Well, OK, my wife is.

Yes, 10 years after child number 4, number 5 is on the way and due next Spring (D.V.).

Just when I was getting ready for winding down…

How old are we? Let’s just say I’ll be a Senior the year after he/she is…although at slightly different ends of the spectrum. Shona’s age? Let’s just say she’s as young as the day I married her.

Random thoughts

It’s been a great joy to see so many others rejoice with us. Some of the reactions have been unforgettably priceless. I should have taken pictures and secretly recorded them.

I’m grateful for the chance to put into practice many of the painful lessons I’ve learned over the last 16 years of parenting. This should be just about the perfect child by the time I’m finished with him/her.

I’m conscious of the greater risks at this age for both my wife and the baby. Taking nothing for granted and praying for the Lord’s mercy.

As my wife has suffered with pre-partum depression before, we are working hard to build up her physical, mental, and emotional reserves by ensuring she gets extra rest, sleep, and relaxation. It helps that we don’t have toddlers hanging on to her legs this time.

Glad to have two mini-moms (aged 9 & 10) ready to spring into action with the diapers.

I should have ticked the “Pregnancy” box when I filled out the medical insurance application 5 years ago.

After almost dying last year from blood clots in my lungs, God’s given me not just an extension of life but another life to care for.

People are obsessed with knowing, “Was it a surprise?” (Or as someone said, “Is it an ‘Oops’ baby?”). My best answer so far, “It wasn’t a surprise to God.” Any other ideas?

Comment that left me most speechless: “At least you’ll have something to show for your sabbatical!”

  • Ben Thorp


  • Foppe VanderZwaag

    Congratulations David & Shona.

    Children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward.Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them. (Psalm 127)

    Read somewhere,”here are a wide variety of quiver and arrow types. Most modern hunting quivers hold somewhere around five.” That would fit your family quite nicely. I former days it could be as high as 20. I suppose it depends on the size of the quiver and its ability to hold the arrows.

    PS I said to Elina a couple of days ago after you wrote that you were quite busy that I should have responded, “I understand, with a growing family to care for.”

  • Cameron

    Wow! Congrats Dr. Murray! The blessing of children—that is so awesome. The Lord is good!

  • http://harvestoc.net James

    Now, here’s the creativity of God. Among the list of things that I would have thought would give me such a swell of joy this morning, this one was entirely unpredictable! Praising God with you and for you today, brother.

  • COra

    Congratulations, Shona and David. What I’ve always enjoyed about you two is your transparency in telling it like it is – and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing your Joy (maybe the little one’s name?) and your heartfelt “concerns/considerations” as well. Now I’m wondering what those “grown” young men in your family are thinking. May God bless you and your family!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Thanks for your good wishes, Cora. In Scotland, we don’t usually reveal the name until the child is born. In fact we usually have two names ready, a male and a feamle, as Shona and I chose not to know the gender until the moment of birth! Are we weird?

  • http://katie-joy.blogspot.com Katie D.

    Awww, congratulations! God is good!

  • http://asmallwork.posterous.com Ryan

    A hearty, hearty congratulations to you, David! I’ll pray for your wife, your child, you, and the rest of your family right now.

  • http://nwbingham.com Nathan W. Bingham

    Congratulations! Thanks for including that sabbatical remark—it almost cost me a mouthful of drink.

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Hope you’ve recovered, Nathan.

  • Lisa

    You might want to ask your girls about this one! They may have been secretly praying for an announcement like this. I know this from experience :). Congratulations! We’ll be praying for a healthy pregnancy and child!

  • http://philippians314.squarespace.com Kim Shay

    Oh, that is wonderful news! Congratulations to you and Shona and your whole family. What a wonderful opportunity for your children to have a baby in the house, and learn about infants at an older age like that. I will remember to pray for everyone involved.

  • http://fierylogic.wordpress.com Douglas K. Adu-Boahen

    A hail and hearty congratulations to you and your family, sir!

  • susan davenport

    What a wonderful gift from our faithful Father. So very excited and happy for you all. Will be praying for Shona-and you all!!!

  • purisomniapura

    Oh how wonderful to know that God knows best, even when we might think His schedule is off. I was just studying the story of sick Lazarus & meditating on the reactions of his sisters commenting on Christ’s timing being off …that earlier would have been better. All the while His later arrival proved to be the most glorious of all miracles.

    May the timing of this child prove to be just that…the most glorious of all miracles.
    Congratulations Dr. Murray!!!

  • Michael Dewalt

    Congrats David – Now when I visit GR just think, our children will be close enough in age to play together. HA!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Who would have ever thought? I’ll be coming to you for tips now.

  • http://mikeleake.net Mike Leake


  • Paul & Carine Bakker

    Wonderful! Praise the Lord for another precious child He entrusted to you!May He uphold your family, especially Shona, and reveal Himself more and more as you trust in Him for every need.Blessings!

  • http://www.se7en.org.za se7en

    Well Congratulations!!! So excited for you all, what a brilliant blessing!!! All the best to you and your family!!!

  • http://chelashaw.blogspot.co.uk/ Kip’ Chelashaw

    Congratulations – what wonderful news!


  • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

    Thanks so much for all the good wishes everyone. Much appreciated!

  • Fernando

    Congrats-wonderful news indeed!

  • Dan

    I believe my sons will graduate when I am 61 and 64 respectively.


  • http://writingandliving.net Staci

    My sisters were 14, 12, and 8 when I was born. When people asked if I was an “oops” or “surprise,” my mother said I was the bonus baby. :)

  • http://writingandliving.net Staci

    Oh, and congratulations!

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Thanks Staci. I’m going to plagiarize “bonus baby.”