Born March 3 at 8:55 am, 7 lb 11 oz 20 inches long.
wren: “little conqueror”
josephine: feminine form of ‘joseph,’ meaning “God will add, God will increase”
In the past few years, I’ve noticed myself paying more attention to the birds. In these last weeks of February, spring weather has broken in early and the early dark of morning has been filled with birdsong. Brandon and I rarely agree easily on baby names but when I mentioned “wren” to him, he loved it immediately. From that point on both of us kept finding ourselves drawn to it and calling her “wren” in our minds. It seemed fitting that this little baby girl was coming into the world in the spring season, the first of my babies not to be born mid-winter, just like the birds returning to the mountains in spring and filling our mornings with song. Reading in the psalms lately in the early mornings while I listen to this backdrop of birdsong, scriptures about singing His praise:
God has been teaching me and reminding me to spend time praising Him, to do it as easily and early as the birds do every day, to praise Him even when I don’t feel like it, especially then, because no matter what my circumstances are, He is worthy of praise! My prayer for our little girl is that her life would be a hymn of praise to Him.
Brandon and I were praying about having another child, and even while we were unsure if we should have any more, God surprised us with her life. We delighted in that He would add to us, and we pray that He would also “increase” in her life and through her.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance…Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” Psalm 32:6-7, 11
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him…Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:1, 3