Jon said in an earlier post that I would explain Gilead's name. We truly didn't settle on a name until hours before he was born. We had talked about many, many different names (remember Bruce Lansky's Mother of all Baby Name Books?). We chose Gilead because of its meaning (monument of testimony - what better testimony to God's love and care for us than this little boy) and also because of the way it is referred to in the Bible. A lot of bad things happened in the land of Gilead, but there are also passages in which God makes it clear that the area called Gilead has a very special place in his heart. I liked it because it's not common and no one else in our large extended families has used it yet. I also love the way it sounds.
Victor seemed like an obvious choice for a middle name. We settled on that part weeks ago. So now it's all official.
I have no way to respond to individual comments on my posts, but I want to let you all know how much it means to know that many, many of you have been thinking about us.