an announcement…:)

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, today seems like the appropriate day to announce some news that is so precious to me as a mother of 3 fantastic babies…

Our 2nd baby boy’s name will be:


Ezra Neal Carlson.

Ezra is Hebrew, meaning ‘helper’ or ‘aid’.

In the Bible, Ezra was a scribe and priest during the Babylonian exile, who served the King Artaxerxes. Several times it is said that “the hand of the Lord his God was upon him“…and “for the good hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Ezra returned to Jerusalem, and he says “I took courage, for the hand of the LORD my God was on me.” He became a leader in Israel, helping to re-establish God’s covenant people in their promised land. His humble prayers and passion for the Lord are inspiring (read about him in the biblical books Ezra and Nehemiah) – he mourns, weeps, fasts and celebrates with a heart committed to God and his purposes.

Our prayer for our son is that the hand of the LORD will be upon him, and that he will be courageous because of God’s presence in His life. We also pray that he will grow into a man who loves God’s word and will be a ‘helper’ in teaching God’s word to people. We pray that his life will reflect the same passion and commitment to God that this ‘original’ Ezra did.

ezra profile

Neal is a Scottish/Irish name, meaning ‘champion’. It is my dad’s name, and like biblical Ezra, my dad lives with a vitality and passion that set him apart from most everyone in the world. This is partly personality and mostly a deep understanding of the grace of God and the gift of life. My dad loves the Lord, embraces and ‘champions’ people (perhaps his greatest strength is encouragement) and lives with profound thankfulness to God for every good gift – life, strength, health, family, etc.

We pray that our son, Ezra Neal, will also be a ‘champion’ – that he will especially champion the orphan, widow, poor…that he will have a special place in his heart for the broken, and that God will empower him to be a ‘helper’.

“{My son…} Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute… Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” {from Proverbs 31}

Already this baby’s personality seems to be to be strong and champion-like! 🙂 We are so looking forward to holding him and meeting him face to face. God’s gift to us is so wonderful! Thank you, Lord, for our little Ezra Neal!

…or “Baby Ruh” as big brother Hudson says. 🙂


Coming in August 2013!

❤ jc

{here’s a bit about where we got Hudson and…have I written about Kaya’s name?! hmm..}


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