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Putting Things in Perspective

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


I’ve spent the past three weeks sleep-deprived and perpetually behind in just about every area of my life. My routines have been shredded, my energy sapped, my patience eroded, and my disciplines decimated. My home office is a mess, I can’t seem to get into a groove at work, and I haven’t written a new blog post in weeks.

You know how that makes me feel?

Just fine.

Why? Because on Sunday evening, November 27th, my wife gave birth to our third child—a healthy baby girl we named Elena Grace. You might think by #3 this would become old hat. Not even a little. This tiny miracle overwhelmed Sarah and I just as much as her older brother and sister did when they arrived.

We experienced anew that dizzying transformation that occurs when you see your baby born and hold that fragile new life in your arms. In an instant, football games, parking spots, and what you have planned for lunch become meaningless. How much money you make, what kind of car you drive and whomever you’re trying to impress all fade into futility. In that moment, what’s truly valuable becomes pristinely clear.

Perspective has a way of changing how you see things.

So, despite drowning in diapers and snatching naps when we can get them, Sarah and I wouldn’t trade one second from the past few weeks. We’ve so enjoyed getting to know little Lena and watching Luke and Lucy welcome her into their confidence. It hasn’t been neat or easy, but we’ve been able to put first things first—to care for a newborn while helping Sarah recover—all thanks to the great company I work for and the support of our family and friends.

Thanks for all your well wishes—I look forward to the stories Lena is bound to inspire…

Where could you use a bigger perspective today?

  1. Anonymous
    December 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I just jumped out of bed, got my coffee and that “mental worry engine” was already in full throttle! Your blog stopped me dead in my tracks…..wow….seeing the picture of those little feet, the amazing gift you have been given, your comforting words describing it all……..I now have the perspective I need.
    Thank you! God Bless you and your clan!

    • December 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Pete. That “mental worry engine” can crank up pretty early, can’t it? Glad I could help a little. Have a great day!

  2. December 19, 2011 at 6:27 am

    What a great post to read just before doing my morning devotions. Think I’ll talk to Jesus about perspective today! Thank you for the attitude check.

    • December 19, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Kari—hope you had a great talk!

      • December 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        We did! My “Sunday Reflections” post today is what came as a result of that talk. Thanks again!

  3. December 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    What an inspiring and beautiful post! I gotta say, perspective can be such an elusive thing sometimes but miracles such as Elena Grace put everything back into proper focus. That’s how life works. It gives distinct moments of clarity to those who are ready to see. Thanks again Geoff for a touching post and I wish you and your growing family the very best.

    • December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Danilo. I guess the trick is, how do we keep ourselves “ready to see”?

  4. December 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    you made me cry into my breakfast 🙂 Congrats. And I love the name

    • December 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Rachel, can’t wait for you to meet her! Of course, it’ll probably be a while (unless you’re planning to be on this side of the world anytime soon).

      • December 20, 2011 at 3:09 am

        Unfortunately we’re not planning any big adventures 😦 But I believe it’s our turn to show you some excellent hospitality

  5. Shara
    December 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! That’s a great reminder for me – mommy to a now 5 month old who sleeps through the night. Congratulations to you!!!

    • December 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Looking forward to that 😉

  6. December 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    May You and Your Beautiful Family continue to be Blessed in the New Year!!

    And, Thank you for providing us all with a clear picture of Priorities ♥

    CONGRATULATIONS and ENJOY Your Children, for as I am sure I don’t have to tell you, they grow up WAY too quickly!!

    And this is where it was supposed to go =S

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