Beautiful story, adorable baby - love the way you write.
#1 Deborah on 2012-09-01 21:56
She is so beautiful and perfect, and your story brought tears to my eyes. I wouldn't change a thing about my children who were born in a far away country, but oh how I wish I could have experienced their births. I hope you don't stop blogging. I am always happy to see your posts.
#2 Cyndi on 2012-09-01 22:30
You ARE both so blessed!! I love her already and can't wait for her to meet her Auntie Beckie and Uncle Jonathan!! Praying for you guys in the next weeks and months with a new little one and a lot of travel on your plates!
#3 Beckie on 2012-09-01 22:38
Oh congratulations! And yes, she is gorgeous!!!

Your labor sounds just like my first one in almost every way. You will always be proud of yourself!

Many blessings, Enjoy her, drink her in, write lots, take lots of photos and bask. Congrats again.
#4 Julie (Homepage) on 2012-09-02 00:48
Congratulations!! I have been following your journey for some time now, and as I've loved your stories about the ship and Africa, I know I will love reading about your life as a new mom. Zoe is perfect. And your joy, happiness and love simply rise up off the page.

Congratulations, again. She's beautiful.
#5 kristen (Homepage) on 2012-09-02 08:37
Oh this made me cry and cry. I do so hope you'll keep writing in whatever way you can. So glad for you that Zoe is here and so glad for her that she has such wonderful parents.
#6 MaggieO on 2012-09-02 09:19
Ali dear this was lovely! Thank you so much for sharing Zoe's birth story. She is utterly precious; you have such a talent for baby photography. Oh enjoy ENJOY these early weeks! What bliss. So happy for you :-)

(back lanor. Yes. Been there for many many many hours with more than one baby. 'Tis a unique experience. Bless)
#7 ellie (Homepage) on 2012-09-02 09:21
Thank you for sharing,so happy for you guys.we are serving inchangeable and aminzing God.and i thank God for the great thing he has done in your life.Welcome Zoe.well done Ali and Phil,and I love you.
#8 Blandine Coburn on 2012-09-02 16:34
When you announced her name I was thrilled...such a beautiful choice but it wasn't until reading this blog that I mentally said her full name to hear the sound of it, and it's even MORE beautiful. ZOE CHANDRA. WOW :-) Thanks for sharing Ali
#9 Evelyn Single Noodle Assad on 2012-09-02 16:56
Congrats Ali!

You are so blessed!

Your birth story made me cry. As I prepare for the arrival of my own little one, and all the fears of all of the possible discomforts and complications begin to creep in, all I ask is that when I'm a week or 2 postpartum, I can look at my labor and the birth of my baby with as much joy as you do.
She is so precious and beautiful!
#10 Merrylee on 2012-09-02 17:42
Yes you did (produce the most beautiful baby ever). I am so looking forward to meeting her. But until then, I'll continue to hang on your every post and all the photos I can get.... Love to you and Phil and Zoe.
#11 Sher (Homepage) on 2012-09-02 23:39
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story of Zoe's birth, that love is so amazing,it gives you that constant warm feeling all over as you look and hold your precious little miracle !!
#12 Nancy on 2012-09-03 11:30
I had tears in my eyes reading this post. So so happy for you and your little family. I have a daughter, too (now eight) and she continues to be such a joy. I hope you'll post once in a while and show us a picture!
#13 Laura (Homepage) on 2012-09-03 23:27
What a beautiful story - thank you so much for sharing it with us! I so enjoy your writing.

P.S. Now I'm craving Butter Chicken - I love that dish!!!
#14 Deanna on 2012-09-04 15:34
Just beautiful. Congratulations!!!
#15 Steph on 2012-09-05 15:45
Such a beautiful story. Please keep writing in whatever way you can, Ali.

Oooh, back labor. Ouchie. I've heard from very dear friends what that is like, and while I've had my own particular struggles with labor, I've never had that one. You brave, strong woman--I can attest to stubbornness being a marvelous trait when you are determined to have a medication-free birth. And Zoe is better for it, I'm sure. :-)
#16 Lisa Beth W. on 2012-09-05 22:41
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