Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Gem of a Day!

Amidst all the chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, tracking cancer numbers....there is a gem in this for all of us. Her name is Ruby Carroll Brabbs and she was born today around 12:15pm, weighing 8 lbs 10oz and 21 inches long.



This is such a special moment for us because with only two months before we decided to start chemotherapy to dominate my Multiple Myeloma, which will inevitably make me sterile, we decided to roll the dice and see if the Guy upstairs had a blessing in store for us hidden behind all these dark and gloomy cancer clouds.

Some people say cancer is a gift. I am not sure exactly how I feel about that quite yet, but I can definitely say it helped forge a gem of a girl today and we will be forever grateful. Ruby is our hope and trust that life goes on after cancer, chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. Every child is a miracle and this one is no different....and extra precious to us in light of the circumstances.

32 comments:

Cheri said...

Congrats to you all! I love the name.

Audra said...
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Audra said...

Congratulations! She is such a blessing! Love the name and the meaning behind it. Enjoy every moment!
Dave and Audra Atkinson

Candice said...

She is beautiful! And she has so much hair!!!! Congrats you two! :)

Julie Shilane said...

Congratulations!!

angie said...

fantastic! I hope you were able to be there with Cassie (i am guessing so). I can't wait to see her around the hood. Best thoughts to you, Cassie, and her big sibs.

Karen said...

Congratulations! I love her name!

Kindred Spirit said...

What a beautiful mother and child! Congratulations on your precious jewel--I think she looks like her father, at least in this picture. :-) May God bless you all and give you a peaceful night's sleep.

Steven L. Ritter said...

You're right...What a Gem...

Congratulations !!!

I pray for you guys everyday, at least when I see your Facebook posts! I'm glad she is finally here and healthy.

Joanna Harrell said...

Is that hair RED?!?!?!?!
The holy spirit is with this one...
(And each of you, of course - but yes, she's a GEM!!!)

Becky said...

Beautiful girls in that pic and a beautiful name. We are joyful for you today!

Lorna said...

Congratulations to the whole Brabbs family. Beautiful name for a beautiful girl. (I'm a bit surprised you didn't call her sapphire, after all that's blue. lol)

Love to you all. xxxxx

feresaknit said...

Well Ruby's face is definately living up to her name! Cassie looks great, not the typical new mun pic I'm used to seeing.

I must have got something in my eyes as they seem to be watering!

Fantasic - no, wait - AWESOME!

feresaknit said...

Hey! I want commission or at least another clutch bag. There I am making breakfast and thinking 'Ruby sounds familiar, Ruby Rose no, it's Ruby Carroll'.

Roobeedoo said...

Congratulations! I can see she has her father's fighting spirit!And I love the name!

Susie Hemingway said...

Heartfelt Congratulations from us here in the UK -"A Perfect Gem"

Janet Smith said...

Congratulations!! She is beautiful.
Love the name. God bless you all.

Rebecca Weber said...

What brave people you are. I am overwhelmed at your positive thinking. I am so happy your baby is healthy and that Mom and Dad and siblings are doing fine. Blessings and gentle hugs to all of you. She is so beautiful!

Jodi said...

Congratulations! What a special little girl. Ocean and Iris must love her. Cassie, it's not fair, I never looked that good after giving birth. You look fantastic. Enjoy every moment with Ruby.

Jodi

Andrea said...

Congratulatinos. Beautiful girl with a beautiful name. :) Praying all continues to go well!

tim's wife said...

Congrats to all!!! Gonna have me smiling all day after seeing/reading this! :o)
Denise(who at first thought you'd go with one of the Hope,Faith, Grace type names but then figured you'd probably come up with something much more unique and special) I love it!

Christie said...

Congrats so many times over it IS an awesome name!

Stephen Greene said...

How lucky for little Ruby to be born to such a powerfully, beautiful family. Phil, your attitude is an inspiration to us, your fellow travelers and Cassie, your fierce commitment to filling each day with life and love is a source of strength for all who visit this space.

Congratulations!

LSMYELOMA said...

Congratulations Guys!!! Much love and joy to both of you. I am so very happy for you!!!!

Sunny said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful name for such a sweet and special baby girl.

Sandy said...

What good news this is - and I am sure the name was chosen with great care as you have the vast "Ocean" (water) with the magnificent "Iris" (earth) and now the most powerful gem "Ruby" which is hailed as cleanser of the blood, a stone of vitality and royalty. Truly you have all the elements for joy today! Congratulations from another of your Blog-amily...

feresaknit said...

'Some people say cancer is a gift' - Let's face it if we could we'd ask for the receipt and exchange it for a toaster!

keri m said...

Congrats to you all! I think I was secretly jealous because the other night I dreamed I gave birth to my third child, a girl named Beverly. Weird. Anyway, what a joy to have little Ruby on the outside. More pics, please!

Preferred Customer/ Janice said...

Congratulations!! I was away so missed the announcement! I know things will be better for all of you. Take care and know your family is loved.

Preferred Customer/ Janice said...

Congratulations!!! She is so lovely and you are all blessed. This is a great sign for your future. You are loved!

Meghan said...

Congratulations! She is so beautiful!

Amanda said...

Congratulations and God Bless!!

"A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase."
Author Unknown