Alright, Haddie girl, it's your turn, babe!
A year or two before Darrell and I started dating, I read through a book series called The Mark of the Lion series. It was a Christian historical fiction series written by Francine Rivers, just in case you're interested in reading it! ;) In the first two books of the series, the main female character's name was Hadassah. She started out as an ordinary, fearful girl who lost her family to the violent Romans, and she became an extraordinary woman of faith, determination, and trust in the Lord in the midst of some unbelievable trials. I was totally inspired and amazed at this woman's journey of faith ... yes, even though she is a fictional character. It was just that good of a story! And from that point on, I wanted to name my first daughter Hadassah. I pray that Haddie will grow to be a woman of this kind of undying faith in her Savior.
Darrell and I agreed that we'd really like to pick strong, Biblical names for our kids, and thankfully, Hadassah is found in one sentence of the Bible! Hadassah is Esther's Hebrew name and can be found in Esther 2:7. So, boom! We have our strong, Biblical name for our first born girlie! In addition to the Francine Rivers' Hadassah, we really admire Esther's strength and courage to follow God and risk her life for her people. Also, we chose Haddie's middle name, Ruth, from, yep, you guessed it, the book of Ruth in the Bible. Ruth's story of courage, loyalty, and humility is inspiring and such an amazing example to follow. Hence, our strong, Biblical middle name for our Hadassah. I worked through a Bible study of both the book of Esther and the book of Ruth while I was pregnant with Haddie, and I remember being even more convinced that we picked the perfect name for our girlie!
God is so awesome! I'm so thankful for my Haddie girl!