If you are reading this on beggartown.org than I’m sure you’ve noticed something a little different about your virtual surroundings.  We have a new website.  So take a look around and  tell us what you think.

But for more important matters: Isaac Banner Dodd was born on May 14th, 2010 (his great great grandmas birthday) weighing in at 8 lbs 1.6 oz and 21 inches long.  It was the most incredible and beautiful day of our lives.  Carlie delivered Banner completely naturally!  He is handsome and healthy with a full head of hair! After 3 1/2 weeks of life with him, Carlie and I have both learned of a love not yet discovered.

Our baby journey began with a positive pregnancy test in the bathroom of the orphanage in Mongolia last September.  The night that we found out we were pregnant I began to pray that God would use him mightily for His kingdom (yes, I just assumed he’d be a boy).  I prayed that he would be a missionary- in lifestyle not necessarily in occupation.  It was on our Air China flight back that I saw the word banner in the inflight magazine.  I thought that would be a cool name.  I actually met a man in Nashville last year named Banner and loved it.  The Song of Solomon verse “His banner over me is love” was the first thing that came to my mind.  But when I further looked into it, there were tons of references to “God lifting up a banner among the nations” in Scripture.  That was my prayer the night we found out we were pregnant.  So his name was born: Banner!

The name Isaac was decided about 6 years ago.  I first fell in love with Carlie the summer after I graduated high school.  I was in the process of recording my first album with my then-band Poormans Glory.  I wrote the last song on the album for Carlie- At The Altar.  It was a song based on the story of Abraham placing Isaac on the altar and offering him to God.  So fast forward 3 years.  Carlie and I just broke up after about a year together and me in the process of ring-shopping.  I found myself in a familiar place, offering up my relationship with Carlie up to God.  I wrote in my journal that if God brought us back together I would name our first son Isaac as a sign of remembrance that it was God who did the work of reconciliation.  I never shared this with Carlie until the day we found out we were having a boy.

We are so grateful to all of our friends and family for celebrating with us!  Please pray for our new little family as we all get adjusted to new life.