Thursday, May 16, 2013

Meet Our Son David Peter

Ten months ago I asked our oldest son Enoh if he would like another little brother or sister.

"Yes,"he responded, "little baby David".

"But how do you know it will be a boy?" I asked.

"Because girls aren't named David." he replied as if there is such a thing as a stupid question.

Then, a couple months later when we found out we were having a baby, Enoh casually reminded us that his name would be David.

While we were still in the States we found out that he would be a boy and wanted to surprise Enoh and Ian with the news over lunch. Enoh wasn't surprised. In fact, he had already decided that David's middle name would be after a character he had been introduced to in preschool - David 'Mad Birds' (as he called it) Bohall.

I'm not even sure those who subscribe to "child led parenting" would go with Enoh's suggestion for a middle name. But we had to consider the first name. After all, King David was considered a man after God's own heart. I grew up hearing that phrase daily as my parents prayed for me to become a man after God's own heart. In turn, Petra and I have continued praying for our children in the same way.

Additionally, we thought it would be appropriate to give our 4th child a family name. His middle name is Peter - reminding us of his mother Petra and her father Peter. A first name decided on by our children, a middle name after his deda along with the Bohall last name seemed a logical way to connect our immediate family to our two extended families.

David Peter Bohall was born at 9:57 pm in Osijek, Croatia on Mother's day. 

Both he and Petra are doing well. 

After each of our children's birth we've been overwhelmed with thankfulness. David is an example of the Lord's incredible mercy - a gift graciously given. We are aware that many have kept us in prayer and we are so thankful for those who supported our family in such an important way before and during Petra's labor. 

The kids were excited to meet their baby brother. Their faces in this picture say it best. Enoh as the oldest brother was certainly the most proud. Emily wasn't sure what to think. And like he is so often, Ian was just plain excited. 

We have been surrounded by friends and family who have celebrated with us by helping with the kids, visiting us in the hospital, giving gifts and sending various forms of congratulations. Thank you! We are truly blessed. 

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