Saturday, May 24, 2008

Another Birthday

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.


graceling said...

That is so fun that, although twins, they get their own birthdays!!!

Love their names- can't wait to learn more about them:)

The Albertsons said...

Happy Birthday babies!
Praying for a FAST and successful court date-

Kimberly Baggett said...

i just love their names and the meaning behind them! they are so precious, thanks for sending pictures!!! it was really great to talk to you! you are continually in our thoughts and prayers as you wait for your court date! may the Lord be glorified!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

We felt the same way, about feeling like we were more excited about these kids than we have ever been before. NOT like we weren't super excited about our other kids, but with all the WORK that goes into adopting, somehow the excitement increases as well.

Congrats again and happy birthday to the twins!

coffeemom said...

natalie, I think I found the pics of your twins! Can you send me one pic of them so I can compare? I will send you the few I've got.I am Michele G, coffeemom of Another Espresso Please & we just got back from Addis Wed night. Let me know if you want & Happy Bday to your babes! Michele

Jana said...

Happy Birthday(s) sweet twins!!

The Roberts Family said...

SO thrilled for you guys and praying for a swift and smooth court process!! ~Shelly

The Quinn Girls said...

Happy Birhtday and Congrats. What an awesome time for your family. Hoping to see the twins in your arms soon.

David Leventhal said...

Great names!! I remember celebrating Abigail's birthday with her picture and a cake. What a great family memory!

We're so excited for you guys!
- The Leventhals

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Oh how exciting! They are very close in age to my baby girl H. Her b-day is May 15th! What a wonderful age and such a blessing!