Thursday, February 21, 2013

A New Life!

A new person exists. And her name is Ellis Virginia Coppins and she is my niece.

One week ago, she was not in the world. Her world was the inside of her mother's body. My world was much lighter and less wet than hers and also it had 7 billion people in it but none of them were her.

She was due to enter this world (my world) today, February 21. But instead of doing that (which would have been fine), she came on Sunday. This was even better, because I happened to be in New York City (her birthplace) awaiting her arrival. She came literally right on time (my time), and that allowed me to see her during the first hour of her time in this world (our world).

Now she has a whole life to live and it is the greatest thing to see it start. She gets to develop a personality and learn everything starting now. And I (and her parents and all the other people watching anxiously) will be witnesses to this new existence that all of a sudden is.

Welcome to this world, Ellie.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


I would like to take this opportunity to say that celebrating holidays is a completely valid thing and we should never stop doing it.

I have heard several anti-Valentine's Day arguments along the lines of "A day devoted to what we should be doing year-round is a just a little ridiculous."

But wait. Shouldn't we love Christ year-round? But we celebrate his birth at Christmas with trees and gifts and his resurrection at Easter with bunnies and candy. Shouldn't we be thankful year-round? But we gather with family and eat a plentiful meal at Thanksgiving. Shouldn't we honor our parents year-round? But we have one specific day to think about our mothers and a different specific day to remember our fathers. Shouldn't we be glad every day that we are still alive and growing older? But we have a birthday every year!

I like to have a reason to make a day a little special. I like to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and I like to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and I like to count down to midnight on New Year's Eve to welcome in the new year. I like to have a reason to bring some cheer into my life on every possible occasion.

Of course I agree that we should love whoever we do all the time. But I find no fault in celebrating love (or anything) in a special way on this Valentine's Day.