baby family pregnancy and birth


February 5, 2008






Hana Kate!.
Hana Katherine Hesed

February 2, 2008, 11:01p.m.

8 lbs., 2 oz., 21¼ in.

Hana is the Malagasy spelling of Biblical Hannah. We chose the name Hana for our first daughter because of God’s answer to our prayer, as Hana prayed, “for this child I prayed…”


Katherine is the name of Daniel’s late grandmother, who went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2007. We decided to add this to her name a few weeks after Grandma’s death.


Hesed is a transliteration of the Hebrew word for “mercy” and “lovingkindness,” though its full meaning encompasses much more. Our daughter is a testimony to one of the many examples and lessons on God’s mercy to us that we have seen magnified to us in this past year.




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  • Marsha February 5, 2008 at 12:35 am


    WIshing you much love and happiness…

  • Julie February 5, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Congrats on your beautiful little blessing!

  • Tim and Shannon Schramm February 5, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Congratulations on your precious little bundle of joy! She is beautiful!

  • Christine February 5, 2008 at 12:54 am

    What a precious girl! Congratulations on such a heavenly gift!

  • Elizabeth Hawk February 5, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Hey Keren,
    I just wanted to say congratulations to you both on the arrival of your beautiful daughter. Her name is wonderful and I love the Biblical significance. Hope you are doing well in your recovery and loving every minute of new mommyhood. It is such a blessing!

  • Meg Johnson February 5, 2008 at 2:27 am

    So excited to hear that she came! I love her name—it’s so special. I can’t wait to meet her in person!

  • Ellen Bjerk February 5, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Many congratulations to you! Motherhood (and fatherhood, says Matt) is wonderful. Christian and I can hardly wait to meet your new little daughter. May God continue to bless you.

  • nourishingyourchildsmind February 5, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Oh my goodness! What a sweet heart! I know you guys are glad to finally have her here to kiss and hold! What a blessing! Congratulations!

  • rb2008 February 5, 2008 at 6:17 am

    many many congratulations !!

    wish u all luck all life n true happiness ….

  • Alicia February 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    She is beautiful! We have an Anna Kate, so I obviously like your name choice. :^) The meanings are very special.

  • Sherry February 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Congratulations. I just came over from Sting my Heart.
    She is beautiful. And what a lovely name.
    I’ll be coming back regularly. Your thrify shopping is inspiring to me. I am collecting diapers for my daughters first baby. Blessings to you and the little one.

  • Caroline February 5, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on your new little sweet pea!

  • Lea February 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Welcome little one!!

  • Colleen February 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Congratulations – she is beautiful!!

  • CeAnn and Kyle Newton February 5, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    She is beautiful! We are so happy for you all.

  • Michele February 6, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  • Sarah Ekberg February 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    What a precious gift from the Lord. I have been praying for all three of you. Looking forward to seeing your darling Hana Kate soon!