Annika Ruth - our new baby girl!
|Annika Ruth when she is minutes old...|
Many people have wondered why we named her Annika Ruth. Middle name first... Ruth is my middle name, and a family name on my side. Ruth was a grandmother somewhere in my dad's lineage, and honestly, I don't know much about her, but I intend to find out more so that I can pass it on to my daughter in the future. I also love the Ruth of biblical fame. She was really a standout woman - loyal, hardworking, faithful, and full of honor. Her faithfulness is apparent after Ruth's husband dies and her mother-in-law, Naomi, is going back to Israel and Naomi tells her to go back to her parents and stay in Moab. Ruth tells Naomi, "Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." Faithful and loyal for sure! I hope and pray that Annika can be an amazing woman like Ruth someday! First name... Truth is Annika was just a name we liked, but it stuck because it is a variant of Anna, which means grace, favor. Between our tough delivery of Isaiah and the miscarriage we had between Isaiah and Annika (both topics for other blogs), I felt that her name was so fitting. God has shown us great grace and favor in this healthy full term baby girl. She's so amazing, and God is so amazing to bless us with her. She's a week old, this past Tuesday, and she is a wonderful baby, so far. She eats well, sleeps well, and seems to have a laid back disposition. Of course, we are only a week in, so we will see how much of that is simply the sleepy newborn phase. I can't wait to see the beautiful woman that Annika Ruth will become!
|Annika and mommy in the hospital|
|My two precious babies!|
Isaiah and Annika will provide many more adventures in the future and fodder for many more blogs I'm sure - so stay tuned!