Monday, March 31, 2008

What's in a Name?

So much thought goes into baby names. I remember when I was pregnant with Sophie having a long list of names to ponder over. Her name is Sophia Grace because I loved those names and the meanings that they held. I learned that Sophia means wisdom, the gift of discernment or insight and that was something I had been praying for as a soon-to-be parent. Her middle name, Grace, means the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. I often find myself thanking God for the wisdom and grace He has given to me and I am always reminded of my Sophia Grace who is a living translation of these gifts in my life.

We wanted to give baby girl #2 a special name as well that carried significant meaning for us. After much thought and some input from the Lord, we chose Elizabeth Rose (Ella for short) for her. Elizabeth means God is bountiful, abundantly bestowing His promise of favor and goodness on us. Clint and I have definitely experienced God's promises of favor and goodness in our lives. Elizabeth also happens to be my middle name which allows me to have a unique connection with her. We chose Rose for her middle name because it means resembling the beauty of the meaningful flower. Since we were married in a rose garden, this flower and the name reminds us of the most beautiful expression of our love for each other when we exchanged our marriage vows. I know it sounds sappy, but pregnant women are known to be a bit weepy and sappy. We can not wait to meet Elizabeth Rose!

5 comments:

vanessa calderon said...

beautiful. we cannot wait to meet her as well.

Janet said...

That is a beautiful name! Lindsey's middle name is Rose for the flower of her birth month. She was born on the last day of the month, so we were almost in trouble because I didn't like the next month's flower name. Oh.....the silly things we think of.

Stephens Family News said...

Ella...I love it! :o) How sweet!

Stephens Family News said...

Oh my goodness...I knew something sounded familiar about the name Elizabeth Rose! Elizabeth Rose is a friend of mine from our previous Church (before Providence)...her last name is Rose. She is a wonderful Christian woman...married now with a different last name. :o)

Sherri said...

I love it! Obviously, our Sarah Elizabeth does too. And Rose, what can be more beautiful?