It’s a girl!

I’m thrilled to announce the birth of my daughter, Teresa Marie. God grant her many years. She was 8 lbs 1 oz and 21 inches long. Her brothers are not quite sure what to make of her, but are glad to see her and happy to hold her anyway. You can take a look at the hospital photo of her.

So now you know why there have been no updates for a week.

She’s named primarily for St Thérèse of Lisieux (called the Little Flower) and for Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who was influenced by and took her name from Thérèse. I highly recommend the autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul. I’m amazed by the fervency she had for loving God. Her words are simple, yet profound. As a parent, I am challenged by how her parents so obviously raised her well, indeed raised her to be a saint.