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Eleanor Ada Joy

At 16:47 on Tuesday 18 September we welcomed into the world our most beautiful and wonderful Eleanor Ada Joy. Weighing a healthy 3.76kg (8lb 4oz), both she and Lois are doing very well.

Naturally we’re plunged back into figuring out new rhythms of family life and living without sleep, but everyone’s doing well and enjoying precious time with family and UK friends.


We think names are important. Each of our children have names that reflect our families heritage and that also serve as a prayer over their lives.

Eleanor – meaning ‘shining light’

Ada – a family name from Joe’s mother’s side, meaning ‘noble’.

Joy – just like her mother and sister, meaning ‘great pleasure, glee or calm delight’


Our Dearest Eleanor,

Our prayer is that you would be a shining light of truth and love, sustained by the deepest assurance that comes from knowing that you are the daughter of the King of Kings. We pray that you would grow into a woman of noble character. Would you know and share joy, an enveloping calm delight, that only comes from from the peace given by the Holy Spirit.

May you know that you are loved with a constant and eternal love.



Thank you for all your love, prayers and support. It is a great privilege and responsibility to raise these precious children  and it’s so wonderful not to be doing it alone.

All our love

The Ovenden Family