the darkness and quiet of the house to his room to check on him. Through the faint glow of the nightlight, I look down on his sleeping face. I touch his little fingers. I put my hand on his little head. I look and listen to see that he is breathing. I think about the life that is in him and the life that he will lead.

    I put my hand on his tiny chest as it rises and falls and I say a prayer of thanksgiving for the miracle that God has performed. I thank God for taking what the doctors had said was impossible and making it possible. I thank Him for answering the prayers I offered in the dark of night, when I would awaken and feel the emptiness of knowing I would never have a child.

    Those prayers were not just that He perform the miracle of allowing a child to be conceived, but that He would form that child whole and safe in the womb, that he would write His name on his forehead, that he would form in him, the heart of a servant, that He would only do all this on the provision that this child would be dedicated to His kingdom.

    I raise my hands in praise and I thank Him from the depths of my being and vow that I will praise Him and thank Him all the days of my life for this little boy who sleeps in this crib.

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    Sleeping Miracle –  Jan. 2005



    1. Llama momma says:

      Thank you. I needed this reminder today…

      January 6th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    2. Lesley says:

      Beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes.

      January 6th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    3. Neighbor Jane Payne says:

      How very moving. Thanks for sharing this and please thank AD for writing it.

      January 6th, 2008 at 11:03 am

    4. AB says:


      January 6th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    5. Heidi says:

      Oh…choking up…thanks for this beautiful post.

      January 6th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    6. Daffodil Hill says:

      Such a beautiful post! What a different world this would be if every child was as loved and appreciated as your Sean! You are blessed!

      January 6th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    7. CircusKelli says:

      Such beautiful and honest words… very moving.

      January 6th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    8. Mrs. Who says:

      I kept my little grandson overnight last night and I know just what you all mean. He was two pounds when he was born prematurely and now is a beautiful, healthy, completely normal two year old. Thank God for him. And for all our wonderful children. They make our lives complete.

      January 6th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    9. Jackie says:

      What a beautiful picture and post. I have a two year old and five month old, both girls. One of my favorite things to do is watch them sleep.

      January 6th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    10. chaotic joy says:

      Ah, you are a family of beautiful words apparently. This was lovely.

      January 6th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    11. Sarah S. says:

      And how gracious God is for allowing such a miracle as Sean to be born into an Antique family to recognize him for the miracle he is.

      What a beautiful post.

      January 6th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    12. Katiebod (Roses are Red, Violets are Violet) says:


      January 6th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    13. Susan says:

      What a beautiful family you have–every, single one of you.

      January 6th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    14. Beth_C says:

      How beautiful! Seems Antique Daddy is just as wonderful with words as you!

      January 6th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    15. jessica says:

      That is precious! A sweet reminder to praise God for my sweet, healthy, precious babies today!

      Antique Daddy sounds like a keeper!

      January 6th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    16. Karen @ Simply A Musing Blog says:

      Poignant and beautiful. Your family is blessed to have a leader like Antique Daddy! 😉

      January 6th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    17. Heather says:

      So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

      January 6th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    18. angela aaddleman says:

      Oh! How I wish every person knew felt the same about these truly precious souls. Beautiful post.

      January 6th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    19. Paulette1958 says:

      This was so beautiful AD, I wish every father in America could express the depth of this love for there child, the world would be such a better place if they could. Sean is a blessed little boy as well indeed.
      Beautiful and heartfelt.

      January 6th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    20. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much for this reminder today- my son is 4 1/2 weeks old, and in the middle of all the exhaustion & confusion of raising a newborn, this post was a real blessing to me!!!

      January 6th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    21. Becci~PowersTwinB says:

      My sons are 30,35,and 36…this is such a beautiful post, I closed my eyes at the end and remembered my sons sleeping in their cribs! Children are a blessing, but daddies are also a huge blessing! Beautiful post!

      January 6th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    22. Dawn says:

      …And that these things belong not to me, but to the one who created them.

      -I really need to be mindful of this daily.-

      …but that He would form that child whole and safe in the womb, that he would write His name on his forehead, that he would form in him, the heart of a servant, that He would only do all this on the provision that this child would be dedicated to His kingdom.

      – Oh that the heart of more parents would choose this wisdom –
      t’was a blessing to visit here today! Thank you

      January 6th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    23. Jenny says:

      That is very beautiful.

      January 6th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    24. Julie says:

      Antique Daddy rocks.

      January 6th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    25. Sue says:

      Sniffle. What a sweet dad. What moving thoughts.

      January 6th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    26. Confused Foreigner says:

      We hear and see a lot of stuff in the world that is really sad, and twisted and wrong.
      What Antique Daddy has written is such a picture of rightness. Goodness. Thankfulness.
      Thankyou for sharing that.

      January 7th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    27. Renna says:

      If all the fathers in the world felt that way about their children and toward God for the gift OF their children, this world would be a drastically different place.

      January 7th, 2008 at 3:03 am

    28. Eliza says:

      You are blessed with a wonderful husband and great son. Love this post, love your family, love you..

      January 7th, 2008 at 3:17 am

    29. Fiddledeedee (It Coulda Been Worse) says:

      That was beautiful, Antique Daddy. I cherish every moment that I still have a boy who sleeps in his crib. These days are indeed fleeting. In a blink of an eye, he will be taller than me, asking to borrow the keys to the car.

      Precious gift from God, in Spiderman pajamas.

      January 7th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    30. Carola says:

      You have a wonderful family!

      January 7th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    31. Jackie @ Family Daze says:

      ” . . . that He would write His name on his forehead . . ”

      I love scriptural references and so appreciated ADs beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.

      January 7th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    32. Shalee says:

      You tell that AD that although I liked him before, I like him even more now. His words are precious and awing at the same time.

      How right he is, says she with the 8 year old who is about to pass her in height… Time is passing too quickly, yet I know that God has great things in store for my little man. That makes this fleeting time a bit more bearable.

      January 7th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    33. Betty G. says:

      What a beautiful tribute to your son. Your husband has a wonderful, loving heart. You are truly blessed with TWO special men in your life.
      How blessed you are to have a praying man in your home and life. Every child and wife should be so blessed.

      Betty in Oklahoma

      January 7th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    34. Tina says:

      What a little blessing. I remember praying that for my little girl. My boys came to me whole and already potty trained because they are my blessed step-sons, and their daddy prayed the same prayer for them. 🙂

      January 7th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    35. Amanda says:

      Thank you for sharing Antique Daddy’s precious words. Babies are indeed such a glorious miracle, a rare treasure. How amazing that A.D. was not only cognisant of that fact, but able to articulate it in such a beautiful way. I appreciate you sharing something so personal and lovely…

      January 7th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    36. Veronica Mitchell says:

      So lovely. It made me feel grateful too.

      January 7th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    37. nan says:

      When my first baby was a colicky monster, I spent weeks wishing I could run away. But then oh, when he fell asleep! I would just look at him in amazement at the hugeness of his blessing. Instead of going to have a shower/eat/nap, I would sit and look at him and be grateful. What is it about a sleeping baby that makes us religious?

      And with writing genes like that on both sides, hoo boy! We had better watch out for Mr. Sean Antique’s career as a writer!

      January 7th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    38. Elaine says:

      How eloquently put. I have always checked on my babies at night too, there’s just something about their sweet, sleeping faces and little bodies breathing.

      Thanks for sharing you and your husband’s words and prayers. Beautiful…

      January 7th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    39. Tammy/Photography for Fun says:

      Absolutely beautiful.

      January 8th, 2008 at 3:05 am

    40. bee says:

      Beautiful! Sniff sniff!

      January 8th, 2008 at 11:00 am

    41. JD says:

      Just beaitiful.

      January 8th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    42. JD says:

      That’s what happens when you’re typing w/ one hand, holding the baby w/ the other! 🙂

      January 8th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    43. Refrigerator Art blogger says:

      Right on! Children really are a gift from God. Mine are 9 and 10, and I still regularly thank their Creator for entrusting me with their care and allowing me to be such an important part of their lives.

      January 8th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    44. Praise and Coffee says:

      Oh that is so cool!


      January 8th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    45. Twisted Cinderella says:

      That was simply beautiful!

      January 8th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    46. Roxanne says:

      Just lovely.

      January 8th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    47. Andrea Bell says:

      How beautiful. I feel the same way when I watch my little miracle sleep at night. It never gets old. Thank you for sharing that.

      January 8th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    48. Sally says:

      The family of Antique is truly blessed, and it is evident how thankful you are for the gift of this little miracle.

      January 11th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    49. Emily says:

      That is the suhweetest thing I have ever read! Since I haven’t cried enough today, I finished the day off with another good cry.

      January 13th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    50. Melanie says:


      January 15th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

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