My boy 💙 I recently read an excerpt from CS Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” where he says—in regards to giving oneself to Christ—that we’re often like an honest man paying taxes: we hope there will be enough left over to do as as please with it. . He goes on to say Christian way is paradoxically both harder and easier. That in one breath Christ says, “Take up your Cross...” and in the next “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” . And I feel that excerpt has pretty much summed up fatherhood so far. It has simultaneously been one of the easiest and hardest things I’ve ever done. . On the one hand, it’s this person that demands all of you all the time (and this is so much more true for @kristaajones—shoutout to all you moms out there). There’s no reasoning with him to keep a more consistent routine, or asking for a few hours to yourself, and I never know if I’m doing the whole dad thing “right” (evidenced by the amount of times I’ve asked our pediatrician, “So, what do I do with him?”). . But on the other hand it feels so natural. I’ve felt a love that’s qualitatively different than I’ve ever felt before: instantaneous and unbounding—and in that respect, easy—for someone I had never met. Different than the love that’s grown over many years between @kristaajones and me, that probably like many marriages required lots of work. . The whole thing is good, though. And I think it’s taught me what Lewis meant when he states towards the end of that excerpt: “I must be ploughed up and resown.”
When @kristaajones found out she was pregnant, she told me we were having a boy. I thought for sure it was going to be a girl. . And then at the beginning of last week, Krista told me she thought she was laboring. I told her it was probably Braxton Hicks (she had been having a bunch throughout pregnancy), and that it could be another 4 weeks before we meet baby Jack. . And then when we went into the hospital for a labor check on Friday. I may have insisted we stop at Wawa on the way because I thought we’d be sent home. She said she didn’t think we would. . Turns out she was right. . Baby Jack, let this be an early lesson: Always listen to your mother. . I wish I had words to articulate how happy and grateful I am for these two, and what I’ve been feeling this past week. @kristaajones I’ve loved watching you become a mother, and can’t wait for all that’s to come for the four (gotta include Goose 🐶) of us. . Welcome to the world, Jack David Jones. 📷: @jillypowers
It’s all baby books for me and Goose.