When we found out who our children were, we started talking about what to do with their names. Do we keep their Ethiopian names? Do we give them American names? If so, what do we want to name them? After much discussion, we decided we would give them new American first names and keep their Ethiopian names as their middle name.
When we saw this little guy’s picture, right away the name Levi came to mind.
Doesn’t he look like a Levi? His name means “joined.” Isn’t that just perfect? He is forever joined to our family!
Our middle son we decided to name Micah. Micah means “who is like God.” That is our prayer for him. That he would grow to become more and more like God.
And then, our daughters. We had only seen one of their pictures. The oldest girl was not “in the system” yet and so we had no picture of her. We chose the name Abigail for our 7-year-old. This means “father’s delight.” And of course, you have all been praying for our oldest daughter Naomi. Naomi means “beautiful, pleasant and delightful.”
We have been calling our children a mixture of their American name and Ethiopian name ever since we got here. And then last week, they finally became Putnams and got to come home with us! And that was when we found out what “Abigail” really wanted. Her first night here, she looked up at me sweetly and in a shy voice asked, “Me Naomi, Mom?”
“You want to be Naomi?” I asked her.
“Yes, Mom. Me Naomi. Please, Mom?”
This girl has endured so much. All she asked was that we call her Naomi. It is the least we can do to let her choose her name if it means so much to her!
So let me introduce you to our daughter Naomi Shukria.
Her older sister, our daughter-in-waiting, will take the name Abigail.
I know you have all been praying for “Naomi” and her paperwork and her adoption. God doesn’t care what you call our oldest daughter. To Him, we are all “beautiful, pleasant, and delightful.” But for now, our plan is to name her Abigail when we finally have the joy of her becoming a part of our family.