I'm joining Kelly's link up party at Show Us Your Life. Today's topic is baby names.
Before Judd and I were married, we talked about having children someday. We picked out names for them and wrote them on a list. One name was a 'J' name picked out to match Judd and Jennifer. After we got married and had years of infertility, that list of names tucked in our Bible at our favorite verse was a thread of hope for us. Imagine the prick in my heart when Judd's brother announced they were having their fourth child, and her name would be Jordan. But that was our name! We had it first! We had that name picked out for years and years on our list! Sniff Sniff. One by one the names from our list were "taken" as close friends and relatives had babies of their own. Stinkin' infertility.
But - God is faithful! After three unsuccessful rounds of IUI at the fertility clinic, we did in vitro and it worked.
We named our baby girl Sophia Coco. I always liked the name Sophie. It's a cute, friendly, happy name. As an adult, the name easily switches to Sophia - sophisticated, classy, and alluring. That name also means, "Wisdom of God." What more could a girl ask for in a name? Coco is just an adorable chic name I fell in love with. Yes, I do love to sew and enjoy fashion, so Coco Chanel did come to mind too.
We did in vitro again and had fraternal twins. We knew we wanted the first one born to be named Piper Jentry. I had to have an emergency C-section. The doctor reassured me that the lower baby is always pulled out first since she is the one who would have been born first naturally. I found Piper's name on a baby name website and loved it immediately. Judd instantly loved that name too. We found the name Gentry on that website too and liked it, but changed the spelling of it to Jentry. We had to get our 'J' name in there somewhere. (I see your "Jordan" and raise you a "Jentry" - just kidding).
Riley Autumn. Oh how I struggled with picking out her name. Part of me wanted to name her Petra ("the rock" and also one of the most spectacular places in the world.ever. google Petra and you will see). Since they were twins, Piper and Petra sounded good together too. But, Judd didn't care for that name and he kept the name Riley close to his heart. I'm so glad we named her Riley. It fits her perfectly. I wanted her middle name to be something soft and feminine, so Autumn was what we chose.
What's so important about a name?
Proverbs 22:1 "A good name (sterling reputation) is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold."
My prayer is that my girls' beautiful character outshines their names.