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Friends and Family,

God has blessed us at the Fun House with a wonderful baby boy. His name is Seth. We are thankful for his life and rejoice even now in the ways God will use him for His glory. He was born at 8:55 p.m. and weighed 6 lbs 11 ounces. Seth was born with a chromosomal defect called Down Syndrome. Although over half of Down Syndrome babies have heart defects of some sort, Seth has a strong healthy heart and impressive muscle tone! We know the challenges ahead will be many in raising little Seth, but we also know that God can use Seth’s life to draw men to Himself. That was our prayer before we saw Seth today and continues to be our prayer. We want Seth’s life to be used to proclaim Jesus to a lost world. For Jesus is our only hope and we
trust in Him completely. Rejoice with us as we praise God for this gift.

Seth is here!

We are proud of our son!

Seth is here!

What an awesome gift from God!

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32 Responses to “Seth is here!”

  1. Aunt Mandy May 2, 2008 at 2:44 am #

    Precious, sweet Seth!!! I love you and thank the Lord for you. God knew exactly who you needed for parents and who needed to be your BIG sister. I can’t wait to see how God uses and blesses your life and I am just blessed to be a part of it!! Hugs and Kisses from San Angelo and I wish so bad I was there. So proud of ya’ll, Joel and Em and love you so much.

  2. Cobb May 2, 2008 at 6:17 am #

    I am THRILLED that he is here! Praise the Lord for yet another brand new, like-no-other creation! I am continually amazed with our Lord’s creativity and I can’t wait to see how He uses this new boy! Congratulations Mom and Dad and Ella!

  3. Aunt Liz May 2, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    He is precious!!! Em…you look wonderful…are you sure that you just gave birth?!? Can’t wait to meet him in person. “Litty Seff” is blessed to have such wonderful parents!

  4. Sheila and Mike May 2, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    Unto each newborn child God chooses special parents to raise him and guide him through lifes passages. There is no doubt God has chosen the right parents to nurture baby Seth from newborn to adulthood. And, with the best big sister ever helping, Seth’s future rings ever so bright. Congratulations to the Skaggs family and may God bless you all.

  5. Michelle Carbone (aka MO) May 2, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Congratulations! Seth is adorable and you guys are beaming with such happiness.

  6. Amanda May 2, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    Praise God that in His perfectness he has chosen you guys as Seth’s mommy and daddy. And of course, sweet Ella as his big sister. We are so privledged to be your friends and share in this joy with you. He is the giver of all perfect things and to HIM be the glory! Love ya’ll and can’t wait to meet Seth!

  7. Lamandra May 2, 2008 at 8:13 am #

    He is precious and just as God intended him to be!! Congratulations to the wonderful Skaggs family of 4!!

  8. Becky and Chris KIser May 2, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    We are so excited for y’all and can’t wait to meet sweet Seth!!
    Em, it is RIDICULOUS how great you look at 2:30 in the morning after having delivered a child. Joel, you are one blessed man! :)
    Let us know if you need ANYTHING. Love y’all!

  9. The Martins May 2, 2008 at 8:30 am #

    Congrats Skaggs Family! Look at how precious he is, what a big, beautiful boy! Can’t wait to hold him.
    Prayers for rest for you both and lots of joy to come.
    Love yall!

  10. Kameron May 2, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Blessed be His name. Seth is such a Light of Christ. All of you are.
    I love you guys.

  11. Brian May 2, 2008 at 8:45 am #

    We’re so happy for Seth’s arrival… We’ll be thinking of you and praying for you during this special time as you adjust to the new addition. We love you guys.

  12. Lisa Drake May 2, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    What a perfectly sweet, beautiful and loved gift from God that Seth is! Blessings to the Skaggs!!! I cannot wait to see this little one who has been the subject of so many’s love and prayers! So excited to know God’s glory through him! Love you so much, Joel, Em & Ella! :)

  13. erin Woods May 2, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    Praise the Lord! Seth is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet him and see his little personality in action.

  14. Dana May 2, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    Congratulations on your new blessing… What a sweet boy!

  15. Aunt Em May 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    We cannot wait to meet another sweet Skaggs family member! Em- you look like a million bucks…you too Joel, I know you worked hard as well coaching Em.
    Let us know when we can bring dinner.
    xoxo- Em

  16. Kristen Hager May 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    Seth is beautiful and a beautiful creation of God! I can’t believe how good and refreshed you both look! Good job Emily! Love to you four!

  17. Lantz May 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Seth, you were blessed to immediately experience God’s goodness before you were even born because He gave you such wonderful parents (and big sister) to take care of you. We can’t wait to meet you!

  18. Maryann Hicks May 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm #

    Congratulations on the birth of sweet little Seth. He is precious :)

  19. Rusty and Debbie May 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    What a cutie!! Joel and Em, congrats on having such a sweet and beautiful boy. We can’t wait to meet him and look forward to hearing all about him from Mimi and Poppa. We love you all.

  20. Marleah May 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    What a beautiful son you have been blessed with. Praise Almighty God for His sovereignty! What a special family this sweet baby has been born into. We love you and congratulations!

  21. Bill & Marge May 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    Welcome, Baby Seth! We already love you and can’t wait to meet & snuggle with you. As many have commented, God did know exactly who would be the best parents in the world, best sets of grandparents ever and especially Mommy’s best helper, Ella! We are happy the wait is over and now you can enjoy this wonderful little bundle of joy! Bill & Marge

  22. Sarah May 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    Joel and Em…Seth is absolutely precious! We can’t wait to meet your new little guy! Love you!

  23. The Allens May 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    From one “family-o-four” to another, CONGRATULATIONS! Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior… Praise God!

  24. Shelley Houston May 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    Praising God and praying for you both and your precious daughter and precious newborn son (and praying for the low oxygen level situation). I love seeing your love for God as you live life and look forward to meeting Seth and seeing you all soon!
    Grace & peace in Him,
    Shelley

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