Baby Boy is Here!

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Some of you may have seen the announcement on Facebook late last week, but just to make it official…

Our newest son was born at home on Wednesday, February 15th at 9:07pm!

A birth story with more details is coming, but to satisfy at least a little bit of curiosity in the meantime, he weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was just over 20 inches long. He was supposed to be born in the water, but it didn’t exactly work out that way, but not for reasons you might think. There’s a funny story behind it and let’s just say that the birth wasn’t the only excitement going on in our home that night!

His name is Kepler Matthias. If you look up Kepler, you might find the meaning “hat maker”, but that’s not why we chose it. 🙂

We named him after Johannes Kepler, who was a Creationist, Astronomer, Physicist and more from the 16/17th century. Several years ago, we were at a homeschool convention listening to a seminar on teaching math, and the speaker was talking about how when Kepler worked on his intricate mathematic and physics calculations, he would sometimes become so filled with worship as he contemplated the wonders of how God had created the world with such perfect and precise order that he would burst into spontaneous praise, and then go back to finishing his calculations. I asked my husband to explain why he wanted to choose the name and this is (loosely) what he said,

“Johannes Kepler was a man who didn’t see the spiritual and physical world as separate. I love that he saw those elements as being unified. He saw God in science and math and all Creation… he saw His fingerprints in the invisible patterns of the universe and it stirred worship in his heart. I want our son Kepler to live a life that sees God’s work in all aspects of his life.”

And Matthias means “gift of God”, which of course, this sweet new baby most certainly is.

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  1. Congratulations! I am due end of March with our ninth baby and Lord willing will be born at home as was four other of our children. I love home birth and pray that this one goes well too. I am happy for you.

  2. He is such a handsome little guy! What an awesome story behind picking the name! I love it when people make connections with names like that. Congratulations on the birth of Kepler!

  3. Praise the Lord! He has been beautifully knit together by the Creator! Congratulations! May he live up to his name sake for many a spiritual battle was won upon the chorus’ of praise to our God!

  4. I had missed it on facebook. So thank you for letting us know. Wonderful news. Many congratulations.
    God bless you all mightily during those first crazy days/weeks.

  5. Congratulations, Stephanie and family! What a wonderful blessing and a beautiful name. Names are so important, and you have chosen wisely. I am going to look more into Johannes Kepler and share with my little ones, especially when they are reluctant to do math. 🙂 God’s blessing on you all!

  6. What an amazing little one. Congratulations!!! Awsome story behind his name. That will be so special to share with him some day.
    P.S. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.

  7. Stephanie,

    We, the Allen family, are so thrilled about the newest addition to your beautiful family. I love the story (however brief) of how Kepler got his hame. I was tears. Many blessing to you and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Congratulations.

  8. Congratulations! I am soooooo jealous. I was due on February 14th and am STILL anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new little blessing. Best wishes!

  9. Congrats everyone!! What an awesome name/explanation–I LOVE it when people explain the names they chose.
    Rest well!
    Sarah M

  10. So sweet! Congrats!

    Love the use of the name Kepler. One of the best books I read this year was Kepler’s Witch – which explore in detailed Kepler’s faith. Wonderful namesake for your little one!

  11. Congratulations! I’ve been checking to see if you would post some news yet :).

    I look forward to hearing the rest of the story! Sounds interesting!

    I’m due in 11 days, we’re hoping for a homebirth too, but it depends if I go overdue or not, since the midwife has to leave 3 days after my due date (there is only one midwife here, but there used to be none)/ I have a labour tub all ready to go so I hope to use that too. Anyways, I have hopes and dreams for this birth but God is in control.

    How fun that you have 2 girls and 2 boys now. Caden must be excited. My oldest wants a boy “since I already have a sister” but the youngest really wants a girl only. So it should be interesting!

  12. Congrats Stephanie! He is perfect! I’ve wanted to drop you a note since the AR retreat but I let life get in the way 😉 Looking forward to hearing the rest of your birth story. And also, I love the story behind the name Kepler. My husband and I are still debating names. We found out we’re having another boy (boy #3).

  13. Congratulations Stephanie! He looks beautiful and I look forward to reading about the rest of how the birth went. Love the reason you chose his names too! I hope this is a wonderful week for your family and you and that you get the rest you bodies surely needs.

  14. Congratulations on your newest addition, what a precious gift from God! He is adorable. I love why you named him Kepler. I asked my oldest 2 (15 & 18 years old) if they had heard of Johannes Kepler and they had, I was surprised as I hadn’t heard of him until I read your post. I asked where they had heard of Kepler, they replied “Jonathon Park” (a Saturday morning radio program) We have 6 children and home school.

  15. Congratulations! I like the unusual name and the story behind it. Very meaningful.
    He’s a cutie! Blessings to all of you.

  16. Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby!! Can’t wait to hear the story!

    Our baby came three days before yours, so we have babies within 72 hours of each other or so! 🙂

    Love the blog!

  17. Congratulations! I look forward to hearing the story! I really like the names. We are pretty traditional in our naming here, but I love how the name is unique and has a classic ring to it and has a great story behind it!

  18. Gift from God –
    ” I have formed this little child you hold within your heart. The face, the hands, the smile – I shaped all that you see. Take this gift I’ve given you and rise this child for me” (Author unknown)

  19. Congratulations Stephanie! He is absolutely beautiful and looks just like you. Look at those eyes! How precious is a newborn child. You are truly blessed. It seems like you have been pregnant forever and I’m sure you second that emotion even more so!! haha

  20. Congratulations! What a sweetie! I love the story of his name – reminds me of when I saw the Grand Tetons in Wyoming – I burst into tears and sang and praised God for his glorious majesty.

  21. Congratulations! He is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the birth story. God bless your new little man.

  22. Hey and congrats!! I’m so happy to have found your blog. I live in Israel and I love listening to the simple mom podcast and I really enjoyed your talk. I thought the “oh Charles” comment at the end of the talk was so funny 🙂 so I’ve looked you up, and of course you site is amazing. eventhough I’m jewish I find your writting very inspiring. thank you so much and hope you and your family enjoy your new blessing.

  23. What a beautiful reason to have chosen his name. Congratulations, and may God bless you all as you seek to bring this precious bundle up for His glory.

    What a lovely story to bring a smile to my face 🙂

  24. Congratulations to you Stephanie and your entire family on your new baby boy’s arrival!! What a wonderful name. Praying for you during this time of new transitions. Blessings!

  25. Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family on the arrival of your newest child. Wishing you Christ’s peace and joy as you get to know him. I loved reading about how you named him. We chose names with special meanings in our family too.

  26. Congrats! He is absolutely beautiful! There is something so special about a freshly born babe. Enjoy and treasure every moment.

  27. Congrats,

    We also had a baby girl named Heidi Renee. She was born Feb. 15, at 4:18pm, in a waterbirth pool at home. I would send a picture, but I am not sure how to.

  28. Congratulations! We named our son Kepler as well. He was born in June of 2006. We didn’t name him Kepler for the same reason that you did, but my husband did do some research on Johannes Kepler before we decided on that name. After Kepler was born, we did a search to see if there were any other boys named Kepler and at the time there wasn’t. So, every once in a while, we will do a search to see if anyone else has chosen the name. It seems that we share some of the same beliefs, and we also loved the fact that Johannes was a believer as well as an astronomer.

  29. Congratulations on the birth of Kepler. We chose the name Kepler too for son, born in 2007, and again for similar reasons as yours. Enjoy.

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