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September 30, 2004
Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace

After several fake outs, William Isaac Woodlief was born at 4:15 Tuesday morning. He was seven pounds, 12 ounces, and 20 inches long. He has his mother's good looks, and hopefully her brains. He has my bad temper.

Both are very healthy and beautiful. I'll post a picture soon.

William is named after my wife's grandfather, who helped liberate the ungrateful French in the second world war. As a result of a little luck and good timing, he was visiting us when my wife went into labor, and so he got to meet his great grandson later that day.

We'll call the boy by his middle name, which means "laughter." Isaac's brothers are excited to have him, though disappointed that he can neither catch a football or be tackled yet. All in good time, boys.

Posted by Woodlief on September 30, 2004 at 08:14 AM


Happy birthday, Wiliam.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at September 30, 2004 8:21 AM

I mean William! Heh.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at September 30, 2004 8:21 AM

Many congratulations.

Posted by: Michael at September 30, 2004 8:27 AM

Congratulations on the arrival of young Sir William!!!

I only wish that my grandfather and my son's namesake had been alive for my son's birth. Four generations is amazing!

Posted by: Jay G at September 30, 2004 9:15 AM

And Happy Birthday to William Isaac!
May the Lord bless him and keep him & make His face shine upon him.
Blessings to you and yours on this happy day!

Posted by: Tom K at September 30, 2004 9:40 AM


Posted by: Tracey at September 30, 2004 9:47 AM

What a blessing to have wonderful little William Issac "Fluffy" arrive!!! May the good Lord Bless you all, Tony, Celeste, Eli, Caleb, and William!!!!

Posted by: Sid at September 30, 2004 10:14 AM

Welcome to Isaac! And welcome to his parents to the world of zone defense. Three is good: it's politics, and there's much to be said for that.

Posted by: Heather at September 30, 2004 10:50 AM

The boys are probably only disappointed because y'al made the mistake of leading them to believe they were getting a brother. Things go much better if you suggest they're really getting a pet!


Posted by: Lucy at September 30, 2004 11:12 AM

Congrats! Looking forward to Isaac stories bringing more laughter to all of us readers.

Posted by: King of Fools at September 30, 2004 11:12 AM

Three boys - what fun! You're a lucky man.

Posted by: bb at September 30, 2004 11:25 AM

Welcome to the outside world, Isaac! You are exactly two years younger than my daughter -- let's hope you climb less though.

Posted by: Jordana at September 30, 2004 1:07 PM

I cannot WAIT until they are old enough to hear stories about what their father was like in high school. Then again, they may never be old enough.

I'm happy for your family. Take care and I hope to see all of you in the near future.

Posted by: Shawn at September 30, 2004 1:13 PM

Congratulations to all. Kisses to mom! Happy Birthday little man.

Posted by: Katherine at September 30, 2004 1:56 PM

So you backed off Isaac "Fuzzy" Woodlief?

Best to you all.

Posted by: Janis Gore at September 30, 2004 2:13 PM

Great news Tony, congratulations!

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at September 30, 2004 4:41 PM

Three boys - I'm jealous!

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family.

Posted by: Sandee at September 30, 2004 5:45 PM

Another little miracle!

Posted by: MoJo at September 30, 2004 6:55 PM

Congratulations, Tony!

Excellent name!

Posted by: Will Wilkinson at September 30, 2004 11:37 PM

I am so happy for all of you! I pray little Issac will fulfill his name, that is just beautiful, I love baby boys!

Psalm 139:13-16,(the message)

Oh yes, You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God~You're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration~what a creation!
You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculptied from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out beforore you,
The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.

Posted by: Angela at October 1, 2004 8:34 AM

Congratulations to you all ... how wonderful to have another healthy little boy. I can't wait to hear lots of stories and see lots of pictures.

Posted by: Aimee at October 1, 2004 10:11 AM

Congradulations on a successful addition to your family!

Posted by: Charles Hueter at October 1, 2004 10:30 AM

Congratulations. Little Isaac is a blessed child to be in your home.

Posted by: Teem at October 1, 2004 11:35 AM

Wonderful news all around.

"The first condition of understanding
a foreign country is to smell it."

--Rudyard Kipling

Posted by: Boris A.Kupershmidt at October 3, 2004 9:38 PM

Good name William. It's our family name--passed on to the first born male of the first born male for at least 4 generations now.

Means "unwavering protector"! (Depending on whom you ask)---but you probably already know that.

Posted by: Will from Nebraska at October 5, 2004 1:45 AM

Many congratulations to you all :)

Posted by: Sarah at October 7, 2004 5:42 PM


Posted by: upke at October 7, 2004 6:38 PM

I'm sure you're a bit busy -- but we're eager for the promised pic!

Posted by: SLC at October 8, 2004 4:51 PM