Wow. I did NOT intend to be gone for so long! I’m not apologizing though because I have been living in the moment with my wonderful husband and baby girl! I am loving being a mom and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! But all that said, I am so happy to be getting back on the writing train!
Right off the bat, I’m gonna ask how you are doing! Please let me know in the comments below so we can catch up on all the things!
Okay, I know you don’t actually want to read more of this intro. We all know you are here for the baby 😉
Dixie Cross Burke Peterson ||
April 11th, 2022 will go down in annals of my life as one of the best days of my life. Our 7 pound 15 ounce baby girl made her debut at 5:44 pm via induction after 7 hours of active labor. God was so merciful to me. I did have to have an episiotomy and she needed suctioned once but we both came through just fine!
Many have asked about her name, so here’s the story!
I have always loved the name Dixie. Y’all know that, haha! But I wasn’t sure how Jacob would feel about it. But when a friend said they almost named their child Dixie, but chose Carolina instead, I decided to mention it.
Jacob loved it. He picked Cross for her middle name. It’s his mother’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name! So a nice family tie in!
Now Burke on the other hand, that was a last minute decision that I am so glad we made. Pastor Travis Burke, a dear friend of my husband’s and a mentor to us both through his sermons, jokingly told Jacob Burke was a wonderful name. I was in the bed, dealing with contractions. Jacob looked at me, and asked what I thought of Dixie Cross Burke and instantly, that little piece that I felt was missing fell into place. It was perfect. I fell in love.
Then she was born and I knew we made the right choice.
Dixie is four and a half months old now and growing like a weed! She’s almost ready to start baby food and today, she rolled over for the first time on her own, while awake, lol! She’s been doing it in her sleep since she was two weeks old!
She loves bright colors, her first word was Hey! and her favorite person is Pop-Pop (Jacob’s dad!). She tries to sing with us in the car and is really working on saying I Love You, which is melting my heart. Jacob and I have been saying that to her since she was in the womb and hearing her try to match the syllables? It’s a moment I’ve lived for.
Life has been good! We’ve continued our work with our Junior church and are currently running a donut promotion for the kiddos! They are LOVING it and have been encouraging each other to be consistent in their attendance!
I’ve been working on organizing our office and I am trying to make the house cozier. After watching Little Women (2019), I knew that feel is what I want for my home. I want it to be cozy and inviting. A place we can relax and enjoy each other after a long day. If you have any suggestions, I’m open to ideas!
I will admit, I haven’t been writing much. Dixie keeps me on my toes, but since I am falling into a routine, I hope to be writing much more in the near future! To Save a Life is with my formatter, and The Battlefield is Silent is in the outlining stage! If you are one of my older readers, I would be pleased if you gave my Instagram, @lifeofheritage a follow! For my younger audience and those who chose not to use IG, I will be giving you peeks at my IG content in my subscriber emails! So you won’t be missing out! What are you writing?
I’ve been doing a lot of reading of late! My current binge is The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy by Kellyn Roth! They are so good and I am so excited to start book four! I am also beta reading Titan by Brian McBride and review reading Victory’s Voice by Erika Mathews! All indie titles! What are you reading?
Please comment below and tell me how you’ve been and what you’re up to! I’ve missed you all and can’t wait to get back in the writing saddle with you!
God Bless and God Bless America!
AWWW!!!! Welcome to the world little Dixie!!! ❤️😍🎉 She is so precious!!!! Congratulations Ryana Lynn and Jacob!!! 🤗
Thank you so much!
Good to hear from you! You are all looking well. Dixie is adorable! Do take care and enjoy her while you can. They grow up so fast.
Thank you so much! We are enjoying her so much! She is growing up so fast! Almost 6 months!
Welcome back! Dixie is beautiful and I love her name! I feel like I should introduce her to my friend's daughter, whose name is Rebel! I read Coffee Shop Christmas earlier this year and loved it. I've been saving the Battle for Heritage series because my 16 year old daughter wants to read it with me, and we're currently finishing up a different series. I'm excited to start it.
Thank you! Aw, I love the name Rebel, but Jacob isn't too keen on it, or she would definetly get a sibling with that name, lol! I'm so glad you enjoyed CSC!! I hope y'all enjoy the Battle for Heritage Series! I'm so glad y'all read together!!!
Thank you! I do too now that I'm married, I kept my middle and maiden names as a double middle name! Thank you! I love that picture! I hope it comes out soon too! I love the story and want it out in the world!
I was so excited about your post I I yelled “Yay Ryana!” 🙈 Dixie is the cutest little thing ❤️ Thank you for sharing!
AWW, that made my day! Isn't she???
I was so excited to see that you were posting again that I literally jumped in my seat! I so enjoyed this post and hearing what's been going on with y'all! And that picture of you three is adorable!!
Aw, that's so sweet! Thank you!
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