Ruthanne Elizabeth: Our Beautiful Gift from God

Ruthanne Elizabeth was born at 6:32 p.m. yesterday and weighed exactly 9 pounds (she’ll be measured later).

The Lord blessed us with a wonderful delivery here at home with the help of our midwife (she’s delivered more than 2,000 babies, and she was Mom’s midwife for John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary). Both Mommy and Baby are doing great!

We appreciate and are grateful for your prayers, not only during the pregnancy and delivery but also in the years ahead.

Ruth โ€“ “Companion”
Anne โ€“ “Graceful”
Elizabeth โ€“ “Consecrated to God”

“One whose life is dedicated to serving God and whose gracious spirit enables her to be a faithful companion to others.”

Hebrews 12:28: “Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.”

Rejoicing in His mercy,
Christopher, Anna Marie, Joshua, and Ruthanne

Ruthanne Elizabeth
Ruthanne Elizabeth
Joshua met his little sister only two hours after birth, and it was an instant bond.
Joshua met his little sister only two hours after birth, and it was an instant bond.
Joshua loves Ruthanne.
Joshua loves Ruthanne.
2 1/2 hours after Ruthanne was born.
2 1/2 hours after Ruthanne was born.


“Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.”
Hebrews 12:28

41 thoughts on “Ruthanne Elizabeth: Our Beautiful Gift from God”

  1. You’re probably getting tired of “she’s beautiful!”, but there just are no better words! Love the family photos — Anna Marie is beautiful, as always, and the photo of Joshua meeting his sister is precious. Get some rest, enjoy getting to know RuthAnne, and come back and post photos whenever you can. Thankyou for sharing her with us!

  2. How glorious! I’m so thankful for your beautiful family! Thank you for posting the pictures. What a blessing!

  3. What a joyful experience. Thank you so much for the meaning and the scripture relating to the baby’s name. How meaningful!! I wish you and the rest of the family God’s riches blessings as you raise another dear soul for His kingdom.

  4. Rejoicing with you all and praising the Lord for the blessing of such a beautiful and precious gift. Love the pictures especially with Joshua. You can tell his big brother role is going to be fulfilled with love and a special bond for Ruthanne. Thanks for sharing these special moments with us all! To God Be All The Glory!

  5. What is the Bible verse on the wall behind the bed? My husband and I have crosses on the wall behind our bed…each were gifts from our moms when we were younger.

  6. what a precious and sweet little angel-such a gift from God-and they make such a HAPPY family:)
    God is good, all the time!!!
    (And what is that bible verse on their bedroom wall? I have a suspicion, but just curious…)
    Will update later.

  7. Oh my! Such sweetness! Master Joshua is going to be a wonderful big brother.

    Much love and congratulations!

    In Christ,


  8. Dear Christopher & Anna Marie,

    congratulations! This post especially has really touched my heart about the wonderful gift from God that each child is.

    Thank you also for your sharing about the choice of Ruthanne’s name. It was so soothing for me to learn today through your post that the first half of my first name means “Grace”, as grace is something I really need to grow into, with God’s strength.

    Thank you for your living testimony of a young familyยด’s life firmly grounded on our Lord.

    Blessings from Belgium,

  9. She’s absolutely beautiful, and the name is lovely! Congratulations; so happy for such a blessing!

  10. Praise the Lord!! Ruthanne is absolutely beautiful and her name is so precious. She is blessed to have been born into such a Christ-honoring home. Praying for you all as you adjust!

  11. I just love the pictures! So grateful that everyone is doing well. It such a joy to see Joshua take so kindly to her. She is precious. Thank you so much for the update!

  12. You have a beautiful family! Joshua looks very pleased with Ruthanne. Her name is very lovely. You chose a meaningful godly name. What is written on the wall above the bed? Just curious. I like the dark blue walls too!

  13. Congratulations! She is beautiful – such a precious gift from God! Praise the Lord for a safe delivery!

  14. Thank you for sharing this lovely event! What a blessing!!!
    Many prayers for your family as you adjust and many praises to the Lord for His gift of life and mercy.

  15. What a fantastic name! It all goes together so perfectly and I just love the statement you wrote summing up her name. It is just wonderful and a great goal for you to pray over her life as she grows. Wonderful!!

    Enjoy this time so much!
    In Him,
    Monica C.

  16. She is so cute!! Just beautiful.

    And Anna Marie- 2 hours after the birth you look like you have been to a spa, not in labor!

    Isn’t God so good?
    Amen and amen.

  17. Congratulations! She is so sweet. Love the picture of Anna showing her to Joshua for the first time. I loved seeing each of my children meet their siblings for the first time. Enjoy this special time…it goes so fast.

  18. Congratulations! Love the name. Ruthanne is so precious. I was wondering if you could do a blog post on how Ruthanne received her name.
    There was a previous post about it.

  19. Such a precious, perfect blessing from our Lord!!
    Love the photos—and the one of Joshua meeting his baby sister is adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am thrilled for Anna Marie and Christopher, and look forward to future photos as Joshua and Ruthanne grow.
    And Anna Marie is amazing—-she looks beautiful (and so soon after giving birth!). Thank you for sharing, and continued prayers for this precious family.
    Love, Mrs. Patti ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Congratulations, we rejoice with you all! Such a beautiful baby girl and such contented family photo’s, so soon after the birth. In our family (7 children 12 to 7 months)we have found the recovery and special bonding time at home, after each birth especially comfortable and helpful with the familiar surroundings.

  21. What a precious, beautiful baby girl! Congratulations to your family! God has created a masterpiece for you to love and hold! Praises to Him for His Blessings!

  22. Congratulations to Christopher, Anna-Marie and Joshua! Ruthanne is such a beautiful girl! The pictures are lovely, thanks for sharing!!

  23. What a sweet blessing, and such a beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Congratulations, Christopher, Anna and Joshua.

  24. What a lovely little girl! The first picture of her is just adorable. Love her name, but we’re partial to the name Ruth in this family :). Blessings and best wishes to your family!

  25. The family picture where Joshua meets his new little (adorable) sister is absolutely priceless! Who took that photo — it captures so much in it. I have a feeling that that picture speaks 10,000 words. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once again, Congratulations Maxwells!
    I (Sarah) took it.

  26. I agree that you are probably getting tired of hearing how beautiful she is but she is! What a precious gift from God and a beautiful name!! Anna Marie, you just GLOW so incredibly when you are expecting and afterwards, you have no idea how wonderful you have made my night. I have been praying for you all.

    God is SO amazing in His miracles of life!! God Bless you all!

    God Bless, Wendy B. & family (Ga)

  27. Oh, so sweet and priceless! I think this might be my favorite post on the blog! So beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  28. I was away from the internet for a while and I missed so much!
    Congratulations to Christopher and Anna Marie!
    I love her name, she’s a beautiful blessing.
    And I share her birthday too ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. How precious. Beautiful name you choose. Thank you for
    sharing the pictures.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  30. Congratulations. She’s absolutely beautiful. Rejoicing with you in a safe birth. Beautiful name.

  31. Congratulations, and Praise God! What a marvelous blessing from the Lord!
    Beautiful photos, precious family!

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