What does it mean to SMILE?
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a SMILE is a facial expression in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward and which expresses special amusement, pleasure, or contentment. This is what I saw recently on the face of my wife. I always thought that seeing her SMILE on our wedding day was the best thing ever, but I was quickly mistaken. When she told me we were having a child that SMILE was even better. She was so excited and happy, but a few days later that SMILE turned into a face of sorrow. She miscarried. She was down… I was down… we both were down and felt as if we had been defeated, but God’s words in Joshua 1:9 commands that we be strong and courageous for the Lord our God is with us.
Joshua 1:9 (NLT) This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
After a few days we came to the realization that although she miscarried our assignment to become parents was not denied but delayed. So fast forward to October 3rd I came home from a long night of recruiting and quickly went to bed. Around 1am Arika woke me and said Steph guess what.. (what) I’m pregnant! She was probably expecting a grand excited response from me,but all I said was “You woke me up for that?” Haha, don’t judge me guys I was still sleep and had just got home not that long ago. There was that SMILE again. We finally made it to our first doctors appointment but it didn’t become real until the day we went to get the ultrasound. As Arika laid on the table unable to see anything, I sat in the chair and watched our child move around as if it knew we were watching. To see the head, the legs, and arms was a joy. I even think the baby waved to us. Finally, Arika was able to see and join in the experience I was already having. The SMILE she possessed this day was by far better than anything I have ever seen. She was finally able to see her creation. She was able to forget about the long days and nights she spent running to the bathroom to throw up. She was able to realize that it was all worth it for that moment and moments to come.
On 12/9/16 we had our 2nd appointment. I think that may have been the quickest and easiest appointment I have ever experienced in my lifetime. We got the chance to hear our babies heartbeat. That SMILE returned. This SMILE is officially the best SMILE I’ve ever seen. I love seeing this… It isn’t like Arika doesn’t SMILE but this SMILE I’m seeing is different, it stands for something bigger than us. This SMILE means legacy and the next chapter in our lives. This SMILE means we will See a Miracle In Life Everyday!
Like I stated before we were Delayed not Denied and our time is now. Baby Piggee is coming to meet the world in June 2017. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time on You Baby girl or boy. Daddy is really hoping you’re a boy!
Where is your SMILE? Are you SMILING right now? Don’t let anyone or anything steal your SMILE. I wrote on our recent experience about what has caused us to SMILE even more. So let me be the encouragement piece you need to SMILE today. If no one has told you what your SMILE means, let me be the person to tell you. Your SMILE is beautiful, your SMILE is you and your SMILE is needed to help others SMILE. SO SMILE!
-Stephan T. Piggee II