Looking back at my young adult life, Advent has always been a special season. It’s a time to reconnect with folks, wear warmer clothes, go to plenty of social events. And for me personally, it could mean more time at the coffee shop meeting old friends, sharing stories, and a good laugh. It’s all part of the waiting period for Jesus’ birth.
Yet, out of all Advent experiences, this year perhaps is the greatest of all. With Dulce pregnant, I can’t help be in awe of such a beautiful gift. As a spouse, watching Dulce progress through this pregnancy, I have come to a deeper reverence for motherhood. I am amazed even to this point, she has never complained about all the discomfort. She talks to our child with such love and tenderness and I admire her. I come to love her more than I did yesterday. She is an awesome mother and God-willing, I hope to be a good father.
Being a parent makes me reflect on Saint Joseph and the Blessed Mother and their long journey to Bethlehem. I call on Saint Jopseh a lot these days to help guide my heart to do what’s best for our family as we prepare our home for our first born. He had such a deep trust in God’s perfect plan. I feel very close to the Holy Family in the season where we remember how God has come utterly close to humanity.
This past weekend, we were showered with so much love from Dulce’s family and friends in Sacramento .. to help us along the way on the greatest adventure of life … raising a family!