Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who has a quiverful of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with thier enemies in the gate.This verse, along with a handmade buckskin quiver holding 5 equally handmade Choke Cherry wood arrow shafts, all tipped with deadly sharp obsidian arrow points, hangs in our home. It was handmade by a boy who loved all things outdoor and who spent many hours in his bedroom tanning hides with the brains of dead deer. Those brains were rendered into mush in our kitchen blender! Tiny slivers of Obsidian sometimes littered his carpet, after all those hours making arrowheads, and I knew better than to enter there without shoes.
In fact, in those days I rarely ventured into that bedroom at all for fear of what I'd find or smell! His fascination with aboriginal skills and trapping pursuits could and would produce almost anything. I eventually resigned myself to it, chalking it up to all in the day of a homeschooling boy.
Remembering now the boy and all his wild pursuits, I sometimes marvel that we not only raised him, but that he turned out to be so fine a man. (Don't all parents have these thoughts from time-to-time, particularly when raising boys?)
This boy is no other than David Zachary Hostetter, our oldest son, who called this morning to say that he is the father of a brand new boy named David Justus Jude Hostetter.
We praise God for the advent of this latest installment in the Hostetter plan who came into the world at 11:20 January 31, 2010, weighing in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces to Zac and Caitlin. (I am told he has a shock of very dark hair and his birth was easy!) We also praise God that amongst this generation of young, Christian parents there are some who have come to believe that having children--sometimes lots of children--is truly an inheritance and a blessing. I know that isn't the case everywhere, but it is in our circles.
The name Justus is pronounced JUS-tus. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "upright, just". Biblical: an early disciple of Christ, a man considered as a replacement for Judas Iscariot as one of the 12 apostles.
I love this name with its Biblical significance and it seems quite fitting for a boy whose father worked for the King County District Attorney's office in Seattle, Washington. That career officially ended last Friday as the happy couple prepare for the next phase of their adventure, moving to Wallowa County to start private practice in his father's law offices.
We can hardly wait to watch our latest grandson and his toddling, big sister, Freyja Mae, grow up here. For now, I can only imagine what this new grandson's pursuits will look like, but if its anything like his dear old Dad's--all I can say is--get ready Caitlin!
Won't you please be the first to congratulate them via Facebook and watch for photos-- coming soon!