My husband, Darrell, and I found out a few weeks back that our second baby is another girl!!!! We are absolutely excited and can't wait to meet her! And we are totally in love with the name we've picked out for her!
I was lying on my bed upstairs thinking about Bethel's name recently ... and then I started thinking about Haddie's name and thought "a blog post is in order!" Darrell and I wanted incredibly meaningful names for our kids even before we were married. Meaningful and Biblical.
This post is a bit backwards, seeing as Bethel is our soon-to-be second born child, but her name inspired the blog post, so I'll write about her name first. I'll get to your's soon, Haddie girl! :) ..... I think it's been at least two years now since our Pastor taught through the book of Genesis, but his sermons about Bethel really stuck with us. You can find the story surrounding our Bethel's name in Genesis 28:10-22. It's all about Jacob's dream of a ladder reaching to heaven. When he awoke from his dream, he exclaimed, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it." So he named the place Bethel. Over and over again in Pastor's sermons, he referred to Bethel as "God of the house, and He's home." Wow, we loved that! And that's exactly what we want for Bethel. We want her to be a house of God and for God to really and truly reign in her life every single day. And what a beautiful name for a girl! We also chose Grace for her middle name because God's grace is God's greatest lesson in my life ... at least so far. I have struggled to grasp and accept God's grace for myself (recovering self-condemner and all), so Grace is perfect and beautiful for our Bethel girl.
So there you have it ... Bethel Grace Thompson. We can't wait to meet her ... 14-ish weeks and counting! :D