Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What's in a Name? The Story of Ben

Five years ago today, Ben’s adoption was finalized. The hearing was a informal formality, but, of course, we had a party afterward because I wanted to mark the moment on our journey. I wanted to remember God’s faithfulness. 

In celebration of remembering this day, I thought it would be fun to share something from Ben’s preschool last week that I absolutely loved. While studying the letter N and talking about the importance of Jesus’ name, the teacher asked us parents to write a letter to our child, explaining why we chose the name we did and what it means for the child. 

Y’all, this is my kind of assignment ... 

That's Ben at a week old with my grandpa. They share a middle name. November 2009.

Dear Ben –

When we found out we were adopting a baby boy, Daddy and I figured we’d choose a family name for you like we did your sister. But then we couldn’t agree on which version of William (Daddy’s granddad, Gran-Gran’s dad) we’d want to use. Daddy wanted Bill and I wanted Will. So we went to the Bible instead and found the perfect name for our baby – Benjamin.

Not long after you were born, I happened upon Deuteronomy 33:12, which says: “About Benjamin, he (Moses) said: ‘Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.’”

I loved how I heard God speaking to me about you through those words from long ago. I was reminded God creates us and knows us long before we’re born. God has a plan for you, sweet boy. I have no doubt you belong in our family and we’re better off because you’re with us.

And Daddy often reminds you and me “Benjamin” means “son of my right hand.”

Your middle name – Lucas – is also Poppy’s middle name. As my grandpa and Grandmom’s dad, he is a man I’d love for you to take after. He’s wise and believes in prayer. I’ll never forget when I was frustrated one day and he reminded me that “This too shall pass,” but while we’re in the middle of whatever we’re going through we should pray.

Your name is part of who you are, Benjamin Lucas. And there’s no one else like you.

I love you –

You can read more about Ben's adoption story in my ebook "Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family," which is on sale for just 99 cents at Amazon. Yes, January can be a cold, dreary month, but it has changed me. So I'm celebrating!

And I'm linking up with the Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood Gathering

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  1. This made me teary-eyed because it's just so precious. Thank you for sharing with us, Kristin. That little boy of yours is adorable. Love you. xoxo

  2. KristinHillTaylor1/27/2015 10:45 AM

    I was so excited when this assignment came home last week and you know how I usually feel about "homework" ... :) Glad you're here, sweet Beth. xoxo

  3. KristinHillTaylor1/27/2015 3:09 PM

    Good to see you here, Lyli!

  4. KristinHillTaylor1/27/2015 3:09 PM

    Thanks, Susan!

  5. What a beautiful letter, Kristin. Ben is truly blessed to have been adopted into your family and one day.
    (I like those kind of assignments too!)
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  6. I love this! This letter is a treasure. Names are such important things. What a beautiful story. Blessings!

  7. KristinHillTaylor1/28/2015 2:26 PM

    Thanks, Kathleen!

  8. KristinHillTaylor1/28/2015 2:27 PM

    How sweet, Linda! Thank you.

  9. What a special assignment and a letter Ben can treasure always. Love the way God builds families : ) Hoping to link up next week!

  10. KristinHillTaylor2/01/2015 3:26 PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, Mindy! I've missed seeing you around here!