Beau here. So our new son B's birthday is today! We just went out to dinner to celebrate his birthday. We took a picture of B and his twin sister Y to the restuarant, so they got to be there. We got a pice of cake with a "1" candle in it, sang "happy birthday" and had whistles. You might be wondering "why didn't you celebrate his twin sister's Y's birthday?" Well they were born about 24 hours apart! So Y's first birthday is tomorrow.
So during my travels to Africa, I have learned how important a name is. In Africa, many people have a story behind their name. I love to ask my friends in Africa to tell me the story behind their names. Looking at the meaning of B and Y's names, I am confident there is a story. We have decided to keep their given names. B's middle name will be Joshua which means "God rescues." Joshua and Caleb were the two faithful spies in the Old Testament, so our son Caleb is really excited about that. Y's middle name will be Ruth which means "friend" or "companion" and paints the picture of "being grafted into a new nation." Ruth was a Moabite who married a Jew who lived in the country of Moab. When her husband died and her mother-in-law's husband died, Ruth moved to Israel with her mother-in-law. She was GRAFTED INTO the nation of Israel and was eventually in the lineage of David and then Christ.
So B and Y will initially share a room in our house, Caleb's current room, so we have spent some time this weekend moving things around the house. It has been a lot of fun.
We had some friends that headed to Addis this morning, so they got to bring a birthday gift to B and Y from us. We are grateful for that.
So now we wait for a court date. I hope it comes soon :)
We are so grateful for the Lord's provision with B and Y, knowing that the timing was as He had planned. We are humbled that He continues to unveil his plan for our life daily, growing us along the way.
I am so very excited right now. This is such a sweet experience, something that is as or more exciting than any other event I have experienced as a father.