I have been pretty absent from the blogging world these last few weeks. We have had a very busy month - I'll blog all about that at another time. I realized yesterday that I have been so preoccupied that I completely forgot to to a week 22 post! I'll be 24 weeks on Monday so I'll just wait to do that post.
I wanted to officially post what we have decided to name our sweet baby girl and why.
My grandmother (my mom's mom) past away due to breast cancer 2 weeks before my mom's 16th birthday. It still saddens me that I never had the privilege to meet her. I have fond memories of my mom and her sisters telling me all about my grandmother (who my brothers and I have always lovingly called "grand-mama-with-Jesus"). As I have gotten older, my mom has told me on many occasions that I have physical and personality traits like my Grand-mama-with-Jesus. The Lord has allowed me to feel a special bond with her and I know a lot of it has to do with the special bond my mom and I share. I know I'm bias, but I truly believe I have been blessed with the most precious mother - and I feel like I have my grand-mama-with-Jesus to thank for that. Even though she only had 16 years with my mom, she left an enormous legacy behind. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about how the Lord has blessed me with a daughter and I am reminded of the legacy in my family. Even though I never met her, my sweet grand-mama-with-Jesus has blessed my life beyond words thru my mom and so it would only be right of my daughter was named after her! Lindley is grand-mama-with-Jesus' maiden name! My prayer is that each time I say my daughters name to her, the memory and legacy of great women in my family will remind me of God's faithfulness and the responsibility he has given me to be the best mother I can be.
(My mom and my grand-mama-with-Jesus)
As most of you know I grew up in Japan. As a child in a foreign country, it would be easy to loose touch of culture from your home country. But as a young girl growing up in Japan, I still grew a love for the romance and life lessons offered to us thru Disney movies. My mom and I grew a special appreciation and love for the movie, Beauty and The Beast. We watched it together time and time again during our years in Japan. As a little girl, I always felt a connection with the lead character, Belle. I was always impressed by her ability to love and care for people no matter what their story, looks, personality, etc. And everyone she came in contact with felt that about her and were naturally drawn to her. (Even though this character was a girl, that characteristic is the exact same trait that I see in my sweet husband).
16 weeks till we get to me our own Lindley Belle!