From Mother to Son: To My Little Man

| 2/24/2010 4:20:00 PM

Tags: Ethan, Birthday,

A photo of the Sell family December 2009About this time last year, I was basking in your newness and feeling quite proud of my little boy. According to the hospital’s standards, you were just three hours old. But I knew better.

Your father and I had known about you since the previous June, when Dadda got a message of sorts out in the field. A name. A specific name had come to him over the course of the day. “Ethan.” At first, he was confused. We didn’t really know any Ethans in our life. Why should this name come to his consciousness?

When he told me about the name, I wondered if our attempts at creating a sibling for Elly had been successful. A few days later, I nearly threw up at the smell of breakfast cooking and decided to take a pregnancy test. We were very successful indeed!

Ethan. So that’s what we were told to call you. I had always liked that name and your father agreed that it was a good name for a man. Having a name for you, given straight from God, right from the beginning; you were a living being for a full ten months before we ever laid eyes on you.

Ethan as a baby


Becky and Andy
2/28/2010 1:46:00 PM

Cindy, KC, thank you for the comments. Yes it is hard to believe that a whole year has already passed. It's been amazing and wonderful and a blur all at once. KC, how cool that you have a son whose birthday is the same day! We have a friend who is a missionary in Scotland and she just had her second son...on February 19th! Must be something about special boys and that day. Thanks for all the love, friends! Becky

Cindy Murphy
2/25/2010 3:14:35 PM

Wow, one year old already!!! It doesn't seem like that long ago that you just announced the news here that you were expecting, Becky. Happy Birthday, Ethan!

KC Compton_2
2/25/2010 9:21:05 AM

Oh, how delightful -- and how wonderful for both Ethan and Elly to have such high parental expectations placed on them, along with such loving support to fulfill those expectations. Our children do best when we expect the best from them and it's clear that's how you two roll. And the very coolest thing is that 38 years ago on exactly the same date, I was going through the exact same process with the World's Most Perfect Baby Human Male myself. And he's STILL one of my favorite humans ever. Happy birthday, sweet family! Cheers, K.C. over here in Topeka

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