Hope springs anew!

WOW! What a furious 72 hours! But it all came to a conclusion… and a new beginning yesterday at 1:55 pm when Aaron Tyler Alvey was born to Sam and Valerie Alvey! And he’s a keeper!

I’m not one of those people who believes that all newborn babies are pretty and I’m probably a bit biased but he is unbelievably handsome; a real cutie! He is 3 pounds – 10 ounces and 17 inches long. Pretty big for a guy who is supposed to be 7 weeks early.

Mom’s blood pressure spiked early Monday morning which is why they made the decision to do a C-section but Valerie is doing fine and resting well. Sam was totally there for her and a rock, even holding the bucket for her when she got sick.

And the best part is that Aaron is breathing on his own! That’s huge for a preemie! He’ll no doubt spend weeks in the hospital but he’s got a good, strong start on life.

Throughout the day as I caught glimpses of Japan and the devastation there I couldn’t help but think of the cycle of life. Nothing can replace those lost in the tragedy but hope springs anew with each new baby. Nearly 350,000 world-wide each day!

Pray for Japan! Pray for Aaron’s growth! And thank God for those who are part of your life! Then – most importantly – tell them that you thanked God for them!

And a special shout-out to our H’town church family. You’re the best! Thank you! We love you guys!

So now comes the tough part! What form of “Grandpa” should I go by? I’ve been playing with a new plug-in for my blog that allows for polls so I thought I’d try it out and get your opinion. Cast your vote and let me know what you think!



Filed under Family, Gratitude, Hope, Poll

21 responses to “Hope springs anew!

  1. Heidi

    Alvey Family,

    Congratulations! We’re so happy both Valerie and Aaron are doing well. Let us know if you need anything. We’ll keep praying for the whole family.

  2. Diana

    Being a grandparent is wonderful. Susan and you are great parents so I know you will be terrific grandparents. My Prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  3. Steve

    “Con-grandpaw” and welcome to the club!

  4. Darla Randall

    Whatever he calls you he will equate that name with LOVE!

  5. Nate Logston

    Wow! So happy for you all and so glad little Aaron and Valarie are well.

  6. Carolyn Poer

    Congratulations to all.
    So very thankful for God’s care.

    Sounds as if little Aaron is strong and we pray he will grow to be strong in the Lord with such a great family.

    Blessings to all.

  7. Stacy

    Congrats! Christy kept giving me phone call updates the last few days since I am a Facebook flunkie. We said many prayers and WOW! Isn’t He amazing – He can make life happen in 3 whole pounds! Just so happy that Valerie is doing well and Aaron is already giving his dad a run for toughest guy in the house. Love you all. Will keep praying for everyone.

  8. Kurt Alexander

    Praise the Lord! I will continue praying. As far as what you are called, I really like Pawpaw because that is what my grandson called me on his own not Papaw, but I’m biased 🙂

  9. Mary Jo Thomas

    Rick – Congrats! My favorite term is Pappy because that’s what my kids call my Dad but for you – G’Daddy – sounds very upbeat just like you. Tell Daddy, Grandma and all the new Aunts and Uncles Congratulations too!!

  10. Sandy Campbell

    How wonderful!!!!
    What a blessing. I am so thankful Aaron and Valarie are doing so well. Sam, you are a blessing to your beautiful wife and son. You all are in our daily prayers. Congratulation Grandma, Papaw, Aunts, and Uncles.
    Love and Blessings
    Sandy and Bobby

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