Jude was our easiest child to name. When I was about halfway into my pregnancy with him I was looking through the baby names posted to a local hospital website and saw "Jude". I looked up the meaning and it meant "Praise". I emailed Dan, and he loved it. Easy peasy.
Indigo was a little harder. Even during my labor with her, we were still unsure of what her name would be. We were torn between Indigo and Vera. I leaned slightly toward Vera while Dan toward Indigo. When she was born, she looked like an Indigo to me, so we went with Indigo.
When we sent our dossier to Ethiopia, we knew we had to get serious about coming up with a name for our daughter. It felt impersonal to have her remain nameless. We hoped to find a name with a great meaning - something really special.
Initially we were going to name her Zara, which we both loved, but then a chain clothing store opened in a nearby mall with that name. Zara was out. We kept coming up with names that we liked, but nothing felt just right. We loved Delilah, but didn't like the association with the Biblical "Samson and Delilah" story. My mom suggested Ruby, which I grew to love, but Dell had considered naming her baby Ruby, so I didn't want to use a friend's name. We thought about Adelaide. My mom suggested Adeline. We really liked those names, but weren't completely sold on them. I liked Clementine but Dan didn't.
I was growing frustrated and started to feel like we were never going to find the perfect name. I went to bed that night and said a prayer asking God to help us find the perfect name. I know, I know - this prayer undoubtedly fits into the "1st world problems" prayer request box.
The next day I was on Baby Name Wizard. They have this feature where you type in a name and it tells you the names of siblings of children with this name. So I typed in "Adelaide" and one of the sibling names that came up was "Evangeline". This name immediately stood out to me because the day prior I had listened to a Blackhawk church message where they talked about the Greek word "euangelion" which means "Good news". It is also where we get our word for "Angel". Evangeline is a variation of "euangelion" and thus means "Good News". I thought it was perfect and Dan agreed... and so did my mom... and his mom. Evangeline it is! I really love the nickname potential to boot!
Sweet Evangeline, we cannot wait to meet and hold you. But until that moment, we will carry you in our hearts and cover you in our prayers!