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Our sweet little Peanut is finally here with us!

Caroline Elisabeth was delivered by c-section yesterday, September 28 at 12:13 p.m. She weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21 inches long. She has lots of hair and is cute as a bug in a rug! 🙂

Caroline Elisabeth means “a joyous song of the fullness of God” and we think that describes her perfectly. We are both completely in love with her and can hardly believe she is ours to keep. 🙂

What a day it was. We arrived early at the hospital to make sure that Sallie’s glucose levels were maintained and would not bottom-out before surgery. Our surgery was right on schedule, but it did not go as well as we had hoped to experience. The spinal block didn’t take as the doctors had intended, so the later part of the procedure became very uncomfortable for Sallie as she started to feel what was being done. General anesthesia was given to finish closing Sallie up, and she spent the rest of the day very tired with a harder recovery than expected, not getting to hold Caroline as much as she had hoped.

But Caroline is here and we praise God for a safe delivery. We’re enjoying this cute little girl that God has graciously given to us. Especially when we were beginning to wonder if having a child was part of God’s plan for us!firstphoto

Sallie and I appreciate how much you have supported us with kind words and prayers. Keep praying for a good recovery for Sallie, and for the change in our lives. This is just incredible.

We look forward to sharing more pictures and stories in the days ahead!

She’s here!


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  • Praise the Lord! Congratulations on your new little one! I read your blog everyday and have been truly blessed by you. I have been praying for you daily. Love in Him, Karen

  • Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Rejoicing with you as you receive His wonderful gift! She is absolutely beautiful. She shares the same middle name as one of my daughters and with the same spelling. Bless you all and may you know the fullness of the Lord indeed as you bring her up to His honor and glory. Looking forward to more pictures and stories!

  • So here I just stop by to see how you’re doing and…!!!!!


    I’m sorry it wasn’t the most pleasant of surgeries. I totally understand. I hope your recovery goes well – just remember to TAKE IT EASY! She is absolutely gorgeous! One of the benefits of C’s – we get the prettiest babies!

  • Congratulations! She is adorable. Hoping for a speedy recovery from the C-section.

    I had “suggested” or guessed Caroline or Carolyn! I like how it sounds with your last name and is also my daughter’s name. Elisabeth spelled with an s is also very pretty for her middle name.

  • Welcome to the World, Caroline Elisabeth!

    Sallie, I am so happy that your delivery of Caroline was safe. I’m sorry that the latter half was uncomfortable and resulted in General Anesthesia, BUT Caroline is here and BEAUTIFUL!
    I hope you are recovering swiftly.
    Isn’t motherhood amazing?

  • What a precious little blessing you have! She is beautiful and so is her name! My prayers continue for Sallie’s quick-as-possible healing and recovery as well as continued good health for all of your little family! Enjoy!


  • Congratulations to Sallie and family! What a lovely little girl she is! And such a beautiful name!!

    I’m terribly thrilled for you all! And I hope you get to feeling better soon Sallie!

  • Yeah yeah yeah! I’ve been checking in regularly and am so thrilled for you all 🙂 She is a beautiful, precious girl with a lovely name . (Elisabeth is a great middle name….oh yes, It’s mine!:)

    We will be praying for a good recovery for Sallie and that all goes well for the three of you.

    With much love from the three of us!
    David, Susanna and Daniel

    P.S if you lived close enough I’d bring you meals etc….but they might not survive the flight!

  • What a precious little one God has blessed you with! I love her name … Elisabeth spelled with an “s” was one of my guesses!

    I hope your recovery is swift, Sallie. I look forward to reading about your path through motherhood and seeing more pictures of your little darling. I’m so excited for you!

  • Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! I’ve been waiting for news for the last few days. David, you’re in our prayers as you adapt to Sallie being down for a while. We’re praying for a speedy recovery for Sallie as well, and thanking God that He IS Jehovah Jireh, and that He provided Caroline to you to love! 🙂

    He IS good!!

  • CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS David and Sallie!

    Caroline Elisabeth welcome to the world. What a beautiful little girl God has blessed you with. A great weight as well! Well done Sallie on giving birth – the section sounded a little tough but I’m praying that God bring a quick healing. May you both cherish the tears and laughter that awaits you as parents – what a lovely adventure waits ahead 🙂

  • I check your site everyday to see if Peanut has come. Congratulations! She is beautiful! And with a beautiful name too. I will pray for a quick recovery. And for both of you as you adjust to this new bundle of joy!

  • Congratulations to you all! She’s so lovely. I love the names as well. We had considered both Caroline (after a former pastor’s wife) and Elisabeth (after my grandmother) for middle names and Amy (after Amy Carmichael) for a first name for a girl, but, alas, we had all boys. 🙂

    Sally, I’m so sorry the surgery didn’t go as planned — I can only imagine what it must feel like to have the anesthesia fail at a time like that! I hope the Lord will grant you quick and uneventful recovery.

    Have fun, you three!


    She’s so cute!! (I’m sorry the surgery was hard. :()

    My first daughter is named Elisabeth with an S, so I love that, obviously.

    Is Caroline pronounced with a short or a long I sound in the last syllable?? Inquiring minds…have seen both pronunciations!

    Hope you recover quickly and well — God bless!!


  • Oh! She’s absolutely, positively beautiful. So precious. Such a – peanut!

    Praying for a better day tomorrow for Sallie!


    In Christ alone,

  • With joy, I heartily congratulate you both on a dream fulfilled and a blessing granted. May the Lord continue to richly and abundantly bless you and keep you, all 3 of you. 🙂

    Ahhh! So happy for you all!!!


  • Oh, David… she’s beautiful! I have tears in my eyes just reading about her birth. I’m praying for you all. I just LOVE her name! God bless you all.


  • David and Sallie,

    Congratulations on the beautiful daughter. I am so sorry the surgery was so traumatic! It’s scary to be awake during surgery…I had one c-section too. {{{hugs Sallie}}}

    Prayers for healing and health …..God has richly blessed you!

  • She is beautiful. Love her name. I’ll be praying for Sallie’s recovery and your getting to know each other period. I had a c-section with my baby – it slows everyting down a bit. Be patient and loving.


  • i’m so glad i stopped by today! the birth date kind of snuck up on me. she’s beautiful! i know you are so happy and full of joy today. may God bless your family.

  • Oh! Sallie, I am so thrilled for you!! She’s here, and she’s beautiful! I have been praying for you and David, and I will continue to pray that Caroline grows healthy and strong. I love the name, by the way – it’s beautiful and timeless!

    I look forward to reading more posts about your lovely daughter as you are able. Get lots of rest and feel better soon!

  • Hey Sallie,
    Congratulations to you and David! I’ve had you on my mind the last few days and been lifting you up and will continue to do so. She is beautiful and I know will thrill you both and enrich your lives more and more as she grows.

    I hope you have some help and can recover and get some rest… there’s nothing quite like a new baby to delight and exhaust you, all at the same time! Hope you have a thrilling first few weeks together as a new family of THREE!


  • Mazel Tov!

    L’chaim! (To Life!)

    There is a Hebrew tradition of saying a blessing when something good happens. There are 2 of them-one for when something good happens to you personally, and the other one is for when good happens to someone else.

    This is known as HaTov v’HaMetiv – Blessing the One who does good. The idea is taken from Psalm 100:5:

    For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

    Now for the blessing called the HaMetiv:

    Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, hatov vehametiv.

    Blessed are you LORD our God, King of the universe who is good and who does good.

  • CONGRATULATIONS! I read your blog regularly and have been praying for y’all. I’m sorry the delivery wasn’t as uneventful as you’d hoped, but having had three somewhat scary deliveries myself, I can attest to the fact that the unpleasant memories fade quickly as you fall more and more in love with the new life with which God has blessed your family.

    Rejoicing in your answered prayer,

  • One more voice of the many to say congrats!

    (If you find she’s a little harder to soothe than you expected, Please check-out the “Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD; it was the difference between thinking my son had colic and soothing him out of it.

    Very worth it.)

    And Ooooo she’s cute!

  • Congratulations!

    One of my daughters’ middle names is Caroline and the other’s middle name is Elizabeth (with a Z) — so as you can imagine, I love your choice of name!

    Best wishes,

  • Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter! What a joyous celebration for your family! 🙂

    And I must say you have good taste in names — we also have a sweet Caroline.

    May God bless every minute of these precious newborn days for you.

  • I thought that you were going to name Little Miss Peanut, Trudy Elisabeth! And here I was telling my whole family about it and everything. May I still be the Godmother? She looks just like you Sallie!

  • I am soooo sorry for my delayed congrats, I had jaw surgery the same day your precious baby was born. CONGRATS!!!!! Sallie, if I could, I would be jumping up and down down for you. I know you waited a long time for the wonderful bundle of joy. May God heal you during this time and renew your energy.

    Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!!!

  • Hallelujiah! For the Lord God ominpotent reigneth…

    Congratulations to your new family! It has been such an encouragement for me to follow along with the news of your pregnancy, and I pray that God will continue to bless and keep you safe in His hands as you begin your new role as parents!

  • Congratulations on this buddle of joy. And the name for her is just perfect. It rolls right of the tongue :smile:.

    Praying for Sallie’s recovery – I know a little late, but still praying for her.

  • I’m a bit confused! Are you pulling posts off?? Yesterday, the last one was missing and today the last two are missing…I feel like I’m going backwards in time! 🙂 Is this you or…??? lol

  • I have the same question as Kristy. I wanted to look at your pictures again and found that the last two entries are gone. And my first try today I just got a blank screen. I hope you’re not having server problems!


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