Monday, June 25, 2007

She's here!!!

Hey Everyone,

She has finally arrived! AvaRae Zae Hossler arrived at 7:43am, June 21, 2007. She was born at the Sturgis Hospital in Sturgis, MI weighing 7lbs, and measuring 21 ¼ in long.

AvaRae didn't’t come into the world without some intense work (labor). We went to the hospital Tuesday (June 19) around 9am and she wasn’t born until Thursday (6/21) at 7:43am (We’ll tell you the whole story some other time.). We were exhausted, but so excited!

Then we found out that AvaRae was going to get to spend a few more days in the hospital (not what we planned, but it was no surprise to God). Because of the long labor, her little body developed and was battling an infection. There were a few very scary moments. We know people were praying though and with antibiotics, great nurse and doctor care, and with God’s help she recovered in just a few days and we were able to bring her home today (6/25). God has been so faithful!

We are excited to be starting a new chapter in life, both with the arrival of AvaRae and with moving to Michigan in September to be involved in starting a new church (I can share more about this with you later.). We have seen God answer prayers, guide us, teach us, and give us peace as we have walked through the last several chapters of life. Life is so good with Jesus!

Thanks for all your prayers! I can't wait for all of you to meet AvaRae!

Josh, Raelyn, and AvaRae