Maternity Leave

Hi ho lovely people!

I thought you should know my most wonderful news  – that hubby and I welcomed a daughter into our family, born six weeks ago now.  Perhaps I’ll share her birth story with you sometime – it was quite an adventure!

Miss van Ryn - sweetness to the tips of her toes!

Miss van Ryn – sweetness to the tips of her toes!

She is an absolute treasure and we spend way too much time staring at her round little face, wondering how it was that God bestowed such a gift on us.  Every so often, we also wonder when she’ll stop crying, how we’re going to survive on so little sleep and if we’re doing this right.  But mostly, we just gape at her in parental awe!

"fearfully and wonderfully made..."

“fearfully and wonderfully made…”

I’ve taken a bit of maternity leave to give us some space to get into a groove of feeding and sleeping and being a family of four.  Just thought you should know.  It means that you won’t see my Keeping the Faith column in The Examiner Newspaper for the next four weeks.  I’ll be back to normal in August.

Have a wonderful July!

Claire x


  1. Carol says

    Such wonderful news – a precious little girl! Congratulations to you and your husband Claire! I wish you many happy hours of observing that small miracle and her intriguing responses. God bless you all…

  2. Congratulations!! How wonderful!! Enjoy your new baby! Enjoy your time adjusting to another addition to your family.

  3. Brons Email says

    Wonderful exciting news to hear Claire!! Enjoy this beautiful treasured gift from God. Bron

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  4. David and Alex Todd says


    Love your writing – will look forward to reading it after your break 🙂

    In Christ,

    Alex 🙂

  5. We rejoice with you Claire and praise God for your beautiful daughter. Blessings to you and your husband.

    ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’
    Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

  6. Neil C says

    Happy and Healthy………….Hooray for Everything !!
    Genuine best wishes from your awful critic; Neil xo

  7. Roger Martin says

    I’m so pleased for you!
    May your family grow in the character of Christ and be surrounded by His fragrance.
    Don’t worry about the crying, Claire. The Lord may require this for her to develop an opera voice! In any event, it won’t last long and before you know it, she’ll be going to school.
    Abundant blessings,


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