2015 September 27
Dear friends and family,
It has been a long time since we sent out a newsletter. We are excited to share some big news with you today and will share some other exciting news regarding the project in Chad soon!
Our baby girl is born! Her name is Liliana Bell Dietrich.
Weight: 6lbs 10oz
Time of first breath: 2:09pm September 24 2015
Liliana (pronounced "lily-on-uh") is a combination of the words "lily" and "Ana"; Lily is also a name for Jesus. A lily portrays the idea of purity. A lily grows pure and white even when it is growing in a filthy pond. Ana comes from Anna which comes from Hannah which means "grace." It is by God's grace that Liliana will grow up pure and like Him in this world.
Bell: a musical word, and a form of the French word "belle" which means beautiful. We pray that Liliana Bell will be musical (like a bell) and use music to praise God. Bell is also short for Melody's middle name, which is Bellvane. We also like to think of Bell as being a variant of the French spelling Belle, or beautiful. We want her to understand that her true beauty is the inward beauty of "a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."
Melody and Liliana are both doing well. Melody did wonderfully. Total labor was probably just over two hours. We want to thank God for the incredible gift of a healthy daughter and a smooth pregnancy and delivery.
Psalm 139:14 "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
Watch for other news from Desert Tree Ministry soon!
In His service,
Jonathan and Melody and Gideon and Liliana Dietrich