For years before Reuben was born, I never thought I would marry, let alone have a son. Life was always so full, so much travel, loads of ministry projects an entire focus on everyone else.
Of course marriage happened, 2010 was a major turning point in life but the thought of having children was still beyond our grasp, both Rebekah and I had health issues which made it virtually impossible to have children.
Then one morning in a prayer time, the Lord spoke to me clearly 'You will have a Son, call his name Reuben'. I was surprised of course and then broke the news to Rebekah.
It wasn't too long before we were in for the second scan, to be told you are having a boy. I remember from then on we had a peculiar habit of talking to Reuben through mummy's belly.
The day he was born, probably very familiar with his own name by that point, I just said Reuben, he lifted his head and looked me straight in the eye, my heart sang for joy.
Reuben recently turned 7, we've tried for other children, but alas, no news as yet.
He's so fun-loving, caring, considerate and yet determined, he knows his mind but will also consider the thoughts and opinions of others. 2018 he got the School counselor award for his service to other children and last year got the Pupil of the Year award. Of course, we are proud parents, but for Reuben, it's an award for his character to be honest.
This is a recent photo of his interest in painting, (albeit painting by numbers at this stage).
So my son, whenever you read this, Mummy and Daddy are immensely proud of you, we love you with all of our heart and whatever hopes we had of how you would be as you grow, you have exceeded them all.
Love you Son. Daddy