December 5, 2009

we've got Soul

Meet our newest little babycakies... Soul Valentina Bratcher.
awake in the middle of the night
Soul arrived safe and sound early Thursday morning, after some fierce contractions that started around 9pm Wednesday night. Her name Soul Valentina is our little prayer for her as Valentina is from Latin origins and means "strong & healthy." Therefore, we pray that she would have a strong and healthy soul and one who loves to win souls for Christ.

A little side note: If you paid attention to the lyrics of Ben's notes for my Rockin' Mommy Day, her name was there. One of the notes I was given said "SHARE THAT BEAT OF SOUL," but the correct lyrics to Michael Jackson's song is "Share that beat of love." Not sure if anyone caught the slight change of wording.
my sweet baby
I am in love all over again and so is my Ben, but most especially big sisters True and Brave.

We are all home now and enjoying these first few days of little Soul's life. There are a lot of kisses, cuddling, snuggling and just a whole lot of loving going on. I have some pre-written posts ready to share for next week of some crafting that went on before Soul's arrival, but don't mind if you a lot of wordless posts too as I will probably just be sharing some pictures of us as we find a "new normal" in our home.

I love my Benny, True, Brave and Soul very much...

148 comments:

  1. So happy for you. She is a cutie!!

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  2. Congratulations! She's beautiful....and so is her name!
    And that hair!! Love it! :)

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  3. Congratulations and blessings, mama! Soul is a beauty - I'm glad you are all well! Wishing you lots of rest!

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  4. she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! You guys are so blessed! youre amazing parents and make beautiful children! Her name is so sweet!

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  5. congratulations, ruby!!! she is just perfect. love her name too.
    enjoy this little new soul in your life.

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  6. She's precious and beautiful! Congrats to your entire family! :)

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  7. oh Ruby, she is beautiful! Congratulations to the Bratchers! What a gorgeous name with a beautiful meaning! Praying for a speedy and quick recovery for you! We love the Bratcher 5!

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  8. Oh she is so lovely! You guys are in my prayers. Rest when you can - lol...

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  9. Congratulations!!! She's beautiful! She has a ton of hair!!! Maybe she'll lend some to my baldheaded 2 month old son! :) enjoy your little Soul! Can't wait to see how she grows! :)

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  10. Congratulations to you all! She is absolutely darling. Many many happy days to you! (And as a mama who is expecting our third in May, I am watching you carefully to see how you do this transition so I can be inspired!)

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  11. absolutely beautiful. im so happy for you and the whole family :)

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  12. awwww...she's absolutely beautiful! I adore her name!!!

    Congratulations...you and your family are truly blessed. :)

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  13. congratulations! she is beautiful <3

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  14. i came across your blog about two months ago... and i would say that it was such good timing. i love your blog and all of your craftiness. and i was so excited to meet this new beauty in your life. she is so pretty just like your other two girls.

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  15. isn't God wonderful? what blessings he sends us. congratulations to you and your beautiful family for that beautiful baby. :)

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  16. Congrats to you and your family! What a beautiful girl with a even more beautiful name to boot! What a blessing.
    -Katie (MalteseKat.blogspot.com)

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  17. She's so beautiful. And what a wonderful name!

    http://onegladmorning.blogspot.com/

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  18. Congratulations!! She is so beautiful!!

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  19. Congratulations! A beautiful girl with an equally beautiful name. I love picking names based on meaning. Praying for a smooth transition for you all.

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  20. those pictures are so sweet. congratulations to adding another little cutie to your beautiful family!
    best wishes! - mercie ghimire

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  21. She is beautiful! Enjoy every minute of this new adventure. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

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  22. Congratulations! She's beautiful, as is your family. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us!

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  23. Congratulations!!! She is beautiful! What a blessing! What a wonderful Christmas gift your family received early! God bless your lovely family!!!

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  24. congratulations- she is beautiful.

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  25. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I'm so excited for all if you!! She is so beautiful & has a beautiful name! I see some fun times with the 3 girls growing up,my girls are each 2 years apart & are really close, so Soul will have lots to look forward to growing up in a fun house full of love & play. :) And she has so much pretty hair...all of my girls were bald. :) Boy do I miss having babies! :) Congrats again & I know we are looking forward to all the baby love posts to come. Glad to hear you are doing fine....the suspense was killing me.Looks like she'll be in week 49 of the polaroid project. :)

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  26. Oh that hair! She's soo beautiful. Congratulations. :)

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  27. She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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  28. Hi RubyEllen :) What joy! Congratulations to you all. Love & hugs, Q

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  29. oh yay! another precious baby girl in the family. ben will have his hands full once those girls get older ;) she's adorable though and what a gorgeous name...i love that your three girls names make a pretty little sentence as well "true brave soul"...very pretty! they will appreciate having unique names when they are older espeically!!
    congrats ♥ she's a doll!

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  30. Congratulations! May the Lord continue to bless your beautiful family! Welcome, Little Soul!

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  31. Congratulations! She is beautiful. You have a lovely family. Many blessings for the Christmas Season! (I had a "Christmas" baby soon to be 9 years ago. He was supposed to be born BEFORE Christmas but was not born until Dec. 28. : )
    -Phyllis

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  32. Oh my word! She is beautiful!

    Congrats to everyone!

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  33. she is gorgeous! congratulations! her name is wonderful, i love the meaning behind it as well, i pray that she will win many souls for christ :)

    xx
    ~bree

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  34. Congratulations! She's beautiful.

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  35. ohhh my goodness!!! congratulations bratcher family!! soul is beautiful. & i was wondering what she was going to be named!! perfect name : )

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  36. Congratulations Ruby...Cant wait to see Soul.

    Sending much love to the Bratcher family.

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  38. all praises be to the Lord!!! i am so happy for your family!!! hello little soul!! welcome to blog world!!!! Your family is very awesome!!!
    ~adrienne K~

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  39. She is beautiful! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures!

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  40. Congratulations to all of you! She is so precious, and I'm thankful God has given her such a loving place to grow up and learn about life and Him. x

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  41. CONGRATULATIONS! Your family is blessed and adorable. Happy Holiday's!

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  42. What a perfect name! Congrats!

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  43. YEAH YEAH YEAH. congrats so much to your blessed little family. and little Soul, what a perfect compliment to your sweet family. Many blessings to you in the coming days and weeks as a family of 5! =)

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  44. she is so beautiful! i have never commented on here but i've been a reader for quite some time. to be completely honest with you, i am a 21 year old who thought i'd never have kids because i had no desire to. once i came across your blog, it's changed me where i want to have a family one day because yours is so inspiring.

    congratulations and i wish your family the very best!

    -lindsay

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  45. How blessed you are! What a perfect little beauty. You picked a most enchanting name. I knew you would!!

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  46. she is absolutely beautiful....so excited for you and ben. yay!

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  47. Love the name! Congrats! She is absolutely perfect!

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  48. Congratulations! She's beautiful! And what a great name! I hope that she win souls for Christ, too!

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  49. congratulations! she is a beautie!!

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  50. What a precious little girl with the most gorgeous name!

    Congratulations to your whole family,
    Laur

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  51. she's beautiful. i'm sure someone has told you this already but her name reminds me of the song by yael naim, new soul. congratulations.

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  52. Congratulations!! I bet you are so happy! Babies are the best. Many blessing, Sarah

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  53. Oh Congratulations Ruby & Ben, True and Brave :-) Lovely news. Beautiful name - I couldn't wait to hear what it was going to be! May God bless you as you all settle in together at home. Ros x

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  54. oh. my. god.
    enjoy the babymoon!

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  55. awww that is an adorable photo of you two! congrats !

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  56. congratulations! she is so amazing! praise the Lord for that little miracle! <3

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  57. Congratulations, she is beautiful!

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  58. Oh goodness! She looks so edible! :) Loving her name too! Congrats Mama and family! :)

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  59. I forgot to say HOW CUTE IS SHE!!!! She has more hair than my 2yr old :-)

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  60. She is so beautiful! Congrats to you and your little family!

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  61. Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

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  62. welcome to the world baby Soul.

    i love her mass of hair, she is gorgeous. this is something i have already started talking to God about. dark haired babies are my favourite.

    my sister just called me to see if i had seen this post yet - at the exact time i was reading it. much excitement.

    Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

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  63. Congratulations!!!
    She is truly a BEAUTIFUL Soul!!
    Lord Bless you and your family during this Christmas Season!!
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  64. She is so very precious and beautiful! Cherish these special moments! I know you are! :)

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  65. she is SO beautiful and I love the picture of yer with her little tongue out! I want a new baby now, but my husband says no!

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  66. Congratulations! She's beautiful!

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  67. What a sweet, sweet girl! My oldest daughter (who is now 4!) was born on December 3rd! What a great birthday. It is so fun to have a tiny baby so close to Christmas as we think about our Savior's birth! That a little baby would rescue the world! Wishing you so much joy!

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  68. so sweet and beautiful!
    Congratulations Ruby!

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  69. Congratulations she is beautiful!

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  70. what a darling, what beautiful hair congrats to you and your beautiful family.

    btw one of my nicknames is soul gypsy. so your choice of Soul Valentina struck a chord with me.

    congrats again

    jeanine aka soul gypsy

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  71. yay! I had a feeling something was up! Congrats, Mama! That hair!!!

    She's beautiful and we're so glad to hear it went well. Looking forward to pics but also hoping you guys are able to enjoy whatever feels restful to you.

    LOVE her name!!!!

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  72. yay! Congrats from Nebraska to your sweet little family! I love your name selection for your girls, and this one is just so perfect, that little tongue!ah!
    Rest well,
    Sarah M

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  73. She is super super cute. Congratulations to all FIVE of you!!!

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  74. Congratulations! She is beautiful and I love her name (and her sisters' names!). Have fun getting to know your new little person! Can't wait to hear and see all the adventures awaiting her with your amazing family!

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  75. Congratulations -- love the picture with her tiny tongue out.

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  76. wow, congrats to such a beautiful, inspiring family!!! what a blessing to have another little one in the family, and what an amazing and fitting name you have given your new bundle of love :)

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  77. i just stumbled across your blog and i'm hooked. you are truly a beautiful person and i love reading about your cute family adventures... just precious! congrats on your newest babycakie! i'll be back daily :)

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  78. Congratulations on your new little blessing. What perfect little cutie to compliment you all. Well done Mama!!

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  79. i love love love reading your blog and im so happy for you and your family! congratulations!

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  80. you are not going to believe this, but I wanted you to name her soul! remember when I asked you about whether or not name suggestions were really welcome and how I didn't really like when people gave them for our kids? well, if I would have suggested a name for you, it would have been soul. it's perfect. one syllable (she wouldn't want to outdo her bigger sisters!) and certainly not a "run of the mill" sort of name. et cetera.

    oh, i just want to kiss her. i love her glorious head of hair!

    what a blessing she surely is to you :O) enjoy these first wonderful moments of the softest hair and the best of smells. yay!

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  81. How beautiful! I love the photo of you two together. You are such a motherly inspiration to me. Soul is a perfect name, and I can't think of one better fitted to your family. Congratulations! So excited she's finally here! (as you all are triply so!) May she grow to be a godly, Christlike woman, like her mommy.

    love,
    Cait

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  82. congratulations! she looks so cute!

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  83. Congratulations!
    Beautiful girl and name;
    happy S O U L

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  84. She's here! congratulations. What a lovely little one- we are so happy for you!

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  85. Congratulations to all your family!!

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  86. Oh my goodness! Soul is adorable, love the second photo of her and you. She had a little tongue out, so cute!

    Babycakies #3! Congrats Ruby and to your family!

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  87. She is so beautiful! A lovely addition to your wonderful family. Congratulations!

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  88. Wishing you a wonderful life together as the loving family you are!

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  89. She's beautiful, LOVE all your girls names! Congratulations! She's a "Soul" sista:)

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  90. what a beautiful little blessing you have there..congrats!

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  91. congratulations! i'm sure that her beauty will win many a soul for Christ!

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  92. congrats to the cakies crew....
    she is just scrumptous!
    ~

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  93. Félicitations de la part d'une blogeuse française :)
    Madame Pépin

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  95. Such a darling, and I love the name. Congratulations to you all! I've been watching and waiting to see when Miss 3 would come along. You look amazing for having just gone through the rigours of birth, and the bottom photo of Soul is adorable - love that little tongue poking out!

    xxx

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  96. She is as beautiful as her name. Congrats!!!

    A new baby is such a reminder of what angels must be like.

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  97. Congratulations! Look at all that hair!

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  98. Congratulations! I love the name. What a great reminder of our purpose!

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  99. The best Christmas present ever! She is a beauty, and she has tons of hair! Congratulations to your family and God bless!

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  100. Congratulations and welcome to the world wee Soul. She is a beauty x

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  101. she looks just like her sisters! so adorable! congrats. :)

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  102. CONGRATULATIONS! A beautiful bub, a delightful family and a wonderful name. Have a super wonderful Christmas with your new little family xxxx

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  103. So unbelievably precious! Congratulations to you all!

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  104. Congratulations to you and your family :) Shes soooo cute!

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  105. Congratulations on your beautiful little baby girl.

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  106. Soul is absolutely, positively beautiful. Congrats on your three gorgeous, healthy babycakies :)

    By the way, what are True's and Brave's middle names? Your family has such neat taste in names, I love it :)

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  107. Congratulations to the whole Brachter family! Soul is so beautiful. Look at all of her hair. - Love it! Enjoy her and Brave and True.

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  108. She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  109. YAYYYY congratulations! I love your blog and watching your little family grow!

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  110. Oh, she is so lovely!!! Love all that hair. Precious. Congrats!

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  111. what a beautiful gift from God...better than anything Santa could bring.

    BLESS YOUR FAMILY...
    TRUE BRAVE SOUL

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  112. She's here!! Ruby, she is beautiful, and as usual with your naming, its lovely! Congratulations to you, Ben and the girls, I bet this Christmas is extra special!
    ~Monica

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  113. Congratulations Ruby! I am so happy for you and your family!

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  114. oh my goodness--congratulations!!!

    she's adorable, and i love the story behind her name.

    again, congrats congrats congrats.

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  115. Congratulations!
    Awesome name, too!

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  116. I'm happy to hear you've delivered a beautiful baby once again! Praise God!

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  117. Beautiful, just beautiful!! Congrats to all!!

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  118. Congratulations to you all! She is BEAUTIFUL!

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  119. Soul is totally gorgeous. Many congratulations to all of you, enjoy every minute of bonding together as your new family of five. x

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  120. Congratulations Ruby! She's beautiful!

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  121. Congrats Ruby! She's beautiful. Job well done.

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  122. ruby, she is beautiful!!!!!!!!! i can't wait to meet her! xo.

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  123. congratulations! you have a gorgeous family!

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  124. what a sweet blessing. best of luck. xoxo, katie

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  125. She has beautiful hair..hope you get some sleep!

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  126. Congrats Bratcher family. Soul is adorable :) Can't wait to hear more about her in the new year.

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  127. congratulations to all of you. she is beautiful and that is such a fitting name! :)

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  128. Congratulations to all of you!!!!!! I am so happy for you... and coming from a family of three girls, nothing is sweeter! I hope you are recovering okay and the kids and I will say special prayers for you and Soul! I'm SOOOOO happy!!!!!! :)

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  129. ruby! congratulations, she's breath taking :) and she has ben & brave's eyebrows!

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  130. wow beautiful baby!
    what a great great name!

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  131. congratulations! what a beautiful baby!

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  132. Oh, Ruby, she's amazing. Adorable already, too! Congratulations!

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  133. What a beauty! Congratulations, and welcome, welcome, little Soul.

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  134. man those phenotypes in your family are on point! girl's got bratcher written all over her. welcome, Soul Valentina Bratcher!

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  135. Congratulation to you and your family. She is so adorable. Sorry for the delay...so many things to do so little time.

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  136. She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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  137. Congratulations! I am so behind in my blog reading...I was ecstatic to see pics of the new baby, she's gorgeous!!! What a blessing. Wishing you all happiness in this new year.

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