I meant to post these yesterday (for Mother's Day), but I neglected to do so. Here are pictures of me with my children the day they arrived in our lives!
Caleb Stephen, born on August 5, 2004. We chose the name Caleb because of it's meaning and Biblical origins. "But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it." Numbers 14:24 His middle name is a namesake after both of his grandpas (that worked out nicely)! Josh's dad's first name is Stephen and my dad's middle name is Stephen.
Caleb was 3 weeks early, but he still weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces! :o) Either the due date was off, or I would have potentially had a HUGE baby!
Sarah Kathleen, born on August 25, 2006. I, for some reason, always wanted to name my daughter Sarah. In my mind, it was non-negotiable! :o) Sarah is also biblical, she was Abraham's wife (see Genesis). The name Kathleen is a namesake, named after my Aunt Kathy (Kathleen), my dad's sister.
Sarah also arrived a bit early (a week I think), and she was 8 pounds 14 ounces. We make 'em big around here! :o)
Gabriel Ryan, born November 19, 2008. The previous December (07), our pastor, Bro. Jerry, did a series of sermons leading up to Christmas. Each week he spoke of an individual who had to do with the nativity. The week that he gave a sermon on Gabriel, Josh and I looked at each other...at the same time...and just knew that if the Lord would give us another son, that would be his name! I already blogged about it, but Gabriel means Man of God and he was the angel sent to Daniel (Dan. 8:16; Dan. 9:21): to Zacharias (Luke 1:11-19); and to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). The name Ryan is also a namesake; it is Josh's middle name.
Gabriel was 9 pounds, 4 ounces. I guess if I keep having kids, I'll eventually have a 10-pounder? ;o)
Motherhood is certainly challenging, but I am thankful for this journey and thankful that God placed these children in my life.