When We Chose Your Name


When we chose your name, your Dad and I had spent hours and hours making first and middle name combinations, changing and tweaking what we could call you, and what nicknames you may have. We bought book after book to figure out the meaning and see what it would mean for you as our son. We laughed at some of our favorite names and argued a little about who got to make the final decision, and what other people would think about the name. We didn’t find out your gender before you were born and didn’t share the names we had chosen.

When we chose your name, we wanted to honor my family. You were the first grandchild on each side of the family and since you would have your Dad’s last name, we wanted to honor my family and gave you my maiden name as your middle name. This was so special to us, and made your name sound presidential. I knew choosing this name would mean something special to my father.

When we chose your name, we wanted it to mean something. We searched in the baby name books for a name that meant something special and one we liked with our last name. Every baby name book would give several meanings for the same name, but we found one we liked.

When we chose your name, we dreamed for you. We prayed for you and dreamed for you and what your life would hold. We wondered what qualities of each of us you would possess. We laughed and enjoyed thinking of who YOU would be, with the name we chose for you.

When we chose your name, we knew there would be times that we would hear it and that we would be so proud of the name we had chosen and the man you had become.

When we chose your name, we anticipated hearing it, but nothing would prepare us for the emotion and the love we would feel at your milestones. Award ceremonies, high school graduation, college graduation and most recently, your wedding day. As your Dad and I sat at these milestones, we both wept. Overflowing with love, admiration, pride and such an amazing feeling hearing that name.  

When we chose your name I had no idea how quickly time would go. It seems like just yesterday we bought the books and started brainstorming if God would bless us with a girl or a boy. It went by in the blink of an eye, and now you are off on your own, married and starting a new adventure, with that special name.  


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Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.