Our Thanksgiving Blessing

Psalm 126

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.

Our mouths are filled with laughter, our tongues are filled with shouts of joy! We have been blessed with a sheave of wheat so sweet and ripe! Our precious Asher Timothy is here!

On Thanksgiving morning, just before sunrise, we received the enormous blessing of welcoming our Baby Nine into our arms. After a long labor and quicker delivery, we were overwhelmed with the goodness and mercy of looking upon LIFE. 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 inches of squeaky, wiggly, precious, cuddly, redheaded, blue eyed life! As I held my Asher on my chest for the first time, I told him I have waited so long for you ~ I can’t believe you’re alive and sobbed over God’s goodness and grace. It’s just overwhelming. Astounding.

Asher ~ blessed, happy
Timothy ~ one who honors God

We have waited for years to bestow this name upon a living, breathing, image-bearing covenant child. He bears the name Timothy, just like his daddy, and he inherited his daddy’s eyes. We rejoice over this little boy’s life, and delight in sharing his arrival with you. God has indeed truly blessed us and made us happy. We seek God’s strength to raise him to honor God with every fiber of his being, to live in humble thankfulness before Him all of his days for the mercy God has showered upon all of us.

What a Thanksgiving miracle! Our children are a pure, unutterable blessing. Thanks be to God on high!!


26 Replies to “Our Thanksgiving Blessing”

  1. 😀 I was thinking of you all day on Thanksgiving and wondering if you had had your little one! What a perfect perfect day for him to be born on. 🙂 I am so so happy for you all and I love his name. And he’s adorable!!! Praise God!!

  2. I sent you an email, but just had to add that the picture of Asher sitting on the couch with Gabriel has to be the cutest ever! <3

  3. Oh Melissa..so very happy!! Asher is just PERFECT!! I love,love,love his red-hair!!Your family is absolutely beautiful and what a day to be born on!

  4. THANKS BE TO GOD!!! Oh, Melissa, I’m so incredibly happy for you and for your family! May God bless Asher’s live and cause him to bring joy to every life he touches!

  5. Again, I am so very thankful for you guys! What beautiful little treasures you have there! 🙂

    God’s strength and grace for a smooth recovery in the coming days and weeks.

  6. I’m so happy for you! Us Facebook girls from PGAL have been following you and waiting for your blessing. I can tell you we all had tears of joy when we heard little Asher was here and well. Congratulations to the four of you.

  7. My eyes are running over with such joy for you…and on THanksgiving too, SO much to be thankful for, he is precious and so adorable. So perfect and sweet…ah I am just so happy, so filled with joy for your family.

  8. Congrats on your new baby boy!! He is too precious and couldn’t have come on a better day.. He is blessed to have you as his mommy. So very happy for you and your family xoxo

  9. Praise be to God!!! I’m so happy that I’m crying for you all. Beautiful name, beautiful son. He’s amazing!! Congratulations to you all on this precious addition to your family. What a blessing!! And what a beautiful joy to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Somehow, that makes it all the more special. 🙂

    Sending lots of love and joy your way! And praising God for His goodness.

  10. I am so happy for you! I am praising God right along side of you for this incredible blessing. I literally cried tears of joy when I read that you were finally holding your ‘take home baby’ in your arms. THANK YOU LORD!!!!

  11. Crying tears of JOY for you. What a wonderful day to receive such a blessing! We rejoice with you! So thankful he’s here. So happy for you my friend!

  12. Melissa, how wonderful it is to see these pictures!!! I rejoice with you. God is so good and faithful. How special it has been to follow you on this journey and now see this blessing in your life after so much struggle and hardship. You truly, truly deserve this happiness. Much love, Karin

  13. Aw Melissa!!! He is so perfect!! So many of my prayers have been answered in the birth of your sweet boy! I continue to pray for your family, think of you often, and follow your blessings on your blog. I am truly happy for you, you deserve this blessing and many more ! God is so good 🙂 -Tara

  14. Congratulations Melissa, Steven, and Gabriel! Asher is a wonderful gift on a day we remember what we are thankful for! I’m so happy for you and am rejoicing with you!

  15. Oh Melissa I am so happy for you!! I love his name too, Asher Timothy. I am rejoicing with you and your family and praising God for His perfect goodness!

  16. Congratulations and praise be to our Creator,the Giver of Life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is such a blessing to see your new baby boy snuggled in your arms!=) I’m so happy for you all,and like everyone else I immediately thought how appropriate that God sent little Asher to you all on Thanksgiving Day! What a wonderful blessing! I have been thinking of you often and just today have been able to get online for the first time in 2 months lol and yours was the first site I logged onto……..WOW! I can’t stop smiling! I think he definitely looks like his big brother! Gabriel looks so excited! I can only imagine the pure joy you all are experiencing anew,just wanted to say this is the best news I have heard in a long time! God bless you all! Oh,and I love the name! It’s perfect! 😉

  17. Praise God!!!! What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift you have been given! Your family is beautiful and precious and I am grateful to know you : )

  18. I still think of you all on Thanksgiving and what a wonderful part of your story it was to have a very long awaited son born on Thanksgiving day. God is so good and it is so true that behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face. 🙂 Such wonderful smiles on this day. Blessings to you all and a happy late birthday to Asher!!

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