Saturday, July 31, 2010

Welcome, Emmelia Rose McGowin!

Sunday, July 25 at 9:27 PM, the world welcomed the arrival of Emmelia Rose McGowin at the Family Beginnings Birthing Center in Dayton, OH. She weighed an amazing 9 lbs 9 oz and measured 21 inches long.

Her name is pronounced like "Amelia" and we'll probably call her "Emme" (pronounced "Emmy") or "Emme Rose" for short. Her namesakes are her mommy (smile) and St. Emmelia of Caesarea, a daughter of martyrs, wife of St. Basil the Elder and mother of St. Basil the Great, St. Macrina the Younger, and St. Gregory of Nyssa. She mothered ten children, all of whom were faithful disciples of Jesus, and founded a monastery in her old age with her daughter, Macrina.

Here are a few photos of Emmelia's first couple days. I hope to post something in the next couple weeks telling the story of her birth, which was natural and coached by her father. We are truly blessed to welcome this new life! Please keep our family in your prayers.


Aimee Miller said...

She is so alert, Emily! And beautiful, of course! We're praying for you guys! We know it's tough!

Christiane said...

Wonderful news, Emily.
God is good.

Karla said...

I love her name!!

Jade said...

She is beautiful!! We can't wait to meet her! and what a lovely name!

Charlie Mac said...

Congratulations and welcome. Beautiful all around: name, baby, mother, family. May God take a special liking to her all through her life.
Charlie Mac

Gary Snowden said...


Congratulations to you on the birth of Emmelia. She looks beautiful. I trust that William is delighted in his new role as big brother. Blessings on your expanded family.