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Friday, July 18, 2008

Getting Ready for Some Changes

These pictures are a little over a month old. (They were actually taken on my birthday.) Mommy and I decided to get a little basic craftsmanship practice by making Aletheia's toddler bed ourselves, and when Aletheia saw us working, she wanted to get in on the act. So here are a couple of shots of her sanding one of the boards for her bed (which is not quite finished yet--I still need to add a safety rail.)

20080608 Aletheia-3 APOD

20080608 Aletheia-9 APOD

23 Months, 5 Days

In other news, it's a good thing that we are getting ready to move Allie out of her crib, because we just found out on Monday that she will become a big sister around next March. Someone else will need that sleeping space.

Because I'm an obsessive advance planner, we are starting to work on names for the next one. There are some ideas we had been bandying about, but after grabbing some baby name books and starting from scratch, a couple of former long-shots have risen to the top. We want our kids' names to have some kind of significant Christian meaning, preferably in a way that connects to us personally, so here's what we are leaning toward now:

If it's a girl, we might give her the name of a 16th century mystic whose books we have been reading as part of our nightly devotionals. She was a woman of prayer and humility, whose chief desire was to know and love God as deeply as possible, and her books reflect that spirit. It used to be a common name but hasn't been popular for a while. There is, however, a cute and trendy five-letter nickname that we would probably call the kid most of the time. This one shouldn't be hard to guess if you are up to speed on your 16th century Christian writers.

If it's a boy, we're looking a little further back in history to a missionary in the British Isles back in the 6th century. This name has a Celtic flavor to it, and is mentioned in a song by one of our favorite musical artists. What we know of this particular saint is a mix of history and legend, but there is no doubt that he was real and had a big impact. The Venerable Bede praised him highly in his Ecclesiastical History of the English Peoples. One old story recounts how this missionary, dedicated to poverty and humility, was given a grand, well-trained horse by a king who had befriended him, and who wanted him to have proper transportation. The horse was gratefully received, used for a day or two, and then passed on to a beggar. We both really like the name. The only downside is, so did about five bajillion other American families in the last few years. It's a bit too popular for my taste, but that's not a deal-breaker.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! We are thrilled to hear the news. I hope Sandy is feeling good! We will see you soon! Deborah

LostinPlaceKim said...

I was just going to comment on how adorable the dress she's wearing in that picture is but it looks like I need to throw in a congratulations as well! That's wonderful!

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