One of the biggest events in the life of our family happened yesterday: my son Rob, and his wife Sheila, became the proud parents of Liam Charles Fleming--born at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. at 9:58 a.m. on October 26, 2010, measuring 9 lbs and 11 oz., and 21 inches in length. He seems to share red hair with our younger son, Colin! Both Dad and Mom are doing fine, if very tired. Melany and I visited with them yesterday afternoon and got to hold the little shaver, but of course all too briefly. We'll have lots of opportunities in the future, God willing!
"Liam" is a short form of the Irish name Uilliam, originating from the Frankish name Willahelm, meaning "Determined Guardian" in Celtic/Gaelic or "Resolute Defender" in Teutonic. As a Hebrew name Liam means "My people; I have a nation." He seems destined to grow into a strong, brave young man!
Here are some more of the first pictures we have of this blessed event--some of these are borrowed from Rob's Facebook page--check back there, and here, from time to time for more!
The Good Book says: Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them . . . (Psalms 127:3-5) May Liam be just the first of many in Rob and Sheila's quiver!