behind the name

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We actually had a hard time picking a name for our third girl. We debated a lot of names, but didn’t settle on any particular one when she arrived a month early. She was nameless for the first day or two. My concern about Elizabeth was that it was too popular (being in the top 10 for the past 50 years or so), but we ultimately decided it was the one we liked best, it went really well with our other girls’ names, and it had a lot of meaning to us.

Meaning: Derived from the Hebrew elīsheba’ (God is my oath). The name is borne in the Bible by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist. (from this site)

I have always loved the name Elizabeth, since I was a little girl. I have also been blessed to have two dear friends who also share the name (though both of them go by Beth).

I first met Beth my freshman year of college, when we lived in the same dorm. I probably met her playing Mafia one evening. We got to be close friends when she became my suitemate the next year. I was going through pictures to find one to share and really enjoyed the walk through memory lane! Beth was always one for good times and laughs, but she’s also a great friend for the serious times too. She’s always been there for me, even when we’ve been at different places in life. She has supported me through some really dark times and some really happy times. I can say that Beth is the reason I kept up with breastfeeding at the very beginning when Savannah was born and it was so hard. Watching her grow as a mom has shaped who I am as a parent I am today, and I’m so grateful. I look forward to growing old together, and I hope our friendship still remains strong. She is a wonderful person to share a name with my daughter. :-) (Also, Beth, we really have very few pictures of us two together – we need to remedy that!)

My other friend Beth actually spells her name “Elisabeth” but I can forgive her for that. ;-) I met Beth almost 20 years ago (!!!) when our moms decided we should spend the night together during Thanksgiving break when we were in 7th grade. Beth and I have been close ever since, even though after that year we haven’t ever lived in the same place again. We’ve always been able to pick up our friendship right where we left off, even if months went by without us talking. I think we are even closer now. I know that if I ever needed anything, Beth would always be there for me. I love spending time with her. I love who she is, her compassion and her calm and gentle spirit. I love seeing her get excited about things, and I love the things she gets excited about. I love all the things we’ve shared and that kind of deep friendship that you only get with someone you’ve known for almost two decades? I feel lucky to have her, as most missionary kids don’t get to keep best friends that long. I think Elizabeth will be happy to share her name with such an amazing woman.

And of course, as an extra bonus, Elisabeth Sladen is the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith, companion to the third and fourth doctors in Doctor Who. :-)


I love the name Rose, and wanted to use it (or a variation) either as a first or middle name.

And of course, the main reason I wanted to use the name Rose… Rose is the first companion I was introduced to when I started watching Doctor Who, so she holds a special place in my heart for that. I love her character and I’m excited that I get to use her beautiful name as my daughter’s middle name.

it’s been a while

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So remember the time I blogged on January 1st and then I didn’t update again for 8.5 months? Heh I definitely didn’t mean to take an extended break, though I make no promises to write regularly again. But, I thought I’d share some news.

Back in June I shared this picture:

Which somewhat explains my blogging silence, as I had a pretty rough pregnancy this time. Also, pregnancy when you have two small ones running around is so much harder I discovered.

Little Miss Mulberry (as we nicknamed her) decided to make her appearance on Labor Day this year, which was a month earlier than expected (35 weeks and 5 days gestation).


Elizabeth Rose
Born 3:04am on Monday, September 1st, 2014 (Labor Day!)
5lbs 13oz, 18″ long

And contrary to the picture I took with my tablet, she doesn’t actually have blonde or red hair. :-) She has MUCH lighter and less hair than her sisters, but it’s still brown. We’ll see what color it settles into as she gets bigger. :-) We’re all doing well and I’ll have some sort of birth story at some point, though it’s not as exciting as the other two.

2013 in pictures

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Happy New Year!!

Here are some of the highlights of this past year, in picture format.


Caroline’s baptism


Visiting with Beth


Valentine’s Day


Meeting John and Sherry from Young House Love!


Camping with the family


Dressed up fancy for the Birth Center auction


Easter Sunday


Visit to the beach


Savannah’s last day of preschool


Caroline at Drew’s 2nd birth party


Me with my girls


Gerig Hall reunion


Matching shirts


Several meet-ups with these lovely ladies!


Paul’s Father’s Day present


Summer Photo Shoot with Julie (Jules Photography)


New member of the family!


Baby Lilia is born! I threw my first blessingway for her mama, and was excited to light a candle when she was in labor


Climbing to the top of Stone Mountain!


Celebrating Caroline’s first birthday with a “Sweet Caroline” party


Visiting Pittsburgh with my sister


54 hour road trip – having fun along the way! Brief visit to Scranton, PA


Plimoth Plantation


Happy 4th birthday, Savannah!


Boston Public Gardens


Apple picking in the North Georgia mountains


Camping trip with Beth


Cracker Barrel


So excited about Halloween!


Someone’s excited for Thanksgiving Dinner!


Christmas photo shoot with Julie (Jules Photography)


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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This Christmas season was busy, but good. I didn’t feel overwhelmed, and I felt prepared. There were a few little things that didn’t get done, but overall… it was a good day. The girls loved it and it was so fun seeing their eyes light up with all the magic and wonder of Christmas. There’s a reason it is my favorite holiday!

We had our family Christmas pictures taken by the lovely Julie with Jules Photography.




Paul and I

Beautiful girls

Pretty girl!

I love this picture


This picture cracks me up… Caroline was really fussy that day, so we had trouble getting good pictures of her.
Why there are so few pictures of Caroline

in which I realized I didn’t blog for an entire month

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Tonight I realized that my last post was in October, and now it is an hour and a half into December. I don’t think I’ve gone an entire month without blogging before, and it makes me sad. Of course, seeing this neglected blog always makes me sad, but despite promises I haven’t seem to find a rhythm in my schedule that encourages me to blog.

So, it’s December! We just got back from Orlando yesterday, where we spent Thanksgiving with my side of the family. It was a lovely trip, though a bit cold. I had checked the weather before we left, and it promised several 80 degree days, but those were not to be. Of course, returning to Atlanta was even colder but at least we have winter clothes here. :-)

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now the year is wrapping up – I can’t believe it. Christmas is always my favorite season! Last year, I decided to start a new tradition of wrapping up Christmas books and opening one every night. Savannah loved it, but here we are again and I just realized I haven’t wrapped the books yet. At this point, I am not inclined to do so either… I’m thinking of just placing them in a basket. ;-) I don’t have 25 actually – only 16 I think – so I need to order a few more as part of their Christmas present this year.

Savannah is 4 this year, and as she gets older it’s fun to share more and more of the holiday with her. I hope she loves it as much as I do. Advent starts tomorrow (later today), happily coincidentally December 1st. I’ve been pinning a bunch of ideas but haven’t decided yet. I struggle with being tired and lazy, having a desire to do all the traditions but when it actually comes to it I am not up for it. When I look back, I regret not taking the time… so hopefully I can plan out exactly what I want without overwhelming myself.

And now, as I close, a few recent pictures. Savannah is now 4 and Caroline is 16 months. I can’t believe how fast they grow!

The girls

Caroline and Savannah