Monday, April 9, 2012

She's here!

On April 1st at 4:44 am we welcomed Olive Rae into the world after a beautiful, natural waterbirth.

I can't wait to share her birth story with everyone who reads our blog! I'm trying to decide between writing a more detailed birth story and breaking it up into parts or just writing a more succinct one. I'll probably write a long one-- the details are what make it precious, at least to me!

This past week of motherhood has been indescribable. Our love for her was instant, but it is built upon every day that passes as we get to know this little person. We spend so much of our time just staring at her and kissing her all over (when she's not pooping, sleeping, or eating, which is pretty much all the time. haha).

There have definitely been challenges to overcome (sleepless nights, some difficulties with breast feeding), but there is so much value to the task that's been set before us. Parenting... motherhood... is such a high calling. God's glory is all over it. I know that it's cliche, but you do find that your heart expands in such an extreme way to welcome all of the feelings you have for this new little creature! At the same time, I've (and Colin has reiterated this feeling) never known fear like I do now. I can't imagine anything bad befalling Olive. It's too much to bear.

I am grateful for the Mother's heart that God is growing in me, and grateful to watch Colin develop more and more of a Father's heart. There is nothing like seeing those two together-- right now I am watching Colin start to put dinner together, wearing Olive in her Moby wrap. She's fast asleep snuggled against her Daddy's chest.

Thank you for loving us and our Olive Branch!


  1. So excited to read more updates Rach! This is fabulous. She is adorable.

  2. Congratulations Colin and Rachel! We are SO thrilled for you guys. Olive is BEAUTIFUL. Yes! Yes! Rachel, please post the long version of Olive's birth story :)
    Praise the Lord for such a wonderful blessing!

  3. Hooray! I cannot wait to meet her! She is so precious!

  4. Yes yes yes!!! I love this. PS I re-activated my Facebook for like a few minutes just to see pics hahahahahahaha. I'm so happy for you guys!!!! I can't wait to hear the birth story :)

    I hope you get some sleep, some how!

    God is good, and His glory is all up in this!


    Jessica King

  5. congratulations, rachel! Olive is beautiful!