November 12, 2015
By Jill Dillard
Derick, Israel and I are so excited for you and Benji! I can't believe you have a little one now! It was such a joy to get to be apart of the birth from Central America, thank you. You were a champ! I felt those contractions with you. Jess, a verse that I texted Jana while you were in labor was one I clung to while laboring with "choo choo" (Israel): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Phil 4:13
For me during labor this meant that God would give me just enough grace for the next contraction. Now it tells me that if I abide in Christ daily (reading the bible and asking him for wisdom and strength), God will help me to be the wife and mother he wants me to be. God's grace is sufficient in our weaknesses (we definitely aren't perfect)!
I'm so excited to both be on this motherhood journey together! I pray our boys will love Jesus with their heart, soul, mind and strength and love others more than themselves! We will have to let them FaceTime frequently while we are down here. It will be so fun to see them experiencing things and going thru similar stages within a few months of each other. I'm sure since they were about the same size at birth they'll be sharing clothes too.
We love and miss y'all! You'll have to come for a visit so we can meet our little adorable nephew/cousin!
Don't feel bad letting friends and family help you these first few weeks! The more rest you get the better for you and baby and the faster you'll recover!
Send lots of pics! Wish I could be there to squish those adorable cheeks! XOXOXO