Calia Grace Maxwell

We have exciting news!

Calia Grace Maxwell was born to Elissa and I last night, October 4th. With a headful of dark hair, she’s a little doll.

Elissa is doing very well and enjoying her bundle of joy. The labor went fast, especially for it being Elissa’s first. I was blessed to support Elissa throughout labor, and I’m thrilled to have Calia here.

Calia means “Beautiful” in Greek. As we prayed about what to name a little girl, the LORD kept directing us back to this. We love it because God’s grace is beautiful. He has transformed our lives through His grace, and we pray and believe that He will transform this sweet little girl into a beautiful, shining light for His glory.

Here are some pictures to tide you over until the real newborn session later.

For those who like details, Calia weighed 5 lbs, 13 oz.

Rejoicing in His gift of life,
Joseph, Elissa, and Calia

Calia Grace Maxwell
Calia Grace Maxwell


The happy family: Joseph, Elissa, and Calia
The happy family: Joseph, Elissa, and Calia
Elissa and Calia
Elissa and Calia
Joseph and Calia
Joseph and Calia

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad
tidings of good things!”
Romans 10:15

46 thoughts on “Calia Grace Maxwell”

  1. So excited! Was thinking about the upcoming birth today. So glad Mom and baby are doing well. Bless your family Joseph!!

    PTL !!!

  2. Oh sweet tiny girl! What a precious gift, congratulations! How do you pronounce her name?


  3. Congratulations! She is beautiful. Glad everything went well and can’t wait for more pictures in the future.

    Blessings, Sondra

  4. Oh, she’s just beautiful and I’m so happy for you! Calia Grace is such a pretty and unique name. Congratulations and blessings to all!

  5. She is so precious! How do you pronounce it? We are trying to figure out if the a is long or short or a short u sound. 🙂 I really like it all 3 of the ways we say it. Lol Congrats!


  6. Yeah!!!! I’ve been wondering when she was going to arrive!!!She is just precious! How very sweet. I am glad that Mom and daughter are good. They look great! What a lovely family. God’s blessings on your three. Love the name, very pretty indeed.

  7. Congratulations!!! This was a wonderful news to greet me when I opened for an update.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  8. That’s the news I’ve waited for… 🙂
    Praise the Lord!!!
    Being a mom (and a dad) for the first time, wow!
    I’m happy with your little (and extended) family!

  9. How exciting! Congratulations! She’s beautiful. Glad Elissa and little Calia are doing great. God is good!

  10. I was just popping in 6 weeks after having my little girl Abigail, so excited to see Calia Grace! Love the name and glad that everyone is happy and healthy.

  11. Congratulations!!! She is such a cutie. Down the road, I am hoping for a baby photo shoot along with a cousin photo shoot.

    Christopher and I (Sarah) are going to do a newborn baby session soon, although coordinating a cousin one would be interesting and probably won’t happen when we’re trying for Calia’s photos ;). I’m hoping to grab a cousin photo though sometime. They’re going to make such a cute lineup!

  12. She is adorable! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter. How do you pronounce “Calia”?

  13. Such wonderful news! Thank you so much for sharing. We are very happy that all went well and everyone is doing fine. She looks so precious, such a wonderful gift from the Lord.

  14. Congratulations!!!!!! Oh, so exciting!!!! Praise the Lord!! Nice name, too! I was just thinking about when you’d give us an update 😉 Calia is really small! Was she just a bit early? Haw absolutely wonderful – so happy for you all!!! Elissa looks great. What a sweet family! Calia is darling!!! She’s got a good bunch of hair! 🙂

    Calia was not early :).

  15. Wonderful news! A new chapter begins in your lives…which is so exciting. Looking forward to seeing the upcoming photos.

    God bless.

  16. Congratulations!!!
    What a beautiful name and she fits it!!
    I’m sure you are very excited. Praise God!!! Thank you for sharing.

  17. I am so happy to hear this news, it it truly the best news I’ve heard all day. She is beautiful, and I know you will encourage her to have a sweet spirit and heart for God.

    Aww, thanks ;).

  18. So happy to hear this news.

    Many Congratulations from us all here in the Uk.

    Sending our love to you all,
    God bless

  19. Congratulations, Joseph and Elissa! 🙂 What a beautiful name, with a beautiful Biblical deep meaning. She is so pretty, yes, like a little doll. God bless you all as your family knits together with this new sweet member over the coming days and weeks.

  20. Awww! What an adorable little family!
    Calia is precious…How much did she weigh? How long was she? She looks so tiny!
    Many blessings to Joseph & Elissa!

    She was 5 lbs. 13 oz.

  21. What wonderful news!! 🙂 Congratulations, Joseph and Elissa, on your precious gift from the Lord. She is beautiful, and I pray the Lord will always guide, protect, and bless her.
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  22. Congratulations! She is beautiful! For some reason I had stuck in my mind that she wasn’t due until November 1st. (Must have been someone else’s due date) I’m so glad that she has arrived safely and that you are all doing well.

  23. We rejoice with you in God’s precious gift of Calia to your family! Praise Him!

    Sending love and prayers from NJ

    Lisa and Family

  24. Congratulations!!! I haven’t checked in for a while, but was so glad to see the new little blessing. So happy for you.

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