Our little family has had a phenomenal week.  It has been one of those weeks that will forever be kept in our memory banks. Daybreak at 8:23am on April 9th welcomed our little precious daughter into the world.  She weighed 7 lbs 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.  This is the best way I can describe labor: Carlie went to war and brought back a baby.   Our home birth was intense and peaceful.  Carlie has once again reached epic warrior status in my mind.  She delivered as her mom, my aunt Edye, her midwife Lisa, and I surrounded her.  I don’t think homebirths are for everybody or for every baby but it was a beautiful experience for us.

Our little baby girl has gone without a name for a few days. For one, a full night of labor sapped any decision-making abilities we previously had available to name her.  But mainly it is because the songwriter in me really puts mountains of weight into the meaning behind the names of my children.  You can read about why we gave Banner his name here.  I believe names are important.  For me, names are not just how our kids will be known, their names are who we pray them to be.

Early in this pregnancy my prayer for our little girl was that she would be “Strong in Compassion”.  I prayed that she would have a love for people that will look passed biases and would reflect God’s heart for the poor and needy.  I prayed that her love for people would be contagious, giving life to all, like her mom.

We learned very early while she was still in the womb that our daughter was full of life; always kicking and always moving.  I thought of my Great Grandmother Verna Velma Pearl Beck, who we great grandkids called V.V. She was very vibrant and full of life all the way up to when a stroke stole her physical functions at 92.  She even lived 72 days shy of 103 years old.  When I looked up the meaning of Vivi, it meant “Alive”.  Sounded like our little girl.  Carlie also went into labor with her on Easter, when we celebrate Christ being alive and resurrected.  Pretty cool.

Last week, I was reading over the lyrics of a song that I wrote for Carlie while we were dating called “My Best Garden”.  I found the word “Bloom” in the song a few times and immediately loved it for her name.   The lyrics ended with the line “We’ll grow life together in this soil soaked in rain”.  This little girl of ours is the life we are now growing together.  Another line that really grabbed me for our little baby was “Time will grow you up so tall into a life that brings life to all”.  That was my original prayer for her.  That she would bring life to people by showing them Christ’s love and compassion.

So her name was born, Vivi Bloom.  I know she will be and has already been our little life giver.  I found the perfect Scripture for her last night, Deuteronomy 10:17-19:

“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”

I love her.  She is beautiful.  Her and her big brother Banner are the greatest gifts Carlie and I could ever receive on Earth.

My Best Garden
Winter has kept you safe thus far
Asleep in warm soil in a bed beneath the stars
My Best Garden, You’re still waiting for your time to come
You will bloom when you are ready, So I’ll stay outside
My Best Garden, I’ll wait for you tonight
Smell the rain coming, a storm is on its way
Sleep though you’re frightened and the weather is not safe
My Best Garden , Please don’t worry, The rain will give you strength
You will bloom soon, I just know it, So I’ll stay outside
My Best Garden, I’ll wait for you tonight
And green is showing its face, You’re learning that life is more than just waiting
Your leaves are tasting the sun, Being turned by the wind for the first time
My Best Garden, You are ready to make your secrets known
You are blooming into beauty, So I’ll stay outside
My Best Garden, I’ll see you tonight
And time has grown you up so tall
Into a life that brings life to all
My Best Garden, Your fragrance fills me, Your flowers surround me with love
You are lovely, Bloomed into beauty before my eyes
My Best Garden, I found you tonight
We’ll grow life together in this soil soaked in rain
This will be our home now and our final resting place
My Best Garden, My Best Garden
I’ll keep you, I’ll love you
My Best Garden, I love you tonight