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Introducing… Alana Smith

It’s 5:18 in the morning, so this blog is going to be brief. The full story will be told in a couple of days!

But here is her picture! I know I’m biased but my goodness, that’s a cute baby!


Baby Alana was born on November 19th at 2:43am. She was 6 lbs 9 oz and 19.5 inches long!

She LOVES to stick her tongue out. And super chill. She’s amazing.



Our amazing — I want to emphasize the word “amazing” — friend Amber Holritz documented the whole experience. She put one beautiful photo of Alana on their blog before she even left the hospital! She’ll be posting more later so keep checking back on their blog for that. In fact, just subscribe to their blog since it’s so incredible!

Since Amber took photos of us, my job before she left was to take a few of her with the baby. You can tell how excited she is for us and how much she already loves Alana. So cool.




Here’s Amber with Alana and the new mom — my babe — Heather:


Thank you for the wonderful family that came to support us. You guys are wonderful! I’m now going to jump into bed before the day starts again and more friends come! Again, more details are to follow soon!

To God be the glory — great things He has done!

  • amber - November 19, 2007 - 6:37 am

    She’s SOOOOOO pretty! And thank you so much for the fun pictures of me and her ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love you guys so much….

    now… bed.


  • Steph - November 19, 2007 - 8:08 am

    I LOVE HER! She is SOOOOOOOOO beautiful. I am coming today to hold her!!!

  • Jamie Weiss - November 19, 2007 - 8:08 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She is adorable. (Of. course!) You guys are so blessed to have a great friend like Amber to document everything!


  • kathy groves - November 19, 2007 - 9:08 am

    Congratulations!! The pics both yours and Ambers are wonderful!!! Can’t wait to see more! Most of all delighted that Alana is here and you guys are good!! Great to see a pic of the new mommy!!! Prayed so often for you two last night!!! Hope you have a wonderful Novemeber 19, 2007, the BIRTHday of your daughter!!! God bless your family!!!

  • Sara Hayes - November 19, 2007 - 9:37 am


  • lisa hickman - November 19, 2007 - 9:37 am

    Oh my, what a beautiful girl. I have been praying for you. Isn’t it love at 1st sight?!! God bless your family. Alana, you have been blessed with two really great parents. love you and get some rest ;P

  • jennifer froehlich - November 19, 2007 - 9:37 am

    CONGRATS guys! I’m so thrilled Alana is finally here!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ She is beautiful and we can’t wait to meet her!!!!

  • Maureen - November 19, 2007 - 9:41 am

    [OF COURSE] I agree with everyone!! She is BEAUTIFUL and already full of Smith personality! Love, prayers and a big congratulations from the Beech House!

  • Kellie - November 19, 2007 - 9:52 am

    Congratulations dear friends! I can’t wait to see the three of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lynn Chill - November 19, 2007 - 10:33 am

    Wow Congratulations! Absolutely beautiful! I have been praying for all three of you! What a blessing such a beautiful little bundle of joy. The pictures are so cute and Alana is so blessed to have such wonderful “Parents” Wowรขโ‚ฌยฆ.. Richard and Heather “Parents” How cool it that? God bless your new little family! I can’t wait to see and hold little miss Alana.

    Love you guys,


  • Alison - November 19, 2007 - 10:51 am

    YAH!! Congratulations! She is SO beautiful!
    We have been and are praying for you!!! Lots of love!

  • Michelle - November 19, 2007 - 11:49 am

    CONGRATS to you both:):) Your new adventure has just begun. God has truely given you a gift and I know you will cherish it well. She is beautiful. Hugs and Kisses to you both! Love, Michelle

  • Malcolm & Hortense - November 19, 2007 - 11:59 am

    She is a beautiful grand niece! She is indeed “fearfully and wonderfully” made. She is a gift from God and He has a special plan for her established before she was born.

    Love you both and congratulations!

    Uncle Malcolm and Aunt Hortense

  • Sara Remi and Liel Arnaud - November 19, 2007 - 12:19 pm

    We are so excited for you guys!!!! Congratulations!!! She is soooo beautiful!!! We can’t wait to hear the whole story, but you are right, Rich, our God gives amazing, wonderful gifts!!! Great things He has done.

    We love you guys- all 3 of you!


  • carol lewis - November 19, 2007 - 12:25 pm

    What an adorable little girl, Heather and Rich. We are so proud of you and I am now a great aunt, thanks to you all. She looks like she is going to be so much fun. Hand with care, and I know your Moms are going to be having fun too! God bless you all.
    GreatAunt Carol
    Great Uncle C.J.

  • Cami - November 19, 2007 - 12:38 pm

    oh my goodness!!! she is absolutely precious. what a little doll baby…i think she’s smiling already! what a wonderful little family you have. love to all three of you–and we will continue praying now that she’s out!!! heather joy, get some rest, and enjoy the fam!

  • ashley orme - November 19, 2007 - 12:50 pm

    So excited for you guys! Alana truly is beautiful and the pics are just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Chrystal - November 19, 2007 - 12:58 pm

    She’s BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations

  • Pix - November 19, 2007 - 1:38 pm

    I have never seen a more perfect, sweet, beautiful baby. I love all three of you.

  • Ellis & Rosalie Fowler - November 19, 2007 - 4:42 pm

    Congratulations to Heather & Richard for such a beautiful daughter. What a blessing!! We can already see the FOWLER resemblance!!!
    Ellis & Rosalie Fowler

  • Mel - November 19, 2007 - 6:31 pm

    Way to go you guys! God’s good and sure does know how to make beautiful babies, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for more pics and news…Heather, you look beautiful in the pic of you and Amber! Did you both cry when Alana first did? It’s the best sound…her first! ๐Ÿ™‚ love you guys…and congratulations!!!

  • Bill & Emily O'Neal - November 19, 2007 - 7:08 pm

    Congratulations kids, She looks great and we know you are very proud. There is not many things more rewarding than the birth of a new baby to your family. Best wishes from your VERY distant cousins, Bill & Emily O’Neal, Rome, GA

  • Katie Torres - November 19, 2007 - 8:16 pm

    HOW exciting. This is amazing. We are so happy for you guys. Richest Blessings from Atlanta.

  • Meggie Velasco - November 19, 2007 - 9:07 pm

    HOORAY!!! Congrats guys!

  • Debra Fordham - November 19, 2007 - 10:41 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful baby and what a beautiful mother! You did good! I’m a friend of your mother’s but also friends of a some of your Louisiana relatives. Going to pass these pictures on to them. Best wishes to you all!

  • Melody Hood - November 20, 2007 - 1:14 am

    I am so so so happy for you both. I can’t imagine a more perfect family. She’s absolutely gorgeous, guys! Of course, considering who her parents are, how could she not be? I love you guys! I can’t wait to meet baby Alana!

  • Pam Warfield - November 20, 2007 - 1:22 am

    Wow, congratulations, Rich and Heather. Very happy for you both, especially for Heather who is happy to have Alana ‘outta there! I know your first experiences at holding your child was awesome.

  • Jared - November 20, 2007 - 3:00 am

    Big Congrats.
    You have a cute baby there and I am not biased.

  • Brooke - November 20, 2007 - 2:42 pm

    Congrats you guys! She is absolutely beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ God is so great! I love watching Him write THE story of one another’s life!

  • Andrew Schaefer - November 20, 2007 - 2:45 pm

    Congratulations Rich and Heather!

  • Mike Warren - November 20, 2007 - 5:41 pm

    Yea! So very cute! Congratulations you two, we are so proud and happy for you!!!!!

  • Cristie - November 20, 2007 - 7:04 pm

    Oh Heather and Rich…..I am soooooooooo happy for you. I was just thinking about you yesterday…she is beautiful. Can’t wait to see you guys again and to meet Alana! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving….I know you have a lot to be thankful for.

  • Rebekah Dine - November 21, 2007 - 11:48 pm

    what a beautiful gift you all have been given! we’re sorry we missed you at the hospital. we’ve been out of town and i just heard today that alana had been born. i can’t wait to see her in person. she is precious! and praise the Lord healthy.

    soak up all the snuggles you can with her!
    we love you guys!

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