baby jane!

well, i guess i didn't do such a good job of keeping everything up to date, but our little girl is here! jane ellen was born on july 11 at 3:07 a.m. she was 7 pounds 5 ounces.

ben came up with her name——she is named after our moms (my mom's name is mary jane and ben's mom is mary ellen). we love her so very much.

ben chose psalm 103 as a special chapter of Scripture for us to pray over her life.

    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and all that is within me,
        bless his holy name!
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and forget not all his benefits,
    who forgives all your iniquity,
        who heals all your diseases,
    who redeems your life from the pit,
        who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    who satisfies you with good
        so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
    The LORD works righteousness
        and justice for all who are oppressed.
    He made known his ways to Moses,
        his acts to the people of Israel.
    The LORD is merciful and gracious,
        slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    He will not always chide,
        nor will he keep his anger forever.
    He does not deal with us according to our sins,
        nor repay us according to our iniquities.
    For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
        so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
    as far as the east is from the west,
        so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
    As a father shows compassion to his children,
        so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
    For he knows our frame;
        he remembers that we are dust.
    As for man, his days are like grass;
        he flourishes like a flower of the field;
    for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
        and its place knows it no more.
    But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
        and his righteousness to children's children,
    to those who keep his covenant
        and remember to do his commandments.
    The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
        and his kingdom rules over all.
    Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
        you mighty ones who do his word,
        obeying the voice of his word!
    Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
        his ministers, who do his will!
    Bless the LORD, all his works,
        in all places of his dominion.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul!

we thank God for our little jane and for everyone's prayers and support for our little family of three. what a wonderful two and a half weeks we've had with her. such a miracle.

a family shower for our little lady

last week, the ladies on ben's side hosted a beautiful baby shower for me. i was overwhelmed with gratitude for the love and generosity "showered" on me, ben, and our little girl.

 [the bathing suit and white dress were mine when i was a baby, and ben wore the sweaters when he was a wee guy. so sweet to use them as decorations!]

i took just a few quick pics, but grrrrrr i forgot to take one with my hostesses. thank you to maggie, crissy, dana, and christa for all the planning, cheesy foods (you know me well), fabulous desserts, and love.

i'm 31 weeks and counting. other than a little insomnia, i am feeling great!


she's a girl! we. are. so. excited. seriously.

i don't think we realized how thoroughly we had convinced ourselves baby was a boy until we registered shock when the sonographer said "looks like a girl!" we laughed really hard and afterward kept saying "can you believe it?" so much for maternal intuition and old wives' tales. ben says now he needs to go buy a shotgun to protect her. ;) for my part, i went to baby gap and bought something ridiculously feminine. we love you, baby girl!

and p.s. thank you to everyone who prayed for the cyst they saw on the cord at 9 weeks. doctor said he saw no sign of it at monday's ultrasound. what an immense blessing. praise to the Lord!

second p.s. we would be just as excited for a boy, too. just so you know. :)