Baby Boy is Here!

Some of you may have seen the announcement on Facebook late last week, but just to make it official…

Our newest son was born at home on Wednesday, February 15th at 9:07pm!

A birth story with more details is coming, but to satisfy at least a little bit of curiosity in the meantime, he weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was just over 20 inches long. He was supposed to be born in the water, but it didn’t exactly work out that way, but not for reasons you might think. There’s a funny story behind it and let’s just say that the birth wasn’t the only excitement going on in our home that night!

His name is Kepler Matthias. If you look up Kepler, you might find the meaning “hat maker”, but that’s not why we chose it. :)

We named him after Johannes Kepler, who was a Creationist, Astronomer, Physicist and more from the 16/17th century. Several years ago, we were at a homeschool convention listening to a seminar on teaching math, and the speaker was talking about how when Kepler worked on his intricate mathematic and physics calculations, he would sometimes become so filled with worship as he contemplated the wonders of how God had created the world with such perfect and precise order that he would burst into spontaneous praise, and then go back to finishing his calculations. I asked my husband to explain why he wanted to choose the name and this is (loosely) what he said,

“Johannes Kepler was a man who didn’t see the spiritual and physical world as separate. I love that he saw those elements as being unified. He saw God in science and math and all Creation… he saw His fingerprints in the invisible patterns of the universe and it stirred worship in his heart. I want our son Kepler to live a life that sees God’s work in all aspects of his life.”

And Matthias means “gift of God”, which of course, this sweet new baby most certainly is.

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. Georgena Bowdidge says:

    Congratulations on the birth of Kepler. We chose the name Kepler too for son, born in 2007, and again for similar reasons as yours. Enjoy.

  2. Congratulations! We named our son Kepler as well. He was born in June of 2006. We didn’t name him Kepler for the same reason that you did, but my husband did do some research on Johannes Kepler before we decided on that name. After Kepler was born, we did a search to see if there were any other boys named Kepler and at the time there wasn’t. So, every once in a while, we will do a search to see if anyone else has chosen the name. It seems that we share some of the same beliefs, and we also loved the fact that Johannes was a believer as well as an astronomer.

  3. Kepler is beautiful!

  4. Congratulations Stephanie….what a beautiful baby boy! Enjoy him…

  5. Kristina Gillingham says:


    We also had a baby girl named Heidi Renee. She was born Feb. 15, at 4:18pm, in a waterbirth pool at home. I would send a picture, but I am not sure how to.

  6. Many blessings on you, the new baby boy and your family. Kepler is a doll! xo

  7. Congratulations! Wow, he is completely precious. And such a cool name choosing story! :)

  8. Congrats! He is absolutely beautiful! There is something so special about a freshly born babe. Enjoy and treasure every moment.

  9. Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family on the arrival of your newest child. Wishing you Christ’s peace and joy as you get to know him. I loved reading about how you named him. We chose names with special meanings in our family too.

  10. Congratulations! Kepler is a beautiful baby! I can’t wait to hear the story of his birth!

  11. Congratulations to you Stephanie and your entire family on your new baby boy’s arrival!! What a wonderful name. Praying for you during this time of new transitions. Blessings!

  12. Congratulations on your handsome little guy!

  13. What a wonderful name! Your son is adorable! Congratulations! :-)

  14. What a beautiful reason to have chosen his name. Congratulations, and may God bless you all as you seek to bring this precious bundle up for His glory.

    What a lovely story to bring a smile to my face :)

  15. Hey and congrats!! I’m so happy to have found your blog. I live in Israel and I love listening to the simple mom podcast and I really enjoyed your talk. I thought the “oh Charles” comment at the end of the talk was so funny :-) so I’ve looked you up, and of course you site is amazing. eventhough I’m jewish I find your writting very inspiring. thank you so much and hope you and your family enjoy your new blessing.

  16. Congratulations! He is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the birth story. God bless your new little man.

  17. How precious! Congratulations on your new little blessing!

  18. I love his name. Congratulations!

  19. Congratulations to your family. He is beautiful.

  20. congrats! how exciting! your little guy is beautiful. ours will be here in april!

  21. Congratulations to you! He is beautiful. He will love telling the story of his name when he is older.