“I’m blaming John for this!” my cousin, Becky, said.
She was referring to that she recently found out that she’s expecting her first child! It brought a smile to my eyes and tears of happiness.
We had recently had conversations where she had told me that she was so moved by the photos of John with Nathaniel that we had for the services that her and her husband had decided that it would be a case of “when”, not “if” they had children. Becky was also fortunate enough to see how much John had loved Nathaniel.
Becky’s words also reminded me of a phone call where John called his co-worker and cycling buddy, Menassa, and told him something to the effect of, “I have a bone to pick with you… you convinced me to go on that cycling ride and Mary ended up pregnant.” That was how he told Menassa our good news :-).
I’d now like to share some of my favorite photos of John and Nathaniel. We never had professional family photos taken, but I treasure the photos that we have… they show the true undivided love that John shared for “the boy.”
To Becky & Josh: I wish you a happy and successful pregnancy and I hope you your baby will bring you the joy that Nathaniel brought to our lives!
I’ve found that John’s illness and death has left an impact on quite a few people. I’m glad that he can be blamed for your decision to enter parenthood! I can imagine the smile on his face and twinkle in his eye when he would have heard you say that.
Becky & Josh- Congratulations!!!