Last night was Morgantown Community Church‘s Grow Team Banquet. This years’ theme was Nine 23, which will come up later. Stef runs the event and was at the door greeting people as they came in. We knew she was getting close and had been having contractions all day but we were determined to see the event through.

When it was time for the program to start Stef was having contractions consistently 4 minutes apart and they were getting stronger so she snuck to my office as I took her place on a few things. When I wasn’t in the front I was running around trying to find the people we needed to talk to. We are grateful for everyone who jumped in to make this event a success.

As soon as our “You Bet Your Wife” game ended it was time to go and we drove off to the birthing center. Before leaving Sarah Wright and Alison Mast snuck into my office to pray over the birth of our next child. Sarah prayed for a pain-free delivery, as much as possible.

We arrived at the birth center a little after 7:30 and by 9:23 (officially it’s 9:25 but I believe their clock was off) our fourth child entered the world!

Although the birthing process was not painless, it was the easiest so far on Stef. We believe that this is the result of prayers of faith!

Our newest family member is a beautiful young lady that weighed in at 7lb 8.8oz. She lays 21.5″ long.

I’m so thankful my mother-in-law already had our children and stayed late into the night with them.

We arrived home at 2 am this morning. Yep, you read that correctly. Because we don’t go to the hospital Stef got to attempt to sleep in our own bed without nurses waking her every 13.25 minutes.

At 6:30 am our beautiful baby girl cried a little and we heard a child in another room climbing out of bed. Ava came in smiling ear to ear about getting to meet and hold her baby sister. About 45 minutes later Isaiah and Charis joined the fun.

Everyone is healthy, but we could use some more sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ด

We are so thankful for everyone who has already been offering to help with meals, and for my Aunt for taking the older kids today so they didn’t miss their cousin’s birthday party, and we could get some rest.

Now you are still wondering the name, aren’t you? I decided not to post it just yet. But will give you two hints:

First Name – Read Acts 16:15 but keep in mind context matters.

Middle Name: Find the link between Nehemiah 8:10, Ester 8:17 and Philemon 1:7.

Last Name: A creature from Dungeons and Dragon that’s large (roughly 8 feet long), darkly colored worm or snake-like creature. Its beak is ringed by four barbed tentacles, which are its main weapons.

Which is your favorite picture? Comment below:


8 Comments

Christine · December 7, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Babes with her Aunt Teen of course. ๐Ÿ˜˜. And she was 20.5 inches ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bridget · December 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Emma Faith? And my favorite picture is picture #2๐Ÿ˜

    Amy · December 7, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    my favorite is 33- Stef you look amazing! Love to you all.

Brittany Korth · December 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm

I’m going to guess Lydia Joy for the make and all the pictures are adorable! Congratulations guys! I’m so happy for you!

Missy · December 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Lydia Joy! The pics are all great!!!! Congratulations DJ & Stef!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•

Lauren Odorisio · December 7, 2019 at 11:49 pm

My favorite is 31. The pure joy on Stefโ€™s face as she is gazing into her daughterโ€™s face is priceless! Ava is absolutely precious as well. All the pics are perfect!

Wanda Piersol · December 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

Congratulations to all! What a precious gift! My favorite picture is #12.

Cindy Schmeltz · December 9, 2019 at 7:13 am

Beautiful pictures! I like #31 as well. Congrats to all! Happy all went well.

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