Meet our baby.

His birthday.

Our baby on his birthday–still a puffy little nameless raisin, but we love ‘im!

The Lord protected our little one through a 41-week pregnancy (mostly) on the road and a scare at 24 weeks. He carried mama and baby safely through delivery on August 3, and now we’re all together–all ten of us…and the dog and a kitten.

Getting ready to go home.

Getting ready to go home.

Those of you who follow us on Facebook as The Travel Bags, Stephen Bautista Music, or The Simple Homemaker, or on Instagram as The Travel Bags have been nagging asking us for a name.

I have HOW MANY siblings?

I have HOW MANY siblings?

He has a name at long last.

The Littlest Bagasao

The littlest Bagasao

His name is Judah Ebenezer Robert Bagasao.

Hi, People. Nice to meet you.

Hi, People. Nice to meet you.

Judah means “to praise.” Our lives as music missionaries and as Christians are (or should be) acts of continual praise. Praise God for this healthy baby, for sustaining our mission, for holding our family together. Praise God for the bumps in the road, even the big ones like Crohn’s disease and losing loved ones. On a personal note, our traveling music mission shares the Word through our musical praise of an amazing God.

Judah at 10 Days

Judah at 10 days–It’s good to have a name.

Ebenezer is a Biblical place-name meaning “stone of help.” God is and has been our rock. When we started this music mission with $500 to our name, a sick child, and a singer with stage fright, He was the steady one we could depend on. When we face a new trial, a new baby, a new decision, we know that no matter what happens, God–our stalwart rock–will help us through until we see Him face to face.

Eliana Charis (God has answered us with grace) and Judah Ebenezer Robert (Praise our Stone of Help)

Eliana Charis (God has answered us with grace) and Judah Ebenezer Robert (Praise our Stone of Help)

As far as Ebenezer’s popular namesake from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, you really must read the book to fully understand this. Known to most of you as merely a “scrooge,” Ebenezer makes a miraculously dramatic transformation at the end of the book, becoming an amazingly generous, loving, involved, joy-filled man, a servant to all. His is the quintessential story of redemption and grace. Isn’t that every true Christian’s story, too? I know it’s ours. Our dark, selfish natures are transformed through Christ.

A Christmas Carol was also the family read-aloud we were enjoying when we first learned about our baby, and Eb is the nickname he bore all those months while we waited to see his little face. We couldn’t imagine changing his name after all that time.

Tummy time with two of his girls.

Tummy time with two of his girls.

Robert is my (Christy’s) grandfather’s name.

Elisabeth, Christy, Grandpa dancing

Elisabeth, Christy, and Grandpa dancing. We miss you, Grandpa!

Grandpa was like a father to me when mine was out of the picture. He was a very special man to our whole family. Losing him last year hurt, but he shared his faith with his family, and I know we will be reunited again, thanks to our mutual Stone of Help, our Savior Jesus. His was not a feel-good faith; it was the real thing. He let his faith shine through his generous and caring spirit and, at times, through his Jesus-in-the-courtyard style anger at the atrocities of this world. Robert means “shining,” but to us it also means a very special, God-fearing, irreplaceable man who let his faith shine, which is what we pray Judah will be and do as well.

Great Grandma ("Bobert's" wife) and Little Bobert

Great Grandma (“Bobert’s” wife) and Little Bobert

While some of you know us as the Bautistas, meaning “baptizer,” our legal name is Bagasao, meaning “sower of seed” or “spreader of wise words.” Both Bautista and Bagasao are a call to obey God’s Great Commission–sharing the Word with all the world and baptizing in His name. Judah was baptized shortly after his birth, and he will be raised to know and share the wise life-giving words of Scripture.

Pastor Sauer and Stephen baptizing our then nameless baby, but God knew his name.

Pastor Sauer and Stephen baptizing our then nameless baby, but God knew his name.

Judah Ebenezer Robert Bagasao — Praise our Stone of Help

I'm three and I'll be your babysitter this morning. (Cue newborn panic.)

I’m three and I’ll be your babysitter this morning. (Cue newborn panic.)

Praise our Stone of Help as we fulfill His call to shine our faith into all the world. It’s a big calling for such a little guy and his family, but all things are possible with our Stone of Help.

Ten for the Road

Ten for the Road–SO much joy!

What do we call him?

Hannah and Judah

Hannah (meaning Grace) and Judah (meaning Praise)–our bookends.

Some of us call him Little Bobert (after a pet name for Grandpa).

Marissa has done the big sister thing a time or six.

Marissa has done the big sister thing a time or six. Still, she’s absolutely enamored with this little fella.

Some of us call him Judah Ben-Bob (after Judah Ben-Hur–a favorite book).

Uh, Ma, this baby is hungry.

Uh, Ma, this baby is hungry.

Some of us even call him Judah–imagine that!

Boy Club inaugurates its newest member.

Boy Club inaugurates its newest member.

Most of us still call him Eb.

Emily Rose (our flower) and Little Eb (our stone)

Emily Rose (our flower) and Little Eb (our stone)

 Praise our Stone of Help!