Last week was an exciting week for my family as we welcomed two new additions to the clan. Identical twin sisters Everly Harper and Adley Quinn Maack arrived into the world around the noon hour on Monday, Jan. 4. These are my step-granddaughters, but in my world, love is thicker than water and blood, so I’m claiming them as my own.
They got to leave the hospital with mother and father on Wednesday to go home and meet big brother, Grayson. Grayson, who is 3 years old, was a little disappointed that they were not brothers, who he thought should be named Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. But I have a strong feeling that with time he’ll get used to the idea that sisters are OK. I’m not sure that they still won’t end up with the nicknames of Shaggy and Scooby.
I finally got to meet them in person this past Saturday evening. They were so tiny and so perfect. They were born weighing just a little over 5 pounds each, but had experienced that initial weight drop as most all babies do, and Everly was 1 ounce under 5 pounds. My wife and I, each, took one and fed them their bottles, and they ate like lumberjacks, falling asleep before the last drop of milk was sucked from the bottle.
They are so precious, helpless and dependent that it made me stop and wonder how could anyone harm such a sweet little defenseless baby. When we get news stories about adults harming, abusing and even killing children, it breaks my heart. I wonder what kind of demon possessed them to commit such a heinous act. I know anger can sometimes get out of hand, but I pray they would stop and think about what they are doing.
And then, I think the rest of the world should stop and think about what we are leaving behind for our young generations to face in the coming years. Damage control is essential, because some damage that’s done is irreparable. I’m so afraid for our nation as it struggles, neighbor against neighbor, in this time of political upheaval and unrest. Are we headed for another Civil War? Are we having our freedoms taken from us by those in power?
In the past when our nation was attacked, we, the people, stood together to form a stronger bond and work toward healing and unity. Today, it seems like we are attacking ourselves and breaking down our foundation that made us once the United States of America. How long can a divided house stand? We are weakening in the midst of a world power that would love to see our destruction.
Please, Americans, remember what our forefathers founded our country on so that we would have a better life. Let’s not allow the demise of our country to happen through the antics of power-hungry individuals or controlling political powers. The Declaration of Independence said, “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
If you are a praying believer, please pray for a healing of our nation, so our generations to come may know the freedoms that we experienced and the dignity of a united nation.
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Everly Harper, left, and Adley Quinn.