that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.

being aunt kater


I became an auntie this past week… for real! It was awesome. It IS awesome. What a lesson in patience though as we all waited by our respective cell phones to hear the news. I think I was utterly useless for three days as I prayed and wondered and hoped that my dear sister’s (the warrior woman she is) babe would arrive and thus, the wait — her wait — would be over. He’s such a sweetheart, baby Weston, but could being so far away stink any more? Probably not.

I think this lesson of patience and trust is only going to deepen and continue as the weeks or months pass before I get to meet him. Why did I ever leave Cal-gary, I have no idea… 🙂

Anyways, cute and perfect doesn’t describe him. From the few photos I’ve seen, I think that little man is a much more handsome heart-stealer than the rest of the guys in the world combined. There is a picture frame I’ve seen that says something like “all of God’s grace in one little face” and the perfect beauty of that baby is the greatest gift of love that I can think of to date that shows that God knows exactly what He’s doing.

I wrote the babe a letter a few months ago (found here) and the only thing I would add to it is: don’t grow up too quickly — since I clearly can’t get there fast enough!

Any ideas on how to get through this time of separation? Please, help me.


xox sweet one.

3 thoughts on “being aunt kater

  1. Yay!! What an exciting time!! And I wish that I had an answer for your dilemna… My own precious niece is nearing her 10th month birthday and I have missed her climbing stairs and everything… You will see him soon – and I hope to benefit from that as well: I could do with a Kate-visit. So excited for you and your family. xox

  2. Totally! Name a day… I need a Meg-visit too!

  3. Hey Kate….sweet one. I have come to the conclusion that an achey heart helps us to identify in the sufferings of Jesus. Let Him enter into that experience with you. Nothing we endure is wasted and your ability to love deepens with these agonies. And you are so lucky (blessed) to have facebook, digital photos transmitted in real time, iphone, utube; a host of amazing ways to stay in touch immediatly and continually. Although I doubt they’ve found a way to capture and send through email that wonderful baby smell….but I could be wrong. I lamment when I remember waiting, waiting, waiting for those precious photos to arrive in the mail. I wonder if you can even IMAGINE what that was like. Actually, I think its possible I may have met you the first time by opening a long awated envelope from your mom.
    xoxo U

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