Well, SURPRISE! In the spring, she found out she wasn't so "done" after all. We all crossed our fingers and hoped that this little one might possibly wear pink. Adding to the suspense, my sister never finds out what she's having until the baby's born. We all anxiously hoped until early October, when the doctor said those three glorious words, "It's a girl!"
And not just any girl -- a tiny, early-by-four-weeks bundle of energy and personality.
As to the family's reaction to the birth, well, let's just say,
Don't mess with Rachel -- she's got FOUR older brothers!
This weekend, Rachel was blessed by her father. It was a sweet occasion and I was grateful to be there. Before Church that day, I went over to take pictures of my sister's family with my new fancy camera. I'm not a professional by any means (though I wish I were), and the conditions weren't perfect (the day was so overcast we couldn't get much light inside and so cold we couldn't go out so we were stuck with the white background with all those white shirts), but still, WOW, that was SO MUCH FUN! I think I could get addicted to taking family photos -- anyone want me to come practice on their family?
All FIVE kids (We're so used to calling them "the Butler Boys" I'm not sure what name we're going to come up with for them now):
The whole family:
She took the teeniest break from crying and gave me a slight, sweet, though fleeting smile:
With her mama:
With her mama:
I brought four kids with me to Meridian, but only one came along to the photoshoot. Harmony sat quietly nearby and just watched.
Congratulations, Jennifer, Sylvan and all you Butler Boys! Rachel is so lucky to have you!