Meet Hudson

As regular readers may recall, we’ve had a lot of baby drama going on lately. A number of false starts with labor, a threatened pre-term birth and a lot of general discomfort for Emily (my wife). Well, last night, after we’d finished celebrating our oldest daughter’s fifth birthday, labor began in earnest. We headed to the hospital at 6:30 pm and 5 hours later, at 11:36 pm, we got to meet our son, Hudson James Armstrong:

Introducing our baby boy, Hudson James Armstrong!

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Hudson clocked in at 7 lbs, 12 oz and 21 inches long. The doctor also made a point of mentioning that he’s got pretty big feet. :)

As you can see, Emily and the baby are doing well:

And in case you had any doubt, Emily's sense of humor is still intact

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Okay, we took a legit one, too:

A proud-and exhausted-mom & son moment

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 Why Hudson? One of the things we’ve tried to do with our children is give them names with some historical or spiritual significance. With Hudson, we chose to name him after a man that we greatly respect, James Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission (now OMF International). Mr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor, authors of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, describe him as follows:

He was a man of affairs, the father of a family, and one who bore large responsibilities. In tensely practical, he lived a life of constant change among all sorts and conditions of men. He was no giant in strength, no Atlas to bear the world upon his shoulders. . . . He [was] a hard worker and an efficient medical man; he was able to care for a baby, cook a dinner, keep accounts, and comfort the sick and sorrowing…

Above all, he put to the test the promises of God, and proved it possible to live a consistent spiritual life on the highest plane. He overcame difficulties such as few men have ever had to encounter, and left a work which long after his death is still growing in extent and usefulness. Inland China opened to the Gospel largely as an outcome of this life, tens of thousands of souls won to Christ in previously un reached provinces, twelve hundred missionaries depending upon God for the supply of all their needs without promise of salary, a mission which has never made an appeal for financial help, yet has never been in debt, that never asks man or woman to join its ranks, yet has sent to China recently two hundred new workers given in answer to prayer—such is the challenge that calls us to emulate Hudson Taylor’s faith and devotion.

That’s our hope for our little man—that he would grow up to be a man who, like Taylor, would “put to the test the promises of God” and be a man whose faith in Christ would worth of emulation. I can’t think of a better way to live.

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  • Daniel Darling

    Congrats man. That is awesome news. 

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks Dan—craziest thing is that we now have two kids that share a birthday! Oh man, next year’s going to be wild!

  • Staci Eastin

    Congratulations! Everyone looks great!

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks Staci!

  • Ben Thorp

    Awesome! Congratulations to you both. Hope you’re going to take a bit of a paternity leave. Plus, good name choice! Unusual, but not _too_ weird 😉 

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Yep, I’ve got a week off (although I’ll be extending it slightly due to some emergency stuff that’s come up at work). Thanks!

  • Jennifer Ekstrand

    Congratulations! I’m happy for the grace God has given you in the safe arrival of your healthy son.

  • Dave Jenkins

    Congratulations brother, that’s awesome! 

  • bucknellarts

    Congratulations!  May Hudson live up to that wonderful namesake.

  • Josh

    Congratulations to you both! What a great name choice, as well.

  • Alex S. Leung

    Congrats brother! About time Hudson came out :)>

  • ShouGuo

    Congratulations with my favorite quote by J. Hudson Taylor: “If I had a thousand pounds China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?” 

  • becky loyd

    Congratulations, Aaron!! It was great to meet you last week!

  • Louis Tullo

    Congrats Aaron!!! :)

    May God bless you, your wife and newborn son. It’ll be a joy to see how another child will continue to shape your God-given calling as the spiritual leader of your home.

  • John/Jessie Robertus

    Congratulations!!  :)  Emily and Hudson look wonderful!!   John and I were just wondering whether he had been born yet–good to know all is well.  Enjoyed reading about his “namesake” too–pray he grows to be a man of strong faith!