Done with the ponderous, the swollen, the out of breath, I

Endure the aching groaning shriek of my body as it brings

Life into a fallen world. A child is born this day.

I have never seen anyone so perfect. Her

Velvet skin shines with the light of a world I’ve seen only in dreams, her wail is an

Echo of the holy child on His arrival here.

Reaching to touch, to hold, to worship, my body and heart are healed,

Yet the sword of our shared humanity, our loss, our love pierces my heart.


Introducing our daughter, Jenny Madelynn, born early this morning at 7 lb. 7 oz. We are overjoyed.

I will be spending my time being Mommy, and see you sometime in the New Year…

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8 years ago

She’s perfect. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your exciting news. Merry Christmas!

8 years ago

Congratulations! Thank you for introducing your darling to us. Treasure each moment and revel in the wonder of bonding with a brand new miracle from heaven. Have a very blessed Christmas!

8 years ago

Beautiful, beautiful baby. Jenny Madelynn has brought so much joy to my day.

I am trying to comment on your words, but I am tongue tied. Well said. There is so much about birth that defies language.

8 years ago
Reply to  Carla

Yes, the experience of birth defies language. I assisted the births of two babies yesterday and one today, and I feel that deep exhaustion combined with tenderness and wonder and loss of words. And I am not even the mother.

Shari, your little girl is beautiful and precious.

Beth Russo
8 years ago

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for all of you. What a wonderful Christmas gift. ♥

8 years ago

She’s lovely! Her mouth reminds me of another child or two of yours (based on pictures from your blog, not real life). Congratulations!

8 years ago

Heartiest congratulations! A new baby in the house adds to this season–Jesus was so tiny and helpless , for us?!–soak up the wonder. She’s darling!!

8 years ago

Congratulations to you! She is beautiful! 🙂

8 years ago

How lovely! Congratulations ?

8 years ago

Aww, what a precious gift. Blessings!

8 years ago

My body aches and groans with your words….those feelings are still fresh in my mind.

But that sweet relief and the joy and wonder of a new little person!!!!!!

Rejoicing with you as you welcome little Miss Jenny!

Sharon Yoder
8 years ago

Sweet the music of a baby’s first cry. . .It is such a special time of the year to celebrate a child’s birth. When God wants to bring change into the world, He brings the hope of life through a precious newborn. Welcome Little Jenny!

8 years ago

So very happy for you, Shari. Enjoy her!

8 years ago

She’s precious! Congratulations!

8 years ago

How wonderful that baby has arrived– safe and healthy ! And a girl! 🙂 Congratulations! Take care now!

Ginny Yoder
8 years ago

Congratulations!! We are so happy to hear of little Jenny’s safe arrival. What a precious gift from God! Blessings to your family.
Ginny Yoder

8 years ago

Many blessings to you as you spend your days being mommy! Breathe deep, exhale slowly, savor the moments….even the teary eyed, sleep deprived ones…. What a precious gift.

8 years ago

Congratulations! What a precious little thing!

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8 years ago

Congratulations! So glad it is over for you and so glad she is a girl. 🙂

8 years ago

Yay!! What a gift…….so happy for you and yours.

8 years ago

Only weeks from my own delivery, your words strike deep.

So happy for you, for Jenny, and for the rest of your family.

Breathe deep of that new baby sweetness.

8 years ago

My heart is so happy for you . . . and I remember . . . the extreme relief at life finally birthed after loss. Merry, Merry Christmas to you all!! What a wonderful gift.

8 years ago

Around the time you wrote about your miscarriage in January, I grieved with you and prayed for you, then promptly lost my own baby. Then I rejoiced with you and prayed for you as this pregnancy developed and continued like it’s designed to do. Now I smile at the look on your face, seeing that precious, hoped-for baby finally arrived, looking ahead about five months to the arrival of my own rainbow baby.

May these newborn days be very, very sweet. Weeping may endure . . . but joy comes.

8 years ago
Reply to  Bonnie'sMama

And two weeks after I wrote this comment, God set us up–we got two placements, an 8-month-old girl and a boy not quite two. It was supposed to be for 3 days . . . we’re looking at a minimum of 2-3 months. That was the day we had a one-year-old and a three-year-old for respite as well, besides my two-year-old and six-year-old as well as the baby inside. Makes me think of the day you also were the mom of seven.

In the weeks since then, I have often thought of what you wrote last summer about being kicked by little feet from within and without. Suddenly being the mom of 4, almost 5, is a little bewildering for someone who was childless three years ago.

I hope your newborn days are really, really sweet.

8 years ago

So delighted with and for you!

8 years ago

What a treat! After seeing little Jenny’s picture on facebook, I decided to take action about that gnawing ache for honesty and beauty that your blog used to fill. Then I found lots of posts! Made my Monday.

I was going to look for the post about first time mothers. Though I read it months ago, some of the remembered words resonate with me. I identify with the wonder and awe at birth, but I recall words about crying and fussing that I thought I should read again.

May your this bundle of sweetness bring you so much joy, and if joy turns to sadness because of her crying, may you have a community to hold you and help you through it.

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