Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Baby names

Psalm 33:13-15, 18-22
From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind; 

 from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield. 
 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name. 
 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

We have been getting out and enjoying these beautiful golden evenings. There is a field of dandelions the kids ask to go play in every day. Brady picks me as many yellow flowers as I'll take. He insisted on taking my picture with his flowers, such a sweet boy.

I wanted to share Baby #7's name. Joe and I went around and around trying to find a name we both liked. Not just liked but loved and that didn't sound similar to our other kids names. There are many names we both liked but ruled out because they had similar sounds. 
Two things were really important to me, no name that ended in an "ee" sound or would likely be shortened to an "ee" ending nickname {e.g. Bethany, Brady, Annie and Laynee} and a name that begins with a different letter than our other names.
We went around with some of our favorite names from the past like Katherine, Claire and Maryn but they just didn't seem to fit. I read list after list on Pinterest. I really wondered if we were in fact past the point of finding a name we loved and felt was "the one". I even considered Charlie and thought we would seriously tell her, "We ran out of girl names."
There was one name that Joe and I both really liked but I had ruled it out because it started with the same letter as my newest niece's name. Joe brought the name back up and I said, "Yeah, I really like that name." and he said, "So why not go with that one?" I did what I have done every time we seriously considered a name, I looked up what it meant.
Meanings of names are pretty important to me and surprisingly, as I read the name online it gave the Hebrew name meaning, "God sees".
It was all I could do to not cry reading that, such a needed reminder that God sees me in the midst of my struggles and hard things I'm dealing with in this season of life. It was such a comforting truth to know that God sees us and knows what we go through and I pray it will one day have a great impact on this little one's life.
As we told each of the kids the day we decided each of them really liked the name and not one of them sneered and said, "Ugh, no!" Not one said they didn't like it. That was so crazy because every time we would mention a possible name at least one or two would say they didn't like it.
I'm grateful for the beautiful moments, the golden evenings and dandelion fields. The sweet blessings that fill my life on a daily basis from name meanings to little baby kicks that remind me over and over again that despite the inevitable hardships in this life, God is near and ever present. Life can be really difficult and disappointing and so painful but there are many undeserved gifts that completely amaze me that God loves me and cares about me this much.
Hazel Joy is one of my greatest undeserved blessings. A reminder that God sees and I can't wait to kiss her face. 
9 weeks counting down, we can't wait to meet you Hazel. xoxo


Rosemary said...

Such a beautiful name. You are such an inspiration to so many. I am not even sure that you are aware. Your strength and trust in the Lord is an encouragement to me. You are teaching your children real life lessons and the love you pour out on them can come from no where but Jesus. I wish you and Joe God's blessings.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the name!

Miranda Rose said...

You are so kind to comment such encouraging words. Thank you Rosemary! I hope you are doing great.

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