"I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart!"
Yes, the lyrics to "I've Got the Joy in my Heart" have been sung more than once at our house since my husband and I found out that we will be the parents of a little girl. And we are naming her Joy.
Of course, we've sung "Joy to the World" a few times as well, tis the season, right?
If my husband has said the phrase "I'm in trouble" once, then he has said it a thousand times. Many, including myself, thought I was having a boy. But my mother-in-law Janie called it from day one. And why not? She and my father-in-law George already have four granddaughters, so what is one more girl in the Wells family?
Did I mention how excited we all are? There are many other pregnant women I know, who have babies due after ours, that found out the gender of their babies weeks before we did. But like Janie stated, finding out at Christmas what we are having couldn't be topped.
There's also another funny little story about our coming baby. Kevin and I were at City of David's Christmas party the week before the big doctor's visit and we played an ornament swamp game. I received an ornament that spelled "Joy." I asked Kevin if he thought it was a sign. We both kind of giggled and he said, "Babe, it's Christmas, everything has Joy on it."
Needless to say, that ornament is so very special to us now.
Speaking of special, as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior on Sunday, I pray that you and yours make this year's celebration extra special. It is so easy to get into a routine of doing the same thing to celebrate His birth.
But maybe this time you'll read the Christmas story a little differently. Maybe you take the time to really think about how He was born in a manager and yet He is the Kings of Kings. Maybe you can take the time to explain to your children what His birth really means for this world.
He was born for a purpose -- to save this lost world and He loves us more than any of our human minds and hearts can imagine.
Maybe, as you sit surrounded by family and friends exchanging gifts, you can ponder that if it wasn't for His ultimate gift, where would any of us be?
Indeed, Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room.
Happy Birthday Jesus! And Merry Christmas, from Kevin, myself and our sweet little baby Joy.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.