Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Isn't She Lovely? Ivy Alyse Allison

She's here!  May 2, 2011 at 9:18 AM, at 7 pounds and 9 ounces and 19.5 inches, Ivy Alyse Allison came into our lives.  (You may remember the fun we had last December announcing that she was on the way.)

Celebrate God's goodness with us!

I invite you to listen to one of my favorite songs (immediately below—great lyrics and music) and to enjoy a few pictures of God's gracious gift (that's what Ivy means) to our family.


(Song here.)

Just moments after her birth: Stacy and I are thrilled.  Ivy... not so much.  (You can enlarge any photo below by clicking it.)
Finally, Sadey is a big sister.  She called, "First to hold the new baby," last December.  Sadey was first.
Libby—also know in the family as "baby hog."  Not there is any fighting going on or anything.
Josey hoping the game of hot potato doesn't end with her changing the diaper.
Aubrey happy and surprised... or maybe Ivy dirtied her first diaper.  Not sure which... or perhaps both.
Tough enough to play rugby like a beast and yet gentle enough to love a new born baby... my son Bill is a great man.
Grandma Porky (Bill's mom) and Ivy.
Grandma and grandpa Johnson (Stacy's mom and dad) and Ivy.
The only person we're missing from this family picture is our Emily. But that's bound to happen when you have kids 20 years apart from each other : ) Em will be home soon enough to meet Ivy!
"Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table."
—Psalm 128:3
A few days later, we got Emily home from Moody Bible Institute to introduce her to Ivy... and take these pictures.
Go ahead and sing it: "Father Allison had many kids.  Many kids had Father Allison...."

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