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Maggie Elizabeth McLaughlin

Our precious little daughter was born, healthy as a chunker with an impressive set of lungs but still a capacity for sleep, this morning at 8:28 a.m. Rachel did phenomenal, and can now identify with her future Kenyan patients, who also endure long labors with no anesthesia. Maggie is bigger than either of us expected, at 8lb, 11oz, so she's doomed to obesity like her parents. Healthy all the way through, the significance of what has occurred today in our lives intermittently is lost on me, and then causes me to stagger with the weight of joy and grace God has given us. Maggie, welcome to this world that God our Father has made. And welcome to our family.

"Nobody tells you when you get born here, how much you'll come to love it and how you'll never belong here." - Rich Mullins (1955-1997)

16 comments:

ryan said...

WOW... just wow...
Congrats to you both!

Smiles..

r

Natalie said...

Parenthood becomes you, Eric. Congratulations to you both on your new miracle.

Anonymous said...

Very very wonderful for you!!!

A blessing to you and to this big ol' world!! Congratulations

Tim and Lisa

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful and oh so precious! She has already won my heart over! I can't wait to meet her in person next week! Sending all our love!
Mariah and Jonathan

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

How very exciting- she is so beautiful!

Britta

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the new addition!! And way to go on a med-free birth!! That's awesome!

Joan Laubenstein said...

Babies are such a gift from God--those precious little trusting faces, the spiky hair, the cone heads....so wonderful and dear...congratulations and praise be to God!!!!
Auntie j

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Eric and Rachel, you will LOVE parenthood! She is beautiful and I am proud to be her grand nana - great nana ? You know what I mean. I was happy to hear things went well for you.

Love, Nana

Ellen said...

Congratulations new mommy and daddy! Take care of yourselves and enjoy getting to know your princess.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Baby! And hooray for Mama, with no drugs! (I can relate!) We praise God for this new miracle, and can't wait to talk to you!

Zillingers -- Greg, Sara, Josh, Noah, Jaina, Elijah, and Keira

c & J said...

Congratulations! and thanks be to God for this wonderful gift. Blessings as your experience the joys of parenting!

Aunt Carol Uncle John

Anonymous said...

Oh, Rachie...she is absolutely beautiful. Ya' did good, honey!! (And Eric, I am sure you did equally as well.) I am so happy for all three of you. What a blessing little Maggie is and will be. Give her lots of love and kisses!!

Liane

Mary Mike said...

Welcome, Maggie, and congrats, Eric & Rachel.
A beautiful baby for a loving family.
(Great)Aunt Mary McLaughlin-Taylor

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both. What a blessing from God. Blessings for the days and years ahead.

Paul Billington

LD said...

what a beautiful little mclaughlin. congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful baby - gift of God - and we love the picture with her eyes open! Welcome to the world, Maggie!

Aunt Lois & Uncle Bob