Tuesday, June 28, 2011


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.


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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.

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Nicole said...

SO SO SO happy for you and your beautiful family! You're children are so lucky to have you guys as parents. What a wonderful home to grow up in!

slopfam said...

Yeah! I have been waiting for the news. She is beautiful!! So glad that everyone is doing well.

Ken and Jody said...

It was so fun to skype with you! MaryAnn Emma is a beautiful little girl! What a special addition to our family! She is a lucky little girl to have wonderful brothers and sisters and such fabulous parents!!! We loved your blog and the darling pictures of everyone. We loved all the reasons MaryAnn is named MaryAnn Emma!! We can't wait to see everyone. Love, Papa and Nana

kristine said...

What wonderful news!! And what a wonderful striking name for a Smith family member. We are so happy to hear she has arrived and that she fits in so well. Amy I wish you a speedy recovery and to enjoy each cuddly moment with your babe. I know you will.

Much LOVE,

Kristine, Travis & the rest of us!

LIZ said...

Congratulations!! We are so happy for yo guys! Can't wait to meet her and see all of you again.

When are you blessing her? Hopefully we can make it down for the blessing.

She is beautiful! Glad that all went well and that you are both healthy and home.

Nana said...

Congratulations Amy & Brent!! Those months sure flew by in a hurry. . .for me!:) Can't believe your new little miracle is here already. You have such a sweet little family and MaryAnn is a very blessed little girl to be sent to such great parents. Love the name - (Donnie's sister is also Marrianne:) I sure enjoy your blog and am looking forward to future pictures and family news. By the way, this "Nana" is Aunt Debi from Idaho:)

Sandra said...

A HUGE Congrats! Wow, how your family is growing! We sure miss all of you and would love to meet little MaryAnn Emma! Hopefully we'll get back to Chicago soon!

Erica said...

Hooray! Welcome sweet MaryAnn Emma. Love to the whole Smith family from the Garcias.

Jennette said...

Very biggest congratulations!! So excited for you all. She looks beautiful and I love seeing and reading about the sweetness of your bigger kids with her. Beautiful name too. Wish we could see you all again soon!

Tiffany said...

Congrats! Maryann is adorable! She is one well loved sister! :) send Marianne my love. My thoughts and prayers will be with her.