With the news still spreading to people of mine and my husband Kevin's announcement that we will be parents soon, we've been getting a lot of parenting advice.
The best part of partaking in all the new advice is watching the people's eyes light up as they talk about their child.
Yes, we've been seeing a lot of proud mama's and daddy's lately with grins and teary eyes at how proud of they are of their kid, no matter their age. It is actually very endearing to watch and listen to them all.
People have said to us that we will wonder what we did before we had kids, I'm sure we will.
People have said there is nothing else in the world like it, and I can't even begin to imagine it all.
Then there has been advice for us a soon-to-be-parents to get all the sleep we can get now.
But in all of the mental notes I've been taking lately, one thing remains the same for us as parents -- it is that we want to be the best parents we can possibly be for this child.
I can tell you right now, I know the only way I can be an effective parent for this child is to go ahead and turn every day over to the Lord.
I've already tried to start worrying about how I think I'm going to react to things and I'm already concerned about handling things the right way. I also know I could waste a ton of precious time with my child being too worried about stuff.
I do not want to be like that and I know with the Lord's help, it will all be fine.
Kevin and I have talked about what our prayers are for our child. You know, like I pray that he or she is a Georgia fan, and Kevin that the child is a Georgia Tech fan. If you know us as a couple, us being football rivals only adds to the fun we have out our house -- oh I kind of feel bad for our kid in that area.
In all seriousness, our prayers for our child are that he or she comes to know Jesus at an early age and truly has a heart for Him, that he or she understands what it means to walk with Jesus and to grow to love Him.
I know that Kevin and I have to lead by example and that is my biggest prayer for us as parents. Sure, we can talk until we are blue in the face about Jesus, but what good would we do for our kid if we don't live out what we say, or should I say live out who we believe in.
As I said before, I already know that I can't be the mommy I need to be without the Lord's help and I wouldn't want it any other way.
All this thinking about being a good example for our little baby Wells reminds me that I need to make sure that I'm already living out my life like I truly know that Jesus is my Savior.
So, join me this week in a renewal of living like we believe with all of our heart and soul that He is the very reason we have been given our next breath.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.