Today is David's birthday! He's our third child--and comes within the birthday week of our first three children--who are spread within four years of one another. David's birth was so exciting. When I was about 3 months pregnant, the doctor was sure I was having twins. (Andy is a twin, so we knew that was a possibility.) I was very excited--I wanted twins! So the doctor sent me for a sonogram to see if that was the case. It was my very first sonogram and it was so vague, I really couldn't see anything specific--even a head (sonograms weren't what they are now!)--but we did find out we weren't having twins.
We lived in Amarillo at the time and we'd just had a flood which came within feet of our driveway--it began at the lake by Western Plaza and went for blocks! Since our street was one which was passable and where people could view the traumatic event, streams of traffic were going down our street and turning around in our driveway to go back the way they'd come--with waves washing into our yard. I was certain we'd never be able to get out of our driveway if I were to go into labor! When I did go into labor, the waters had receded and the crowd had diminished. I'd begged my doctor to induce labor on July 28th--so my kids' birthdays would be in chronological birth order on the 26th, 27th, & 28th. He refused. But he told me I could take castor oil and see if that worked. It didn't. So we waited a week for David to make his appearance...in his own time. Little did I know that this was prophetic of David's personality. (Of course, we still didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl.)
After David was born, Andy brought Matt & Amy to to the hospital to see their new baby brother. They were so excited!! Amy stood at the hospital window looking at him and I could hear her saying, "She has eyes!" For a month, Amy called David "she or her." We could NOT convince her that she had a brother. She also couldn't remember his name. When someone would ask her what her baby brother's name was, she'd reply, "Goliath!" David was the best baby...he seldom cried and was perfectly content wherever he was. That also became an indicator of who he would become.
Let me tell you about David...
- David is a very easy-going person.
- David is a doer. Even though he's very laid back, he doesn't let grass grow under his feet. He's either working on a computer, building or remodeling something, or now...cooking maple syrup!
- David is very generous. He'd honestly give the shirt off his back if someone needed it--and probably has. He thinks nothing of loaning something that is his and if it's not returned, he'll just go buy a new one. No hard feelings. (Don't tell him I sent you!)
- David loves to laugh--and he has a great laugh! He also loves to make other people laugh by imitating others. He can laugh just like my brother, Bob. He can imitate a singer from our old church, comedians, actors, etc.
- I've watched David build strong friendships. He may surround himself with lots of friends, but I've noticed through the years that he usually spends quality time alone with one good friend. He doesn't need a crowd.
- David has a memory like an elephant! I once bought him a t-shirt that said, "I Speak Fluently in Movie Quotes." I hated watching movies with him when he was a kid--he'd tell me everything that was about to happen and then could quote the whole movie after watching it one time. I laughed when I saw that his children have this same gift!!
- David is a good, good daddy. He loves his kids and would do anything for them.
- David is a wonderful provider. Anytime David's been without a job, I've never worried about him. He's willing to do whatever it takes to provide for his family--even if he has to hold down three jobs at a time. He'll go to any measures to make sure they're taken care of.
- David has a genius mind. He's always learning and figuring things out. Even as a little guy, he would take his toys apart and then put them back together. He wanted to know how things worked. He's created computer programs, put whole systems together, figured out how to help a company advertise with an app (before that was a thing)--and how to train their employees to work better, and how to link benevolence ministries in an area together to compile information. I'm guessing his brain never shuts off--he's always looking for a better way.
- David is a peacemaker. He can talk people down who are overwrought and bring understanding between two sides.
- David is a gifted musician. He's a guitarist, a songwriter, a singer, and has been a worship leader.
- David has a teachable spirit. I remember when he began leading worship, he would take suggestions from his dad (a hard thing for most teenagers to do). But I've watched him do the same with others through the years. He has a humble heart--willing to learn from others.
David's name means Beloved--God has heard--Defender of Mankind--Ruler of the People. David is all of those things. He is greatly loved by me, his dad, his family, and his many friends. God has heard him and is answering--He's very passionate about David. David has an intense desire to defend others. David is and will be a benevolent ruler of others--he's gifted to rule. This is who God created David to be.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVID!!
I love you,