A brief pause in the “Recognizing the Church” posts to recognize something just as important…our son.
What can a father say in thanks for the family that God gives to him? I stand in awe everyday of the gift my wife and children are to me, and it is truly the greatest joy and satisfaction in life, when at 5pm each day I get to go home – to embark on my real calling – that of being “Dad”.
Twenty years ago, Mary and I said, “We do”, and now two decades later when we walk into a restaurant we say, “Table for seven!” So in retrospect, I guess it is appropriate to say “We did!”
John Patrick Cook is a miracle and a gift from God, as are all of our children and we celebrate each of them, especially the birth of the newest member of our clan born one year ago today. Words cannot describe my love for this little man, especially since he is one of those very special babies – you know the “late in life” surprise kind! Although Mary and I had no idea about his sudden entrance into our lives – our Father in Heaven knew all along that Johnny would be coming to our home. Thank you God that you are in control.
So little John today we sing to you in remembrance of your birth – from heaven to earth, August 27, 2008.
Many years little one! Many years.
PS Here are the rest of the kids – celebrating “Pascha” – or Easter as it known in the West. The bread is a gift from an Orthodox Monastery – the monks make a special “Pascha” sweet bread filled will all the things that we didn’t eat during the great Fast of Lent, that precedes the great Feast of Christ’s resurrection… things like butter… lots of butter…. and eggs! In short, it is good. I mean really, really good bread. Thus the smiles…! The fast is over let the feast begin.