Welcome Baby Hugo!

Hey guys, so our 3rd and final baby boy arrived 10 days ago on December 28th at 12:41 pm. He came in at a whopping 8lbs and was 20.5 inches long. We are so ecstatic and so in love with this littler person. His name is Hugo Parker DeShields.

We are so grateful for our family and friends who’ve swooped in and helped us navigate the 3 kid life as well as help me during my first week of healing. It is such a blessing to have nurses in the family. Nurses are the most selfless people.

Postpartum healing can be scary and overwhelming. In fact days after giving birth to our second son, Tiago, I found myself back in the hospital with postpartum preeclampsia. My blood pressure was stroke high and it was a pretty scary situation, but we made it!

A few days ago I felt similar symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia and Kenny and I decided not to wait but to go to the hospital. While we were explaining to Shiloh and Tiago why we had to go they both started to pray, “in the name of Jesus help mommy.” Then Tiago started singing This is How I Fight My Battles and Shiloh the bridge to Do It Again😭😭😭.

I’m happy to report that all my labs came back normal and we came home that night, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about how that was their initial reaction.

I just wanted to encourage parents that we don’t always think our kids are listening, watching, or behaving like we want them to, but in times like these you realize that what you’re instilling in them is actually materializing. So don’t give up. Keep at it. It’s truly a labor of love. Also don’t forsake the power of worship in your home. ❤️❤️❤️

Delmar United Friendsgiving

Merry Christmas Eve! Just a few weeks ago, My husband, Kenny DeShields, and I hosted the 1st Delmar United Friendsgiving – a gathering of residents, business owners, ministry and civic leaders from both sides of the historically divided #DelmarDivide to share a meal and discuss ways to impact our community. It was more than what we could’ve dreamed or imagined!

Special thanks to Armand Buford for capturing our heart and vision with beautiful visual storytelling.

Please share with your family and friends and let’s keep the conversation going.

“These Walls”

Written by: Ryan Musinski

Venue: ANEW

Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Dinner provided by: Chef Ben Grupe

Dessert: SweetArt Bakeshop & Cafe

Coffee: La Cosecha Coffee Roasters

Brad Austin + Rachelle Austin

Third Degree Glass Factory

The Crossing

NCADA

Daryl Whittington

#WeAreDelmarUnited

#STL