We are humbled, excited, proud, and any other positive adjective you choose to introduce our second child, Isaac Victor Pearce. He was born on March 8, at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 inches long. Some more pictures can be viewed here.
“Isaac” means laughter, which characterizes our lives for the last several months. From finding out we were expecting him just six months after Mikayla’s birth after many struggles, to the Lord’s gracious provision to our family and perfect, providential timing, laughter has been a staple in our household. Victor is my middle name, and was my maternal grandfather’s name. He was a humble, hard working family man, and I’m honored to pass his name on to Isaac.
As with Mikayla, and inspired from my older brother’s family and his two kids, we’ve chosen a “theme Psalm” for Isaac. We chose Psalm 113 for Mikayla, as her name means “who is like God?” We chose Psalm 103 for Isaac, which is a wonderful psalm of God’s goodness, mercy, and faithfulness to His children:
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!