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Our sweet boy is here! The final member of our little squad of boys is here! No, we’re not going for another to round out the basketball team…a golf foursome is great for us! We’re just so overly blessed with each of these boys, so thankful and so mindful of the blessing they are.

Eli was my longest pregnancy, my longest labor, and my biggest baby. Go figure, right? :) He followed big brother Asher, and had to go to the NICU last night…which just brought a flood of memories from our last delivery. ¬†Thankfully, they are just following up on some tests and it looks like it is nothing “BIG AND SCARY’ like last time.

To be honest, there were 2 main thoughts that rounded out the last month of my pregnancy. ¬†First, while waiting for the finish of my longest pregnancy…God impressed upon my heart “I will fight for you, you need only be still” daily. Everytime I wondered or was tempted to “strive” I just remembered that God was already doing a good work within me and within Eli–and I just needed to be a patient vessel.

Secondly, last night when for the 3rd time I went to bed without a baby in my room, I felt a very clear choice between following fear or following the Lord. I could let my emotions follow fear, a path full of doubt and uncertainty OR I could follow the Lord, knowing that He never changes and is as good today as yesterday. I made many small conscious decisions to turn away from fear and toward the Lord who fights for me. It was still a hard night, and I was still sad…but I didn’t let fear rob the joy of our first night as a family of 6.

Anyway, we’re thrilled that Eli is here. We’re hopeful that his stay in the NICU will be short. And we know without a doubt that yesterday at 12:08pm, we witnessed something that only God could do. We are in awe and amazement at the joy He has allowed us through our boys.

edited to add: Eli was discharged from the NICU after just a night and we’re all happy and at home. So thankful!

51 Comments

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Meaghan

    Congratulations on your adorable baby boy! I’m so glad that his NICU visit isn’t anything too serious & pray you’ll have him in your arms soon!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Marcia L. King

    May God Bless you and your family and I pray that Eli will thrive very soon and be able to enjoy and join his big brothers. Thank you for your post, you are such an inspiration!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Barbie F.

    HOORAY! Congrats to all the Morgan boys, and the new parents (again!). :) Great job lady, he is beautiful. :)

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Lena

    Congratulations on your newest addition! He’s a cutie, as are all of your boys! Hope you are all resting well!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Prudence

    EPIC amounts of congratulations. He’s adorable. Praying for you all to go home soon.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Kate

    Congrats! He’s adorable!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Faith

    Congrats!! He is beautiful! :-)

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Heather @ Heather's Dish

    He is utterly gorgeous…praying for peace and rest for all of you!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Rach

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous. Well done!!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Misty

    Congrats! He is beautiful!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    megan

    Awww Congrats, Hayley and family! He is beautiful. Praying that his stay in the NICU will be short.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Amy

    Congratulations!!!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    lindsey kubly

    Another handsome Morgan boy! Love him. Your heart during his NICU stay is a beautiful thing – The Lord will keep fighting for you both.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Natalie @ NS Pottery

    So happy for your family!!! He is beautiful! Praying you all will be home together soon!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Rach@InHisHands

    Oh, what a precious boy! Congrats on this most special gift! Prayers that he is home with his big brothers very soon.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    andrea

    congratulations!!! oh he is so precious. happy to hear you’re all healthy, and i will keep him in my prayers! we’re so happy for you guys!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Emily

    Congratulations! I pray that he’ll be out of the NICU quickly!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Ginna

    Aww, congratulations!!! Praying for him and all of you as he is in the NICU.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    mandie

    So, so happy! Welcome, Eli! You’re a loved boy.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Laura

    awe, congratulations, what a sweetie!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Ashley

    Been praying for you and this sweet little boy, friend! Praise God he’s here and y’all are all safe!!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Jessi

    Yay!! Congratulations! He is precious.

    ps- our Eli Patrick is 2 months old this week :)

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Lauren Mills {mercyINK}

    He is so very precious. What a gift + a blessing. And thank you for your testimony of turning towards the Lord instead of to fear. I need that. Every. Day.
    Abundant blessings on you, baby, + family as you settle in.

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Amber

    Celebrating!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Sara

    Congratulations! So thrilled for your beautiful family. Eli is perfect for you 5!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Angela

    Congrats on little Eli! What a blessing!

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    kjtanner

    Congratulations!!! He is adorable! I’ll be praying that the stay is short and the doctors wise :-)

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Jerri C. TN

    If this isn’t a masterpiece of the good Lord, then I don’t know what is. Beautiful Baby Boy…..Congrats!!!

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Stacey

    Oh he is so adorable!

    Praying sweet mama for him to be by your side asap!

    Blessings!

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Tracey

    Congratulations! You are done being pregnant and sweet Eli is here!

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    hope

    congratulations on another beautiful baby boy! how wonderful to hear how God is working in both big and small ways through your pregnancy, delivery, and still now. prayers for you and eli and the whole family (of 6!!).

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Jennifer Campbell

    He’s beautiful! I am so, so happy for you. A little bit jealous, but very happy. I’m glad you’re both doing well.

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Lorrie

    Beautiful baby!
    Beautiful words!
    Blessings!

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Amanda {A Royal Daughter}

    Congratulations Hayley! I love what you said about following fear or following the Lord. OH that pricks my heart a little bit.

  • Reply January 16, 2013

    Amanda {A Royal Daughter}

    Congratulations Hayley! I love what you said about following fear or following the Lord. OH that pricks my heart a little bit. Thank you for making your faith so real!

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Kacia

    WOO HOOO!!! He is gorgeous!!!

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Maggie

    Congratulations, Hayley!
    My very best friend just had her first baby on the 12th, so I am having extra special feelings of love for new babies this week.
    I can’t wait to hear all about him.

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    Jessica M.

    Congatulations!

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    17 Perth

    Oh how I want to follow fear–and how wise and right you are. I praise God that He impressed that on your heart! Your new addition is absolutely precious. Congratulations to you and your family. Many blessings. xo

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    Natalie

    Hayley! Congrats on your newest blessing! We’ll be praying all is well soon and you can get into “normal” life with your troop. Thanks for always writing with honesty and integrity, sharing your faith without blinking. It’s an encouragement to everyone who reads.
    Love to you and your fam!

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    Johanna

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    christie elkins

    Congrats! He is super handsome, and loving hearing how God has been speaking to your heart. Lovely words, lady!

  • Reply January 18, 2013

    {annie_loo}

    Hooray! Congrats! So thankful you are all home together! Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!!!!

  • Congratulations Hayley! He is precious!! xoxo

  • Reply January 19, 2013

    Laura @FoodSnobSTL

    Congrats! And praise God for your beautiful little boy!

  • Reply January 19, 2013

    Jessi

    Congratulations on your little boy!! I pray for rest and health for you and Eli, and for you all to go home quickly. Much love!
    Jessi

  • Reply January 20, 2013

    Jelli

    Congratulations, Hayley! What a blessing to add another baby to your family. I’m so very happy he’s out of the NICU. Enjoy that sweet, sweet little boy!

  • Reply January 21, 2013

    Trina | BeginnerBeans.com

    What a handsome lil boy! Congrats to the whole family, and wishing you lots of rest and cuddles and strength for today!

  • Reply January 21, 2013

    Marty

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful!

  • Reply January 27, 2013

    Chris

    Wow! Congrats! I’ve just stumbled upon your blog … I’m 35 weeks pregnant with my no4 boy and my no3 is called Eli! X

  • Reply February 2, 2013

    Anne

    Congratulations, Hayley and family!!

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