Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's a Girl!!!

Dear Friends,

Thank-you so much for your prayers!  Our latest blessing has arrived!

Eliora Grace

born November 21, 2010, 10:57am

6lbs, 3oz, 18.5 inches long

Another successful HBAC, Eliora was actually born at (get this) my midwife's

house! I hope to be able to write the whole story eventually, but in short,
my midwife had two women laboring at the same time (I, one week late, the
other mom, 3 weeks early!), and it looked as though we would give birth
within a couple hours of each other. After weighing our options, we (all)
decided that the better course of wisdom would be for us both to come to

It wasn't my ideal situation (I threw a genuine temper tantrum when Chris
said, "Let's get in the car and go."), but it all turned out really well.
Eliora was born 3 hours after this other mama's baby, and there is no way my
midwife would have made it to both of us in time! God is so good! We are
both healthy and doing well. She is my tiniest baby yet, and she came the
"earliest" too--only 8 days after her ultrasound due date, as opposed to 10,
11, and 12 days "late" for my other three.

Oh, and for the baby name fanatics out there...

"Eliora" (pronounced el-ee-OR-a) is a Hebrew name meaning
"The LORD is my light". 
We gave her the middle name "Grace" to finish the verse, 
"...and my salvation." Psalm 27:1

Again, thank-you so much for your prayers! I am feeling sooo blessed!

By His Grace,


UPDATE: You can read Eliora's birth story here:


Justin Lukasavige said...

Congratulations, Tiana! I know this will be a great Thanksgiving.

Amy Lu said...


I can't wait to meet Acacia's answer to prayer! ;o)

Anna Clarke said...

Congrats! Love her name :) She is so precious!

Jennie said...

Congratulations! You are an inspiration! And love her name! She is so cute! :-)

Amy said...

I thought for sure you were having a boy. :)- So glad that Acacia has a little sister. Every girl needs a sister.

Eliora is beautiful and I LOVE her name and the meaning behind it! Curious to know what her name would have been had she been a boy but I suspect you might hold onto that name for another time.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! So excited for you & can't wait to hear the whole labor & birth story!
What a THANKSGIVING you'll have!

ketzia serenity said...

AWWWW how sweet cant wait for my mom's baby to be born

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a successful birth even if not exactly as planned. I gave birth at home for the first time (my 5th baby) on November 24th. I had a boy (my 4th). His name is Andrew Gabriel, manly man of God or valiant man of God.

Carol Flett said...

I remember the overwhelming joy that came with each new baby.

Tia said...

I love her name so much! My 4th little blessing we named Liora Tresa! COngrats so many times over and blessings to your family!

*Mirage* said...

Oh how precious! What a sweet little blessing! Congratulations! :)

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