Our dear friend, Mel, offered to throw us a gender reveal party tonight. I LOVED the idea. I loved that it was something special and unique just for this #4 (heaven knows there will be very little of his/her VERY own that this angel will enjoy). AND this way some of our friends and our family could participate in discovering the news. Even my parents, who were far away, got to participate via Skype. They wouldn't have been able to do that in the sonogram room. It felt like they were there...would have rather hugged their necks, but loved sharing it with them none-the-less.
Until we FINALLY GOT to open the box
(they were not very cooperative and only came out one at a time)
and these guys are pretty excited, too
When we first found out about this little one, months ago, I felt overwhelming pressure to find the perfect name. I wanted it to carry meaning that really represented this "marker" for our family, the amazing way this sweet baby came to be part of our family. I did lots of "research" about baby names and meanings but pretty well came up empty handed. So I just began to pray that we would "know". UNTIL one day RRL and I sat down at a lunch date and both said the same name. It was done. THEN I found out what it meant, combined with the middle name we liked and knew it was perfect.
His first name is Christopher
meaning "One who bears Christ"
and his middle name is Teague
meaning "poet or poetic"
To us, his name is packed full of meaning. To us it means:
The one who revealed Christ in and to our family in a creative way. The one who marks a time when Christ revealed HIMSELF to us in a way so poetic it nearly sings to us. One who carries a legacy of Christ that we will always talk about and pray that generations to come will honor and cherish.
If that weren't enough...he shares the name of someone we love deeply. Someone we love like family. A mentor and friend. Someone we hope this little one looks to as a hero, just like we always have. That said, the highlight of the night was the fact that some of the very first times our son's name was spoken was in prayer by Chris. Wow!
So, tonight we celebrated. We celebrated with balloons. We celebrated with prayer. We celebrated with some of our favorite people. We celebrated this sweet baby that we cannot wait to meet!
Oh, little one, I cannot wait to tell you how much you were loved from your very earliest days.