You might think that after waiting for some time to have more children that we would have a long list of names already to choose from. This is not the case. Dreaming of babies, and nurseries and names was simply too painful. I’m not a “cart before the horse” type girl-at least I haven’t been in this arena. So once we found out we were pregnant, we began to throw around a few ideas. Of course, Ella Grace, had plenty of opinions too. After we found out we were having a boy (yes a boy-I have a lot to learn about “little men”!) we began to get a little more serious about this challenge.
We have only considered one little boy name from the beginning. We would continue to throw out ideas and nothing “struck” our hearts the way this name had. We couldn’t get away from it, and therefore new that our son’s name would be – Samuel.
Brandon and I believe that a name carries great meaning. We named Ella after my precious Grandma Briggs. My grandma was one of the sweetest, loving women I have ever known. She loved unconditionally and delighted in her children and grandchildren. She loved her Lord and demonstrated a servant’s heart. Ella’s middle name is Grace. We wanted her name to be a constant reminder to us and her of God’s unmerited favor toward us-of His great gift of love. God showed us unbelievable grace when he gave us Ella.
Samuel means “asked of God”. If there was a name that meant “begged, pleaded, cried, and asked of God” we would probably go with that. But “asked of God” also summarizes our feelings. Of course in the Bible Hannah dealt with infertility and prayed before the Lord faithfully asking God for a child, promising to give that child back to the Lord. God heard her prayers and petitions as He has ours and gave her a son – she named him Samuel. This name and it’s meaning sits heavy within us as we feel the weight of God’s goodness to us. Samuel will never be “just a name” to us-but a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness.
In the Bible, Hannah did indeed give her child back to God and took him to Shiloh to the tabernacle where Eli, the High Priest, raised him. Samuel heard, heeded and followed the voice of God. Our prayer for our Samuel is that he will always listen for the voice of the Lord. We are beyond excited about what God has planned for this “little man”.
Samuel’s middle name will be David after my big brother who died when I was 15 years old. Since that time I have always known if I had a little boy I would want to remember my brother in this way. This is a popular idea in my family as we are expecting a new nephew-David Kirk-in February (my twin brother’s son). My mom and I have laughed over how “silly” my brother David would think it was that were naming our baby after him. I can just hear him laughing that “crazy” laugh of his, telling us to get a life and find our own name 🙂
Beyond simply honoring my big brother-the name David has greater significance for me. Through the last few years, I have clung to the verse from Job that says, “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” When we underwent our first pregnancy loss/ectopic pregnancy I felt like I had “lost” so much; our baby, part of my reproductive health, and my sweet Grandma Briggs died the same week-and due to my surgery I was unable to honor her life with the rest of my family. I remember standing in the shower, weeping and singing the praise song “he gives and takes away, he gives and takes away, and still my heart will say, blessed be your name”. The Lord has given Samuel David, the Lord took away my big brother David-and still I will say, Blessed be the name of the Lord!
After we found out it was a boy-we took Ella to “Build a Bear” and she made Samuel his first stuffed animal and named him “George”.