December 23, 2011

Our sweet bird is here

Wren Josephine Hardie
December 22, 2011
Born at home, 9:20 pm
7lbs. 7oz.
20 inches long
Little Wren has been here less than 24 hours and already she has stolen our hearts.
I will post a birth story later,
but for now I just wanted to leave these photos and a beautiful poem a friend shared with me.

On Children
by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
And He bends you with His might
That His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness.
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
So He loves also the bow that is stable.


  1. Oh my gosh!! Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and she is a really beautiful newborn. I can't wait to hear all about it and watch her grow. Love you!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! I want to hear all about it! I want to come visit you and borrow Wren! She's just perfect! Look at all that hair. Aren't you due for a trip down here? Good work--born at home. You're so brave and strong. I'm doing that next time.

  3. She is perfectly adorable!! Congrats!!

  4. Congratulations Whitney! I'm glad everything went well and that she's finally here! I can't wait to hear the full story. Now go get some sleep!!

  5. Congrats! Happy she is here and you are both doing well. I am sure Ellie is over the moon to meet her sister!

  6. What a beauty! Congrats! So happy for you and your family. You are such a trooper - birth at home? You are amazing, Whitney!

  7. Congratulations, Hardie fam! So glad she's here, safe and sound.

  8. Congrats! The fam says hi over here in TX :)

  9. I keep marking this post as unread in my reader so that I can look at your sweet baby again! Congratulations again!

  10. aaaaahhhh! I'm freaking out! She is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen and i'm LOOOOOOVING that name!! Oh! I just wish I could be there to hold her and squish her and adore her little name in person. Merry Christmas and congrats!!

  11. Congratulations, another beautiful girl. There's nothing better :)

  12. Congratulations Hardie family! She's beautiful and I love the name!