God has graciously blessed us with a son–Paul William Waller. He arrived today, March 16 at 3:42 a.m. He is the cutest little baby, but a big one weighing 9 pounds 11 ounces and 22 inches long. God’s mercy was with us all of the way as the labor was longer and harder than we anticipated. God is so faithful to carry us through. Priscilla and baby are healthy and doing amazing! A verse the Lord used to encourage us during this time was in Psalm 139:13-16:
“thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
Meaning of His Name:
We selected the name Paul months ago based on the incredible hero of faith in the Bible. The meaning of his name is often listed as small, little, or sometimes even humble. I think those are all traits that we should have: being small in our own eyes, having the faith of a little child, and humbling ourselves before the Mighty Hand of God. However, I think the best meaning we read was dynamo in energy and faith. Dynamite comes in small packages, but is incredibly powerful.
His middle name, William, not only matches his father’s middle name but has rich meaning. It comes from the Germanic elements ‘wil’ (will, desire) and ‘helm’ (helmet, protection). Some even add a little and call him a strong-willed warrior. We want this precious gift from God to be all he can be and be a mighty man dynamic for the Lord as he guards those around him.