December 1, 2020

The Third Time, It’s a Charmer

By Chaplain Mike

UPDATE: We have a name. Ladies and gents, meet Veda Rae!

New baby girl in the Mercer family arrived today. 5 lbs, 5 oz, all doing well.

Grandpa recuperating.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

• Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)


  1. David Cornwell says

    Congratulations Chaplain Mike. The Psalm says it all. Our grandchildren have been such a blessing in our lives.

  2. Congratulations!

  3. She’s a littlie cutie! Congratulations!

  4. Adorable!!! Awwwwwwwwwwwwww how cuuuuuuuuuuute!! 🙂 I see pictures like this and it makes me want to have kids. 😀 Congrats Chaplin Mike!!

  5. Congratulations!

  6. Congratulations, Grandpa!

  7. Wonderful! Congrats.

  8. Well, somebody please tell me! Does she have a name? 🙂 Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    • No name yet. We’re waiting too.

      • Congratulations! I was given the privilege of naming my brother and sister-in-law’s twins. A boy and a girl.

        The girl I name Denise. (Must have been inspired by our own Denise Spencer 😉 )
        And the boy?

        Why of course I called him Denephew!

  9. cermak_rd says

    mazel tov! How’s the parents doing?

  10. She’s like, “Hey, it’s pretty bright out here! Who turned the lights on?”


    Congratulations to the whole family!

  11. Many congratulations to all concerned and welcome to the new one!

    Regarding names, there’s not a great selection of female saints celebrated on 16th July – St. Lutgardis (or Luthgard) – no, somehow I don’t think so 🙂

    Ss. Quiriacus and Julitta – Julitta is the mother of Quiriacus, but the story isn’t that inspiring for a family with a newborn.

    However, another saint who is celebrated today is St. Aurelian and the feminine of that, Aurelia, is a lovely name. So that’s my suggestion, for what it’s worth!

    • Wow, is it July already? ( ;

      • Ack! No, it’s only June. Since it’s raining here, I must have hoped subconsciously that it would be July (and maybe we’d get the summer after all) 🙂

  12. Congratulations on the newest joy in your life. 🙂

  13. She is precious! I got to join the grandparents club 4 months ago, they are gifts from above. Congratulations!

  14. Very happy for you, Mike

  15. A little miracle.


  16. Beautiful. Life.

  17. Congratulations to you and the whole family, Mike. She’s beautiful.

  18. How wonderful – congratulations!

    “The happiest days are when babies come.” Melanie – Gone With the Wind

  19. Adrienne says

    Oh Chaplain Mike she is adorable. Welcome to this crazy world sweetie. Congratulations to Grandpa and family.

  20. My hairdresser told me once that it took her folks six weeks to name her. She asked her dad one day, “Well, during all that time what did you call me?” His answer was simple: “The baby!” I hope it doesn’t take Rob and Hannah quite that long… 🙂

  21. Welcome, Veda Rae, to the world! Congratulations to the parents and grandparents. Enjoy your time with her, Chaplain Mike.