Baby Name Announcement

Author: Courtney Miller

It’s a…

boy!

Here’s to planes, trains, and automobiles. Here’s to easier clothes shopping. Here’s to innate roughhousing and a trip to the emergency room. Here’s to pee on the floor, behind the toilet, and on the walls. But here’s to the goofiness and adoration of a baby boy that is already so, so loved. By his mother, father, grandparents, aunt, and uncle.

Collin and I are both so thrilled. Either way, boy or girl, we cried out of happiness that our God created this human being with much detailed thought and whichever sex it was, it’s life was already planned. So our main concern was a happy, healthy baby. But we knew, in either which way, healthy or not, baby boy or baby girl, we wouldn’t love him or her any less.

On February 22nd, 2017 we had our 20 week ultrasound and anatomy scan. Everything looked great! He passed his anatomy scan with a 100%. He is, so far, a very healthy baby boy.

20 Weeks

So now that we know what the gender is, it was time to pick the perfect name for our baby boy.

We were super open to really any name- trendy, traditional, unique, etc. But one must was that if it was a boy, his name had to have a strong, biblical meaning.

There wasn’t too much pressure in choosing a name. Collin and I were on the same page for the most part. We wanted no stress in choosing the name. Normally choosing a baby name is a very daunting process, but we wanted to have fun with it. Most couples research and argue about the name, but if we both agreed to a strong, biblical name — there wasn’t much researching and arguing to do.

To be honest, we’ve been talking about names since the day we found out we were pregnant. We were too anxious and wanted to start shopping. For the most part though, we’ve kept quiet because we wanted his or her name to be of our idea and not of the world’s.

But, anyways, here it goes. Whether or not the world loves it — To his parents, his name is strong, biblical, and has the best meaning.

His first name — Isaac.

The name Isaac is a Hebrew name. In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Isaac is “Happy” or “Laughter.” In biblical terms, Isaac was the only son born to Abraham and his wife, Sarah. God gave him the name Isaac because he had a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause. Not only did the biblical Isaac live in harmony, balance his life well, and respond positively to beautiful and not-so-beautiful things, he was strong — In my opinion, one of the strongest biblical characters in the Old Testament. Believe it or not, Isaac was the only patriarch whose name was too strong to change, and the only one who did not move out of Canaan when things got tough. Not to mention, he died when he was 180 years old, making him the longest-lived between the patriarchs. Because of the biblical Isaac, the name Isaac will always be among the strongest of names.

When I think of the baby name Isaac, it makes me picture this sweet boy giggling with an adorable grin on his face. And with lots of parenting, will become a strong, faithful man just like his Daddy.

His middle name — Gabriel.

In Hebrew terms, Gabriel means “God is my strength” and “Rejoice in the Lord.” Again, a very strong, biblical name. Biblically, Gabriel was one of the seven archangels, most commonly known as the “Messenger of God.” In the Old Testament, he was sent to interpret many visions. Although this name isn’t at all that common anymore, we couldn't get over the real meaning of the name. Making us think it was God’s calling for us to use Gabriel as his middle name. I mean — every day, every talk, we always came back to the same middle name. Gabriel.

Now when I think of the baby name [Gabe], I automatically think of the words “smart” and “darling.” A baby boy who is a fast learner and could charm anyone and anything. Again, something I think he would inherit from his father. Not that I don’t carry any good traits, but I like to think Collin carries the best of them. He is so smart and so charming, so there just isn’t a better name for Collin’s mini me.

Now together — Isaac Gabriel.

We will most likely call him Isaac Gabe, because we just love that. But together, his name is so, so strong and meaningful. “To be happy and rejoice in the Lord.”

The best part about the meaning of his full name is that it is a bible verse.

Habakkuk 3:18 “I will rejoice in the Lord, and I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

I mean seriously — What other reminder do you need to keep yourself sane. When there is a baby boy who is staring at you in the middle of the night because he just can’t sleep, what other reminder do you need to keep yourself up. What other reminder do you need to remember to read the Bible with your child each night before he goes to bed and what other reminder do you need when something does happen to your baby boy and he ends up in the emergency room. There just is no other.

When we come to a day of trouble, Isaac’s name will have already prepared us. A good hope through Grace is founded in Holy Fear. We promise, as parents, to always observe the great things God has done for us as a family, so we not only recover quicker on troublesomed days, but will be filled again with Holy Joy. As children of God, we all are to resolve delight and triumph to the Lord; for when all is gone, He is not gone.

As a family — Collin, Isaac, and I — enjoy God in all. We promise to always praise the Lord, as the God of our Salvation, the Salvation of our soul, and be happy and rejoice in Him as such.

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