Nov 23, 2011


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The day has come! And what a blessed day it was! Grace Austin Isaacson was born yesterday at 10:24 am EST, weighing 8lbs 9oz and 21 inches long. Lara, Ari and this beautiful new
bundle of joy are doing wonderfully and are so grateful for this amazing blessing! And now… in honor of Grace’s birthday, a very special surprise from Nancy Ray (who is currently in the hospital capturing these precious first days with the new parents!) and Inkspot Crow Films that was just completed moments ago…

Lara Casey : Birth Announcement from Inkspot Crow Films on Vimeo.

Yesterday at 5am, I received a text message from Lara: “I think I’m in labor.” I thought my heart would burst and my eyes filled up with tears knowing what goodness was about to come into the world and join Lara’s little family. We love you so much, Grace, and are so happy you are here. Your mama couldn’t wait to meet you. She’s prayed for you for many, many months. Photographs of baby Grace taken while she was just a few moments old…

We love you so much Grace, Lara and Ari!

Lara is on maternity leave until March 2012 to spend time with her new family. If you need anything till then, feel free to email Marissa! What an exciting time! God is so good! Leave the new parents and this precious babe some love here, as Lara will not be checking her email during her maternity leave and will likely be away from her phone for a long while.

Welcome to the world, baby Grace! You are such a loved little girl. We pray your heart is filled with joy and your days are filled with love, sweet Grace.

With all my heart, Aunt Emily (and your future husband)


  1. Anda on November 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    So full of love and joy for you all! Enjoy this time. xoxo, Anda

  2. geomyra on November 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations Lara & Ari! Enjoy every second with baby Grace and remember to take time out for each other and yourselves! Have the best Thanksgiving ever! Lots of love, Geomyra

  3. Diana Lupu on November 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Welcome to the world, beautiful baby Grace! I’ve followed your journey for many months through your beautiful mother’s blog and I have to say, when I read you were here, I welled up with tears of happiness. You’re absolutely perfect and we wish you all the health, joy, and beauty in the world. May the good Lord bless you and grow you in His image! Congrats to the new ecstatic parents and all the lovely SW aunties! 😉

  4. Amy Paulson on November 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I’m pretty sure my heart just danced a jig. And soared. And danced some more. Oh sweet Grace, I’m so thrilled you’re here. Soak up every sweet second with that wonderful mommy of yours. And sweet Lara, every day, at least once a day, pause everything and memorize the moment. The scent, the scenery, the everything. Oh how thrilled I am for you. We’re talking back flips thrilled…

  5. nadine burzler on November 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ohhh happy days!!! So happy for them :))))

  6. Jennifer on November 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    What a beautiful video. I am so happy for you Lara and Ari. Grace is perfect and amazing. Many congratulations to you and your family!

  7. Shannon Reeves on November 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Hooray hooray! Congratulations to precious new little family! And 11-22-11, a super-fun birthday!

  8. kelsy on November 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Oh my word!! Lara you have MADE my day and touched the hearts of so many, both in the MTH world and beyond. We have been carrying you in our hearts and prayers throughout this entire journey and I am just bursting with excitement for you right now!!! Baby Grace is such a blessed little bundle of joy and I have no doubt that you are already the BEST Mommy to her 🙂 XOXO

  9. Lynn on November 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Congratulations Lara! So excited for you and your husband! Welcome to the world Grace!

  10. Tivi Jones on November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    just lovely. Congratulations, Lara & Ari!

  11. Gina on November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    “God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.”
    Congratulations for this day, for this moment, for this Happiness!


    Gina, from Portugal!

  12. Emily Ley on November 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I can’t say it enough!!! We love you sweet Grace! I can’t wait to meet you and kiss that pretty face!!!

  13. Laura on November 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    What an amazing gift and keepsake for Lara to have in the years to come- truly incredible!! It is such a beautiful video, and captures the immense blessings the Lord has given this sweet family.

    Congrats, Lara! Grace is beautiful!

  14. Erin Faye on November 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Congradulations! What a beautiful angel little Grace is. All the best you you guys and enjoy every moment!


  15. Kristine Neeley on November 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Beyond thrilled for you, Lara… and Ari… and Grace. What a beautiful, perfect story. May your hearts be full of thanksgiving and your days be full of rest and wonder 🙂

  16. Gaby on November 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations, Lara and Ari, and welcome to the world baby Grace! Your journey has been inspiring – here’s wishing you a blessed time getting to know your precious daughter. xxx

  17. Brit Tucker Stewart on November 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Happy birthday, Grace. And, congrats to you Lara and Ari. My heart is overflowing with joy for you and your new family. What a fabulous Thanksgiving gift! xoxo

  18. Joy Lengyel on November 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    So incredibly happy for you, Lara! Congratulations to you and Ari — what a beautiful girl you have! Tears of joy for you. And what a an amazing gift for Thanksgiving! Enjoy every moment!! xoxo

  19. Katie Martin on November 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    She is absolutely precious!!! Well worth the long wait!!!! 🙂 Have a wonderful time on maternity leave and get plenty of rest!!! Many blessings to you and your family!!!

  20. Vari Avila on November 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Welcome to the world baby Grace! Lara, she is absolutely precious! Congratulations to you and Ari…

  21. Sara on November 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Congratulations Lara + Ari! What a beautiful little bundle of joy! Grace is gorgeous and the love you have for her is beaming through!! I am thankful this holiday to KNOW such a strong, inspriational, Godly woman such as yourself, Lara, and Gracie is surely blessed to have you as a Mama! Happy Thanksgiving!!! Much love! xo

  22. jacin {lovely little details} on November 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    congratulations lara and ari and welcome to the world, baby grace! 🙂

  23. Kailey Michelle {Events} on November 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Im tearing up like a little child right now! I am beyond happy for you Lara and am touched by little Gracie’s beautiful entrance into the world. God is SO good and he does not disappoint. Thank you for sharing such a personal and treasured journey. xo

  24. Wendy Ramos on November 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Sweetest video ever! Congratulations Lara + Ari! What a gorgeous little piece of heaven!

  25. Jennifer Chase on November 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    She is gorgeous!!! Congratulations to both of you.

  26. Tanya Walker on November 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    What a beautiful video…I’m so happy for you guys. Congratulations!

  27. Jen K. on November 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    congratulations lara, ari and grace!

  28. Kathleen Burlew on November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Do you see her SMILING in the photo where her little fingers are holding yours Lara & Ari’s?! What a photo to have and cherish! Praying for you all during this joyful time!

  29. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on November 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations Lara & Ari!! What an incredible video to be able to show Grace one day. All the best for this wonderfully magical time! xo

  30. Renee on November 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Congratulations!!!! You must be over the moon! That video was absolutely darling and the recorded phone call at the beginning totally made me cry! How beautiful!

  31. Rhiannon Nicole on November 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Oh my goodness what an incredible blessing! Lara and Ari, congratulations on this gift and on such a beautiful new daughter. Grace is perfect. Enjoy your new little family 🙂 xoxo

  32. Michelle Mospens on November 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulations! What a very special gift Grace is. Xoxoxo

  33. Brandi of Ever So Lovely, Inc. on November 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats to you both Lara and Ari! She’s absolutely beautiful and your video has me in tears! She’s got weddings in her blood and I’m sure she is going to make such an awesome impact on this world just like her mom! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! 🙂

  34. Heidi on November 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Lara, just wanted to wish you & your family the most happiness. So many things to be thankful for, right near thanksgiving. The video made me want #2 already 🙂

  35. Kendra on November 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Congratulations! Such a wonderful video to capture this exciting time. I wish all the best for baby Grace (and with all the great people she will be surrounded I am sure she will receive it.)

  36. Michael Landry on November 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter Grace. I wish you and Ari all the joy in the world!
    Sending love to all of you,

  37. Erin * Sparkle & Hay on November 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL welcome to the world – brought tears to my eyes. So, so *happy* for you Lara & Ari – congratulations!!! xo

  38. Lida Mathews on November 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Lara, Ari, and Baby Grace – So excited for you! Wishing you the most happiness in the world!
    With love,

  39. Bean Benson on November 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Congrats Lara & Ari!!! Such wonderful news! Grace is a beautiful name for a beautiful little lady:)

  40. jen on November 27, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Welcome to the world, Grace! Wishing all the best for lara + ari xo

  41. Erin Davenport on November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    So so thrilled. Watched the video and viewed the adorable photos the day this was posted with my mom and Gary. We are are so thankful for Grace’s safe delivery and for the health of both of you. The best is yet to come! XOXO

  42. Vickey Weis on December 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Congrats Lara!! – I am thrilled for you and Ari. Grace is beautiful!!!
    Much love to you xoxo

  43. Samara Mendoza on December 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

    God’s blessings on your beautiful family! Thank you so very much for sharing God’s blessings with us all — this is truly special. All the best! :0)

  44. Darling Paumen on December 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I am so happy for you and Ari. I’ve been following your journey and I had tears of joy when the news came out that you were now a mommy. Sending you blessings, hugs, and best wishes from D.C.

    Darling 🙂

  45. Traci Garceau on December 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Many Congratulations to you all. Enjoy all the blessings of being parents – it is THE BEST !

  46. ross on December 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Congrats to your family Lara! much love from everyone at Flosites!

  47. Amanda Forbes on December 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    So So So happy for you Lara!

  48. Nicole on December 12, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Congratulations to you and Ari! Enjoy every moment! And welcome to the world, little Grace!

  49. Jennifer Buenviaje on December 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    What a beautiful video and so happy for you and Ari. Baby Grace is gorgeous and very blessed to have you as her mother. Looking forward to updates and more pictures as you have time between feedings and diapering! We’re getting ready for the same thing with our Baby boy Aslan all set to arrive February 2012! 🙂

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