Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Beauty is hard to capture...







but we did it.

110 comments:

Emily said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

kate said...

I just can't get over how precious sweet Hazel is. I think she may be what we needed to get us out of Missouri and down your way more often. Can't wait to see you guys again...we love you and are so extremely happy for you!

Suzi said...

Ginny & Matt,
For most of Eliot's 99 days, I followed along reading your blog. And while we are total strangers, God, through the Holy Spirit, put your family in my heart. Along with hundreds of others who were also so moved, I cried, struggled with the Lord and rejoiced at the depth of your faith.
I'm crying again with tears of joy over baby Hazel. But still struggling with God as he brings me face to face with the folly of my own heart as I strive to make him a manageable God.
Scripture never promises that A + B = C. It does promise that every day in every situation I will be held by the righteous right hand of God.
Enjoy your precious baby girl.

Laurie said...

Hazel is gorgeous and perfect. You guys look so blessed and I am sure your hearts are overflowing. I am so happy for you in this new season of your lives and look forward to following your journey.

Laurie in Ca.

andee said...

Congrats! I can't imagine how wonderful it feels to have your sweet baby girl in your arms! Enjoy!

Lisa (Myers) Hartsfield said...

I so voted and knew it was a girl!!! CONGRATS!!! Love the name (and the initials) and I love her little mouth (certainly a trait from her brother...that little butterfly look). She is beautiful!!!! Enjoy her...like I am telling you anything :)

Lacey said...

Precious! Congrats on your sweet baby girl!

Lacey - AL

kaw said...

We're rejoicing with you! And SO thankful!!!

Love from the Watkins

Jilly said...

You sure did capture it -- I am rejoicing with you!

Amber said...

Congratulations! Ya'll have been in my prayers! I am beyond excited for all 3 of you! It will not take Hazel long to figure out what great parents she has!!

Amber (Grant) Bohannan

Sarastamps said...

I am SOOOO Happy for you Matt and Ginny! What a sweet little girl!
I was thinking about you all day yesterday! Congrats!! (I voted GIRL too!! LOL)
~Sara

Julie said...

I am so very happy for you. Hazel is just beautiful. crying tears of joy and sending prayers.

Anonymous said...

She really is beautiful...she is a lucky girl to have such an awesome mommy, daddy, and big bro.

Diane said...

She is absolutely beautiful! Mom and Dad look so happy! Congrats to the both of you ... I know you're treasury all of this!

Oliver said...

yay for you guys...SO happy for you :)

Shane and Ashley Bray said...

Matt & Ginny,
Congratulations on such a beautiful baby girl!! I know big brother is smiling down on all of you! Can't wait to meet her.
Loves,

Kari Beth said...

I e-mailed you a few months back when you announced your pregnancy...I don't know if you remember me! So glad that you have a new blog! Hazel is absolutely beautiful...a huge congratulations!

Rachel said...

Congrats! She is beautiful! I am so glad to know that Eliot's baby sister is here. Thanks for sharing your story!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the beautiful new addition to the Mooney family. She is already so loved and she has only been here one day. Hopefully, I will get to meet her sometime. You guys are and will continue to be in my prayers.
-Patricia

Sus said...

wow. what a sweet baby girl. SO excited for you guys. love, susan

kent said...

YES

Cha said...

Congratulations! What a sweet baby girl.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Beautiful!

Love,
Tom and Renee Wing (and the boys)

Scott said...

Hey you guys!!!! Congrad-u-LATIONS!!! I wish I could be there... and I know the feeling is mutual ;) I am definitely so happy for all of you, now I will work on getting one of my own... wait, I don't think that I will. Love you all!

scotty

The Walkie Talkie said...

Celebrating in Colorado! The pictures warm my heart!!!!!!!

After we got the news yesterday Ben wanted to call all his "old" friends and tell them about baby Hazel and then he wanted to tell all his "new" friends about baby Hazel. He walked into our playgroup (which we have only been to one other time, it would be a stretch to say they are our friends) and announced her arrival.

Much, much, love and excitement! JB (and fam)

P.S. LOVED reading your previous posts. Please, keep those thoughts coming. I am privileged to have you share them. Feels like we are at Starbucks.

Rachel said...

Congratulations Matt and Ginny! Hazel is beautiful and I have tears in my eyes seeing her picture!

Michelle said...

Congrats. I am so happy for the both of you.

Jeanine said...

I am breathless. She is absolutely beautiful! I echo your sentiment...Praise be to God!

Laura said...

and perfectly!

Amanda said...

There are absolutely no words to properly articulate how amazing it is to see sweet baby Hazel and to see your sweet family in those photos. I just keep wishing someone would invent a teleporter so I could be there to see it all in person!! Love you three desperately from the bottom of my heart! REJOICING with you even from far away in Chicago land! I mean how obsessed with her little baby wrinkles!! amazing! Love and blessings, Amanda

Sun said...

WOW - oh wow - she is beautiful and congratulations - I am SO SO very happy for you all! Sunshine

Steve S. said...

Yay! Good job you two...I am excited to meet precious Hazel.

Jena Griffin Baker said...

Matt and Ginny--Congrats on baby girl Hazel. She is beautiful! I am so happy for all of you. Enjoy her!

chris, mitch, travis, baby cana said...

He does renew and restore, doesn't HE? I rejoice in new life, in renewed joy. I just...unite with you as you celebrate and remember.

Marc and Charity said...

Hi y'all, we don't know each other but I read 99 balloons daily. I was so excited to hear that you were expecting again...what a pleasant surprise to see the new link on Eliot's blog today and to find a sweet picture of Hazel. Blessing to you!

Kenzie said...

Matt & Ginny-

CONGRATULATIONS on your precious little girl. I am so excited for you and will be praying for your sweet family and all the adjustments. I LOVE the pictures... Miss Hazel is beautiful!

Congratulations! So much love,
Kenzie

Katy said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!

Marc and Michelle said...

Congrats! She is truly perfection! The name is also beautiful. I get chills thinking about what a blessing she is! We are so happy for yall!

Anonymous said...

so many tears in my eyes...so many goosebumps on my arms..can't wait to get back and hug that girl. love yall.
-marth newms

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

wow how amazing is she iam so happy for you , to see you with hazel is a gift from eliot and up above they wanted you to be blessed. congrats i am so thrilled for you all,

Anonymous said...

Many blessings to your precious family! Hazel is adorable!

Renee said...

She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I am crying (eith happiness for you) as I type! Congratulations again!
In HIM,
Renee

Misty Rice-Baniewicz said...

I have been a follower for about 6 months now. I was shown this video while I was pregnant with my baby girl who is now 6 months yesterday. So our little ones are exactly from 14th-14th 6 months apart. Play-date in the future? LOL

I didn't realize you had a blog, I only knew of the website in which I have a link to from my blog. I would often watch the video from time to time, just thinking and remembering and being and feeling blessed.

When an email came to me today about the arrival of ELIOTS sisters..... I couldn't get to your blog(s) fast enough. I am so wonderfully thrilled, honored to be apart of this if from the sideline as an observer. Did I spell that correctly? Anyways...

WOW.... Beauty is hard to capture, but I think who ever shot that picture of her did a fantastic job of capturing BEAUTY in all its forms.

Isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful? Isn't she precious?

Congratulations to mom, dad and big brother!!!! What a beautiful family of FOUR (4) you all make. Eliot will be a big brother I am sure, and he will along with God keep a close eye on her and look out for her.

All the love and support this little girl has....she has no idea the impact that Eliot is going to have on HER life. What a lucky little princess!!!!

Thank you for sharing.... thank you for being honest and real.

Gods plans are ALWAYS-ALWAYS-ALWAYS.... better than we planned.

The pain and the hurt of the loss of Eliot VERY REAL and always will be..... but yesterday I bet it is safe to assume that hurt was softened just a little bit more the moment you laid eyes on that beautiful healthy girl. Right?

GOD IS GOOD!

I look forward to being a new follower of Hazels life now too.... she has HER name and its HAZEL (not just Eliots little sister). She is one of her own.

I look forward to watching the blessing continued to unfold as the days, months and years go by.

God Bless.

Astraea said...

She is gorgeous! What a blessing. I'm so happy for you guys! God bless.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ginny & Matt! We are beyond happy for you. Hazel is beautiful. How blessed you all are!
Love~
Kathleen, Jason & Kiley Condrey

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! She is beautiful!

Heather said...

Congratulations on your beautiful little girl.

Kim said...

So happy for you guys! She is beautiful!

Rebekah said...

She is beautiful! I am so happy for you!

angelabarton said...

You may not remember my crazy entry on Eliot's blog, but I was just checking in on my necklace order and had the notion to check out the blog, b/c I had remember you posted something about being pregnant and I did the math and realized it must be soon. And I was right! CONGRATULATIONS!!! She's beautiful. LOVE the pictures! Can't wait to keep reading and seeing pictures of your blog!!
Angela Barton
angelabarton@mac.com
www.webartons.com

Kim said...

Welcome, little one! Thanks for sharing of her arrival!

Robyn said...

Wow, she is beautiful! Congratulations!

Matt & Amelia said...

Congratulations Mooneys! She is awesome!

Baxters

wendy said...

The Lord is good and makes all things beautiful!

Monkey Momma said...

Matt and Ginny,

This news has just made my week. I keep coming back...not believing. What an amazing blessing. Amazing. So very happy for you!

Andi

Melanie said...

Congratulations you two.
she is beautiful!!
we would love to meet her some time.
the Connells

Michelle Jamie said...

I have just caught up on the blog. I did follow Elliots blog in the later parts.

This bitter sweet joy reminds me of the Cross. God must have felt such joy at being fully re-united with His children but extreme heart ache at the loss of His Son.

May God continue to bless you with the uniqueness of this sibling relationship as she grows.

UKNat said...

Congratulations! Blessing to all of you! Natalie

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new baby. I am from Mobile and I kept an eye on Elliot's blog when you all met Claire Cox and family. She looks a lot like Elliot and I bet he is just ecstatic to be a big brother. I bet he is there with Claire marveling over the joy of his little sister.

Congrats from Mobile!

P.S. I bet your excited Arkansas beat Auburn. Elliot probably loved to watch his hogs beat Auburn.

seth said...

umm... it's been like 3 days... it's time for a new post Mooneys. what, do you think you're busy or something?

...I mean... I hope you're getting some sleep and enjoying that cutie!

jenn said...

Congratulations, Mooney family!!! I've never met you in person, but I'm crying tears of happiness right now as well. You're so beautiful and inspiring. God bless.

MiniMe Mom said...

I have read and re-read Eliot's story so many times I feel like I know you. There are so many lessons that taught me things in a different way about how to walk with God on a deeper level. I have always struggled with the control aspect of things. My "what ifs" are always enticing me to worry. Some days it is hard to trust God fully.

So, on today when you have something so pure and right, it is easy to see why I loved your other blog in the first place. Two people loving and trusting God without reserve regardless of the pain and loss endured. I am so happy for you. She is an absolute beauty and I love the pictures of her.

Stacey said...

Congratulations, Matt and Ginny!! God is good. Keep blogging, I will be excited to see her as she grows! Love, Stacey Rumfelt

gracie said...

Congratulations to Matt & Ginny from Australia! Welcome to the world, Hazel.... you share a name with my beautiful Nanna and I'm sure that God is going to display a new and unique beauty through your life just as He did in the life of your big brother!

Jen in Al said...

Crying tears of joy! She is beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! praying always, jen inal

The McGuire's said...

I have read your blog about Eliot, and then just saw this blog and the wonderful news about your daughter. Congratulations and God bless your family.

Food Chaining said...

Matt and Ginny
What a blessing! She is beautiful. Many prayers were sent your way from Springfield, Illinois. We have followed all your blogs about dear Eliot and now we are rejoicing with you as you welcome Hazel. Our staff at work kept you in our thoughts and we were all praying for you. God Bless.
Cheri

Tracie said...

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! I found your blog via MommyLife's post of Eliot's 99 days video.

Thank you for sharing your journey!

God Bless

Tressa & Mark said...

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!!

I found your blog through www.mommylife.net

Thank you, for sharing your thoughts.

Jennifer said...

Welcome to the world, Baby Hazel!

Mike and Jess said...

Oh my gosh, she is so cute. Love the middle picture of Matt kissin' on her!! Congrats to you both!

cindylouhawk said...

We are so excited for you all. The Lord has truly blessed you with a special family and we are rejoicing with you today. God bless you! We can't wait to see baby Hazel. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and being so transparent with so many. Please know that you have touched and inspired the Hawkins family. We love you. Pat and Cindy

Debbie said...

God Bless your family. Hazel is beautiful, as was your precious son.

runningatlarge said...

She is so beautiful. Congratulations!

Shannon and Carey said...

Congratulations to you both! I too followed Eliot's blog. I am just in awe.
-Shannon in Austin

Rebecca said...

She's beautiful! Congrats!

Hannah Elisabeth said...

hooray for sweet baby Hazel!! such a sweet girl and I am loving the name!!

I've followed your story for a little over a year now and have read every post on Eliot's site.

Your family is in my prayers!!

txdesigngirl said...

Thank you for sharing the story of your wonderful family, especially that of Eliot. Our lives seem to parallel in that my husband and I quite recently held our precious Sofia Victoriana while she passed to be with Our Father. As a parent of a child with Trisomy 18, we saw the beauty of God's grace in our daughter in every hour we spent with her in the 26 days she was with us. While the emotion of loss is still very raw for us, we are so very grateful for the generosity of love and spirit that our family and friends have shown to our little family.
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter, she's so blessed to have such loving parents and the legacy of grace through her older brother, Eliot.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Matt and Ginny! We are all rejoicing with you upon the birth of your little one, knowing that the place that was Eliot's will remain and at the same time welcoming this little person who will create a place of her own. Thanks so much for the pictures and for the update. Looking forward to the new blog.

Sara T.

The Walkie Talkie said...

LOVE the new header!

Tabatha said...

So amazing!

Allyson@House of Stephens said...

She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations! I love the posts.

Blessings,
Allyson

Jessica said...

Congratulations! That is the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen!

My daughter, Courtney Erin, was born on the 6 June 2008 with Microtia and Aural Atresia of the right ear, and from what I have learnt since then, is to love and thank God for all that he offers!

She is PERFECT in every way. Enjoy your new blessing, now and always!

Jessica

Randi said...

I am crying tears of joy for your family which I have I followed for a year and a half. I have never met you but I love you so much!
Praise God!
Congrats!
Randi Booth

Linda in Texas said...

Congratulations! I cannot remember how I discovered your first blog about Eliot, but I am so thankful that I did. Your lives have touched mine and I am forever thankful. Blessings with this newest little one.

Teresa said...

Congratulations Matt & Ginny. Thank you for sharing Eliot with us, and now beautiful Hazel. You both are awesome witnesses for God. You are an inspiration to all of us as you remained faithful during your very difficult journey. God bless your new journey with your 1st daughter, thank you for sharing your family with all of us.

Heather from MN said...

Congratulations on your new addition. :)

Kirsten said...

Praise God!!! Congratulations. I love the stories of hope and joy.
The pain and loss is a chapter of our journey, God has such amazing things in store for all of us. We give glory to Him, He is so good!

Blessings,
Kirsten

Chelle' said...

She's amazing. Congratulations. I'm so happy for you!

Meg said...

Hi, I am a complete stranger, but I wanted to tell you congratulations on your newest miracle! I saw the story of your family on Oprah today, and you have touched me in so many ways. I am a NICU nurse, who has taken care of babies with Trisomy 18, I feel from watching your story that I can now be more supportive to those families. I thank you for that. God bless your family!

Erin said...

Congratulations to your entire family! Simply gorgeous!

Pammysue said...

Matt and Ginny,
Hazel is a beautiful baby girl and very lucky to have the both of you as her parents and a wonderful big brother (guardian angel) watching over her.

What a wonderful family you have created.

Jenn said...

Congratulations, those pictures are so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

congratulations !!!!
and much love from my family to yours.
kisses.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your beautiful baby...just last night i was telling my husband about your story, we are still struggling with the thought of having a child you 2 are awesome and pleasure to read your story GOD BLESS

carlikup said...

Congratulations, you deserve the best!
Thank you for sharing such a precious part of your life on Oprah ~ it had a great impact on so many.

Carla Kuptchik

Carli said...

Hello to a beautiful family and to a sister and brother in Christ! I am a Labor & Delivery RN and have been attending a perinatal bereavement training Course for the past 2 days, where one of our speakers told me to check out your "99 balloons" video. What a blessing you are to so many. What an incredible journey of healing and hope, and what a precious son and daughter! I know you must be overjoyed at the same time as you enter a new stage of grieving. Praise God for His faithfulness as He carries you through your journey. May He bless His ministry through you! Congrats on Hazel.

Becky B said...

Congratulations on your beautiful girl with a strong name! I fell upon your blog from a friend, and just wanted to tell you your strength and faith humbles me. Thank you so much for sharing your life.

Hannah Beahler said...

Congratulations! What a precious little gift from Jesus! I have been so blessed by you and your family!

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Berlanga said...

Ginny and Matt,
Many blessings to you! Hazel is beautiful! We are so happy for you and your family! --Berlanga's

Monica said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!!!!

Trina said...

Our prayers are with you and your beautiful addition!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! Hazel is beautiful! We are SO happy for ya'll. Enjoy your precious little girl!

Love,
Jennifer Fantl (Williams)

Anonymous said...

you both are such an inspiration to me. i myself am a mother of two and couldn't imagine life without them or how life was before them it seems like this is all i have known to be a mother. your son is so beautiful an i say that in a present tense for he is still among you guys and your great family. As for your new little girl she is to, she will always carry a little piece of elliot in her. she has two wonderful parents i praise you guys for your efforts in making a difference and reaching out for those other families who are in need as well. i'll keep keep you guys and all the other families in my prayers i also want you to know that you both give me hope for i do not have a child with as severe disorder as you all but my son has asthma and he struggles everyday with it being only 2. it worries me alone with just that but you guys have overcome worse than i and still have hope and faith to move forward. i admire that in people. keep it up you both are doing a tremendous job. kendal landrum somerset, ky

Biz, Jeff, And Baby! said...

What a beautiful baby girl. She couldn't have better parents; I know she will be loved with a passion and cherished.

myndee said...

I am so happy for you and praise the Lord for beautiful baby Hazel! Your family and Eliot's story have touched my heart. Please know that we all share your happiness! God bless you!

The Fabulous Ms. Beth said...

She's beautiful! Congrats!

Kari said...

Your faith amazes me! In searching for something else on myspace I happened upon Eliots video. As a first time Mom of an 8 month old girl I couldn't imagine the pain of losing her. So needles to say I cried my eyes out! The thing that really got to me was that you to had such strong faith from the begining and you took Eliot's disablity as a blessing. From the very begining it seems as though Eliot has inspired you to grow even closer to God. This is such a love story not only for you two and Eliot but also between you guys and God. I know your story has definately inspired me and I hope it has helped others grow closer God. Congratualtions on Hazel by the way she is beautiful!

Kakak Tiri said...

Congratulations!!

Elliot has a sister. Yay!!

Dear Matt and Ginny,

I just saw the clip on Oprah and I am so moved and touched.

He's amazing. He IS amazing. You guys are great. And I am so happy for the newborn lil angel.

Best of regards,
Lailadewi,
A Malaysian writing all the way from the UAE.

http://blogtuhapa.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I watched you're video about Eliot and I was so touched by it.

I applaud you guys for having taken such good care of your little boy.

I CONGRATULATE you on your baby girl.

I am truly happy for the two of you. May God Bless you even more.