Anticipating the Arrival of My Niece


| 4/7/2009 4:16:00 PM


A portrait of the author, Caleb Regan“It’s a …”

I received this text message from my brother, Josh, earlier today while I was at work and he was either sitting in, or just leaving, a doctors’ office. A minute later, his next response came, “Girl.” My brother and his wife, Nikki, will welcome a little baby girl into their family in August, God willing, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Josh and Nikki at the wedding

Sometimes in life, we’re hit with one of those moments that make you take a step back and go, “This is going by fast.” Usually, it’s holidays and birthdays and dates that make us remember loved ones that have passed on. In this case, it’s a great feeling to be getting older.

And it felt even better to get the next message from Josh, saying, “It looked really healthy.”



There are many things that I’m looking forward to doing with my niece and her Daddy: watching football, grilling out, hunting and fishing … it turns out I don’t do a lot of the things little girls do, but you know what?! I’ll give anything a try to earn the affection of this particular little girl.

Hank Will_2
4/20/2009 1:23:35 PM

Hey Sherry -- I could write a book about all the different things Erin, Alaina and I did together when they were small. These days we don't go fishing but we do get together a couple of times a year to cook and eat and sit around a campfire at the farm. I wouldn't trade any of those experiences, not even the ones where I had exasperated them to tears, or made them upset by saying no. I could write another book on all the wonderful things that the girls taught me about life, unconditional love and communication style differences between the genders.


Sherry 'Woodswoman'
4/18/2009 9:56:31 PM

Caleb ~ I posted my current Blog "The Catch" because of your post. I hope it shows you how girls don't always fit the stereotype. ;) Hank ~ Your post reply brought me to tears. I envisioned my dear father writing those words. My father, Chuck, passed away at age 60, very suddenly, but with dignity from brain cancer. He was a Woodsman. He saw more sunsets and sunrises from a boat or stream than a dozen men put together. I know your daughters treasure you, just as I treasured every moment, of every day of my life with my father. Sherry http://www.grit.com/blogs/blog.aspx?blogid=3456


Ken Romero
4/14/2009 3:06:20 PM

Regan, I know you really well and you'll be fine with your niece. She'll be overly loved (and protected) by all the Regan men. She'll just be another addition to the Regan clan that loves the outdoor life. She'll be right there with all the Regan men wanting to do whatever her daddy and uncles are doing. She'll be the best little tomboy around. Show her unconditional love and all will be good. Congrats to you, Joshua and Nikki.