Announcing Anna

by Lesley on July 21, 2011 · 4 comments

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Announcing our Anna Leigh

Born July 18 at 4:00am

7 pounds, 14 oz, 21 and 1/4 inches long

To our surprise, Anna decided to come a few weeks early!  At the risk of sounding cliche, we have completely fallen for her…hook, line and sinker. The above picture was taken just a few hours after she was born.

The week so far has consisted of kissing her little baby feet, stroking her soft skin, and marveling over her delicate features. I can’t wait to tell you more about her birth and first few days, but for now I have some sleep to catch up on!

The story of Anna’s name…

Jonathan and I debated Anna’s name for many months. We had several options we liked but couldn’t decide on one that felt right. One night in June, as Jonathan was barbecuing, I told him I thought her name was Anna. To my surprise, he agreed. Later, as I did more research on the name, I found that Anna means “favor” and “grace.” In the bible Anna is a prophetess in the book of Luke. She was a widow serving at Temple in Jerusalem when Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus for presentation to the Lord, forty days after his birth. After becoming a widow, she no longer left the temple but spent untold hours over many years on that holy ground continually serving God, fasting, and praying. The Bible doesn’t say a lot about Anna. She required little in life except the grace of God, and we hope the same for our little girl.  Even though Anna was older and didn’t have a husband, she was still ready spiritually to do whatever work God had for her.

Anna, I pray this same vision for you, and for me, as I raise you.

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