The night after Mom and Dad got here from Israel, we had a Hembd family dinner; Mark and Mercy came over, and Caleb and Leah, so all five siblings were together for the evening. We had a nice dinner and a nice evening visiting with one another.
The two littlest babies, Brooklyn and Charlotte, played happily on the floor. Brooklyn is crawling now, and growing fast. I commented on how big she was getting, and Leah said wistfully, "Yes, she's not my little newborn any more." Something in the way she said it made me think, Hmm...
So...I was delighted, but not completely astonished, when I got the news, a week or so later, that Brooklyn is going to be a big sister. :) Leah is expecting Baby #3 some time next February. I'm thrilled at the prospect of a new niece or nephew. And I'm happy for Caleb and Leah, who had to wait four long years for their first baby, but are now blessed with two smart and beautiful children, and are soon to be blessed with another, all being well.
Of course, as you may well know, Caleb and Leah will be leaving us soon, as Caleb is now a student for the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. While I am confident that Caleb is well-suited for the task, and happy that the Lord can use him in this way, I am also saddened to think that after two precious years of having all five grown Hembd siblings in one place and in the same church, one of them is leaving us, and taking his lovely wife and children with him.
Of course, if he is to be studying in Scotland over the next few years, then I might as well go visit him, right? I'm saving my pennies in hopes that I will somehow be able to visit him in Scotland before he completes his studies. :)