Meeting Bethany

Abby was first introduced to Bethany Saturday morning during a video chat. Abby heard Bethany before they brought the baby into view on the screen.
Wonder... Amazement... The Baby is Here!
Aunt Mary and Abby made a welcome sign, and here Abby's posing with it. She was anxiously awaiting Daddy and Mommy's arrival.
The top most thing on Abby's mind was holding Bethany, and hold her she did.
Uncle Christopher
Aunt Sarah
Uncle Joseph
Uncle John
Aunt Anna
Uncle Jesse
Aunt Mary

Sarah for the rest

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children” (Psalms 103:17).

48 thoughts on “Meeting Bethany”

  1. Congratulations, Nathan and Melanie and all the Maxwells!

    I am so happy, relieved, thrilled, grateful, etc. (!) that all went well, and the precious baby is here! What a beautiful name for a darling girl!!

    Praise God for His wonderful mercy to you all! Thank you for allowing all of us the blessed privilege to pray for you at this time, and to be able to rejoice in His answer!

    Thank you Lord Jesus for this child!!

    Jill J

  2. Oh so precious!! Thank you for sharing. Sister Abigail looks so delighted!

    Prayers for all and I’m so happy for you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Where’s a picture of you holding her, Sarah? We want to see Aunt Sarah, too! รขโ„ขยฅ

    Okay, I added one :-).

  4. Congratulations on this precious little blessing! I have followed your blog for some time and so enjoy reading about your family. Bethany is beautiful and I am so happy that she and Melanie are both doing well! God is good! Praising Him with you, Anna

  5. These pictures bring tears to my eyes. I look at your family and see the Father in each of your faces, beaming. I’ve been praying with you for this precious baby and get to see first hand how God has answered that prayer. What lucky little ones to be surrounded with such love continually. You all are an encouragement to me and I can’t wait to see the family as they grow. Congrats – with all my heart. Much love,

  6. Bethany is beautiful! And all that dark hair! She’ll be wearing bows in her hair in no time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ She is a blessed little girl to have all those people to love her:) Congratulations Maxwell family!

  7. I am just so thrilled for you!!
    What a precious little girl~thank you Lord for blessing Nathan and Melanie with such a sweet child.
    Rejoicing with you,
    Debbie C.

  8. WOW! What a BEAUTIFUL baby!! She is so precious, congratulations! Praise God from whom all blessings flow ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! It makes it all seem more real! We rejoice with you!

    With love from the K. family in NJ

  10. Wow…thank you so much for sharing these! I had my youngest child 9 years ago tonight.

    Bethany is beautiful; the look on Abby’s face as she watches her is incredibly precious.

    I’m sorry you had to leave this morning. I think I will pray for Bethany’s grandma!

  11. great pictures – love the ones especially of Abigail looking then holding. So sweet! Congratulations to all!

  12. These photos are beyond sweet. Thanks for adding one of you, Sarah – I was going to scold you too! We are so happy for you all – and hope, Melanie, that you are feeling well.

  13. Oh, she is so precious! Abby looks so sweet in these photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a special big sister she’ll be! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bethany certainly is well loved and cared for! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for sharing all the photos of you all holding precious little Bethany! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, I’m so glad Melanie and Bethany are doing well…continuing to pray for a quick recovery for Melanie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings to you all!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  14. She is beautiful! Our family couldn’t wait to see a picture of her. And all that dark hair! Wow! We loved all the pictures with everyone holding her. Have a safe trip. We hope to see you in a few weeks in one of your locations below Chattanooga. Sammy and Missy P. and family

  15. Precious, precious, precious!!!! She’s just adorable (of course, how could she not be, right?). All that hair — wow! Continuing to pray for Melanie’s recovery and adjustment to being the mama of two! And thanks for posting more photos — we mamas LOVE baby photos!

  16. Praising our Lord Jesus Christ ! Truly Bethany is a precious reward from Jehovah.
    What a testimony of the love of our Heavenly Father and His faithfulness to the many prayers for Nathan, Melanie, and Abigail. The photos are so good. What a blessing to be a little one surrounded by such godly love. She looks so alert ! I am in awe of her being born before your departure. God is so good.

  17. Many congratulations to Nathan and Melanie and all of you. I hope you don’t miss that new little one too much while you are on the road. She is just beautiful.

  18. What another BEAUTIFUL baby!! She has such lovely dark hair and she is just as pretty as her older sister!! I’m so pleased for all of you!
    Mrs. Beth

  19. God’s amazing handiwork! Praising the Lord with you. I’ve followed your family blog, and I grieved with Nathan and Melanie last October when we miscarried in the same week. It’s been quite exciting to rejoice and anticipate the birth of this miracle little Maxwell. It was such a joy to read the blog this weekend and see a healthy baby girl in the arms of her family. We also are rejoicing that our family learned this week that we are expecting a new baby! After almost a year, we are thrilled that God has placed life in our womb again! We are only 6 weeks along, so we have many weeks to wait and pray. I just want you to know that your sharing has been such a comfort and encouragement to us! God Bless You as you enjoy your little Bethany Faith (great name, too!)
    Congratulations! So excited for ya’ll :-).

  20. What a lovely baby. Simply beautiful. Thank God that all went well. Hope Melanie takes lots of time to rest after the difficult delivery. The extra rest makes a big difference one or two months down the road. Ask me how I know ๐Ÿ™‚
    Praise God–children are such a blessing.

  21. This literally brings tears to my eyes! I’m so happy that Bethany was full term and is healthy!


  22. Baby Bethany is so very beautiful. What a treasure from the Lord! And i’m so glad to see you holding her, Sarah. I’m praying for Melanie and nathan to enjoy these precious baby days!

    Love in Christ,


  23. She is the cutest thing!!!

    By the way, Sarah, Anna, and Mary’s jumpers are so cute! I really like Sarah’s rich blue, the littel flowers on Anna’s pattern and Mary’s green! ( Green is my second favorite color).


  24. The pictures of Abigail, especially the one of her holding Bethany, are so precious! I love her face!

  25. Absolutely precious! Thank you for allowing us to share in your family’s journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Loved the pictures!!! Everyone looks rather enchanted.
    So very happy for you all. WHAT JOY!

  27. I’m just seeing this now as our own grandson was born last Wednesday and we have been wrapped up in that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just now had time to check on your blog. Bethany is beautiful! And I love her name. Congratulations! God is Good!

  28. Thank you so much for the pictures. Abigail looks precious looking at her new baby sister. Priceless. Bethany Faith is a beautiful name for a beautiful little baby girl. God is so good.

    Keeping them all in our prayers.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  29. Oh so precious! I love every one of the photos! You are so blessed ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so happy for you. You all look so happy and beeming with Joy. Bethany is a very pretty name. She is absolutly beautiful and so special. Abby looks so happy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love reading your blog, you are a great Chistain family.
    Love and Christ’s blessings
    Hannah x ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. Oh sweet precious baby!!!!! Congratulations on your precious gift from the Lord!! Praying for Melanie as you stated that her labor was difficult, prayers for the Lord’s healing touch on her life. May the Lord richly bless your family during this time!!! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

  31. Congratulations!
    My prayers have been with you over the past months, and over the requests you gave specifically regarding the hospital, NICU, and delivery. I rejoice to see that your baby came just in God’s perfect timing. Your baby is beautiful, as is Abby admiring her!

  32. What wonderful pictures of everyone with Bethany! Abby looks so cute, especially holding her baby sister. Congratulations to everyone and many blessings to you all!

  33. I am immediately reminded of the children song, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world”, and how they are so precious in His sight.

    Welcome to the world, Bethany; may you always let your light so shine before others and glorify the Lord with everything you do. What a blessing to behold!

  34. What joyful news that little Bethany has arrived safe and sound! I am praising the LORD with you all for this blessing! Congratulations!

  35. Congratulations! Thank the Lord for Bethany’s safe arrival! We have a Bethany also, only she is Bethany Joy. Faithful/Joyful House of Worship!! To God be the glory!

  36. Congratulations and Blessings! I am so happy for Bethany’s safe arrival. I know what a hard road Nathan and Melanie have traveled. Thank God for Bethany! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  37. Congratulations to all. We are praising the Lord with you that she has arrived safely, and beautifully. And into such a blessed family.

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