Pleasant and Beautiful

6 06 2011

After almost 30 hours of labor, Naomi Belle Damoff arrived at 7:42 AM on Sunday, June 5, 2011. I’m in awe of God’s grace. In awe of Sarah’s perseverance and Luke’s steadiness. In awe of the miracle.

She has already brought so much beauty into our lives. So much joy. I’ll share more later, but for now I simply want to thank God for:

#119: protecting Sarah and Naomi through a long, difficult, natural labor and delivery
#120: the gift and privilege of witnessing this intimate miracle in the lives of my beloveds
#121: grace and strength and stamina given to Sarah to press on hour after excruciating hour
#122: watching my son gently love and support his wife, his faith remaining strong, his words wise and encouraging long after he and Sarah had both passed the point of complete exhaustion
#123: wisdom given a midwife in crucial moments
#124: a gentle thunderstorm in the evening  (Hosea 6:1-3)
#125: new life in my parents’ home and their unveiled delight
#126: Mom brushing her finger on soft baby skin and quietly weeping
#127 the plans of God, formed long ago with perfect faithfulness
#128 the way He gently leads those who are with young

Lots more photographs and snippets of story here.

Celebrating God’s goodness in community:



17 responses

6 06 2011
Deborah Carr

Oh, she just stops my heart, Jeanne…so fragile and delicate with her soft skin and feather hair and tiny perfect lips. And such a soft-spoken name for her to live into.

Just so happens that today, I wrote “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” one of my favourite comforts.

God shine his love on all of you…

6 06 2011
Cindy in PA

Congratulations to your newest addition to your family and thank you for sharing your list this week. Blessings!

6 06 2011
Sharon O

Beautiful baby girl, isn’t it wonderful? like a new love.

6 06 2011
Diana Trautwein

Oh, oh, oh! Thank you so much, Jeanne, for this lovely announcement and for the link to those gorgeous pictures. Your life will never be the same, I promise you. Our first grandchild was born 20 years ago and our newest is 16 months old – each of them is a miracle and a source of awe-dropping wonder. Love and laughter and sweet tears to all of you.

6 06 2011
Diana Trautwein

Well, you know that was supposed to read ‘jaw’ dropping wonder – but ‘awe’ works pretty well, too. :>)

6 06 2011

Beautiful! Jeanne, I had Sarah on my heart all day and was so thankful to hear of Naomi’s safe arrival! Your gratitude statements are lovely…especially the last one, a reference to Isaiah 🙂 Many blessings on this new family!

6 06 2011
Barbara Thayer

Absolutely beautiful and peaceful! A child of grace given by God as a treasure to hold in your arms! Grandchildren are the blessing of a long life. Thank you for opening your family to us and sharing with us this joy unspeakable from the Hand of God! May you all be blessed dearest Jeanne!

6 06 2011

Oh Jeanne – she is so beautiful. Isn’t it miraculous? I am so delighted for all of you and in awe, with you, of your children. It is such joy to see the Lord’s hand in the lives of our grown children.
Enjoy, enjoy!

6 06 2011
deb colarossi

It is all so profoundly impossibly wondrous.

kiss her tiny eyelids for me.

6 06 2011

Congratulations to Naomi’s parents – and to her grandparents, too.

6 06 2011

What a precious gift to fall in love all over again!! She is beautiful!

6 06 2011


i’m so happy that all the patience and struggle and exhaustion in the end turned into joy! what a cutie Naomi is, and how peaceful she looks in the pictures in which she’s sleeping. i hope all of you are doing as well as she is at catching up on all the sleep lost during the long labor…

all manner of blessings,



6 06 2011
all shall be well

Congratulations!! She is beautiful…….

7 06 2011
Barbara H.

How totally sweet! Congratulations to you all. 30 hours! I was wiped out after about 6!

7 06 2011

Welcome to a world of wonder, precious one. May you embrace it with delight, always.

7 06 2011
Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience

Tears of utter happiness — your son, your daughter-in-love…. this gift from heaven, pink and fresh and bestowed.

Celebrating with you, Jeanne— astonishing grace.

8 06 2011
Simply Darlene

and a thunderous YEEEHAAAAW! arose to celebrate the arrival


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