Posted by: Dan | January 17, 2009

Charles (my son!)

Last night my wife gave birth to our first child.  Turns out that he is a boy.  Charles.  He is healthy and well, and weighed in at seven pounds, two ounces.  Mom is also healthy, after labouring for 18hrs.  We did a home water birth with the assistance of a few midwives, a friend, and my mother.

I have never felt anything like the way I feel now.  I have never felt happier.  I have never felt more at peace.  I have never felt more in love.  It’s indescribable.



  1. Awesome news. Congratulations to the three of you.

  2. YAY! Congratulations to all three of you.

  3. so awesome….congrats!

  4. Congratulations. Your life will never be the same again.

  5. That’s so wonderful, congratulations! God bless you all.

  6. A great gift from God! As you journey with Charles and raise and teach him, you will find God reveals so much to you and allows many things to come into perspective. Especially life. Enjoy every moment with him…they grow up so fast.

  7. Blessings.

  8. congrats bro!

    TRUUUUULY happy for you guys!


  9. !!!

  10. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!

  11. Prepare yourself!

    Parenthood led me to love in a way that shattered and splintered my world into beautiful, tiny pieces.

    Congratulations to both you and your wife as you embark on this new and incredible journey together!

  12. congratulations, and a poem by William Blake:

    Infant Joy

    “I have no name:
    I am but two days old.”
    What shall I call thee?
    “I happy am,
    Joy is my name.”
    Sweet joy befall thee!

    Pretty joy!
    Sweet joy, but two days old.
    Sweet Joy I call thee:
    Thou dost smile,
    I sing the while;
    Sweet joy befall thee!

    blessings from daniel dn on whidbey.

  13. Great news… congratulations!

  14. Now you have a fuller understanding of the Father rejoicing over you with singing (Zephaniah)…congrats!

  15. Congrats man!

  16. Great news, Dan. Thanks for posting it. You, wife and baby are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Congratulations to all three of you!

  18. Congrats! How amazing!

  19. Dan:

    I was just venturing to your blog after looking up some NT Wright stuff… I have been told numerous times that I ought to meet you but, it looks like you’ll be focussing on the blessing of fatherhood for a while. May he grow in favour with God and man.

    Hope our paths cross soon.


  20. All:

    Thanks so much! There are no words for this sort of thing.

  21. Congratulations Dan… all the best to you, Mel and Charles.

    Also in the randomly generated ‘related posts’ there is one called ‘baby gorilla born in Israel’ I suspect this is some kind of a sign.


  22. WooT wOOt!!

  23. i’m very happy for you dan. kids change ones perspective that is for sure. enjoy the bliss and take every moment you can to soak little charles up and love on your wife. i’ll call you by the end of the week.

  24. Congrats! And yay for home births! Our Hazel just turned 3 mos. Peace!

  25. wow!! congrats!!!!!!

  26. Congrats!!!

  27. Congratulations Dan! That’s wonderful news! Blessings to you and your (growing) family!

  28. Congratulations, man.

  29. Brother, that is *awesome*! I felt similarly just a scant 20 months ago…

  30. Belated congrats, Dan. It is strange isn’t it? Your child has come into the world the same way billions of other humans have. Nothing could be more common. Yet somehow each is still uniquely miraculous.

    Charles, you are blessed! May God’s spirit fill your tiny heart!

  31. Welcome Charlie!

  32. Brent:

    You just anticipated the theme of a post I’ve been working on!

  33. Congratulations on your new family; that’s so wonderful.

  34. MUCH love from Drunkle Josh.

  35. Daniel,

    I LOVE the picture.

    love, robin

  36. congratulations! Many blessing to all three of you!

  37. Congratulations! Rest assured (no pun intended) the lack of sleep you’re facing is well worth it.

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