Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Joyously Announcing . . .

It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I am able to now share with you all the wonderfully, exciting news that Ryan and Ashley's little family has grown! After a healthy pregnancy over these past nine months, little Adelyn Blythe entered the world July 13th with a head of dark hair, beautiful blue eyes, and the sweetest little personality . . .

Adelyn Blythe
Weight: 9lbs 2 oz

It was a very long and hard labor, but thankfully, Adelyn came into the world safely, and both Mommy and baby did very well through the whole experience. How thankful we are for the Lord's hand of protection over both Ashley and little Adelyn!

Their first family photo taken the day of Adelyn's birth

The morning of Adelyn's birth, Daddy, Mama, Leah and I drove to the hospital and eagerly made our way to their room . . . I can remember each moment of that memorable day (and the days prior as we waited and prayed!) . . . walking in and seeing Ryan and Ashley with little Adelyn nestled comfortably in Ashley's arms. The smiles on their faces, the great joy in their eyes.

'Grandma' was the first one of us to hold her and after just a bit of fussing, her first grandbaby settled down contentedly in her arms . . .

Mama holding her first grandchild

Adelyn was passed around with each one of us enjoying holding her for great lengths of time. She is such a contented little baby who loves to be held!

Leah meeting her little niece for the first time

I cannot even begin to describe to you the emotions of this day . . . thanksgiving was definitely the predominate one . . . joy, wonder, awe, and much more. Words cannot adequately express it!
Opening her eyes while Leah was holding her . . . so precious!

Daddy holding his granddaughter for the first time

Me meeting my niece

As I held this precious little bundle in my arms for the first time, this special gift from the Lord, what wonder and what love swept over me as I looked into her sweet little face. As I saw her tiny fingernails, her beautiful blue eyes, her adorable little mouth, her attempt to suck her fingers . . . what a precious, precious gift . . . to think that Ryan and Ashley are this little ones' parents . . .

The happy little family

The new Mommy and her baby daughter

The proud and happy Daddy

That Dad and Mom are her grandparents . . .

So happy!

That Leah and I are her aunts . . .

Leah holding one day old Adelyn . . . isn't the bow in her hair cute! One of the nurses put it there.

And me treasuring this moment of rocking little Adelyn

And many miles away there are grandparents, uncles and an aunt who love her dearly as well.

What a wonderful, precious time this is!

Ryan holding Adelyn

Aren't baby things so cute?!

We all couldn't stop looking at and enjoying this adorable addition to the family, and it was so wonderful to see Ryan and Ashley with their firstborn child, a precious baby girl. God has been so good . . . He has blessed abundantly and how thankful we all are for this new little life, Adelyn Blythe.

"For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well" (Psalm 139:13-14.)

"Behold, children are a gift from the LORD," (Psalm 127:3.)

*And just a little note for those of you who may be wondering . . . Ryan and Ashley had desired that this wonderful news wait to be shared until Baby came into the world. So I held all of the excitement in over these months and am so excited to be able to share this with you now!

*And one more little note . . . this is one reason why I have been a little absent from the blog world lately! :)


  1. Oh Sarah!

    Congratulations to you all! How enormously excited I was when I read the title of this post. Baby Adelyn is so precious!!! What a wonderful blessing from the Lord. I can't get over how simply adorable these pictures are. She is a beautiful little girl! What joy I'm sure she will bring to your family. Please pass my congratulations along to Ryan and Ashley. Enjoy being an Aunt :) and be sure to post lots of pictures on your blog. I, for one, will be thrilled to see them =)

    Many blessings to you all!


  2. What a sweet, precious little blessing! I know the joy you felt at holding your first little niece in your arms. What a special privilege to hold and cuddle these gifts from our Heavenly Father! Aren't you glad He gives us babies!!

    Congratulations on your first little niece and granddaughter! :)

  3. AnonymousJuly 20, 2011

    What a beautiful posting sharing our family's excitement upon the birth of Adelyn. The Lord has truly blessed us and I am so grateful for our precious granddaughter - and your niece!


  4. Oh she is adorable! I want to hold her! I know, I have my kiddos to hold and snuggle (and humorously enough I had to set Kimber down to type this)but newborns are just SO sweet. She is beautiful. Ryan and Ashley and little Adelyn make such a cute family!
    I agree with Amy who commented before me, we want to see lots of pictures of her! They change so fast!
    Congratulations to you all!

  5. Oh how exciting! CONGRATS! She is gorgeous! :) :) I love little babies

  6. Oh Sarah! She is beyond words! How happy I know all of you are! What a wonderful blessing the Lord has given Ashley and Ryan!
    She has a beautiful name! Is it a family name?
    Enjoy her Sarah..I know all of you will. ♥

  7. I rejoice with you and your family! I am thankful that mother and child are well. I do hope they will both be able to return home very soon.

  8. I am so thankful you shared this! What a sweet, sweet blessing. Children are such blessings--how precious she must be to her new parents.

    Many, many blessings!
    Your sister in Christ,

  9. Congratulations Sarah! I know you will be a wonderful aunt to Adelyn! What does her name mean?

    I had a similar experience like yours last March. My sister had her third baby and it's supposed to be a boy (#3) but it turned out that it was a girl instead. We're all surprised and happy. Her name is Sarah! I went to visit her for the first time at the hospital too when she's about 6 hours old. It is God's miracle to see how tiny Sarah was. I love and still do holding Sarah.

    Anyways, sorry I talked too much and besides this is your special moment not mine. Again congratulations Aunt Sarah. Have you made any clothes or dolls for Adelyn yet? Hope you will post more pictures of Adelyn in the future.

  10. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing this. Please tell Ashely congratulations for me. She is a beautiful baby and I know how excited you all must be.

  11. Congratulations Aunt Sarah

  12. What wonderful news Sarah, I rejoice with you and your family. I love the name they have chosen too.
    Looking forward to more news and photos!

  13. Little babies are so precious and I am sure this little one has been born into a wonderful home. I have been waiting for some sort of news like this.

    Cuddle Adelyn all you want and celebrate every treasured moment.

    Congratulations and God bless you all.

  14. Congratulations to Ryan and Ashley.:-) This is certainly wonderful news for all of you. (Although it's not a total surprise, considering your creative cropping of photos lately, Sarah!) Adelyn is indeed a beautiful baby. How do you say her name--Ade-lin? Ade-line?

    It would have been nice to share in you all's prenatal excitement as well, as we shared in Ryan and Ashley's courtship, wedding plans and preparations, and house-building. But I'm sure they had good reasons for choosing to withhold that part of their lives, and they are certainly entitled to their privacy.

    I imagine Adelyn has a wonderful life ahead of her, with two doting aunts nearby, as well as grandparents. We look forward to seeing more of her in future posts.

    ~ Betsy

  15. What wonderful news! Such a sweet blessing! She is precious!

  16. Congratulations!! What a wonderful gift! :) Her birthday is the same day as mine, I'm only 24 years older than her haha :). She is so precious. I'm so excited for you all! What a blessing :)

    God Bless you all!!


  17. Congratulations to Ryan & Ashley & the family circle ~ what a beautiful name!!!!! She looks adorable & how blessed to have such a wonderful family x

  18. Oh Sarah, I'm so excited for all of you! Congratulations to Ryan and Ashley! What a precious little one Adelyn is, a blessing from the Lord. (I was beginning to think it might not be too long before we saw a post like this :)!!) Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful news. I'll be praying that all continues to go well.

  19. I found your blog through HSA, and I just wanted to say congratulations on your new niece! My sister and her husband are making me an aunt, too, in January with twins!

    I love you garden, by the way. I'm really trying to get a bigger garden going and your's is very inspirational!

  20. Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments! Each one was very much enjoyed and appreciated . . . it was so fun signing in to my blogger periodically and seeing the new ones that were there! Your kind words and thoughtfulness were a blessing! Even as I type this reply now, I have a big smile on my face as I read through each one of your comments . . . the happiness is certainly overflowing over here!

    I am so glad that you all enjoyed the photos, and you can be sure, there will be more coming! I am loving not only spending time holding sweet little Adelyn, but I love photographing her as well. It is so fun trying to capture her many varied expressions! And yes, I am very much enjoying being an aunt. :) Very much!

    Miss Sarah, yes indeed, I am so glad that the Lord gives babies! They are so very precious and are such a testimony to His love and His wisdom. They are little miracles!

    Ellen, her first name is simply a name that Ryan and Ashley liked, but her middle name, Blythe, is Ashley’s middle name. And if I am remembering correctly, she was named after a family member as well. And yes, I am enjoying little Adelyn so much!

    Miss Linda, they are home from the hospital now, thankfully, and are so enjoying their time together! Ryan and Ashley said that one of their favorite things to do now is to just sit and watch her. I don’t blame them! She is just so precious and makes so many different cute expressions!

    Leah, Ashley told me what Adelyn’s name means, but now I cannot remember! I’ll have to ask again. Perhaps it was serene? I think it was something like that. I am sure that was exciting being an aunt again last March! We saw Adelyn for the first time when she was about 6 hours old as well. As you shared, babies are indeed a miracle from God. Yes, I have made some clothes for Adelyn, and I am sure I will be making more. It is so fun making things for babies! A doll will also be made at some point in time. :)

    Senkyoushi, I will be sure to pass on your congratulations to her!

    Betsy, so you noticed the creative cropping? :) You are not the only one! The pronunciation of her name would be the first one you mentioned: Ade-lin.

    Ashley-Joydana, that’s neat that you share the same birthday with her! And happy birthday a little late. :)

    Caitlin, thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment! I remember you from HSA . . . I’ll have to stop by there and also your blog. Congratulations on being an aunt come January! I am sure you are excited. And thank you for your kind words about our garden . . . I hope that yours does well for you!

  21. Congratulations Sarah on becoming an aunt! They are wonderful blessings - babies are :)

    Mommie and Daddy look so happy and she is just precious - little Adelyn.

    May Our Lord bless her and surround her with love all the days of her life.


  22. Oh Sarah,
    Congratulations to you all!!! I have seen pic on the e-mail that they sent us and she is so so so cute.Tell the family hello and a Congratulations. I can not wait to see you all soon.

  23. What a cute little blessing! I am so delighted and excited for you all. It was a lovely surprise for me when I first read it!

    Adelyn is so adorable. I loved seeing the photos of her with you all and look forward to seeing more! I can see that she is very much loved!

    Please pass on my congratulations to Ryan and Ashley, and congratulations to you and Leah on becoming aunts, and to your Mom and Dad on becoming grandparents! Enjoy the new addition to your family; I can quite understand your joy and thankfulness!

    Blessings in Christ,

  24. Oh, Sarah! How exciting. Baby Adelyn is SO cute! She's just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures with us and please do post more in the near furture. As others said, enjoy being an Aunt! I'm sure it must be fun to have a little neice :)

    Blessings, Sarah!
    Bethany Joy

    P.S. I'm very sorry that I haven't commented on your blog recently. I've been quite busy with Bible memory =)

  25. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments! It was so nice to sign in and see them, and each one brought a smile to my face as I read it . . . and I know everyone else will enjoy them as well. :) You all are so sweet!

    Haviland . . . it was so nice to hear from you again! I knew you would be excited to hear the news, and I am sure you were when you all got the e-mail! I am glad that you enjoyed the photos. :) I will pass your greetings on to everyone. Love and hugs to you!

    Anna . . . I am so glad that you enjoyed the post and photos! And yes, I am very much enjoying this new addition to the family. :) I will be sure to pass your congratulations on to everyone! Thank you!

    Bethany Joy . . . it is fun having a niece! I am loving every moment of it. And please do not feel badly about not commenting lately . . . I understand! I am sure your Bible memory is taking a lot of your time, and I am so glad that you are having the opportunity to do that. I hope it continues to go well for you!

  26. Praise God for such a wonderful sweet blessing! Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord. Congratulations to you all! :)

    Treasure every minute of babyhood, it is amazing how fast it goes. I can hardly believe our little Abby is almost a year already! We are looking forward to the birth of our second little one very soon now (Lord willing). :)

    Adelyn is adorable! I enjoyed seeing all the pictures:). Being an aunt is so fun! I am sure you and Leah will be great ones:).

  27. What a precious blessing Adelyn is! Congratulations on becoming an aunt! She will bring much love and joy to your family. Little Adelyn and I share the same birthdate as well. Many blessings to you and your family.

    Angela :)

  28. Thank you for your comment, Emily! Yes, praise the Lord! Children are indeed a blessing given by the Lord . . . and we are so thankful for His gift of little Adelyn.

    I am treasuring each moment with her, and just from the other little ones that I know, I have an idea how very quickly the time flies and they grow up! It is hard to believe that your little Abby is already almost a year . . . it seems like she was just born. Congratulations on your second little one! How excited you must be!

    I am glad that you enjoyed the photos of Adelyn. And I would agree, being an aunt is so fun and so special as well. Thank you for your kind words!

  29. Thank you for your sweet comment, Angela! And that’s neat that you and Adelyn share the same birthday . . . that makes three people now that I ‘know’ with birthdays on that day! And happy birthday a little late! :)

  30. Congratulations to Ryan and Ashley and your family! She's absolutely beautiful, Sarah! Lovely, lovely photos.

    Joy :)

  31. Thank you so much, Joy! We are so thankful for this precious little blessing!!

  32. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations to them! I know that this is late in coming but I have been away for a while! I'm so glad she is safe and sound and healthy! :o) PTL! :o)


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