Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What's In a Name

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.


Heather Shehan Currie said...

Amy, will be praying for you today. Gilead is such a great name and the meaning could not be more perfect. You and Gilead are such a testimony to God's love and strength. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your family!

Anonymous said...

Dear Bixby family, our prayers are with you especially today, Amy~we do know our Lord is watching over you and your precious family~what a beautiful baby in Gilead~know he is bringing much joy to your home~
So happy your parents are there for the 1st chemo since the birth of Gilead~thanks for the updates, they are a blessing~
The White's from HPBC

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update, AND for the birthday song. I had not heard of Gilead as a child's name before, but I think it is perfect for him. I love you all. Aunt Sarah

Siberians said...

Dear Amy,


Did you hear that great blend of voices from the Jones choir? We pray that God will give you much strength and endurance for the days ahead. Hope you have a good b-day. How is that new little one? Is he a good baby? I know you all are enjoying him so much. Lots of love from all of the Jones crew.
Kevin, Jessica, Alyssa, Christina, Christopher, Stephen, and Brianna