Help Us Name Our Baby!

It’s hard to believe I am due with our fourth child in less than one week (Thursday, July 25). Okay so the truth is that Jeremiah and I are having a difficult time nailing down the perfect name for our baby boy. And well… we are running out of time! We haven’t had that “Aha!” moment yet where we really feel it and both agree but we do have some ideas.

We thought we’d open up the discussion to our friends and readers of this blog and get your opinion. We did this last year with our daughter Hannah’s middle name and it was a lot of fun. Also if it helps, here is the story behind this baby boy– he is our sweet God-given surprise.

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Here are the names we like so far and the significance. (Oh yeah and our last name is pronounced KREE-ger):

William Anthony Krieger: We like the meaning of William: “determined protector.” We like that it’s traditional and strong and would consider calling him Will. Short and sweet like our son John. Anthony is Jeremiah’s middle name, named after his grandfather.

Luke Daniel Krieger: Biblically, Luke means “bearer of light.” It’s a cool-yet-strong New Testament name. We also like that it’s short. We like Daniel because it flows well as a middle name and would rhyme with our son John Samuel. Daniel means “God is my judge.” We aren’t sure though if Luke sounds good with our last name Krieger- since they both have the hard “k” at the end and beginning. Not sure if that’s a big deal though.

Jeremiah David (J.D.) Krieger: My husband Jeremiah prefers not naming our son after him but we figured we’d throw it in here anyway with the option of calling him J.D. We aren’t sure if we are sold on having his name be an initial though.

David Jeremiah Krieger: David is Hebrew for “Beloved” and most of you know about David in the Bible. It’s a strong, masculine name that seems to flow well with our other kids’ names. And we could have Jeremiah as the middle name.

Above is a recent photo of our kids: John (4 1/2), Rebekah (2 1/2), and Hannah (1). Which name do you think would fit well into our family? If you have any suggestions other than the names in the poll, please share your thoughts in the comments above. It’s not guaranteed we will use one of these names but for now it’s what we have and hopefully it will get us closer, if not to the one.

Thank you so much!

Now, it’s your turn to vote:

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Poll: What Should Our Baby’s Middle Name Be?

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I thought having you participate in a little poll on my blog would be fun! Our baby girl is due to arrive at the end of the month and we’d like to have her middle name decided on before the delivery room.

We are 99.9% set on her first name being Hannah. It flows well with our other children’s names: John & Rebekah (biblical, traditional names, named after Jeremiah’s dad and my mom). We love the meaning of Hannah: Grace; favor in Hebrew. I’ve always loved the softness of the name and how feminine it sounds.

Now, to the middle name. There are 4 options below that are our favorite as of now:

Kate– Jeremiah likes the name a lot. I do too. I think it’s cute/sophisticated and might be fun to call her by both names: “Hannah Kate.” There would be a hard “k” on the middle and last name however, but that might not matter so much?

Elisabeth– Significant for author Elisabeth Elliot. Her writing has greatly impacted my mom’s life and my own. We also think it flows well.

Grace- It seems like every girl’s name sounds good with grace in the middle, right? It is a popular one.

Madison– just because.

If you have any other ideas, feel free to share them in the Comments. Thank you!

Why we chose the name Rebekah

 

My sweet Momma

 

To understand the name Rebekah, you first have to understand the story behind a woman named Beverly.

Beverly was a good friend of my mom’s when she was in her twenties. Every day they’d eat lunch together on work break. Beverly invested her life into my mom’s and shared Christ with her. Eventually she led my mom into a relationship with Christ and discipled her. Weekly, they began praying for their children and families. This was all after my Mom and Dad got married.

So all my life, my mom has been the spiritual rock in our family. She took my sister and I to church every Sunday, prayed with us before bed each night, shared God’s love with us, and loved and disciplined me (the more strong-willed child!) in my rebellious years. Her hospitality and the way she loved our neighbors and friends was incredible. I remember her intentionality in sharing the gospel with others.

For 30 years, she prayed for my Dad’s salvation. She never nagged at him or shoved Jesus down his throat. But in humility, led a life of patience with my Dad before me. I believe her example and prayers are why he trusted in Christ as his Savior when I was in college. And I believe her prayers are why my sister and I came to know the Lord at a young age.

My mom continues to be a source of encouragement and wisdom to me as I navigate this journey of being a wife and new mother. She is the most selfless person I know.

At first, Jeremiah and I wondered what to name our baby girl but I always had a gut feeling what I wanted it to be. We could have picked a trendy name or a name with no real attachment to it. But I wanted our daughter’s name to be significant and meaningful. And because my mom’s name is Rebecca (she goes by Becky), no other name fit more perfectly.

We chose the spelling “Rebekah” because my mom actually liked that spelling better and Jeremiah and I did too! We also love that it’s the biblical spelling and the “k” in it goes well with our last name being Krieger.

It’s always crazy to think about what our family heritage would look like without my mom’s friend Beverly reaching out to her.

Well two years ago, Beverly died in her sleep at her home in Ohio. I cried when my mom told me the news. She was such a faithful servant and I am forever grateful for Beverly’s life. It still lives on.

Today, I couldn’t be more excited that my mom’s legacy will continue on as we honor her through our daughter who is due in nine days!

Now, all we need to figure out is our little girl’s middle name. Any suggestions?! (we have three we like, but are still open to others 🙂

I love you, Mom!

“Rebekah”- Hebrew – “captivating, knotted cord”

You are loved, John Samuel Krieger

Yesterday baby John hadn’t been moving the usual way he had been in the past few days. His punches and kicks had subsided quite a bit. My doctor has me counting 10 kicks within two hours each night. A few nights ago, there weren’t really kicks but subtle movements. I remember the doctor telling me to call if I ever didn’t feel much going on.

This is strange, I thought. I told Jeremiah and he got a little worried as well so we called my doctor. The doctor said he didn’t think anything was wrong and not to panic, but to come in anyway and get a biophysical exam. Jeremiah was quiet and thinking about things the whole time as we waited. He was so nervous.

They did an ultrasound and he was moving and I caught another glimpse of his precious little face. He had grown and matured so much. I really fell in love getting to see him again and everything was absolutely perfect with little John. The doctor said his movements will change now as he is running out of room and that his head has dropped into position, so the movements may different now as well. We were very thankful to hear this. My doctor also told me he would have been mad if I didn’t call about it. I was glad about that too because I didn’t just want to go in to go in for nothing.

So we are at ease now and if anything, we are more excited for John to enter the world in approx. two months. I also forgot to officially post that we are naming our baby, John. He has been named after Jeremiah’s father. Life was pretty hard at times for Jeremiah growing up due to several things, but he wanted his dad to know that despite anything, he loves him and there is favor towards him. We chose to honor his name in this way. We are also delighted that the name John is strong and is a biblical name. Samuel comes from the fact that we liked the way it flowed and that it’s like my name: Sam-antha.

the meaning of JOHN– Hebrew for “God is Gracious”  SAMUEL– Hebrew for “God heard” ; “requested of God”

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