My Bold and Courageous One

July 11, 2013

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I looked at Koa just now, and I saw something.

I was putting him down for his nap, and he was swaddled up, his little arms pinned to his sides, his sweet head poking out from his baby blue burrito body.  He looked at me just before he fell asleep in his Moses basket, and he smiled, and I saw him.

And he was not Adlai.

He is almost four months old, and for almost four months, honestly, he has looked to me like a carbon copy of the baby I nursed 2-and-a-half years ago.  I have called him Adlai by mistake several times (and I’m sure I’ll do it hundreds of times over the next 50 years, if God lets us all live that long), because he reminds me of his brother.

But when I saw him just now, when he smiled at me with his blue eyes and his cheeks made rosy by either the warm sun or growing teeth, he was Koa David.  Not a smaller version of his brother, any more than I am a younger (certainly not smaller) version of my big sister.

What I glimpsed just now is the man he will be when I know him, when I’ve seen his best and his worst and everything in between, and when I have to let him go because he has things to be getting on with: maybe a girl to marry or a plane to board.

Whatever that thing is, it will be different from his brother’s.  And just as his eyes are different from Adlai’s and I see that now, so is his heart.  He is my bold and courageous one, and I can’t wait to know him.

6 responses to “My Bold and Courageous One”

  1. Heather Blackerby says:

    I’m too pregnant to read your blog these days. Stop making me cry with your beautiful words of reflection. 😉

  2. Faith says:

    Heather – xxx

  3. That is beautiful, Faith! I wish I had the chance to meet both of your beautiful and courageous boys in person!

  4. julia says:

    I completely agree with Heather! I am due with our second boy 4 days from now ( so, anytime really). I have found myself reflecting on this very idea . Will he be like his big brother? Is it possible to love them both so much? How will he need to be loved compared to my other son? Will they love each other? And, as you know, the questions go on and on. Thank you for sharing this personal and beautiful moment with us!

  5. Sara says:

    I got chills reading this.

  6. MaMama says:

    This is so sweet, Faith! And Koa is precious! Love all of you!

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