As I mentioned in this post, we have had a boy name since January 2009. It wasn't because we were looking for names, but because it was a name that was laid on Patrick's heart. Here's the story.
Last January we were deep in the heart of our infertility journey. We hadn't yet started discussing adoption, and were still waiting on the Lord for guidance. Our church started off the year with a 14 day fast. During that time, Patrick heard from the Lord that we would have a son, and when we did, what we were to name him. While Patrick was very excited to feel this confirmation, he was hesitant to share this with me immediately. He wanted to make sure I was at a point that I would be okay with hearing this, because though he was certain this was a promise from God, the one big piece he knew I'd want to know was: but when will we have this son?
At the end of January, we had a special speaker at church, and what he said that night was perfect for where we were at the time. He even stopped his message at one point and said he didn't know why, but he felt the Holy Spirit prompting him to tell this story because there was a couple there that needed to hear it. It was pretty long, but I swear the story could've been us...the ups and downs of waiting, the questions, and everything in between. Through it all, you could see God's hand though, and they were blessed with a child when they least expected it after several years of waiting. It was such a wonderful service; one that I will never forget.
So on the way home from church that night, Patrick felt that he was supposed to go ahead and share with me what he had heard. And he was right, I did ask if God said when we would have our son, but Patrick said he didn't know that part....but it didn't matter. It was such an amazing confirmation and renewed our faith.
Sidenote: As most of you know, we then decided in April to start the adoption process. That was a result of another fasting period and we felt confirmation from the Lord that even if we pursued adoption at that time, it wasn't giving up on the promise of a son He had given us. (You can read about that decision here.)
So! What is the name of our sweet little promise from God that is arriving this May?
Emanuel - meaning "God with us". And He truly is. Of course He always is, but his presence became so obvious to me from the first moment that the little plus sign showed up on the pregnancy test. And to think that Emanuel's heavenly father played a part in telling his earthly father his name, well quite honestly...it is so humbling. We feel so blessed and can't wait until Emanuel is here with us....every moment that I look at him I will be reminded of God's presence and goodness. (And in case you're curious, William is after my dad & Patrick, as that is both of their middle names.)
Some people have asked how we're pronouncing it, so here's a little pronunciation guide for you: E-man-yule. Not so much E-man-you-elllll, as one might sing it. :) It's not a big deal - we're not correcting people or anything, but I just thought I'd throw that tidbit in, because I get asked that often! Though it is hysterical every time my nephew sings his name....he's too funny! We'll probably call him Manuel a lot of the time, too. He already has a billion nicknames, so we'll see what sticks. Though I do have a tendency to over-nickname people...just ask anyone in my family. :)
Here is a bib I got for the little guy.
My mom made this frame for him for Christmas...isn't it adorable?!
AND please don't laugh, but a burp cloth I made for him....my FIRST ever attempt at sewing!! Thanks mom for sharing your awesome expertise...I think it's time for another lesson! :)
And I couldn't get a good picture of these, but I absolutely love them. They are personalized name labels that slide on bottles & sippy cups.
And can I just add that I LOVE some of the names y'all guessed? If we ever have another boy, I definitely might have to use one of those! Congrats to Angie for being the only person to guess correctly...way to go!! :) Email me your address and I'll send you a little surprise. :)