It’s a …

It’s a BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Born at 37 weeks … 5 lbs. 14 oz. … 3:30 a.m on December 11th. , just a few hours shy ofΒ  my birthday … we welcomed baby Lazarus Clayton Joseph into our arms and family! Praising God for His blessings and for the safe delivery of our seventh baby!
We are thankful for another sweet home birth, the wonderful help of midwives and a fabulous husband who held my hand and calmed my fears during labour.

And shocked beyond words to have a baby boy sleeping on my chest right now! {Apparently, my husband had the best face of shock when the baby arrived – he was completely surprised!}

I will come back and share the rest of his little birth story here soon. But for now, we’re soaking up the wonderful loveliness of having a fresh baby in the house and fighting over who gets to hold him next …



December 17, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Sandra Olijnyk Oh Boy! How wonderful. So happy for you and your family. I’m sure your little boy is receiving so many snuggles from all his sisters…what an absolute delight! Our twin boys are 6 and half months old now and have outgrown all their newborn and much of their 6 month clothing…let me know if you need any clothing…we have double of everything. Blessings to all of you!

December 17, 2015 - 4:48 am

Mara So excited for you and your entire family! He is absolutely perfect! I can only imagine with all those girls that he is already being loved and spoiled beyond belief.

December 16, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Liz Bronsveld!!!! You have a BOY!!!!!! Congratulations!!! So glad HE’S here safely!! I’m so happy for you all! Family of 9!

December 16, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Erin Lynn A big CONGRATS on your precious baby boy!

December 16, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Lauren A I am beyond shocked!!!!!!!! I was so sure it would be a girl! Lazarus is a fantastic name. I am so very happy for you guys, Gillian! He is one cutie pie. The Lord is so good, what a blessing he has bestowed upon you !! May he continue to richly bless you!

December 16, 2015 - 12:58 am

Margaret Gillian I am so so happy for the birth of your adorable baby boy. I can only imagine the excitement in your home and wish all of you a world of love and happiness Enjoy that precious bundle of BLUE!!!

December 15, 2015 - 1:23 am

Rcahel Wow! I can’t believe it! A little prince! Congratulations to you all and happy birthday to you and little Lazarus. Wow! I’ll say it again…wow!

December 14, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Samantha Erin What!!! Yay! I have been refreshing the blog so often because I just needed to hear the news. I had a strange feeling it would be a boy and didn’t want to miss that announcement! How wonderful and what a surprise πŸ™‚ Blessings to you Gillian as you rest and soak in this wonderful bonding time.

December 14, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Michelle Garyfalakis CONGRATULATIONS you guys πŸ™‚ We have 4 now (2 boys, 2 girls) and are moving to the country in the new year. I may draw some inspiration from all of your posts.

December 14, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Liette Girard Congratulations. What a beautiful baby boy. Love you guys!

December 14, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Jen Denelzen A boy! Wow. Congratulations to you all. Didn’t see that coming after 6 girls. Lazarus will be treasured by them all. Now you need to start collecting boy clothes…

December 14, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Maike Aww he looks so sweet. And what a surprise. I had to check twice to be sure you are serious about a boy. How interesting and what a new challenge it will be having a boy to rase after all the girls. Congratulations! πŸ™‚

December 14, 2015 - 11:49 am

Reena Congratulations! What a handsome surprise! And Happy Birthday to you, too! It seems you’ve received one of the best birthday presents πŸ™‚

December 14, 2015 - 10:11 am

Claire How wonderful! Congratulations!! Enjoy every minute!

December 14, 2015 - 3:32 am

Rebecca Holy Toledo!!!!!! A boy!!!!!! Congrats!!!! I love his name!!!! My husband would be shocked too! Haha!

December 14, 2015 - 3:02 am

Bridget & Stephen Halfyard congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 14, 2015 - 2:34 am

Teresa Aukema Congratulations on your precious gift from God

December 14, 2015 - 12:19 am

Christina Congrats Gillian. What a blessing to your family. He will be so spoiled with 6 older sisters. Love the name. My favourite bible story of Jesus’ miracles.

December 13, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Amy Catania (Horvat) Congratulations!!!!! So happy for you , Abby and all your girls!

December 13, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Tanya Amazing Gillian. I was thinking of you on Thursday and thought you must be about to have this baby. Said a prayer and sensed the Lord said your boy is on his way. I just found out today. So happy for you and Abby. I know it didn’t matter too much to you wether girl or boy but I’m sure you both are thrilled. Congratulations and many blessings.

December 13, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Betty Gauthier Oh my!
Well big congrats from the gauthiers on the birth of your first boy…….how wonderful!
……so excited for all of you!

December 13, 2015 - 6:54 pm

Joy Congratulations!!!!! What a precious blessing! He’s so adorable! πŸ™‚

December 13, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Debbie VanWyck Gillian and Abby…Congratulations. I am so happy for your family.

December 13, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Steve and Megan newbury Yay!! So excited for you guys!!! Such a blessing!! Xxoo

December 13, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Teresa So happy and excited for all of you! Congratulations on your beautiful little baby boy–I know he’s going to get so much love. πŸ™‚

December 13, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings Oh boy!!!! Congrats Gillian!!!! I am sooo excited for you guys! I just knew for some reason that he was gonna be a boy.I bet your girlies are all mother hens right now!!Enjoy that sweet baby boy!

December 13, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Heather Oh, sweetness! Delicious blue! After my three girls, it was also a shock to be holding a boy. Drink in every moment, as I know you will πŸ™‚ Praise God for his health and safe delivery!

December 13, 2015 - 11:54 am

Nancy Cucheran Gibson What a wonderful surprise for your family! Congratulations to all of you. Glad to hear of his safe arrival and that you are all enjoying the snuggles.

December 13, 2015 - 11:45 am

Gill Eardley Congratulations to you all Gillian! He is a beauty! The girls must be so excited! Sending lots of love to you all xxx

December 13, 2015 - 11:45 am

Stacy Hylton A huge congratulations to you and the family! He is absolutely gorgeous! Truly a wonderful Christmas gift.

December 13, 2015 - 11:37 am

Lynda Lu Gibb Blessing abundant..a sweet miracle to raise to be a loving man of God! Wonderful for all of you!

December 13, 2015 - 11:19 am

Melissa Mullinax Oh. My. Goodness!!!!!!!! My husband is looking at me like I’m nuts right now for hollaring, “They had a boy!!!!!” πŸ™‚ Ohhhhh, Gillian!!!!! He is absolutely perfect!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

December 13, 2015 - 9:53 am

Jenn Congratulations Gillian and family! What a precious little bundle for your family to love!

December 13, 2015 - 1:23 am

Jen Heemskerk Amazing little miracle!! So happy that you now get to experience raising a little boy!!! Congratulations to your entire family! Love his name too! Praise God that you have another baby to raise!

December 13, 2015 - 12:08 am

Courtney Oh Gillian, he is beautiful! Congratulations on your handsome little man!

December 12, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Kristina I am so happy for you! What a surprise! What a beautiful, sweet boy! Wow! And a wonderful name, Lazarus! Oh, Gillian, I am overjoyed for you. πŸ™‚