MaryAnn Emma Smith, the new star of the Smith Family Variety Show.
She made her debut appearance on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 1:53 p.m. weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz and stretching 20 inches.
Her name comes from the many strong, courageous, and faithful Mary’s and Marianne’s that we know…like my nearly 90-year-old grandmother who still lives alone, takes care of herself, makes the best strawberry freezer jam, and only stopped mowing her lawn about a year ago-ish. Also, Brent’s cousin Marianne who is currently fighting breast cancer while raising her five young children. And our friend, Marianne, who shared with us how rewarding, fun, and successful homeschooling can be. The Bible is also full of amazing Mary’s. And we can’t forget our lovely sister-in-law, Ashley ANN.
And finally, MaryAnn will always remind us of two very strong, courageous, and faithful women from history…Mary Fielding Smith and Emma Hale Smith because she was born on the same day they lost their husbands to martyrdom 167 years ago.
MaryAnn Emma is already an incredible addition to our family and we know that her strength, courage, and faith will leave another lasting legacy in this big world.
As for me…I’m just happy to be back home tonight. It’s always nice to be on the home stretch of enduring the challenges and pains of pregnancy, labor and delivery…and get on with the loveliness of cuddling and nurturing a little one. And watching my kids cook dinner, sweep floors, change a poopy diaper, nurse their dolls (just the girls), and gawk at their new baby sister from my cushy rocking chair is WAAAYYY more entertaining than daytime television on a stiff bed.