From this picture last night…


To this one early this morning…


Olive Christina MercyAnn Skipper

born March 5, 2009 @ 5:57 am

7 lbs. 10 oz., 21 inches long

Explanation of her sweet name:

  • Olive–two things that make her name special.  We always want our kids names to be from the Bible, whether a specific name or a word translated or special meaning (i.e., Zoe means “life” in Greek).  Then I saw in a bunch of information on family genealogy my mom had that on my maternal Grandmother’s side, Judy Dunavan, her mother’s mother’s name was Olive–is that clear at all?!   That got us thinking about the meaning of “Olive” in the Bible, as far as the olive tree goes, etc.  You can find information all throughout the Bible.  The olive tree is an emblem of “Peace” and has other significance in the Bible you can read about here if you’re interested.
  • Christina is my most precious, dearest friend Chris’ first name.  It was only fitting to name our sweet girl after such an amazing, Godly example.  Here we are.


  • The second name was sort of a last minute combination.  Her name was going to be Olive Christina Ann.  Ann is BJ’s wonderful Aunt Linda’s middle name who passed away a few years ago.  I so wish she were here to love on her like only the kids “Nana” did.  Here is Linda with BJ’s parents, Dot & Bill.


  • A few days ago, I said to BJ, “If this baby is a girl, I really want to add the name “Mercy” in there because of the verses we’ve been claiming and clinging to since Dad’s accident (read this post where I explained it)  So in honor of Dad and our gratefulness to God his mercy in saving Dad’s life.  Thus, the MercyAnn.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (Amplified Bible)

22It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.  23 His mercies are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

I woke up around 2:30 am and said, “BJ, my water just broke”.  (sidenote–THAT is what you say to get a man who can sleep through anything to pop out of  bed immediately!!).  From there on out the contractions were on.  We had her at home, she was born in the birthing pool (that’s for another post, it was so wonderful–as wonderful as labor can be, that is) and she is just a doll.  This picture above is when I look down and see that the baby is actually a girl!  I just thought for SURE she was a he–most everyone did.  I think only Shiloh said girl 🙂  She is absolutely perfect and we could not be more thrilled.

More to come as far as details…for now, here are pics.


Olive looking up at Daddy



A Shiloh look alike, I’ll post more pics of the two compared sometime


Zoe, the proud big sister


Judah, happy and over the fact that she isn’t a boy 🙂


Shiloh, Aunt Ali & Olive


The Proud Daddy


Mimi with her 8th grandbaby (4 of which are ours!!)


Uncle Adam & Olive


Grama Charlotte (who made it just a few minutes after Olive was born because she was first going to make us Chicken & Noodles–homemade of course!–but Grandpa Owen told her she’d better get over here!)


My support of family women


My awesome midwife, Cheryl


Final pic of our beautiful Olive

18 thoughts on “welcome…

  1. YEAH!!!! i get to be the first comment! i have been checking my computer every 2 min since you said you would post this. she is BEAUTIFUL!! and VERY similar to shiloh when she was born. my heart aches that this is the first birth of yours that i have missed, but i was brought to tears seeing your sweet family surround you in this special time.
    and one of those pics i could barely see her past Bj’s chest hair!! but i love him. cant wait to hold her myself in just a few short weeks! love from the hendersons.

  2. Yay! Mom texted me today that she was here. I was hoping to find some details or an announcement here but didn’t expect pictures! She is gorgeous. I’m so glad. I can’t wait to meet her. Praise God for another healthy, gorgeous baby!

  3. She is so beautiful and you look awesome even from the very first pic. I am so excited that the experiences seems to have been everything you had hoped. I can’t wait to get to meet her and hear every detail. So sorry that I ever doubted your decision, but you know me:) I love you so much and this brings back memories of you being there with me when Caeleb was born. Seems so long ago, but still feel the same about you girl. You ROCK. Have been lifting you up to God so much lately as have so many, and prayers have definetly been answered over and over in your life. I love you girl. BJ and the big siblings look great in the pictures as well. All my love and prayers, Carrie

  4. I don’t who is more beautiful – you or Olive!! You don’t look like you’ve just given birth. I love names you and BJ chose and the reason/meaning behind them. She is just gorgeous. Congratulations and blessings to you and your family.

  5. OMG!!! CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to work on the gift I have in mind for you now that I know you have a new little girl!! 🙂 I agree you don’t even look like you were in labor just before that first picture of you two together! JEALOUS! I can’t wait to see more pictures and I am so happy for you!! Beautiful name by the way!!

  6. Olive is so beautiful and just so precious. The pictures are great and so neat to see Olive right after she is born. Really awesome and so good to see the pictures of you and everyone else. I agree, you don’t look like you just had a baby. This is so neat, congratulations. Hope to get back there and see everyone.

  7. Congratulations! How exciting! I love all the pictures, but especially with all the women in your family. Shiloh is a crack up! I can’t wait to meet all your kiddos one of these days.

  8. She is gorgeous Aubin! Congratulations! You guys look so peaceful and comfortable. I am so glad that this was a good experience for you. I think it is awesome that the women in your family were right there with you. Give love to sweet baby Olive from us!

  9. SO BEAUTIFUL! what a little lamb.
    now….i am getting baby fever ALL over again….and my baby is only 8 months old!!!! congratulations aubin.

  10. ps i also was sure that eliora was a boy. especially since my friend who “knows how to read ultrasounds” told me she was. that was no question. and i was like you when she finally popped her sweet little head and we discovered she was VERY female. SO thrilled. sooooooo stoked!!!! i want to have another!

  11. Congratulations! She’s adorable and DOES look a lot like Shiloh. I LOVE the name OLIVE.. You are so cool Aubin! You always will be to me!! I love you and your family! I’m going to come visit by the way!!! I’ll call you!

  12. OH MAN…I can’t believe I missed this. Sorry, blog reading has fell to the wayside. She is GORGEOUS, PERFECT, WONDERFUL little blessing. So proud of you for the homebirth…very awesome. So happy for you guys and I just love her name and the meaning especially. I can’t belive you guys have four kids…wow….we are half way there…slow down. Hope you are healing well and taking it easy as you transition to four wee ones.

  13. Oh……. Olive is beautiful. I knew I should have been checking your family blog sooner. I’ve been thinking about you a lot and was wondering how you were doing. When I checked your blog, there she was… how adorable! I love all of the photos having all of the kids there to welcome Olive to the family is wonderful. Something I’m sure they will never forget. Congratulations!!!

  14. Congratulations!!!

    She is beautiful! I saw this on Lauras website. Just wanted to tell you congratulations and how adorable she is.

    (Jeds wife)

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