Our Boys

eli patrick

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!

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  • Reply Meaghan January 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    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 Marcia L. King January 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    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 Barbie F. January 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

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

  • Reply Lena January 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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

  • Reply Prudence January 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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

  • Reply Kate January 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats! He’s adorable!

  • Reply Faith January 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats!! He is beautiful! :-)

  • Reply Heather @ Heather's Dish January 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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

  • Reply Rach January 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous. Well done!!

  • Reply Misty January 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats! He is beautiful!

  • Reply megan January 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

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

  • Reply Amy January 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm


  • Reply lindsey kubly January 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    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 Natalie @ NS Pottery January 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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

  • Reply Rach@InHisHands January 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

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

  • Reply andrea January 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    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 Emily January 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

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

  • Reply Ginna January 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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

  • Reply mandie January 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

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

  • Reply Laura January 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    awe, congratulations, what a sweetie!

  • Reply Ashley January 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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

  • Reply Jessi January 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Yay!! Congratulations! He is precious.

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

  • Reply Lauren Mills {mercyINK} January 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    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 Amber January 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm


  • Reply Sara January 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

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

  • Reply Angela January 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Congrats on little Eli! What a blessing!

  • Reply kjtanner January 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

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

  • Reply Jerri C. TN January 16, 2013 at 8:20 am

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

  • Reply Stacey January 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Oh he is so adorable!

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


  • Reply Tracey January 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

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

  • Reply hope January 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    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 Jennifer Campbell January 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

    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 Lorrie January 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful baby!
    Beautiful words!

  • Reply Amanda {A Royal Daughter} January 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

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

  • Reply Amanda {A Royal Daughter} January 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    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 Kacia January 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    WOO HOOO!!! He is gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Maggie January 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    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 Jessica M. January 18, 2013 at 7:48 am


  • Reply 17 Perth January 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    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 Natalie January 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

    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 Johanna January 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

  • Reply christie elkins January 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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

  • Reply {annie_loo} January 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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

  • Reply Colleen / Inspired to Share January 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Congratulations Hayley! He is precious!! xoxo

  • Reply Laura @FoodSnobSTL January 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Congrats! And praise God for your beautiful little boy!

  • Reply Jessi January 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jelli January 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    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 Trina | BeginnerBeans.com January 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

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

  • Reply Marty January 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful!

  • Reply Chris January 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    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 Anne February 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations, Hayley and family!!

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