Son of My Right Hand

Benjamin Aaron O’Kelley was born on Thursday, March 16th, at 12:18pm in Louisville. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. We brought him home with us today.

The process of labor and delivery was quick and relatively painless for Joni. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thank you all for your prayers. God has truly been gracious to us!

This is a picture of me with my new son. Some of you readers have never seen a picture of me before. Contrary to what my profile on the right suggests, I do not actually look like John Calvin.

Here is a picture of Benjamin with his Mommy. He really loves her.

I have started teaching him Greek, but so far he has only been able to cry, whimper, sneeze, and burp. It may be a while before he masters the participles. But he is still the most beautiful boy I have ever seen.


12 Responses to “Son of My Right Hand”

  1. Doctor Clockwork Says:

    Whahoo! He looks quite cute. It’s never too late to start reading him the Chronicles of Narnia, you know?

    Great to talk with you today, and my prayers are with you both in regard to Joni and Benjamin’s health and your soon decision regarding the (two) doctoral programs.

  2. Melissa Says:

    He is aDORable.

    And you are never too young for Narnia. <><

  3. Craig Says:

    very beautiful. congratulations!

  4. Adam Phelan Says:


  5. Jeanne Damoff Says:

    Oh, Aaron. How wonderful! I’m so so happy for all three of you.

    Fasten your seatbelts and secure all loose objects. You’re climbing the first hill on an adventure of a lifetime. 🙂

  6. iconoclasm Says:

    Congratulations dad. Here’s an “It’s a boy cigar for you.” (Just don’t smoke it on campus.)

    That was funny about your Calvin picture.

  7. Dee Says:

    Congrats, Aaron & Joni!

    Welcome the wonderful world of parenthood.

  8. The Table Guy Says:

    Congratulations again! Truly Wonderful!

    And, I too laughed out loud at the John Calvin comment.

  9. dritsema Says:


    David Ritsema

  10. Myles Says:

    you look nothing like Calvin. more like Chris Gaines.

    congrats on multiple levels!

  11. Ali Says:

    That’s great news, Aaron. Big congratz from me, too.

  12. Cogito Says:

    Congratulations Aaoron! And there does seem to be some pigment in his skin. Incredible!

    Seriously though, congratulations on your son. I will certainly be praying for you as you assume yet another role, father.

    Tell Joni I said hi.

    Luke A.

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