the meaning of a name.

When I got pregnant with Edith, it felt like we were in the midst of a storm. I can still clearly recall moments where it felt like, "could this get any worse?" and sure enough it did. As Seth and I started to talk names, we knew we wanted a name with a meaning that defined the season we walked through before she was born. It was a significant time for both of us, because our world was literally turned upside down and we both knew that this would be a time that we would look back on and remember for the rest of our lives. 

Edith means "prosperous in war" or "warrior for the good." We liked the sound of the name from the beginning, but once we learned the meaning it seemed to stick, it meant so much to both of us. We were facing challenges, but it seemed like we were doing well and learning so much in spite of it. Our hope for Edith is that she will prosper in spite of challenges that come her way and that she would defend what is right, good, and true even if its unpopular. 

This quote from Charles Spurgeon is one that I came back to time and time again and sums up how I felt:

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father's arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! 

The name Grace was a wild card that got added to our middle name list at the ninth hour. I hadn't considered it before, but I loved the way it sounded with Edith and it seemed to fit our little girl so well. Once she was named we learned that Seth's great great grandmother was named Grace Edith and it just made us so glad we picked it. I really wanted a family name to be incorporated into her name, but I had no idea how she would carry it on, what a happy surprise. 

Our little Edith, or Edy, as we have taken to call her, has been nothing but pure sweetness these 9 weeks. She is growing like a champ and tipping the scales in ways that her big sister could only dream of. She is finding her way in terms of sleep at night and by two months she sleeps all the way through the night (fingers crossed). She adores Audrey and coos and smiles whenever she comes near. I have to say the feeling is definitely mutual as Audrey can't seem to get enough of her little sister and squeals with delight when she has "eyes open" as she likes to say when Edy's awake. 

Life with two, so far, has been nothing but wonderful. I have so cherished the time that I have with the girls together and one on one. Watching them grow up before my eyes has truly been a joy. There are so many moments throughout the day when I just marvel at the fact that I get to be their Mommy. 

1 comment:

Becca said...

I love her name. And her little self even if sometimes I think Seth is staring me down. ;-)

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