Welcoming Liberty Grace!

Dearest little girl,
To tell you how we’ve waited for you these nine months and to say that your arrival has been highly anticipated in our family is such a grand understatement.  Your sisters, knowing without doubt you were a girl (despite us not finding out) have thought of you and talked of you every day for so many months. With two miscarriages last year, we were even more aware, more grateful of your presence in our life as “the one we’d get to meet”.  Your next oldest brother Finn has asked for weeks if you were “done growing” and the rest of your siblings have spent many evenings poking at your tiny feet and other parts protruding from my growing belly.

We went to church last Sunday and headed home for a sunny afternoon at home.  I’d planned to make a grocery and gas trip just to be well stocked since your due date was now one week away.  As soon as I walked in the front door from church my water broke.  Grocery shopping was shelved, the Seahawks game was on the TV and Daddy quickly passed out lunch food to all your siblings lined up on the couch.  I remember glancing down the hall as I picked up in the kitchen and he was bursting with energy.  It looked like he was bouncing off the floor as he tossed food on their plates, watched the game excitedly and let the reality soak in that we were about to meet you.  As soon as the game ended he told the kids they needed to help pick up, they asked why and he told them because the midwife was coming.  They shrieked and got to work and asked a million questions.

The midwife and her team got here mid afternoon.  I had already been on a slow walk down the street with your brothers and sisters, soaking in the last moments before labor got harder.  We’d done a frenzied clean up of the house and were ready for whatever the day held.  I labored downstairs in the midst of the noise and energy that is our life every day.  Rylee and Audrey rarely left my side and the brothers played outside with Papa.  Once it got too hard to sit quietly and breath deep with your Daddy letting me squeeze his hand till it hurt, we went upstairs to my room.  Not much more than an hour later and you were here!  My eyes stayed squeezed shut until the moment you were on my belly.  When they opened, there you were and you were so beautiful.  You were quiet but so alert and so lovely.  I reached to support your little bum and realized right away you were a girl.  I asked them to make sure, and Daddy said yes and I looked up at your sisters who were right next to my head the whole time and I will never forget the look on their faces.  A sister.  The sister they’d waited for, prayed for, wanted so much to meet…was finally here.

You are born into a lot of love.  Love and noise and sometimes chaos but always love.  In the time it took me to write this “part 1” of your story you were held and snuggled for quite a while by your brother Kyler, your sister Audrey, your mama and your dad.  You aren’t an afterthought to our family despite being our number six.  You are a perfectly created gift, given to us by the God who gives all life.  We have waited for you and we are overjoyed that you are here.

All my love,


Here is the progression of your arrival in pictures:

taking a stroll
mama and girls
baby girl!
thrilled sisters!
meeting big brother Finn
Daddy weighing baby
all the girls!!!
Audrey big sis!
this is the one my sister took without me noticing that is one of my favorite pictures ever...
this is the one my sister took without me noticing that has to be one of my favorite pictures ever…
Rylee big sis!
the candid, un-posed one...
the candid, un-posed one…
and the posed, first family photo of everyone!
and the posed, first family photo of everyone!



I have tears in my eyes! Welcome Liberty Grace! The Lord created you as a blessing for an amazing family. You are a beautiful gift of love! XoXoXo to all of you!

Micha Ide



Congratulations!!!!! Pure sweetness!!
Its been so long since I have been in the blog world. So happy that this is the first post I got to read!!! Obviously, I have ALOT of catching up to do. But so happy for you and your beautiful family!!!


Congratulations! I am so happy for you. What a beautiful family!! Love that pic of you and Chris and baby Liberty, brought tears to my eyes. Miss you all so much.


Yay!!! Wow, a post up before she’s even a week old. I am impressed. 🙂 She is beautiful, so sweet and snuggly, and I love her oh so much. You really do make it look easy. I told C that and he’s like “I think so too, but I couldn’t ever say that to her.” Haha. There is nothing “easy” about any part of motherhood, birth included! But, you do it all with grace, an abundance of love and Jesus. Love you all!
p.s. better change the blog title. Hmmm…..

Mary Frances King

Congratulations Strovas family! What a precious little jewel she is. May your home be filled with an extra measure of peace and grace during this transition period with such a tiny new one!


So happy for you guys. Liberty is a very blessed little girl to be a part of your family. I love the candid pictures and the excitement in everyone’s faces. You can tell by the pictures how loved she is. I’m so excited to have a daughter close in age with Liberty. So many more memories to come. 🙂 Congrats again, Strovas family.


Congratulations! Liberty is beautiful, your family is beautiful, the pictures are beautiful. Wishing you all continued happiness and love. xo


p.s. not sure why my name showed up as themonekypod,via my phone. But regardless, my heart is swelling of happiness for all of you!

Beth Stedman

Oh, friend, I cried such happy tears seeing these pictures – so much joy! You all are just radiating joy! Congrats again!


Such overwhelming happiness when I see these photos and read the words to your sweet Liberty. I l too love seeing your smiles Karissa, they are pure joy!

jyoti cossette

Welcome to the world Miss. Liberty. Got so teary-eyed reading this!!


Oh she is so wonderful and so beautiful and those pictures are gold. You are glowing 🙂 What a treasure, the “one we get to meet”! I’m selfishly pleased as punch for a GGGGGIRL to grow up with my daughter…oh it is more that I can bear. Love you all…family of EIGHT!