Mr. Speaker, she was born at evening time as a full Moon rose over Texas. Ivy Frances Shoemaker joined the world weighing 7 pounds and was 20 inches long.

Her birth was on May 9 in Dallas. The miracle of birth is God’s blessing to the rest of us.

It is a blessing to Ivy’s parents, Kellee and Anthony, and her sisters, Olivia and Rosalyn. Ivy, of course, is a beautiful, smartlooking baby.

She has the privilege to be born to wonderful parents who will raise her to grow in widsom and stature in the Lord. My wife, Carol, and I are the proud grandparents of Ivy, whom I will call from time to time, number 12.

Mr. Speaker, you see, I refer to my other grandchildren by their birth numbers as well. There are 11 of them.

My hope for Ivy is that she sees the importance of being good to others; that she makes the world a better place; that she is faithful to the Lord; that she appreciates her heritage; and that, of course, she always lives in Texas.

And that is just the way it is.