Brian and Sarah jump for JOY, as they wait for their little baby to arrive
I'd been building a den, with Grandpa under upturned chairs covered with blankets. We were listening to Rachmaninov. There's someone on the telephone who wants to speak to you, Gran said, peering under layers of wool to find us, hidden at the back eating sweets from her wooden bowl.
'Hello Daddy' I knew it had to be Daddy because who else would be telephoning me.
I heard a little cry then a guggle, and laugh come down the telephone, 'You have a little brother!'
Now my precious little brother is going to be a Daddy.
A better Papa is not to be found. Nor a better Mama!
Brian and my darling beautiful Vietnamese sister-in-law Sy Phan (Sarah) are going to have a baby any day now.
Master or Miss Cahill, will be my first nephew or niece, and it is a feeling, that seems to superabound words.
Deep inside I feel this joy.
The waiting for this baby to be born, has been a time of great excitement and pure joy.
Joy, this seems to be the best word to describe how I feel as we wait for the birth of this darling little fella, who will change all our worlds. In the bottom of my tummy there is a murmur, that smiles, and it rises up, bubbling to my heart, then into my head, and out of my ears and eyes.
I am about to be given one of the most precious gifts a girl can get. I am going to be an Auntie!
Already I adore this little one. Feeling his kicks against his mumsy's tummy, he is brave, and flexible, easygoing, bursting with music - singing, and playing instruments come easily to him, and full of rhytmn. He is a wee man who will bring much joy. He is free. He will rise up and call his Mummy 'Blessed'.
This word pours out of me.
Everytime I think of my brother and Sarah, and the life they have created my body is consumed by joy.
Even saying the word makes me feel giddly with delight.
Hanging out with Brian and Sarah as we waited for baby to arrive, we all felt joy.
This is a much longed for and wanted baby. A baby who will be looked after and tickled. Read stories and played with. A baby who will be cared for. Rocked to sleep and sung songs, in Irish, Vietnamese and English.
We are filled with the joy your creation and birth have brought.
We have been longing to meet you, and hold you, give you cuddles and watch you grow up.
You have been created little one, for 'such a time as this'. You have been carefully thought out, and put together, exactly as you are. There is no one else who can fulfil your purpose, no one else who can do the things that are in your destiny.
You carry the DNA of heaven, and you are born to create. May you always know what you create is as precious as you, may you rise up in your talents. May you love to dream and wander in your imagination, and may you use your hands to create works of beauty. Your life has been planned, you have been chosen. May the passions of your heart be full, and may you find excellence in the fields you pursue.
You can make a difference.
You will make a difference.
Your creativity is essential to this planet.
You are so precious to us.
We cannot wait to see your story unfold, and to have you as a part of our lives, and to be a part of yours.
I think of all the books I want to read you, and the stories I will tell you about your Daddy when he was a little boy and how he always new one day he would meet your Mummy, and he was excited. I'll tell you about how they met, and how much they love each other, and how much they love you.
We will laugh and visit the gypsy camp. Read stories and bake wee buns. We'll follow in the best traditions of Aunties - Auntie Bell, and squirt people with waterpistols and car window washers as they go by. We'll make dens with blankets and camp out overnight under the stars. We'll hang out with Auntie Nomes - who is sooooooooo cool, and take trips with her.
You are a little boy who is loved, and wanted and adored, and you will grow into a man who will be much loved in life. You are one who is seen as wise and one people know they can trust. You will love animals, and enjoy the ocean. You will like to laugh and will bring the gift of laughter to others. You are kind. You are patient. You make friends for life.
Little one, you are so welcome to our family, you are so loved by us all.
That's it for now...
Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable