What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, December 28, 2015

Her First Noel


The best Christmas gift ever... we were blessed to finally meet our little Tiddle on December 22nd.

We were discharged from the hospital the next day, just in time to put children to bed the eve before Christmas Eve.  The next day, it was wrapping presents and filling stockings.  The next, Christmas Day.  The next, more wrapping and last minute doings for a Christmas party.  The next day, more wrapping and last minute makings and doings for another family Christmas.  Every day was filled with bustle, every evening filled with a little girl who I can't seem to stop staring at.







I have fallen asleep sitting up more times than I can count but I love those middle of the night feedings when we wonder at one another by the glow of Christmas lights.  I can't stop watching her little face twist and turn into these impossibly sweet expressions, I can't fathom the sweetness of her little head of black hair nestled in the crook of my neck, I am utterly undone when she squints her eyes to peek at this, her new world.


 Today is our first day without some pressing holiday commitment looming ahead and a list of things to finish up quickly before it arrives.  It has been glorious.  Now that there is a moment to breathe, I wanted to finally introduce you to this beautiful little soul.






Ineke Rose Newman
(pronounced Ee-nuh-kuh)





She has a head full of dark hair that surprises everyone but me and a pucker that forms a perfect little heart.  Her fingernails are so tiny they almost don't exist and I don't know what color eyes she will have because her 'bright eyed and bushy tailed' look is actually just a whisper above a squint.


She smells delicious, the back of her neck is the softest thing on planet earth and she looks like the exact same child I have birthed four times before.




We are absolutely and utterly besotten.


Birth photos and details to come soon...

43 comments:

beth said...

*JOY*

xoxo

Mary P said...

I am so happy for you! What a wonderful Christmas gift :-) my husband and I were guessing that the lack of a blog post meant a baby may have arrived - I checked your blog a couple times every day! Bless you and that wee little girl, and the whole Newman household

Christina Gomez said...

So happy for you! Love the name. What a beautiful, beautiful gift! God is good.
Christina

Christina Gomez said...

So happy for you! Love the name. What a beautiful, beautiful gift! God is good.
Christina

Jennifer said...

Congratulations, she is beautiful and so is her name! Jennifer

Jenn in Indiana said...

Love the name. I would love to know how you picked it, because I have never heard of it. Do you plan to call her a knickname?

Courtney said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous daughter!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet dolly! Congratulations! Pam

Terri said...

What a beautiful little angel! Congratulations!

Bonnie said...

Darling precious wee thing! So glad she is here (and I was so sure it would be a girl), and what a wondrous Christmas gift! Rest well Mama, sending my love- Bonnie

Paula said...

Heartfelt congratulations on the arrival of your precious daughter! She is absolutely beautiful!

...they call me mommy... said...

WOOHOO! :D I'm so glad...she is GORGEOUSLY beautiful! :D

Ulli said...

I thought you might have a new Newman by now! She's beautiful, with a beautiful name! Thank you for sharing her first pictures. Enjoy every moment of the fresh baby stage!
I love the picture of The Sisters.
Blessings and Congrats to all!

Kelli said...

A sweet Christmas angel! So beautiful and I love her name! Congratulations to all!

Rhonda said...

Aww! I am so happy for you. She is sweet and beautiful

Sarah Johnson said...

Congratulations!
from a follower in Texas-Sarah

Anonymous said...

Pure sweetness – you are richly blessed.

Kristin

Courtney said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful!

Miranda Hupp said...

So, so, so happy for you!!!! She is beautiful! Brian and I are *still* discussing more children. Will you guys continue to have children as long as God blesses you? If you don't mind me asking. ;) I just turned 36 and he is afraid of my age. I keep telling him age is just a number. And keep praying. Congratulations!

Michelle said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful and precious. I hope you are able to get a bit more rest now that most of the festivities are over. I know... rest with lots of little ones at home...What is that? ;)

Bobbi Anderson said...

I was hoping this was the reason it was so quiet here! Congratulations! <3

Full of Grace said...

Congratulations again and again.. She is just beautiful and the most precious human gift you could ever ask for at Christmas.

Rosemary said...

She is an angel. Congratulations to a wonderful family.

lydia.purple said...

Congratulations! She is gorgeous! The name sounds Dutch... ?

Emma Zackley said...

So many congratulations to you all! She is truly blessed to be born in to such a lovely family.

Stacey K. said...

Congratulations! She is perfect and a blessing to your family!

Satchell said...

Oh. My. Goodness.
How very beautiful!!! Congratulations. What an awesome Christmas gift!
Jamie

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely beautiful sweet girl! Congratulations! Mrs. Bowen

Megan @ Purple Dancing Dahlias said...

Be still my beating heart, she is beautiful!! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Eager to know whether there's a new/altered sign in your front yard??

Kristin

SimpleFarmMama said...

Aw, I was moved to tears. She is gorgeous, as I expected! Precious beyond words. I'm so, so proud for you guys. Can't wait to hear details. She looks like a purty big gal! ;-) thanks for your blog this past year..it is my favorite.

Leah T. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! She's beautiful!!! I have tears in my eyes knowing just how long you've waited for sweet Ineke to join your family. She's a precious little girl who is blessed to have you and Matt for her parents. Oh, how I wish I could see her in person! Please give her a kiss and hug from me. :) I have a gift in the planning stages. God willing, it will be started and finished soon for you both to enjoy. Much love!!! <3

Psalms w guitar said...

Praise God! So happy! Wonder if the dark hair will last?

Caroline said...

She is so precious Rebecca. Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Rebecca and family,

Oh my! How gorgeous! :). Congratulations! Rejoicing on your behalf at the safe arrival of your precious daughter.

In Christ's Love,

Rebekah S.

Renata AtSunnyside said...

Oh she is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations Rebecca, Matt & the rest of the Newmans!
Blessings
Renata:)

Reformation Acres said...

I'm beyond thrilled for you and your family! Congratulations to you all! Ineke is perfect as can be and that gorgeous dark hair! Love it :) How blessed she is to be in a family that is going to love on her so very much. Take good care of yourself mama.

Ps- I hate being a stalker. It makes me feel so creepy. Not appreciating that my obsessive checking now needs to continue for a birth story! ;) Love, Quinn

Pink Panda said...

She's so precious! What a beautiful babe! Congrats!

Marlene Bibby said...

Congratulations! We heard from your mom, but I am just getting on here. The pictures are so lovely. It's like walking through it with you, minus labor pain!! What a delight for you all. Thrilled beyond for you. Enjoy her! And Happy New Year!!!

Els Drijfhout said...

Congratulations to the Newmans! we'd love to see you all again and meet little Ineke in person, she's such a gorgeous little girl!! enjoy baby smells and smiles :) lots of love from the mother and sister of another Ineke :) Els and Marianne xxx

Olivia Flewelling said...

Beautiful, beautiful baby! Congratulations to your whole family. I love your blog! :)

Abigail said...

These photos of her all soft and pearly are so beautiful, every last one, and that top picture just makes me grin. It's perfect. The morning after she was born, John texted me a picture of you three in the hospital, and the girls and I couldn't wait to hear her name and get the details of her birth! I-- mushy, pregnant sap that I am-- started tearing up, and couldn't stop, and they made fun of me all day for that. I have no regrets. So unspeakably happy for you all!

Alyssa Corley said...

Precious beyond words. Congratulations - love her name