E.P. Hemingway is in the house

The Book Jacket PhotoIt took several days to get the basic facts together with a photograph, but we can pass along the happy news that the Divine Ms. M.Z. Hemingway (and hubby) are the proud parents of a baby Lutheran.

We have gone back and forth on whether their daughter’s name needs to jump straight into the world of Google and I, as the taskmaster at this blog, have decided to simply stay consistent with female Hemingway style and use the initials.

Thus, let’s say that E.P. “Eve” Hemingway was born last Thursday at 11:02 p.m. The vital statistics — 8 lbs., 8.5 oz., 20 inches.

The baptism rites are planned, if you know the Hemingways, at the logical place at the logical time this weekend.

The proud parents sent this lovely quotation out with the digital birth announcement (meaning that the announcement was digital, not the birth):

“You showed Your mercy before I could perceive it. You came to me with Your Kindness before I could long for it. Your generosity encompassed me before I could offer thanks for it. You not only marvelously formed me in my mother’s womb, but also drew me out from the womb. You have been my hope since I was at my mother’s breast. I was cast on you from birth. From my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

– Johann Gerhard, “Thanksgiving for Life and Birth,” Meditations on Divine Mercy

And don’t forget that this would be a great opportunity to check out the baby-related GetReligion.org swag at our CafePress store. Wink, wink.

M.Z. is trying to get lots of sleep. Please be patient with the other GetReligionistas as we carry on without her and, for those of you who do such things, keep this happy family in your prayers.

Feel free to use the comments pages to send your best wishes.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • FrGregACCA

    Let me be the first to offer congratulations, best wishes (for full nights of sleep), etc., etc. Mr. Hemingway can send the cigar to….

    A small correction: the new Ms. Hemingway is not a Lutheran (or any other flavor/brand of Christian) until she is baptized.

  • http://raphael.doxos.com Huw Richardson

    Let me be the second!

    Many Years! Many Years!

    (Noting that EP stands for “extended play…”)

  • Chris Bolinger

    Congratulations to the Hemingways! All the best.

  • rw

    Congratulations!

    To run with the LCMS and GetReligion crowd, she’ll have to have to know about her Lutheran heritage. When she get a little older, you might want to teach her the “Reformation Polka”

    When I was just ein junger Mann I studied canon law;
    While Erfurt was a challenge, it was just to please my Pa.
    Then came the storm, the lightning struck, I called upon Saint Anne,
    I shaved my head, I took my vows, an Augustinian! Oh, -

    -Chorus:
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation -
    Speak your mind against them and face excommunication!
    Nail your theses to the door, let’s start a Reformation!
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation!

    When Tetzel came near Wittenberg, St. Peter’s profits soared,
    I wrote a little notice for the All Saints’ Bull’tin board:
    “You cannot purchase merits, for we’re justified by grace!
    Here’s 95 more reasons, Brother Tetzel, in your face!” Oh-

    -Chorus:
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation -
    Speak your mind against them and face excommunication!
    Nail your theses to the door, let’s start a Reformation!
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation!

    They loved my tracts, adored my wit, all were exempleror;
    The Pope, however, hauled me up before the Emperor.
    “Are these your books? Do you recant?” King Charles did demand,
    “I will not change my Diet, Sir, God help me here I stand!” Oh-

    -Chorus:
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation -
    Speak your mind against them and face excommunication!
    Nail your theses to the door, let’s start a Reformation!
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation!

    Duke Frederick took the Wise approach, responding to my words,
    By knighting “George” as hostage in the Kingdom of the Birds.
    Use Brother Martin’s model if the languages you seek,
    Stay locked inside a castle with your Hebrew and your Greek! Oh-

    -Chorus:
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation -
    Speak your mind against them and face excommunication!
    Nail your theses to the door, let’s start a Reformation!
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation!

    Let’s raise our steins and Concord Books while gathered in this place,
    And spread the word that ‘catholic’ is spelled with lower case;
    The Word remains unfettered when the Spirit gets his chance,
    So come on, Katy, drop your lute, and join us in our dance! Oh-

    -Chorus:
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation -
    Speak your mind against them and face excommunication!
    Nail your theses to the door, let’s start a Reformation!
    Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation!

  • http://blidiot.blogspot.com/ Raider51

    Sweet!

  • http://www.draknet.com/proteus Judy Harrow

    Blessings on baby and parents, indeed!

    And kudos to the photographer! That is the best baby photo I have ever seen anywhere!

    warmly / Judy

  • Jason

    otherwise, it would be a “digital-birth announcement”

    Congratulations.

  • http://www.tmatt.net tmatt

    Jason:

    Picky.

    Father Greg:

    Hey, YOU tell MZ that EP is not a Lutheran already.

  • Jill C.

    Rest up, Mom Mollie. May God bless and strengthen you and your little family. Congratulations. :)

    And it is a beautiful newborn photo. Awesome!

  • Eli

    A big congratulations to both Mr. & Mrs. Hemingway and a welcome to the world to Eve! Great picture of the li’l beeper and glad that everything turned out well!

  • Jerry

    I’ll add my congratulations for the beautiful gift that God has placed in your hands.

  • http://www.tmatt.net tmatt

    Beeper?

    Help me out here, folks.

  • Eli

    Beeper = happy, healthy child.

  • folks

    Technically, “l’il beeper” is a noun that actually means offspring of any type that is pre-verbalization – happy or not – that communicate with others using “beeps” as opposed to words.

  • MJBubba

    Rather than “beeper,” happy or not, I prefer “baby.” And, E.P. looks like a happy baby. Congratulations to the Hemingways, and may God bless both child and new mother.

  • Mimi

    Congratulations and welcome to the world! Many Years!

  • http://jmblya.blogspot.com Micah

    Congratulations, Mollie! Your baby is really cute.

    (Not sure if you remember me, but we worked together in the late 90s; I think you still have my Lauryn Hill CD!)

  • http://www.getreligion.org Mollie

    Thanks to all who have wished us well and kept us in your prayers. We are delighting in our blessing and everything is going well thus far.

    And Father Greg is correct! She is not Christian/Lutheran yet.

    And I had forgotten that the Lauryn Hill CD I have was borrowed. Sorry, Micah!

  • http://jmblya.blogspot.com Micah

    No problem at all. I bought a used copy of it a few years back. Consider the CD a “new mom” present. :)

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    She isn’t Lutheran yet? You didn’t catechize her? Next thing I know you’ll be telling me that she isn’t libertarian yet. What’s this world coming to?

  • Mike Gridley

    Blessings on Die kleine Lutheranerin and the family…

    We rejoice with you!


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