Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thinking back

When we were expecting our first born we found ourselves eagerly anticipating the day we would hopefully find out if a little boy or a little girl was entering our new family. We would spend hours at night pouring over our baby name book, talking about and playing with different names we liked. The day finally arrived and as I was on the bed with the warm jelly on my stomach the ultrasound tech asked if we wanted to know what we were having. Yes was our eager reply and she quickly replied Its a boy. That night as we lay in bed, we knew his little name. A name that was very special to us. A name that would carry much and would bless. We kept his name a secret until he was born, until he was first introduced to the man that he was named after. Not only was he being named after someone whom we loved, we loved the meaning of his name.

John Alvin
gift of God ... friend of all

Our second child was on their way and this time it was a surprise. We poured over boy and girl names. Praying... desiring to speak life into this little one. We were so excited to be welcoming another little one into our family and loved the anticipation of a surprise... it was better then Christmas morning yet somehow, we knew what the name would be if this was to be a little boy and found ourselves perplexed on a little girls name. Even as we drove to the hospital that early morning we had our list of girl names and our one boy name. And then our second son was born...

Benjamin Aubrey
strong, mighty in spirit ... noble

Another precious child was joining our lives, our family. We were so excited and decided to keep this little one a surprise as well. For some reason, during this pregnancy person after person kept informing us that we would statistically have another little boy. We would love to have another little boy but a girl... a little girl... As hard as it was for us to find a little girls name when we were pregnant with Benjamin, we gravitated towards little girls names this time. Brent was the one who brought up the idea of this name if it was to be a girl - not only would we be speaking life to her, she would be reminding us, pricking our heart every time her name was uttered.

Faith Elizabeth
firm believer... oath of God

We knew that we were going to have another little one but we were still caught by surprise with this new little one growing inside. We were excited and loved that someone new was joining our growing family but we were busy and life was changing quickly. We found ourselves moving before she was born and somehow it just seemed easier to find out what we were having. Do we need to save the baby boy clothes or the baby girl clothes? The ultrasound technician was quite confident in his skills and quickly showed us that a little girl would be joining us. We had many girl names that we loved yet we kept being pulled back to this name. The meaning... how could we step away from this one? The other names just seemed... they just seemed to lack depth when we compared it to this one. This is the name, this has to be her name.

Olivia Grace
peace, she walks with God ... patient, full of grace

The names of our children. As I pray over these precious children, I often pray the meaning of their names over them. May they not only be found as a gift, mighty in spirit, a firm believer, walking with God but may they stir up these gifts in each other.


  1. AMEN! Thank you for sharing the "stories" of your children's names. How precious! It certainly is fun choosing names. For us, we've had long lists of girls names, but hardly any boys names. Maybe this one will be a girl and we can use one of those names we have picked out! :) Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

  2. As I read this my breath caught wondering if this was another annoucement...which we would praise the Lord for; I'm sure you wonder if I might think that. I was already in tears from todays post so I don't know whether to laugh or cry...but your family is in the Hands of the Almighty and He will make you strong as you lean on Him.

  3. Great post Cares, your little ones will walk in the fulness of the names that the Lord has lead you to. They are all so precious and amazing.

  4. I love this post. Thanks for sharing more about your family!