Oct 15, 2014

We are all a little obsessed with Henry 💙

We are all a little obsessed with Henry 💙

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Oct 14, 2014

Got home yesterday…and they love him.

Got home yesterday…and they love him.

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Oct 12, 2014

Rejoicing in the Lord for this gift from Him! Henry, you truly are fearfully and wonderfully made! More details at zackmansfield.com

Rejoicing in the Lord for this gift from Him! Henry, you truly are fearfully and wonderfully made! More details at zackmansfield.com

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Oct 11, 2014

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Introducing: Henry Blake Mansfield

It is with joy unceasing and a most profound sense of gratefulness to the Lord that we are able to introduce to you the newest member of the Mansfield family, our son: Henry Blake Mansfield

Henry joined the family today, October 11, 2014 at 3:21pm.  He followed in the footsteps of his older siblings as part of the Big Baby club and can already claim bragging rights on at least one accord: at 9 pounds, 8 ounces Henry is officially the biggest at birth!  He had a healthy and hearty cry right from the beginning that we absolutely loved hearing.   

As is our tradition, we decided not to find out the sex of the baby throughout the pregnancy.  For us, there is simply nothing like the moment when the baby enters the world and we can unwrap the best gift of all.  This was our third time doing this, and it was just as magical an experience this time around.  

What this means, of course, is that we need to come armed to the delivery room with two possible names.  We can stand here today and tell you that for the longest time during this pregnancy we were stumped as to what our names would be.  Yet in the end, we found fits for both boy and girl that we were excited about; having now placed that name upon our son (son!) the fit feels even more perfect than we had hoped. 

Let’s start with the middle name: Blake.  This was actually going to be the middle name for either a boy or girl and is the middle name of Tracy’s sister, Jennifer.  The bond that Tracy and Jennifer share is one which any parent would dream of for their children.  Jennifer is authentic, passionate, and faithful at all times, traits that we hope Henry will grow into.  She has a depth of love for our children that is profound - Jennifer loves being an Aunt.  So we hope that Henry sharing a middle name with her with honor who she is and serve as a connection for the two of them forever. 

When it came to a first name, we went back and forth with all different kinds of options.  At one point of frustration we even toyed around with letting the kids name the baby!  But then a month or so ago we found ourselves coming back to more classic names and looked at each other one night and said, “What about Henry.”  And in that moment we knew we had our boy name. 

Henry is not just a name that has stood the test of time.  It also is the name of Tracy’s maternal grandfather, “Pop”, whose given name was Henri Romauld Caquelard.  I (Zack) never had the fortune to meet Pop in person.  He became sick when we were in high school and went to be with the Lord just before Tracy’s sophomore year.  Yet, Pop’s legacy arches over our family in so many ways, and we are proud to extend this in a more formal way through the name of our son. 

By all accounts, Pop was a giant of a man, in both literal and figurative senses.  I’ve heard enough stories by now to tell you about him:  he had massive hands, which carefully crafted woodworking projects in the basement.  He was a man’s man who loved to make things, to work diligently and successfully at his profession, but never at the expense of his family. He and Tracy’s Granny were grade school sweethearts whose love never failed.  Pop was the unequivocal leader of his family, teaching through word and deed what it meant to love God and each other.  He was defined by his character, and remembered for his kindness for all people.  Though we are saddened he’s not here on Earth to share in this day, Henri Romauld Caquelard lived a full life, a life worthy of emulation.  We will tell our Henry often about his namesake.  

We’re not yet sure when we will get to go home and start life together as a family of five - Henry spiked a fever so he’s spending his time in the hospital in the special care nursery (and our kids weren’t able to meet him face to face).  Nonetheless, Miller and Charlotte are huge fans of their baby brother and can’t wait to show him the ropes at home.  It’s a miracle to witness the birth of a new life and today is a day we will never forget.  Thank you for all your support and we can’t wait for you to meet Henry soon! 

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Oct 10, 2014

40 weeks, 6 days (aka where is this baby?!) trying to walk/jog this little one out.

40 weeks, 6 days (aka where is this baby?!) trying to walk/jog this little one out.

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Oct 5, 2014

Wasn’t it just yesterday I was babysitting RyRy?! I’m so glad baby Mansfield decided to stay put so we could celebrate the beautiful couple! The Greene family holds a special place in my heart and I’m thankful the Lord moved us to Greensboro to live right next door to this family 24 years ago. #forevergreene

Wasn’t it just yesterday I was babysitting RyRy?! I’m so glad baby Mansfield decided to stay put so we could celebrate the beautiful couple! The Greene family holds a special place in my heart and I’m thankful the Lord moved us to Greensboro to live right next door to this family 24 years ago. #forevergreene

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Oct 3, 2014

The due date is tomorrow and we are all getting pumped for the arrival of our newest family member. An impromptu interview of the kids where I asked: 1) boy or girl 2) what are you excited about doing with the baby 3) what should we name him or her 4) when is this baby coming?

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Sep 30, 2014

She cray cray

She cray cray

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Sep 29, 2014

Pretend coffee with my girl. @andreacarothers you would be so proud! @anniemaebrown and @gracefulton don’t worry, we will still be at Bean Traders in a few. #2adays

Pretend coffee with my girl. @andreacarothers you would be so proud! @anniemaebrown and @gracefulton don’t worry, we will still be at Bean Traders in a few. #2adays

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Sep 25, 2014

Y’all, I wish you could hear these hilarious conversations going on. These boys are hydrating between football, baseball, and tree climbing…and there are talks for soccer next. @emmledford @jordanusmith sorry, they are disgusting😁 #allboy

Y’all, I wish you could hear these hilarious conversations going on. These boys are hydrating between football, baseball, and tree climbing…and there are talks for soccer next. @emmledford @jordanusmith sorry, they are disgusting😁 #allboy

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