a. something that is valued for its beauty
b. a beloved or highly prized person.
We are so very appreciative of all the encouragement, love, and prayers spoken on behalf of our family and our little babe. In the midst of our uncertain news we really wanted to choose a name for our little guy. To share it with you who have offered your concern. We also really appreciate all of your name suggestions and those of you who did the meaning research for us.
I must admit, I've always considered naming our babies before their birth to be premature and presumptuous. In the last week I've come to the realization that we presume a lot about our lives and our children before they are born, when really we know very little about God's ultimate plan for their time on earth. He who holds their future has known and loved each of my children, by name, since the beginning. While I am confident that he has heard the prayers for baby boy M., I imagine he will smile when he hears our baby's full name, as he has always known it, lifted up by many.
Gabe is a Hebrew name meaning God is my strength. He was, He is, and He will be for uncertainty of the days to come.
Evan is the Welsh form of the name John, in honor of my Grampa John. The meaning, God's gracious (or good) gift, made this an even more obvious choice for us.
Tomorrow Kevin and I are headed to the specialist with the hope of a bit more explanation about baby Gabe and what is to come for him.
Tonight, with God's strength, we pray with anticipation for something beautiful for our littlest gem.