19 Elul 5773
By Susie Amster
On July 1, we counted another wonderful blessing… a baby boy, Jacob Brody Gorodistian, was born to our daughter Lisa and her husband Sam. A blessing amongst the chaos? Here’s how the event unfolded…
Lisa and Sam bought a house a year ago when they moved back to California, following many years of living in NYC, and began a massive remodel of the home. They lived in a rental house, and the final date on their lease to move out was June 30. Unfortunately, the new house wasn’t ready to occupy, and all their things had to be moved to the garage of their new house, but where would they go?
During this chaotic time, Lisa’s boss offered to have them temporarily stay in his nearby apartment, as he was to be away on vacation. Lisa’s expressed to me privately that her biggest fear was that her water would break in her boss’ bed. Well… the morning of July 1 (three and a half weeks before her due date), that very fear became a reality! We rushed to the hospital and Jacob was born later that day. Following their release, everyone moved back into her boss’ apartment, including me (who came to help with the baby) and Sam’s other two boys (who flew in the night before from Tel Aviv to spend the summer with them.) What a surprise it was when Lisa’s boss arrived home unexpectedly from his vacation due to an emergency business obligation! He walked in and surprise… there were six people living in his apartment, along with a new baby, A LOT of baby clothes, port-a-crib, stroller, bathtub, supplies, and other equipment, and a visiting lactation specialist! Did I mention that her boss is a 45-year-old bachelor?!!
A few days later, when the house was finished enough, we all moved into the new house, where there were beds and bathroom for everyone, a kitchen that worked, and a joyous new addition to the family! We are so grateful for our very many blessings!