Robin was the proud mother of two
precious daughters, Sparrow, 3, and Wren, 1.
"I want to have a large family," Robin
told Cardinal, her husband.
"So do I, Dear," Cardinal replied. "How
many children would you like to have?"
"At least three daughters and three
sons," Robin said. "And I have some good news. We're going to
have a Thanksgiving Day baby."
"Thanskgiving Day is only about three
weeks away," said Cardinal. "Why did you wait so long to tell
"Oh, we're not having a Thanksgiving Day
baby this year," said Robin. "An angel of the Lord appeared to me
last night in a dream. He said we're going to have the baby on
Thanksgiving Day of next year."
"Will the baby be a boy or a girl?,"
"The Lord said we will find out from the
ultrasound," said Robin.
"But the Lord is only promising us one
baby next Thanksgiving, right?," asked Cardinal. "I mean we're
not going to have twins or triplets, are we?"
Robin smiled, "No, Dear. God said we
would have a baby next year. A baby would be one baby, right? I
do believe the Lord knows how to count, Sweetheart."
"I'm sure God knows how to count,"
Cardinal acknowledged. "But you do remember last year when our
friend, Oriole, was expecting only one baby, but she was
surprised by twins."
"That's true," Robin said. "But God
didn't send an angel to tell her she was going to bear only one
"Why don't we go ahead and select a name
for the baby?," asked Cardinal. "We named our daughters, Sparrow
and Wren. My name is Cardinal and your name is Robin. Why don't
we go ahead and select several bird-sounding names, because no
matter how many children we have, the names will be appropriate,
whether they are boys or girls."
"Wonderful idea," Robin said.
"We'll each select three names," said
Cardinal. "That would give us eight children, and I don't think
God will give us more than eight kids.
"Go ahead and choose your names first,
"For my three names, I choose Lark,
Nightingale, and Heron," Robin said.
"Wow, that was quick," Cardinal
complimented his wife. "Now if you will excuse me for a few
minutes, I'll be right back."
About 10 minutes later, Cardinal
returned. "I have my three names," he beamed. "They are Dove,
Raven and Eagle."
"Where did you go?," Robin asked.
"I don't know as much about birds as
you," Cardinal admitted. "So I needed to do a quick Internet
search before I could give you my choice of names!"
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