He's Here! Staff Baby, Elan


RETA staff members, Rod and Angie Tackett recently had their long-awaited baby boy! Here’s what Rod had to say.

Elan (EE-len) Salem Tackett was born Wednesday, March 20 at 7:33 p.m. He is 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 20.5" long. His first name is a take on a Hebrew word for tree based on the verse Isaiah 61:3. "And provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called trees of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." His name is a name of hope for us, after mourning the loss of our beautiful daughter Avi two years ago this same week. His middle name is a Hebrew word for peace, which is something we want to define our family. All together, Elan's name means tree of righteousness and peace. Elan is the display of God's splendor. He points to God's faithfulness to walk with us, see us through hardship, provide for our needs and to show he isn't finished with us yet. We are so thankful for God's abounding mercy to allow our son life and the honor to raise him! We ask for your prayers for wisdom as we learn how to parent and do our best to not suck at it. Thanks for your love and prayers over these last two years for our family and for your love and prayers in the years to come as Angie and I rise to a new season of life helping our Little Tree to grow.

We praise God for his life and celebrate with them! Welcome, Elan!