A New Kind of Family

Early this morning, a new life was born into the world. Her name is Lilyann and she’s a beautiful little girl. I know a lot of little girls were born this morning all over the world, but this one has an advantage over so many others. She was born into a family with roots deeper than you can see.

You see, her parents live amidst a group of people who have been brought together by a common relationship to God. These men and women already had families which are scattered all over the continent; but the family they’re a part of now is something more. Little Lilyann doesn’t know it yet, but she’s one of the luckiest children in the world. Let me illustrate by walking you through the events surrounding her birth.

All weekend, while her mother and father were busy distracting themeselves from the never ending wait for this little girl’s arrival, a sister in her church(we’ll call her sister number one) was keeping her schedule clear so that she could rush to the side of the mother when that long-awaited moment arrived. The mother wanted a home birth, so this sister knew that she could be right in the middle of the action to encourage and attend to her needs.

The mother’s water broke at 10:30pm last night. She told sister number one that it would be a while before she was needed, so she should get some sleep. FAT CHANCE of that! In fact, she tried to get to sleep but it just wasn’t happening. She walked over to the mother’s house (just a few doors down) and stayed with her all the way through the birth, which happened at 3:40am this morning. The sister called us with the news at about 7:00am. Within minutes the whole church knew (that’s about 30 people in our group).

Because sister #1 was busy helping the mother with her new baby, her own children missed the bus for school. No problem. Four doors down there was another family ready to take up the slack, and the husband in that house loaded up the children and drove them to school for her. Now the fun really begins!

Two more doors down is another family poised and ready to help out with the events of the day. Sister number two from that house goes over to stay with the new mother while sister number three (from my house) takes the toddler that belongs to sister number one along with our own toddler to the store. Sister number two stays with the new mother while the new father goes to pick up his mother from the airport (note that she has to fly to get here). Halfway through the day, there will be another shuffling of the children, and honestly I forget which children will be with whom by 3:00pm this afternoon.

All I know is that little Lilyann has been born into a community. This community runs deeper than flesh and bone. Lilyann has entered into a child’s wonderland, surrounded by, not only two parents who love her dearly (who are themselves loved dearly by a dozen households), but also by about a dozen children who all live within a few houses of one another. This little girl will have at least a dozen brothers and sisters running in and out of her house over the next 18 years of her life, providing her with a community and an identity which will stick with her for life.

She will be surrounded by people who turn to the Lord for their every need, and who honor his name wherever they go. They will care for her, pray for her, feed her, house her from time to time–everything a family does. So many people to love her. Yeah, I’d say she’s a lucky little girl.


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6 Responses to “A New Kind of Family”

  1. Biker-Wench Says:

    She is a very luck girl to be a part of a community with so much help and caring. Tell the proud mom and dad ‘congratulations’ from me, a fellow blogger.

  2. Herobill Says:

    In case anyone out there finds this page… I know these people, and they really do live just like he described, pretty much all the time!

    Miss you guys, Neil! Praise the Lord for the privilege he’s given our children!

  3. Sarah Says:

    oh wow.
    I am so choked up.
    It sounds like such a wonderful “idealistic” situation,
    yet it is reality.
    What a blessing.

    Congrats to J and K!
    Love to Lilyann!!!!!

  4. Goody Says:

    What a joy to hear about the birth of Lilyann and her loving family. We rejoice with you as part of that extension. I am so delighted that our Jesus is manifested in Lithia Springs and known by the love he has scattered one for another.

  5. Brandon Thompson Says:

    hi Mr.Carter This is Brandon Wats up i was in your class last year at praise you are awesome. YOU Should Return Because you need to.

  6. Jesse Rogers Says:

    Hey carter, im that dude that never was awake in class! thought id leave you a comment.

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