Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The importance of REALLY picking kids names carefully...

This week, I had a REALLY hard time picking from Mama Kat's writing prompts because I like almost all of them and had something to say about 4 out of the 5 suggested topics.  Go figure that I would ACTUALLY have something to say about almost all the random topics presented...LOL!

For the record, I've NEVER stole anything in my lifetime.  Or if I did, I have totally placed in into my subconscious...LOL!!  Anywho, I reluctantly opted to re-post one of my favorite Daddy Dave and I named our Daughter.

Assignment:  I almost named my child _______, but chose _______ instead because...

When we found out we were having twins, Daddy Dave and I were in a panic trying to come up with a second girls name in the event we were going to be blessed with two little girls.  Lucky we didn't have to "panic" for too long because as it turned out we found out early on that we were having a little girl and a little boy.  While we had already long decided on ONE girls name, it COULD have been disastrous had we had to use name #2.  I thought this topic fit nicely into the story of my daughters name while still giving everyone a little giggle about what "might have been"!

I almost named my daughter Elle , but chose Ave instead...

I feel so blessed in life.  I have my health, the love of my life and two beautiful children.  I thank God everyday for trusting me enough to send us two little angel to love and cherish. 
Ave Marie has long been a favorite song of mine, for as long as I can remember.  When I was getting married and I told my mom that I wanted that played at my wedding, she was adamant that Ave Marie was for funerals, not marriage ceremonies.  I spoke with the Minister and he explained the “meaning” of that song in the most simple way.  He told me that Ave Maria is a call to God to intersect and give a “special” blessing through his loving mother.  Therefore, he said, it is a song of “re-birth, new beginnings and blessings”, completely and totally appropriate for a wedding. 
I had the most beautiful woman, with the most beautiful voice sing that on my wedding day.  It is one of my most cherished memories of that day!  And who would have thought that our daughter’s name would be “born” as a result of that conversation with the Minister....
It was right after that discussion that I asked Dave what he thought of the name “Ave” for our daughter, should we have one.  Ave, pronounced Awe-Vay, is Latin and means “Hail” or “Holy Salutation”. He thought it was beautiful and we both thought about how “special” it would be to share our story of how she was named.  The story of how we called upon God for a sacred blessing on the day of the “birth of our union” and how we also called upon God for the same blessing for “her” on the day of her birth.  And so, as God would have it, we were blessed with our little baby girl and without a second thought or even a word mentioned, we named her Ave.

She is constantly being called AVE, as in the short form of Avenue or Ava (thinking I’ve misspelled it) and I know some may think that it was a silly-confusing name to call her, especially given some of the WILD names out there these days but at the very worst she’ll have to always be correcting people.  I  hope she will think that the lovely story she has to share when people do ask her about her name will outweigh the inconvenience of constantly having to correct people..only time will tell!
Allow me to leave you with what I think is the second best rendition of Ave Marie...the first was at my wedding!

...because our last name is Bowes.  Get It?
Elle-Bowes...Elbows!  LMAO!

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  1. "Elle-Bowes"

    I'll be giggling all day!

  2. Awesome! I love when crazy names come forth... My boss really liked the name Jack for his son, but they vetoed it because their last name is Hoffman. I did go to school with a Rusty Fawcett and a Stormy Eve Weatherall!
    And for another giggle, when two of my friends got married, the joke of the month was weather she was going to hyphenate her last name- her maiden name is Chu, his last name is Cox. She kept her maiden name...

  3. OH I'm so glad you didn't call her "Elle-Bowes" but I love how you came up with her name. It's beautiful!

  4. Awww! I love how you came up with Ave's name!! It's beautiful!!!
    LOL at Elle-Bowes...hehe =).



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