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Welcome Jewel Grace Nelson!

Announcing...the birth of Jewel Grace Nelson!

Born Sunday, August 11, 2013, at 10:25 am (Arizona time), she weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz and is 21inches long. Praise God for a beautiful, perfect little girl. There were cheers all around from both the boys and girls that the new little one was female! We admit it's fun to pull out the pink and dresses again.

We had no idea if this child was a boy or girl and no name in mind, so we were delighted to meet her and discover it. During the labor there was a lot of grace as well as a lot of calling out for grace. There is a grace that makes things easy and a grace that gets you through when things are hard. We had both. God is so good.

These are some Scriptures in our hearts and minds.

Here is a paraphrase of Zechariah 4:7 -- "Who are you, O great mountain? You shall become a plain with shouts of ‘Grace, grace' to it."

So when labor was stalled, we spoke grace to it. And things moved.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is perfected in weakness." So when Cindy felt weak, God's strength brought her through.

Even as the baby was being born, our dear midwife, Wendi, was hearing the word "Grace."

By the grace of God, we have nine blessings. We don't take them for granted. It is a delight and great fullness in our lives.

As for "Jewel," a jewel is a precious stone, valuable and cherished. A jewel shines and reflects light with its many unique facets.

Our latest edition is a precious jewel, as all children are.

The holy city, the New Jerusalem is also likened to a jewel: "It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal." (Revelation 21:11) Its walls are inlaid with precious stones (jewels) and we learn that we are those "living stones," which are the Bride of Christ.

Our prayer for Jewel Grace is that she would grow into a gracious woman of God, with lips that drip wisdom and kindness. That Jesus would shine through her unique personality, blessing all those in her life.

Proverbs 20:15 "Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel."

Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers and love and support. We are so excited about this new season in our lives. God is doing so much. We’d love to share more and hear from all of you. As the Fall Feasts are almost upon us, may you all be blessed!

Sisters four!

Noah, Faith Song, Jewel & Maggie

Video: Jewel at 2 weeks

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