by L. H. Hall
April came to a close. When the girls left for the ravine a day or
two apart, they both ordered Sarah to hold off until they got back.
Debbie returned, to find Sarah doubled over with pain. It did not
last long but in a little while it came again. "I wonder if that is
the baby trying to come." Jamie began to pray for her.
know but it sure hurts. Don't anybody leave me alone."
prayed, "if this is the baby coming, does it have to hurt her so
bad? Please take away the pain."
the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy
conception; In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children . . .' Genesis
3:16." Debbie recalled the scripture.
I cried. "Sarah's just a little girl. She's too young to suffer
like this. Won't you use your miracle power and relieve her pain?
Please, God, have pity on her. She loves you so, and I know you
love her. How can you stand by and watch her suffer like this. In
Jesus' Name I ask you to ease her pain."
also prayed for her every time she had an attack. In between the
attacks, she felt pretty good. We went to the lake for a little
while, and she fixed our lunch and cooked our supper. We tried to
get her to rest and let someone else do it, but she would not. She
said it took her mind off what was ahead. She had to do something.
After I had
prayed, Sarah said the pains were not as sharp. She quit crying
with them, so we thanked God for his help. Throughout the night the
pains continued, every half hour or so. By morning they were
getting more frequent. Sarah was up early and fixed breakfast, but
had to stop four times for the cramps.
breakfast Debbie said, "Julie should be back today. Jamie, will you
run over to the ravine, and let her know it's time. She'll miss it
if she stays any longer than necessary."
you go? I don't want to embarrass her?"
mind. This is important to her. Just yell and let her know you're
coming before you get there."
no more. He left on the run. "I'll bet they'll both be back in
less time than it usually takes for us to go one way," Sarah
remarked, "and it's all for nothing. The baby won't be born at
least until after supper."
"How do you
know?" I asked.
silly question. How do we ever know anything before we experience
"It was a
silly question," I agreed.
right about the speed at which they would return. Julie had been
getting ready to take a bath and leave when Jamie got there, so she
took a quick dip, while Jamie rested, and they ran all the way back
Sara asked us to gather in a prayer circle around her and pray for
her. When we finished, she said, "Sit down, and I will tell you
what we need, and what to expect. First, Timmy, make sure the
pocket knife is clean and sharp, and have a foot, or so of clean
fishing line. You probably better put them both in a cup and boil
them for a few minutes. We need to get the table rock as clean as
possible. That's where I'll have the baby. I want lots of water
boiled and cooled to bathe the baby and wash me. You girls will
probably have to wash me, I won't feel like doing it. Timmy and
Jamie can bathe the baby. All of you make sure when you hold the
baby to keep your hand or arm under his head. His neck will be too
weak to hold it up."
continued to tell us in detail, as though she had already
experienced it, what to expect during each stage of the procedure,
and what needed to be done. "Don't worry about me. I'm gonna be
okay. I might think I'm gonna die; and maybe, I'll wish I could,
but I'm gonna be okay. There will be a lot of blood, but that's
normal. I won't bleed to death."
We set about
getting things ready. I sharpened the knife, and got the string and
boiled them. Jamie put on a big bucket of water to boil, while the
girls scrubbed the table rock. When the water was boiling, Sarah
asked Jamie to pour it onto the table rock to kill any germs on it.
He did so, and put some more on to boil. We set that in the stream
to cool. We were informed that we should have boiling water in the
fire continuously until it was all over.
Sarah was in
almost constant pain by supper time. We had helped her to the
toilet four or five times within the last half hour. Then, without
warning as the rest of us were finishing our supper, Sarah wet all
over everything. "It's time!" She called between cramps. "Help me
to the table rock."
Like the day
I had picked her up at the cove when she burned her foot, she
weighed nothing. She nearly floated to the table where I laid her.
Jamie and I stood on each side of her, holding her hands; letting
her squeeze ours when the pains were the worst. Ten minutes went
by, maybe fifteen. It seemed like an hour. We were all praying for
Sarah. The terrible pains were coming one after another. The two
girls stood at the end of the table by her feet. "I can see the top
of his head. Push!" Debbie ordered when Sarah had another pain, and
out popped his head.
beautiful!" Julie tenderly supported his head.
That was the
last time any of us ever called our baby "He."
dumb girl!" Jamie exclaimed, when Sarah had pushed again. "I
thought I told you I wanted a baby brother."
knew just what to do. They cleaned out her mouth and had her
breathing in seconds. "Let me see her." Sarah cried. "It ain't
fair. You get to see her and hold her and my belly's still so big I
can't see anything."
Debbie laid our daughter on her mother's breast. Sarah picked her
up. "Deborah Julia Davis, you are named after the two most
important women in my life." [The two girls looked at each other in
astonishment. They had no idea what we had decided to name the
baby.] "I'm sorry Jamie, I hope you're not too disappointed. Maybe
Timothy James will come out next time."
mind at all. Little Deejay is the most beautiful baby sister in the
world. She's a lot better than an ornery boy would be. Thank you
so much for letting me be a part of this. I wouldn't have missed it
for the world. Jamie kissed Sarah on the cheek. "I love you Mom."
softly rubbed the baby's back and kissed her mother. "The husband's
supposed to be the first one to tell his wife how beautiful the baby
is and kiss her. You've already done that, and nicknamed the baby."
No! I thought this was all over." She pushed again and out came the
big glob and all the blood she had told us about.
"I think it
is over now." Debbie affirmed. "Timmy, do you want to tie and cut
the cord like Sarah said to."
We did as
Sarah had instructed. Jamie and I went to another clean rock to
give my daughter her first bath. "I'll bet your grandparents would
love to see you, Deejay," I washed her little face and head. "Maybe
it won't be long now."
little Deejay to her mother, and we admired her together for a few
minutes. "She does look like you, I think." So, I forgive you for
not giving me a son."
looks just like you. She's got your eyes and nose."
Help!" I yelled, and scared the girls, who were on the other side
of the patio doing something. "I'll never see or smell again,
Deejay stole my eyes and nose."
laughed, especially Sarah, but Julie screamed, "You silly thing, I
thought something was wrong with Sarah! You about scared me to
"I think I'd
like to take my baby to bed now, would you help me down."
have thought Jamie was the husband. He was so attentive and
protective of Sarah. He jumped to her side, and we helped her off
Debbie yelled. "You've got blood all over your back! Oh! It's in
your hair and everything." Sarah's long dark brown hair hung well
below her hips. It was soaked in blood.
some water on me out of the stream," Sarah said. "Here, Jamie you
take the baby where she won't get splashed." Jamie was hesitant,
but he took the baby. Julie threw a couple buckets of water on
Sarah's back, and Debbie came with a bucket, and washed the blood
out of her hair. "I should have thought of that, and put it up,"
"We got the
sheet all wet. We'll have to get you another one," Julie said.
"This one is soaked anyway. I'll wash it so it will be dry
tomorrow." They had rolled up another sheet to soak up any more
blood that she might lose.
and daughter slept after a very hard day, the rest of us finished
cleaning up, took a dip in the lake and got around to watch the
night fall. We were all overflowing with joy, thanking God for his
blessings. "We all new exactly what to do," Julie remarked.
Jamie was unimpressed. He had expected as much. "The Lord and Sarah
had it all planned. She told us all about it, and what we were
supposed to do, and if we needed to know something, God made sure we
right, Jamie," Julie agreed. "It always amazes me to see Him at
work in our lives."
happens that way because we trust Him and follow His leads without
questioning." I watched the first bats come out. "If we need to do
something, we do it without asking why, or what the consequences
will be if we're wrong. It's the same with things we say
I went to
check on my wife and baby. They were fast asleep. I sat down in
the double lounge, and decided to sleep there because I did not want
to disturb Sarah. I wonder, if every man feels this way when he
has a new baby. I gave a big sigh of contentment and fell
Timmy!" Sarah woke me sometime in the night.
I'm right here."
you in bed?"
want to disturb you."
bed. I want you close to me."
climbed into bed trying not to jar her.
have to be so careful. We won't break." She put her arm over me.
"Come close and squeeze me really tight. I was frightened when I
woke up and couldn't find you."
"I was right
here all the time. You just couldn't feel me."
like it is with Jesus sometimes, isn't it? but it's . . ." She
snuggled against me and slept.
nicer when we can feel his presence." I finished her sentence.
Leonard H. Hall, Sr.