"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. "
Zephaniah 3:17

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday - What's in a Name?

One of my sweet friends from high school named, Meg posted a blog recently about the meaning behind all three of her adorable kiddos names. I thought it was such a great idea for a post, so today I am reflecting on why we gave Austin, Audrey and Ainsley the names we did when they were born. Just another way I am so thankful for this life the Lord has so graciously given me. :)

Austin Joseph

Austin was the child that we so desperately prayed for about 3 1/2 years. 2 months before I got pregnant with Austin I had a miscarriage (lost one in my uterus and another egg was found growing in my fallopian tubes that we had to remove immediately.) It was a very difficult season/wilderness time for us. So hard to see the purpose behind all the many months of trying with no success. So hard to keep trusting and knowing that the Lord had a plan in it all. So, as the story goes - Andrew was out of town, I was took an ovulation test, saw that I was ovulating, called Andrew, and we decided to "meet" late that night in none other than AUSTIN, Texas at a hotel. Many funny "memories" from that experience including me having to call my boss the next morning b/c I was caught in traffic on I-35 and wasn't going to make it into school on time. Good times! (My wonderful principal and co-workers prayed for me before I left the day before, so there were lots of "jokes".;) We knew the minute that we found out that we were having a boy that his 1st name had to be Austin. The name means: worthy of dignity and honor. :) His middle name Joseph is Andrew's middle name and it was a no-brainer for us to give him the same name as his daddy's. :)
Audrey Suzanne

We were So sure that Audrey was a boy and we were going to call him Aiden Michael. I had some blood work come back irregular and we had to go to Ft. Worth to see a specialist right around my 18th week of pregnancy with her. It was a scary time for us because of the unknown of what could be wrong with our unborn baby. I will never forget the sonogram and how unnerving it was b/c the lady wasn't allowed to tell us anything she saw. (My 1st sonogram with Austin was so fun, but this was like 20-30 minutes of complete quiet torture!) Right before she walked out of the room she looked at me and asked, "Do you want to know what you are having?" I said please and she said it was a girl. She left the room and I bawled my eyes out. Not b/c I was so sad about having a girl, but b/c of the whole yucky day. All tests turned out great and as all of you know, Audrey is a beautiful girl with an amazing heart. We were surprised by Audrey's pregnancy and knew she was a gift like Austin from the Lord. We also thought that she might be our last child and didn't want her to be the only one in our little family without an 'A' name. :) I have always loved the name Audrey. (The classic beauty Audrey Hepburn was one of my favs.:) We went back and forth b/w Audrey and Aubrey for a while, but just felt like the name Audrey fit her best. Audrey is actually a variant of the name Andrew (which I had absolutely NO idea until I looked it up just now!! SO cool!) and also noble and strong. I always knew that I wanted to name my first girl after my sister, Suzanne. The name just fit perfectly! What I love is that I see a lot of my sister's personality in Audrey a lot these days. Those are some big shoes to fill! :)

Ainsley Kendall

Our sweet baby girl was another surprise gift for us from the Lord. My pregnancy with her was so much like my pregnancy with Austin that again, I thought she was a boy. We already had our boy name and thought we were ready to go. When we found out that she too was a girl, we decided not to tell family or friends what her name was going to be for the fun of it. (And b/c we were having a hard time deciding and didn't want the "pressure" that family can some times give when it comes to names.) We prayed and searched a lot for Ainsley's name. In the end it was between Ainsley and Addison. After we saw our last sonogram of her sweet face we both knew that Ainsley was the one. It was a name that was different enough, but not too out there. Ainsley means: from the awe inspiring one's meadow. LOVE that! Kendall is a name I have loved since childhood. I always thought I was going to have a set of boy/girl twins. (wonder where I dreamed that up ;) The boy would be called Caleb and the girl Kendall. So, when we were trying to come up with a middle name for Ainsley though we tried many, we kept coming back to Kendall. We think it totally fits her!

We love the names of our children and hope that they grow up liking them as well. Now we just wonder if we are ever going to get to have an Aiden or not??!! ;)