Sunday, August 31, 2008


We had a peaceful, enjoyable experience at the hospital as Anna gave birth to our new son early this "labor day" weekend. (Notice the little one yawning.)

At first I hesitated to back out of an overnight Scout backpacking trip I planned to take place two weeks before my wife's due date (she's never delivered early with our four previous pregnancies). That morning it was difficult to tell whether the labor Anna was experiencing was "it." When I finally talked to another Scout leader about coming to pick up the group's food I had assembled, as I would not be going, I felt peaceful about the situation.

Generous friends watched our children while Anna and I went to the hospital, and, in less than five hours, Anna gave birth to our new, healthy son. They are now both at home and bringing increased joy to our family.

I am amazed at our blessings when I consider the smoothness of Anna's labor, the perfectly formed body of our new child and the overall health and comfortable circumstances of my family. This experience has been a powerful reminder to me of how happiness comes from putting my family first.

8 comments:

Emily said...

Congrats on the new baby. It is nice to see someone else on #5. Having a new baby in the family is such a special thing. I bet the older children just love their new brother.

hijmommy said...

Congratulations on your beautiful Luke! I am glad everything went so smoothly and comfortingly (minus the labor pain!). What a wonderful family you have.

Tavia said...

Congratulations! Anna, you are as beautiful as ever and I can't believe you are chasing so many little ones around. Love ya!

Mary said...

Congratulaions! That is so exciting! It's fun to see your beautiful growing family!

RaNell said...

Congrats! What a neat experience. I love the meaning of his middle name. That's cool.

Glad you are doing well. I am also glad to see there are more joining the us with #5. We miss you guys!

Chris, Jewelia, Maddy, Boone, Brady, & Ben said...

You have such a beatiful family. I'm glad all went well. You look great, it was nice to see some photo's of you. Love ya.

From the Life of Jen B said...

Congratulations on the new addition!! You have a beautiful family.

Chris and Mel said...

oh my heck! look at you and your fam- five chillins', how fun for you guys. it's fun to see your pics... you'll hafta check out our clan- www.movinandshakin.blogspot.com