Audra and I went to the doctor's office yesterday and got a glimpse of our little one--the glimpse that let us know that we are expecting our third in a set. Lord willing, Laura Louise will join us in our family in early to mid-October. What you see here may be a sign of things to come; her pinky finger is up, prim and proper. An elegant girl, apparently. Your prayers are coveted -- perhaps most of all for this lone, Y-chromosome?
Lord willing, we will baptize her with the name Laura. We are quite insistent that the names we give our children be names that are immediately accessible to the surrounding culture; this presents a problem when one communes in a Church with lots of Photinis, Eudoxias, and Olgas. We were thrilled to find out about Santa Laura de Córdoba, España. As a Christian--and later in her life, a Christian monastic and abbess--under the Muslim yoke in Spain, she gave up her life as a witness for Christ in the ninth century. May she pray for us all, and especially the little one still growing, pinky up, towards the day when, by God's grace, she arrives to be with us.