Sunday, 29 May 2011

Ode to Asher

Well, I was going to start this off with my eldest, Jacob, but since it is Asher's birthday tomorrow, he gets to bask in the limelight.

 Four years ago today, I went to the hospital to be induced. I was 16 days over-due, and this baby was CLEARLY happy to be where he was. I was so adamant that this baby would come in his own time, and didn't want modern science to help me on my way. I had heard so many horror stories about people being induced, and how awful it ones, and I didn't want to a part of those stories!!

 Asher Matheus Jansen was born May 30, 2007. Weighing in at 8lbs 8ozs, he was a beautiful, big boy. My waters never broke through out the process, so Asher was born, still completely covered in the sack. The midwives were so excited, saying this hardly ever happened, and it meant that this baby would bring us good luck. Do I believe in luck?!? Not really. Do I believe that Jesus sent us this most absolutely, wonderfully perfect boy on purpose?!? No question. Asher is the most patient, kind, placid, loving, caring, and BEAUTIFUL boy you will ever have the privilege of meeting. He is too kind to his sister, and absolutely adores his older brother. He is my calm in the storm. If I'm ever having a horrible day, I just have to look at his face, and he instantly makes me smile. Before I was pregnant with Asher, I had a miscarriage, and for whatever reason, although it was a horrible time in my life, I always had this odd sense of peace about it all. From the very beginning, I always said to Jo that I felt as though that pregnancy wasn't going to work out. Why would I think that?!? I have no idea. But I feel like God was giving me that peace, to prepare me for what was about to happen. And would Asher have come about if I hadn't miscarried?!? Probably not. Is God in everything?!? Of this I am completely certain. And look at this perfect little man. How can you not believe that he was perfectly formed. Someone this incredible doesn't just 'happen.' Thank you, Jesus!! I am blessed to have him in my life, and so 'lucky' to be his Mom. HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY, BASH! 


  1. Astrid, that was so lovely. I t is a blessing to me that you shared that story. What an amzing testimate who God is and what he can do. I have had many friends miscarry and i have never thout about it that way. Our God is so good and perfect. Knowing just what we need. our second baby , Sara, is just like that. That lam in the storm, just dlike you said. God knew. Needed her to be like that.
    I love the way you write. I am so happy that you are posting. I am enjoying very much getting to know you. Have a blessed Birthday, Asher! What a cutie!

  2. Ok. Bawling. I love that little man and that post summed him up so perfectly! He's not just a blessing to you guys, he is to all the people he meets, me included! I love him so much, give him a squish from Auntie Jenny and tell him happy birthday! I'm late, as usual, with his present and it'll be in the mail tuesday(holiday on monday)....tell him I'm sorry:(
    And I too love the way you write, so excited that you posted!!