Speaking Their Names
A Post from Tim:
We have a new daughter. And she is beautiful.
Harriet Orchard Coons was born on Saturday, September 17th. The phrase that kept coming to my mind as we neared the birth was “God is continuing to complete our joy”. And that’s what these few days of exhaustion and smiles has felt like: that Betony, Lucy and I are blessed to complete our joy as Hattie joins our family.
One of my favorite things to ask new parents is why or how they chose their child’s name. I love hearing those stories. Speaking a name over our children has been something Betony and I have taken very seriously (and with some fear, too!) and I’m always excited to share with friends and family how our girls’ names came to be. I feel like it not only tells the roots of their story, but so much of ours as well.
Choosing Lucy and Hattie’s names came from a collection of several reasons, alongside that they just “felt right”. I’d like to share pieces of those reasons here, for each child.
Betony’s grandfather, Harold “Hal” Snyder, was a wonderful man who passed away last summer. He was a big-band drummer, a humanitarian, and a banker (Rad!). Harriet is not the true “feminine” version of Harold, but in our minds… sure it is.
Betony grew up on an apple orchard. It was a magnificent and magical place to be a child.
One of my favorite verses is from Psalm 1: 3-4, referring to a person planted by streams of righteousness:
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
And this picture of a tree firmly planted giving life-bearing fruit to the world around them- this has been one of the best pictures I’ve held to for my life.
In thinking of strong females in history, Betony and I thought of Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe immediately.
“Harriet! Harr-i-et! Hard-hearted harbinger of hagass! Beautiful, bemuse-ed, bellicose butcher.” -Mike Myers, So I Married an Axe Murderer… greatest 90′s comedy, ever!
“Harriet” means “home-maker”. If you’ve experienced the food and hospitality Betony gives, you can feel that value of ours in your soul.
Lastly, “Hattie” is a beautiful word to say aloud.
Lucy Israel Coons:
My grandmother, Beulah Arnold, was a progressive, compassionate woman who’s nickname (from my grandfather) was “Lucy”.
Betony had a “Peanuts” shirt that said “Lucy” on the back when we first met.
Lucy, translated in latin, means “light”.
One out of every 15 or so people who meet Lucy quickly sing, “Lucy in the sky with diamonds!”. I wanted that to be the response in meeting my daughter: immediate song!
“O Israel, trust in the Lord!” is the chorus of a Waterdeep song that Betony loves.
Jacob “wrestles with God” and is renamed Israel. I speak this over my daughter: faith is not easy, it is something you will always wrestle with. And sometimes come away with a limp.