Happy Birthday, Haddon!

Six years ago today I became a dad. In celebration of my son’s birthday, I thought I would share the story of his arrival. I have actually posted this story before on former blog site that I used to have. However, I thought it was time to put in on the world wide web again. Here’s the story that I had previously written about Haddon’s arrival:

As I sat in the front of the church serving the Lord’s Supper, I was constantly checking my phone for updates from home. My wife, Aimee, had opted to skip the Good Friday service because her contractions were becoming more intense and consistent.

Looking back now, it was all so symbolic of what we were remembering and celebrating that weekend. My wife was experiencing pain just as Christ had experienced pain that ultimately led to life (I’m certainly not comparing labor pains to the pains of death that Christ bore on the cross. I’m just saying it was symbolic.)

Skipping the long arduous part of the story from Friday and Saturday, it’s now Easter Sunday (Easter fell late on the calendar that year). After getting very little sleep overnight in the hospital, we were awakened by the changing of shifts between nurses. The words “How ‘bout we get a baby today?” were what we had been waiting two days to hear.

Before the nurses could finish the morning preparations, they had to rush out. One nurse told us that a young lady was being flown in because she was having seizures. She told us that because of the seizures, her baby’s heartbeat could not be found.

As the nurse left, Aimee and I began to pray for the upcoming events of the day. Along with prayers for ourselves, we prayed for the young lady and her baby who were being flown in. When the nurse came back in we asked her if she would relay the message that we had been praying for the seizing mother and child. The nurse politely obliged but responded, “The baby didn’t make it. They are headed to surgery to remove the baby so the mother has a chance.” Again, as the nurse left, Aimee and I began to pray for this family that we didn't  even know.

About fifteen minutes later our nurse returned with a stunned look on her face. She said, “You’re not going to believe this, but when that lady made it into surgery, the baby’s heartbeat started again! The baby and the mom are in critical condition but they are going to make it!” It was all we could do to keep from weeping. It was as if God was saying that Easter Sunday morning, “Today we celebrate LIFE! Only I give it.”

Later, even with family and medical staff in room with us, Aimee and I joined in worship with our home church via its webcast. People may have thought we were crazy as we sang aloud with our church: “You are stronger! You are stronger! Sin is broken, you have saved me. It is written: Christ is risen. Jesus, You are Lord of all.”  Whether they liked it or not, the halls of the medical center’s labor and delivery floor echoed with the praises of Christ the King.

A few hours later, one of the most miraculous things I have ever witnessed happened. At 3:06 pm, Haddon Patrick Trawick entered the world. At a stunning 9lbs 1oz and 21¼” long, he was beautiful (I am undeniably bias).

That night we recalled the events of the day: We heard about a baby who was declared dead being delivered and now living. We saw a church we love filled with the people celebrating God’s life-giving power. We now held in our arms the child we had prayed so hard for in the months and years before. Words could not and still cannot describe all God did that day. We were left able to say nothing more than…What an Easter!

Happy Birthday, Haddon!

Our family at Haddon's 6th birthday party over the weekend. From left to right, Hudson (2), Aimee, Patrick, and Haddon (6).

Our family at Haddon's 6th birthday party over the weekend. From left to right, Hudson (2), Aimee, Patrick, and Haddon (6).

Patrick's Picks - Bowl Picks

Ok, so the regular season is officially over. Some people have been asking how the results finished between me and my dad. Well, here they are... I went 165-56 on the season. That's a winning percentage of .747. My dad went 154-67 on the season - a winning percentage of .697. Looks like I finally beat my old man at something! Now that the regular season is behind us, it's time to pick the bowls. Let's do it!

AFR Celebration Bowl - December 17, 12:00pm

NC Central   vs   Grambling State     -     Grambling State

Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Dec 17, 2:00pm

UTSA   vs   New Mexico     -     New Mexico

Las Vegas Bowl - Dec 17, 3:30pm

Houston   vs   San Diego State     -     San Diego State

AutoNation Cure Bowl -  Dec 17, 5:30pm

Arkansas State   vs   UCF     -     UCF

aycom Media Camellia Bowl -  Dec 17, 5:30pm

Toledo   vs   Appalachian State     -     Appalachian State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Dec 17, 9:00pm

Southern Miss   vs   UL Lafayette     -     Southern Miss

Miami Beach Bowl - Dec 19, 2:30pm

Tulsa   vs   Central Michigan     -     Tusla

Boca Raton Bowl - Dec 20, 7:00pm

Memphis   vs   Western Kentucky     -     Memphis

Poinsettia Bowl - Dec 21, 9:00pm

BYU   vs   Wyoming     -     BYU

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Dec 22, 7:00pm

Colorado State   vs   Idaho     -     Colorado State

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl - Dec 23, 1:00pm

Old Dominion   vs   Eastern Michigan     -     Eastern Michigan

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl - Dec 23, 4:30pm

Lousiana Tech   vs   Navy     -     Navy

Dollar General Bowl - Dec 23, 8:00pm

Ohio   vs   Troy     -     Troy

Hawaii Bowl - Dec 24, 8:00pm

Middle Tennessee   vs   Hawaii     -     Middle Tennessee

St. Petersburg Bowl - Dec 26, 11:00am

Miami (OH)   vs   Mississippi State     -     Mississippi State

Quick Lane Bowl - Dec 26, 2:30pm

Boston College   vs   Maryland     -     Maryland

Camping World Independence Bowl - Dec 26, 5:00pm

NC State   vs   Vanderbilt     -     Vanderbilt

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl - Dec 27, 12:00pm

Army   vs   North Texas     -     Army

Military Bowl - Dec 27, 3:30pm

Temple   vs   Wake Forest     -     Temple

Holiday Bowl - Dec 27, 7:00pm

Washington State   vs   Minnesota     -     Washington State

Cactus Bowl - Dec 27, 10:15pm

Baylor   vs   Boise State     -     Boise State

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Dec 28, 2:00pm

Northwestern   vs   Pittsburgh     -     Pittsburgh

Russell Athletic Bowl - Dec 28, 5:30pm

Miami (FL)   vs   West Virginia     -     Miami

Foster Farms Bowl -  Dec 28, 8:30pm

Indiana   vs   Utah     -     Utah

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl - Dec 28, 9:00pm

Kansas State   vs   Texas A&M     -     Texas A&M

Birmingham Bowl - Dec 29, 2:00pm

USF   vs   South Carolina     -     USF

Belk Bowl -  Dec 29, 5:30pm

Virginia Tech   vs   Arkansas     -     Virginia Tech

Valero Alamo Bowl - Dec 29, 9:00pm

Oklahoma State   vs   Colorado     -     Colorado

Autozone Liberty Bowl - Dec 30, 12:00pm

Georgia   vs   TCU     -     TCU

Hyundai Sun Bowl - Dec 30, 2:00pm

North Carolina   vs   Stanford     -     Stanford

Music City Bowl - Dec 30, 3:30pm

Nebraska   vs   Tennessee     -     Tennessee

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl - Dec 30, 5:30pm

Air Force   vs   South Alabama     -     Air Force

Capital One Orange Bowl - Dec 30, 8:00pm

Michigan   vs   Florida State     -     Michigan

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - Dec 31, 11:00am

LSU   vs   Louisville     -     LSU

Taxslayer Bowl - Dec 31, 11:00am

Georgia Tech   vs   Kentucky     -     Georgia Tech

Outback Bowl - Jan 2, 1:00pm

Florida   vs   Iowa     -     Florida

Goodyear Cotton Bowl - Jan 2, 1:00pm

Western Michigan   vs   Wisconsin     -     Wisconsin

Rose Bowl - Jan 2, 5:00pm

Penn State   vs   USC     -     Penn State

Allstate Sugar Bowl - Jan 2, 8:30pm

Auburn   vs   Oklahoma     -     AUBURN!

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Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Dec 31, 4:00pm

Alabama   vs   Washington     -     Alabama

Fiesta Bowl - Dec 31, 7:00pm

Ohio State   vs   Clemson     -     Ohio State