It’s been a very full almost- two weeks since coming back from Hawaii… It was walking out of the airport into the parking lot that Owen said, “Wow, Santa brought us the best present EVER!” And then, “I think God did too!” There’s nothing like a new baby brother– we won’t try and top this one.
Through a lot of unusual circumstances and God’s clear leading, our foster baby Y.-kun is now our son, being adopted into our family. His home-coming has been met with great joy by our family as well as our community. Our across-the-street neighbor, who has offered to babysit anytime:
During the first week, we tried out different name ideas on our Japanese friends. We really wanted to find a name that 1) “works” in our Japanese context, particularly since he will likely go to Japanese schools like his older siblings; 2) fits with his siblings’ names; 3) has a meaning that fits. Most of the names that we initially liked just weren’t working in Japanese!
Then, I shared the story of Y. coming back with our ladies’ English class. (Email me if you’d like the whole story). I got to the end of the sotry, and one of the women in the class, with tears in her eyes, said, “you should name him something that means ‘gift from God.’ ”
Her words stayed with us, and focused our search. Thus this week, we decided to name our 4 month old son, Ian Y–. Ian means “gift from God”; Y–, his name given at birth, means gentle or kind. Little Ian makes more laundry and keeps our arms fuller; but this special gift from God brings boundless joy already to so many!