Baby Lige August was born on September 27, 2012. Now, even though he is no longer a baby, but getting close to three years old, he is stilled called baby Lige by his siblings. This all began even before he was born. We knew he was a boy and that we were going to name him after my great grandfather Lige Earl Brush. Thus, he remains baby Lige to this day. Who knows how long he will be referred to as baby Lige; only time will tell.
It's interesting how with new life there is often death. We see it throughout our lives; death giving way to new life. The story of Jesus' death and then resurrection to new life. Not only did He physically die and then physically come to life again, but with His death we are promised new life. Jesus took our punishment that we deserve because of our sins. Because He did this, we now have a new hope, a new life transformed from the death of our sins to the life of His grace and forgiveness! Also, we are promised by His word that even though our earthly bodies may die, we will live with Him eternally. He has gone to prepare a place for us. Nature shows us that even though the daffodils and tulips "die" every year, they return to us in all their splendor every spring! So, we see this cycle of death and life all the time. Lige's birth in many ways reminds me of this circle of life.
Lige is such a whirlwind of a boy. He loves tractors, actually he loves any type of machine that is humongous! It is strange because I know this is supposed to be a "boy" thing, but I really have not gone out of my way to introduce my boys to "cars and trucks and things that go." However, they all have taken some interest in these things. Yet, I would have to say that Lige truly is intrigued by machines and seeks them out, searches for them when we are driving, and is normally the first to spot something ginormous with four wheels. I will forever love the memory of him standing at our front picture window watching, for what seemed like hours, the tractors working out in the field. Last fall we were blessed by the farmer who works those fields. He just so happens to go to our church and offered to take my husband and Lige for a ride one day! Besides being a tractor man, he also loves books and building with blocks or big legos. Like all children he loves and gets annoyed by his older siblings. But he truly has them wrapped around his little finger. He calls Samuel, Bubba and Brennan, Brenny, he calls Juwan, Ju Ju, and Lola, he usually says Lalo. Some funny things he says are: "I have idea!" He also calls marbles, Narbles. Another thing he does, which he got off the movie, "Box Trolls" is he will come up to you grab your hand to shake it and say, "Nice to MEET you!' The accent he always puts on the MEET. Some of his favorite books have been, "Machines at Work" by Byron Barton, "Cars and Things That Go" by Richard Scary, "Old McDonald Had a Workshop," and "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site."
Baby Lige...he makes my heart smile. I may not have a baby book for him yet, but this blog post is a start. My baby, the words on this page are only a small glimpse at the awesome little guy he is and continues to become. My prayer is that he will love the Lord with all his heart, soul, and strength!