Official Announcement from Brady Street: It’s a Girl!

Anina Mary: Born Wednesday morning 1231 am, 7 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long.

Anina and I are both doing well despite mom going to the operating room six hours after birth for a D & C. We are very grateful for good health, the competent staff at Elkhart General Hospital, and the blessing of avoiding a c-section.

In case you can’t see the photo, our little cuddle bug is named Anina Mary. Anina (which rhymes with Katrina) means “answer my prayer” in Aramaic, the old Middle Eastern language that Jesus and his disciples spoke. We are honoring our neighbor Mary (who you may know from my writing) with the middle name as well as the Mary’s in our families. Both Marnell and I have a great-grandmother named Mary. In Marnell’s family, the name was used every other generation, and his mom is Mary Etta. I have an Aunt Mary Ann on my Mom’s side of the family and an Aunt Mary on my Dad’s side who I remember as a single lady who brought us birthday presents when we were children.

As I mentioned before, don’t expect much activity on this blog post for the month of May. 🙂 I do plan to send a note by email shortly. As you probably understand, I’m a little cautious about posting Anina’s photo online excessively. Email feels a little safer!

Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement and joining us in the celebration of Anina’s birth!

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27 thoughts on “Official Announcement from Brady Street: It’s a Girl!”

  1. Congratulations! Glad both mam and daughter are doing well-is the dad also? 🙂

  2. Marcia Hoover

    So glad I checked your blog and saw this most exciting news!! God’s blessing be upon you 3 as you begin this exciting (and exhausting 😫) journey. 😊

    1. Susan Wilfinger

      Congratulations to you & Marnell on your little bundle-of-joy. Glad to hear mommy & baby are doing fine. Enjoy the precious moments as Anina grows. God bless🙏

  3. Congratulations! So glad to hear of the safe arrival and blessings on your family!

  4. Congratulations! You chose a lovely, musical name. And I’m grateful Mom and baby are doing well.

  5. Congratulations! Enjoy the moments. I still remember just lying there in bed watching the baby’s expressions. I love the name. God bless you three–may you bond well.

  6. So glad your lovely named daughter has safely arrived. Congratulations to you! My single aunt was employed as an R.N. at Elkhart General for forty- some years, so when I read the hospital’s name here it tugs at my heart since she has since gone to her heavenly home. Best wishes to all three of you!

  7. Congratulations to all! with best wishes- Anina Mary almost came on my birthday, April 27th 🥰. Enjoy your sweet baby – it is a privilege to be a Mom – not everyone gets. Even though it is tiring – they grow so fast! ❤️🍀🙏🌻🙋‍♀️

  8. Congratulations! So glad to hear the happy news! You gave her a meaningful name. 😊 Wishing you rest and strength.

  9. Rosanna Stutzman

    Praise the Lord for the precious baby! What a neat “history)” on her name..love it. Enjoy the little,& big moments.. take life slowly,savor it well!! All too quickly it seems to pick up speed & spin ya around. God bless you,Marnell,and the wee one…

  10. Betty Marvin

    Congratulations! I love her name and appreciate that you put so much thought into choosing it. Blessings to you all.

  11. Mary Bontrager

    Hi Katrina and congratulations! God bless you all. Glad to hear you’re doing well! And of course, it’s sweet to have my name in there. I told my family it’s about your neighbor lady not me. 🙂 I like the name and meaning of Anina.

  12. Congratulations! So glad to hear she is safely here, and you are both doing well 💗

  13. Melissa Bechtel

    Congratulations!! I’m so glad she’s here and you both are doing good! What a sweet name for a sweet baby.

  14. This is wonderful. I’m so happy for you and Marnell and especially Anina Mary. She is a lucky little girl to have you both as parents.

  15. Congratulations!🌸 Appreciated hearing your daughter’s full name and how to pronounce her first name😁 Grace for the day and strength for the night🥰

  16. Jessica Foster

    Congratulations to you both on your sweet miracle!! I live her name! Prayers for all of you ad you adjust to parenthood.

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