we have a new baby!

And he’s from OHIO, not Haiti! My beautiful little sister, Bethany, gave birth to an adorable little boy this (Thursday) afternoon. Meet Stewart Jack Peters, Jr! Named after his daddy (obviously) and we’ll call him Jack. He was 8lbs 10oz and soooooo cute! See?

We got the call a little after 5pm (he was born at 4:39), ate a quick supper and drove 90 minutes to the hospital. Stayed for 40 minutes, stopped at McDonald’s for five caramel frappes in Jack’s honor, drove 90 minutes home. He was worth every minute of the drive. I’m totally in love!

Beautiful Expectant Mamas from Heartline Haiti UPDATE:

I don’t have a brilliant plan for organizing this amazing, wonderful prayer team, so I’m just going to give it my best shot and humbly welcome your helpful suggestions. Here we go!

1. If I haven’t assigned you a mama-to-be yet (and you’d like me to), please comment on this post, and I’ll reply to you here. Click here for pics/names/due dates of the women.

2. WEDNESDAYS will be our official “Prayer Meeting” day. You can remember this by thinking of Wednesday as (Baby) Bump Day instead of Hump Day. Of course you can pray any/every day if you’d like, and I will do updates on other days too, but Wednesdays will be dedicated to the Heartline gals.

3. PLEASE do not e-mail Heather or any of the other Heartline staff with questions about the women, etc. They love, love, love that we’re praying, but they have a very small staff with many, many women who need served, and they just don’t have the time to answer e-mails. We want to be a blessing, not a burden in any way! Please direct any questions to me, and I’ll act as the go-between.

4. Heather and the rest of the staff post regular updates on Facebook but are hesitant to add a bunch of new people as “friends.” I’ll share their updates on my Facebook page whenever I get the chance, so feel free to add me as a friend (even if we don’t know each other). I’ll also post updates on Twitter if you’re into that.

5. Many of you have asked about sending care packages to the women. Unfortunately, it’s not really a possibility. Nothing gets to Haiti safely through the mail, so you’d have to know someone who was traveling to Haiti and could hand deliver it. If you really want to help beyond praying, you can donate directly to Heartline here.

6. If you haven’t read Heather’s post about the Heartline Home for Teen Moms, do! It’s so exciting! And this post shares more info about these beautiful teen mamas who will live there with their little ones. They could so use our prayers if you want to “adopt” one of them too!

7. Our Team “Name.” Mandy commented yesterday, “I don’t have any cool ideas for a name, but I was thinking of us almost like prayer midwives or doulas.” I’m thinking Prayer Doulas is a super-cool name for our team. What do you think?

8. You all BLOW ME AWAY with your excitement and commitment to pray for these women! THANK YOU for blessing me–and them!!

9. I just now read this post from Tara at Heartline. This week has been ROUGH for them (but good too). Please pray!

I’m tired, so I think that’s it for now! Feel free to tell me what I missed! Have a great weekend, friends!

29 thoughts on “we have a new baby!

  1. Patty Coleman

    I would so love to pray for any one of the women you would assign to me…or more if needed. What a wonderful idea.

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  3. Heledd Smith

    Hi Marla, I’ve been following your blog since I bought one of your books and even though you don’t know me personally I’d love to pray for one of these women. Is that ok?

    Heledd πŸ™‚

  4. Cheryl

    I printed out the picture of the sweet girl I’m praying for! I already have a deep love for this precious girl and am so grateful for this opportunity.
    How about creating our own FB page? Just a thought.

  5. cyndee

    Is there a mom who is due around Aug. 10th? That is my daughter’s due date and I would love to be praying for another expectant mom as I am praying for her. Thanks.

  6. Jen Griffin

    Excited!!! First of all, Jack is adorable! Your sis looks awesome for just giving birth!

    Love the name! Could I pray for Andremene? She is due on my birthday! πŸ™‚ I can pray for anyone else you need to add as well. Love the name!

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