Welcome to Little Olive #11

We are proud to announce the birth of our fifth son and eleventh child, Nathaniel Valor.

Nathaniel Valor

Nathaniel Valor was born via c-section yesterday at 8:04am. He weighed 8 pounds, 7Β  ounces and 21 inches long. We had a wonderful family-centered c-section. He was immediately placed on my chest and never taken away from us.


Nathaniel Valor about 30 seconds old

Surgery went well even though Nathaniel had plans of his own leading to a bit of excitement in the OR.

The recovery is a lot different than last time leading to some more excitement on my end.

Nathaniel Valor

The kids all adore him.

The Olive Children

I hope to share more with you soon, but right now we’re just enjoying our sweet and laid back (except in the wee hours of the morning) little boy.


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67 Responses to Welcome to Little Olive #11
  1. meclarks
    August 22, 2012 | 9:08 am

    He is so sweet! Congratulations! May the LORD continue to bless you all!


  2. Sheril Burdine
    August 22, 2012 | 9:14 am

    Congratulations on your sweet baby boy. What a beautiful blessing! I’ll pray for a swift recovery.


  3. Melissa @ Dyno-mom
    August 22, 2012 | 9:17 am

    How wonderful, congratulations! What a joy!


  4. Blessed Mama
    August 22, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Praise God!


  5. Billie Gann
    August 22, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy,great picture of all the kids.


  6. sarahelisabeth
    August 22, 2012 | 9:24 am


    “Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children.” Psalm 90 v16.


  7. Amy
    August 22, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Smiling so big for you all this morning. Congratulations! πŸ™‚


  8. Natalie
    August 22, 2012 | 9:30 am

    SOOOOOO happy for you all…and praising God for his safe entrance into this world! Now hunker down and enjoy this new treasure! : )


  9. tamela
    August 22, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Praises to GOD…Such a sweet blessing…


  10. Carly
    August 22, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Wonderful! Congratulations πŸ™‚


  11. Courtney
    August 22, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Congratulations! He looks just like a little Olive!


  12. Cheryl @ Treasures from a Shoebox
    August 22, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Congratulations on a safe and precious delivery! He is beautiful!


  13. Becky
    August 22, 2012 | 9:59 am

    I’ve been reading for a while but never commented until now, congratulations on your newest little one!


  14. Janet
    August 22, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Congratulations on the birth (a family centered one… YAY!) of your new baby boy! He is absolutely precious and squishy!
    Makes me want mine to hurry up and come soon! I have 4-6 weeks to do till I get to meet my #11. We have 8 girls and 2 boys, with the newest little one being a GIRL!
    I am curious what all the “excitement” was about that you referred to… but I will patiently wait. πŸ™‚



  15. Elizabeth
    August 22, 2012 | 10:23 am

    So thankful he is here and hope your recovery goes smoothly! He is a beauty! πŸ™‚ Oh yes and I love his name especially the middle name.


  16. Serenity
    August 22, 2012 | 10:25 am

    What a blessing!!!! I have been checking the blog every couple of hours and was thrilled to see everything was well πŸ™‚ Congratulations and enjoy your newest gift!!!


  17. Becky B
    August 22, 2012 | 10:51 am

    Congratulations! He is precious.


  18. Sally { with eager hands }
    August 22, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Bless his heart! Congratulations Family!!!


  19. Tami Lewis
    August 22, 2012 | 11:58 am



  20. Homeschool on the Croft
    August 22, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Oh what a blessing. And what a *wonderful* name – I love it!
    Love to all the family … so good seeing them all share in this joy
    Anne x


  21. Janee Campbell
    August 22, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Enjoy your little “gift from God”. What a bunch of beautiful kids! LOVE the T-Shirts. Praying for a quick recovery!


  22. Lizsacks
    August 22, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    He is so precious! Welcome to the world Nate! Congratulations to the whole family! Thank you for sharing!


  23. Jen
    August 22, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Congratulations! He is adorable!


  24. Lori Lynn
    August 22, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Congratulations!!! What a precious baby boy <3



  25. Kim/Garden Tenders
    August 22, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Congrats on the newest little one! What a blessed joy!


  26. Stephanie
    August 22, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Congratulations, he is adorable and what a wonderful name!


  27. Courtney
    August 22, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    What a precious little man! I love the name!


  28. blessed
    August 22, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Love the picture of each of the siblings together!!!


  29. Leah Atha
    August 22, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    How wonderful! Congratulations!


  30. Susan Tilney
    August 22, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    He is a truly beautiful little boy. Congratulations!


  31. Deb
    August 22, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    He’s gorgeous! Congratulations!


  32. Laura
    August 22, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Congratulations on your sweet little boy! I am praying for a good recovery for you and for wonderful first days of getting to know your newest family member.


  33. Heather
    August 22, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    He is sooooo cute! And I love his name! I also really like those tshirts you made. Congratulations!!!


  34. Jenny
    August 22, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    Beautiful – congratulations!
    Lots of prayers coming your way!


  35. Jeree
    August 22, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! I was hoping you would pick Nathaniel. My son is Nathan. =) He is beautiful and looks like all the other adorable olives. What a great group pic! Love it.


  36. Cinnamon
    August 22, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Praise the Lord for your sweet little man. What a joy to have him in your arms, at last πŸ™‚

    I love the picture of your beautiful family. Even better with the pink and blue.

    Praying lots of rest for you and a good recovery.

    hugs~ Cinnamon


  37. Ruth Adams
    August 22, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    He is truly blessed to be born into a home such as yours. Congratulations, and I love the hat!


  38. Kristina
    August 22, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Many, many congratulations to your family! He is beautiful!


  39. Rachel
    August 22, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love his name and all the photos. You and Mark are so blessed. Praying for a speedy recovery for you.


  40. Dawna
    August 22, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    What a precious addition to your beautiful family… God is SO good!


  41. Heidi
    August 22, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    Congratulations!!! He is adorable, and Amber has become a beautiful young lady. πŸ™‚
    Cute shirts too!


  42. Alice
    August 22, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful, and the photos are lovely. I’m so excited that he’s here! πŸ™‚ Praying for your recovery!


  43. Ally
    August 22, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    Congrats!!! What an adorable little boy!! So happy for your wonderful family! What a blessing children are!!


  44. Caroline Pestka
    August 22, 2012 | 5:59 pm

    Congratulations! We just had baby #5, Hannah Louise, via c-section on August 6. Such a miracle! This was my 3rd c-section and it went great. Enjoy this time with your little one.


  45. Michele
    August 22, 2012 | 8:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing pictures! He is just wonderful! Congratulations again.


  46. Elizabeth
    August 22, 2012 | 8:46 pm

    Congrats! What a sweet little man!


  47. Anna@The DIY Mom
    August 22, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Congratulations, he is adorable!


  48. Monique
    August 22, 2012 | 9:56 pm

    You’re so amazing-grow a baby, make 10 shirts, knit an adorable owl hat, deliver a baby, take tons of pictures, update everyone on your blog…your new son is par for the course of one of the loveliest families I’ve been blessed to know. Congrats my friend!!


  49. Elizabeth Ours
    August 22, 2012 | 10:48 pm



  50. Annie
    August 22, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    Congratulations! He’s adorable! Praying for a smooth recovery and an easy transition home.
    Thanks for updating all of us curious readers!!


  51. Mindy at Grateful for Grace
    August 23, 2012 | 1:45 am

    He’s beautiful!

    I’m so thrilled for you and your family centered c-section. It brings tears to my eyes.

    Bask in the fleeting time with a newborn.

    Prayers of praise!


  52. Annie
    August 23, 2012 | 5:36 am

    God bless you guys! Congratulations! What a precious little boy and I just love that picture of him laying sideways with his chubby little arms and belly! Brought back memories of my chunky Samuel when he was a newborn.

    Take care and enjoy getting to know him!


  53. Meredith_in_Aus
    August 23, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Congratulations! I do hope your recovery comes on better soon.

    In Him



  54. Rhen @Yes, they are all mine
    August 23, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Congratulations!! He is just beautiful.


  55. Nikki
    August 23, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    He is beautiful! For some reason, I had it in my mind that you were having a girl. I don’t know why. I’m not sure if you posted that or if I just made it up. He reminds me of Colby or a boy version of Bella.

    He is so SO cute!

    I am praying for your healthy recovery and that all is uphill from here.

    P.S. I love the big brother and big sister shirts! I didn’t realize you’d have the times how many on them. SUPER cute idea turnout!


  56. Valerie
    August 23, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Congratulations! He is adorable!! Praying for you to have a speedy recovery.


  57. Julie
    August 23, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    Congratulations on your newest olive! He looks like he belongs in your family. He reminds me of Isabella’s baby pictures. What a sweetie! Kiss the little cheeks lots and enjoy this newest bundle the Lord has given you. God’s blessings to you and your family!


  58. Kimberly
    August 23, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    Congratulations! My children and I love the shirts. We just found out we are expecting our 5th and I may have to copy your idea. So happy for all of you! Praying that you get lots of rest to recover and heal.


  59. MotherOwl
    August 23, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Ohh, he’s sooo cute. And how great with all thost big sister/brother t-shirts.

    Congratulation to all Olives


  60. Renata
    August 23, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    Congratulations Kimberley!! He is adorable! Enjoy this precious time & I hope you recover quickly!


  61. Michelle
    August 23, 2012 | 7:01 pm

    Many congratulations! What a beautiful baby and a beautiful, blessed family!


  62. Emily M.
    August 23, 2012 | 8:42 pm

    He is amazingly perfect! Congratulations! I prayed for you as God brought you to mind right around the time of his birth. I’m so thankful all went well for you, although I’m curious about what happened. πŸ˜‰ I love his name too. You are very very blessed. Congratulations again.


  63. Sue
    August 24, 2012 | 6:20 pm

    Congratulations on the newest addition! Love the picture of all of the kids together – so many smiles!


  64. jonnie
    August 24, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He looks Awsome.


  65. Lynell Kuhn
    August 25, 2012 | 1:15 am

    Congratulations! You have a beautiful family!


  66. oby
    August 25, 2012 | 9:45 am

    congrats such a cute baby.All the glory to the Lord.


  67. Amber
    August 26, 2012 | 6:18 pm

    Congrats!!! He is wonderfully chunky :)!


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