Meet Johanna!


Johanna Providence

7 lbs 10 oz, 21 inches long

 Wednesday, August 12 at 5:22pm

Johanna means "God is gracious", which we have just been feeling in abundance lately, as we marvel over His goodness in our lives. We also felt that this gentle, feminine name really suited her, with her very delicate and sweet demeanor. We chose Providence in light of the fact that we've been learning more and more about His sovereign care over all things, and what a blessing it is to be under the providential hand of such a kind and loving God.


This little girl just loves her fingers and fist! I have a feeling she was well acquainted with them in the womb. She found her thumb in the first hour after birth!


Enjoying my sweet girl, the day after her birth. There is nothing in the world like the first few days with a newborn. So fleeting and so precious.


Caden just can't get over the new "bay" (yep, only one syllable- we're working on it!) and loves to give her kisses. Ryan is absolutely in love with his new daughter, and I'm glad I'm the one who gets to nurse her or else I don't think I would have many chances to hold this little girl!


Abbie holding Johanna this morning. She's the most doting big sister ever, and is so gentle and responsible with her.

I think I'll have the birth story ready later today, with more details and some photos from her arrival. Thank you so much for all of the congratulations and well wishes! Everyone is doing really well, just enjoying our new addition and praising God for her. So far, it feels like we're adjusting to being a family of 5 with relative ease (due in part to Grandma's help, I'm sure!), my recovery is going smoothly, and we're just having a wonderful time being together with Ryan off of work.

Starting on Monday, I'll begin to put up all the incredible guest posts that I've received, and I can't wait to share them with you. More to come soon…

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Congratulations! She is beautiful! We welcomed our third child into this world on July 30th. A little boy, this time. I was due on August 9th, so it was fun to follow your blog and baby updates. This was my first home birth and we are so thankful for the blessing of our little Gabe.

  2. Congrats! She is beautiful and I’m sure you’ll enjoy her! What a blessing…

  3. She is so beautiful! Her face reminds me of my second baby at birth for some reason. I love the last picture with your other daughter.

    She has hair!!! :) :) :)

    What a beautiful name, too! We actually almost picked it for our second child! I would still love to use it someday.

  4. She’s really lovely! I’m so happy that the Lord blessed you with her! Enjoy the newborness :)

  5. Oh, she is PRECIOUS! Absolutely beautiful. Name meanings are very important in our family, too. I love the name you chose – it definitely suits her! Again, just SO many congrats!

  6. Congratulations! What a beautiful little bundle of blessing! Love her name, very sweet and princess like as it should be.

    Rest and enjoy your time with your family.

  7. Thank you for all the sweet comments, ladies! We really are enjoying this little girl! :)

    Michelle, we are pronouncing her name “Jo-hanna”, rather than the more European pronunciation “Yo-hanna”, and with “hanna” sounding slightly softer but still mostly like the “a” in “apple”. Hopefully that’s a helpful explanation. Pretty much we pronounce it like we’re North American, and not particularly refined. :)

  8. Congratulations, Stephanie! I am so glad you are doing well, and she is simply precious. I’m so happy you have another beautiful girl!

  9. Beautiful! I love the big brother and sister pictures, they look so happy!

  10. She is a beautiful addition to your already lovely family. Congratulations!

  11. Congratulations! She’s beautiful.

  12. Oh, she’s scrumptious! :)

  13. What a beauty! I’m so happy for you!

  14. wow, what a beautiful baby girl, such a blessing

  15. Congratulations! :) She’s beautiful!
    How are you pronouncing her name?
    Such sweet family photos.
    Many blessings to you in this “babymoon” season,
    Michele :)


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