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The Birth Announcement

The Birth Announcement

Before I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education I had to use Creative Memories to make an exit portfolio that would supposedly be shown to various principals and superintendents during my hunt for a job. It took me MONTHS to complete the portfolio and not a single person had a desire to see it during the interview process. I still found a job and lived happily ever after but that one exit portfolio single handedly destroyed the chance my future children would ever get a scrapbook to document their little lives.

I managed to overcome my hatred for scrapbooking enough to vow that each of my children would have a completed baby book. Yes, I know a baby book is very different from a scrap book but it’s all I could muster up after the portfolio incident.

I’ve finished the baby books for the two older boys and left them in safe keeping back in the states. I’m still working on the baby books for the two younger boys so I brought them with us and guard them with my life. I’m anxiously awaiting the day each of those boys turns five so I can fill in the last page and ship it back on the first plane to Alabama.IMG_9981

Each of the baby books has a place for a birth announcement so in the past I’ve created a unique birth announcement for each of our sons and mailed them out to family and friends.



I was afraid Brax would turn twenty-five and realize he was the only one of our five children that didn’t get a birth announcement and land himself in a psychiatric ward all on account of my laziness. So, despite the fact that I have no one to mail birth announcements to, he got one of his own. And since I can’t mail them out in cute little envelopes with matching address labels to all of our family and friends, I’m gonna put it up on the blog so you all can see the little guy responsible for completely stealing my heart.

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Braxton Laith Taylor

Braxton Laith Taylor

We managed to finish our first major Arabic language evaluation, pack up our entire apartment, move our family into another apartment on the other side of town and welcome the newest “Killer B” into the family all in a span of 8 days. Cant make this stuff up, folks.

Needless to say, we’ve been a bit busy around here so please excuse the fact that I’ve totally neglected the blog over the past few months and can’t form a complete sentence.

I’m sure most of you already know we welcomed our fifth son into the world on February 21, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. but you haven’t had ample opportunity to swoon over the out of control adorableness. And yes, I totally made up the word “adorableness.” Cut me some slack people, I haven’t slept.

Meet Braxton Laith Taylor.


He will go by Brax and a few other nicknames that will evolve at a later date.

We’ve had a few people ask about the name “Laith” so let me explain. Laith in Arabic means “lion.” Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” John Piper preached an excellent sermon on this particular verse that had a big influence on our decision to choose Latih as a middle name, go here to listen.


Our prayer for Baby Brax is that at a young age he will become bold as a lion due to the righteousness he receives by God’s grace through faith in Jesus’ finished work on the Cross.


Also, our prayer for Brax is that God will use his brief life to make His Name known and praised in this world.