One half of the for KING & COUNTRY duo is filled with joy, celebrating the birth of his first daughter, after losing a baby a few years ago.

Luke and Courtney Smallbone welcomed their daughter, Evie Joy, on January 8.

"Today is a very special day in our household.... as we just welcomed our first little girl into our family!!" Luke writes on the band's Instagram page.

Luke says that the couple has "always longed to have a girl join our family," but weren't sure if it would ever happen. They have three boys, and went through the loss of another baby. 

"A few years back we lost a little baby, so this girl (I’m now holding) redeems so much in our hearts. A dream of our darling girl was dreamt many years ago and today, we thank the Lord for the gift of our daughter."

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On her own Instagram page, mom Courtney says that the baby's name means "to breathe, breath, living, life."

Courtney writes that her "rainbow baby," Evie, "made her presence known & was swift to come, yet such a peaceful & glorious delivery. She has been so longed & hoped for. After miscarrying & after waiting - Her presence has been life & joy."

Courtney quotes Psalms 126:6, which says, “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”

"Today feels like a victorious day & Luke & I stand in awe of God in all the details," Courtney says, "the wonder of life & I’m so happy to not have acid reflux anymore," she jokes.

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