It’s been 3 months and 2 weeks since Cristina and I got married…..and the day has yet to come when I don’t wake up thanking Our Lord for having given me this gift. Sorry men….but I must say that I’m the luckiest guy in the world. What a gift Marriage is, my friends.
But just when things seem as if they couldn’t get any better, the Lord outdoes Himself, and the gift of sharing this life and this daily walk towards Holiness multiplies….and we’re given another gift.
Yep….that’s our little baby attempting to dance salsa
So now we are newly-weds AND new parents! What joy! God is TOO Good!
More than anything else, we are overwhelmed by this gift….in complete awe of the blessing that this child is and will be to both Cristina and me! (and any more children that The Father chooses to bless us with!)
I find myself spending my days daydreaming; hoping, planning and praying about all of the things I want to be as a Father and Husband. About all of the gifts that I hope to give to our children- our Catholic Faith, our joy and laughter, our love.
But I must be honest with you, too. I can’t help but think of all of the things I want to protect them from. The state of the world and of our society makes me nervous. (I don’t even need to go in to details about all of the problems in the world, you can simply read any news site or blog for that.)
I’m also realistic, though. I realize that there’s no way I can protect our children from all of the evils of this world. So I try to accept that and move on to a different goal.
So my wife and I are praying. We’re praying that He might give us the grace and strength to love. To love each other, to love our children and to love Our Lord.
We’re praying that we might raise up a family of children that might help in this fight against the Culture of Death, fighting the Evil One with Love.
But with that, we pray that our children will be free. Free to laugh, to love and to be exactly who God means for them to be.
Apart from being one of our favorite TV shows to watch occasionally on Netflix (we don’t own a TV or get Cable), The Cosby Show truly was one of the bests. As my mother says, it was “back when they made good things on TV”.
Obviously it’s a TV show…..and the family dynamic situations are ideal….but the one thing that makes the sort of things you see in that video clip believable is the overwhelming LOVE between Mother and Father, running down onto the children. Isn’t this the calling of us married folk? If our faith and prayer life directly fuels the love we share as spouses, won’t that be the greatest teacher of our children? The more I pray about how God wants to use me as a father and as a spouse, I realize that this will be the measure of my ability – how I love Christ through the Sacrament of Marriage. All else comes after.
And you know, now that I think about it, I’m not so worried about our children not having fun with Cristina and me. I’m more worried about being able to get any work done in our house!
Please pray for us and our new family! Check out our wedding pics and other stories from our crazy life here in NYC @ Catholic Cafe con Leche