Jan 24, 2009

Naming the Babe


Our littlest has a name, honestly we wrestled with this 'naming' more than any of our other children. We had a name picked out, prior to our feet landing in Ethiopia.


Then we fell in love with the country, then we met our hand picked ball of Beauty. Almost immediately we knew we had to regroup with our name, my Knight and I agreed, she needed to retain her name- to hold onto the rich heritage that God had given her. We did feel that God led us to a name, one that points to Him.


So, without any more adieu:


Let me present....


Avianna Mihret


Avi-in Hebrew it means 'My Father' (God)

Anna- means (God's) Grace

Mihret-in Amharic means Mercy


We have been calling her Baby Mercy since our referral back in October. Think I let that slip once in one of my posts. We are mainly calling her Mihret. Her first name, may come into use, as time goes on, I am sure God will give us wisdom. I know He already has in so many ways, to which we are thankful.


Funny story, while we were in Ethiopia several people we love were sitting here trying to figure out what her name would be...we told no one ahead of time. They only knew her as 'Baby Mercy.' But they did have the clue that God had given all of our girls a name with an 'ANNA' in it...(truth be told, we didn't realize it until our last adoption, but God had a pattern in place-we were surprised!)


None of the 'guessers' had come up with Avianna...


Her biggest sister (17) insists that she is an 'Avi' and really whined pleaded that we give it to her as her first name.


This adoption has been full of so many surprises, twists and turns...seems fitting that naming her would take on many of those same adoption path aspects!


I think Princess Mercy has a nice blog ring to it, eh?


Thank you Jules-
for updating my header for me. If any of you are looking for a new header, or a blog makeover...Jules is one talented lady.

35 comments:

HandsRaisedToHeaven said...

Love it! Avianna is actually similar to the name we hope to call Bernice. Sounds like you all are doing well. Praise God.

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Kimmie
Avianna Mihret is a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl. You chose well. I look forward to hearing more about Princess Mercy in the future.
Have a lovely weekend.
Lindsay

Valerie said...

How do you pronounce Mihret? From the way I am saying it in my head, she has a beautiful name. :) (Not to imply that if I am saying it wrong it's any less beautiful) ;)

I am definitely into choosing a name based on its meaning. Her name is perfect. And Princess Mercy? Absolutely lovely. :)

Thanks for sharing. I've been waiting to see what name goes with such a sweet little face.

~Kim said...

What a beautiful name and with such rich meaning! And she, herself, is just precious! So fun to see the pictures, read your story and share your joy!

BethPie said...

BEAUTIFUL name, GORGEOUS baby! I absolutely love the meaning.

javamamma said...

Beautiful! I caught your slip-up in that post. And smiled because my sis had just named her baby Merci Raine.

God's Grace and Mercy is a perfect name for your gorgeous little lady!

Emily said...

It's gorgeous. I actually like avianna very, very much. I knew that I already liked Mercy...no matter what language you choose.

Lovella said...

Avianna Mihret it is. . .and so fitting for such a beautiful child. I love her pet name. . Princess Mercy . . so fitting.
I was just thinking how fun it would be to have a live feed into your home. . .now and then to have a peek. . .at the cooing and the chatting in your home.

Bobbie-Jo said...

So gorgeous, Princess Mercy. Knowing the meaning makes a lovely name even more beautiful.

Both of our adopted boys retained their birth names as first names - one of the two gifts their mother could give them. Their second names were chosen for the meaning.

She needs a place on the sidebar with all her brothers and sisters now!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful names with beautiful meanings! How do you pronounce the names?

"Indescribable" said...

Thank you for LIVING OUT LOUD! and sharing! Such a beautiful babe to be in such a beautiful family. God is Good!
Peace and Love to you.
Maria

mom said...

Yay! You've answered another important question, Kimmie :-) What a beautiful name filled with meaning so perfectly suited to her arrival into your family :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Sarah said...

I am a new reader. Perhaps I have missed this, but I can't seem to find the names of your other girls. You mentioned they were all "Anna" names and I'm trying to imagine 4 other names with Anna in the name!

Sondra said...

Avianna is such a beautiful unique name. I love it. I am also wondering how you pronounce Mihret. I see another reader asked that too. Maybe you can explain it for us. Beautiful name for a beautiful girl.

Anonymous said...

Wow...I just found your blog a bit ago, and am just amazed at God's leading in this...your new little bundle is just gorgeous! My husand and I have considered adoption, though we haven't really pursued it yet. Our youngest is just turning a year next month, so maybe in a bit. What a beautiful family!

Kristy

BittersweetPunkin said...

Kimmie...that is Beautiful...just Beautiful....

God Bless You,
Hugs,
robin

Our Red House said...

Oh, she is just beautiful Kimmie, and the name you have chosen is perfect.

I have been so busy enjoying the summer holidays that I haven't been reading blogs. It's midnight here and I've just been reading over your last few posts. All I can say is "Wow!"

May God bless you as you get to know your new little princess.

hugs,

Kate xxx

Our Red House said...

Oh, she is just beautiful Kimmie, and the name you have chosen is perfect.

I have been so busy enjoying the summer holidays that I haven't been reading blogs. It's midnight here and I've just been reading over your last few posts. All I can say is "Wow!"

May God bless you as you get to know your new little princess.

hugs,

Kate xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimmie
Welcome home. You have a beautiful little girl with a beautiful name.God is so good to you and your family.
God bless and hugs
Linda L

Duckygirl said...

Lovely name!! I think it's great when names are given with such meaning behind them :)

Laura

Shawnda said...

Absolutely beautiful, Kimmie! I LOVE meaningful names!!! Thanks for sharing w/ us!!!

Michael said...

Your home with your little girl!!! I am so behind on blogging! Isn't Ethiopia just wonderful. Your daughter is beautiful and I love her name! We call our daughter by her Ethiopian name too:)
Welcome home!!

Michelle
www.mfamilyblog.blogspot.com

by the way....did you travel with Amy??

theArthurClan said...

I loved hearing the meaning behind her name ~ absolutely beautiful!

Expat Mom said...

It`s perfect for her! I really like both names, I`d have a hard time knowing which to use. :)

I`m just melting over the photos. I showed them to Dorian and he said, "oh, she`s so CUTE!" :D I asked if he thought we should think about getting a baby and he said "no, no more babies here, Mama."

Robin said...

Congratulations! Beautiful name and baby!

Renata said...

What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. I love the meaning as well - meanings are important to me. Princess Mercy is a great blog name & I look forward to watching her grow up! How is she going so far?

Michelle said...

A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.

randi---i have to say said...

I love her name! I think it is great that you put so much love and thought into choosing it!

EEEEMommy said...

Fabulous! I love it! :)

Renee said...

Hey I know you just got back and i'm wondering if you may have seen my baby boy while you were there. he's 7 months old today. Can you email me and maybe i can send you a picture and see if you saw him. I'm dying for any information i can get about him
Renee
AlbrightRC@hotmail.com

Dreadnought said...

Hi Kimmie, I think its nice to have a name with meaning. My names are just passed down from past family members. Bob.

Jeff and Amy said...

What a beautiful name, nothing less then what the Lord had planned.

Jennifer said...

That is one of the most beautiful names I have ever heard!!!

Cathy said...

Oh, I do like the name Avianna. So pretty.

Adina said...

I love the name Avianna. We put a lot of thought into the meanings behind the names we gave our daughter too, but it was still a tough decision at the last minute. How wonderful for you to be in tune with God enough for Him to pick the name.

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