I tried in vain for a nap yesterday afternoon. My son had other ideas and he protested his nap long enough that I eventually gave up on one for myself. He, however, did fall asleep shortly after I left my bedroom. That figures, right?
I had an interesting dream in the few minutes that I drifted somewhere been sleep and wakefulness. Well, it wasn't exactly a dream. A name came to me. It was very clear to me that this is the name that I should give my next child.
When I was totally awake, I was filled with joy. Call me crazy if you want, but I'd been feeling doubtful that I would have another baby and now I am sure that I will because I believe that God has already named this child for me. I'm as sure of this as I am that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
When I was pregnant with my son, I agonized over his name. As is my typical way of doing things, I over thought the process and spent weeks coming up a name that had the perfect meaning and that flowed pleasantly when spoken, but that didn't spell anything funny when represented by only initials. Add in that I wanted to include a family name and perhaps you can understand why it was so difficult. I do love my son's full name, so I think I did a pretty good job.
This name that came to me yesterday isn't a name that I would ever consider. It's not a bad name or anything, it just wouldn't occur to me to choose it. I already knew the meaning of this name, but I looked it up anyway to be sure. See what I mean about overdoing everything? Anyway, I cried when I read the meaning because I think this is the most perfect name and there is no way I could have come up with it on my own. God will give me another baby and He has already named this child.
If you are a parent, how did you come up the names of your children? Did you use a family name? A popular name? Or did you just make one up? Was the meaning important to you?