And she remains nameless.

There were several nights earlier on in the pregnancy where I would wake in the middle of the night thinking of  entire lists of names.
John begged me to just not think about it until we found out the gender.
I would try.
And I did.

But, the thing is…
I had 8 baby names picked out before we even got married.
First & middle names. Four boys’ and four girls’ names.

Here they are:  Girls // Boys
Mackenzie Anne  //  Camryn Levi
Skylar Eve  //  Micah Pierce
Eden Laurelai  //  Gabriel Hosea
Harmony Grace  //  John Morgan

I loved these names.
But when I found out I was pregnant, it was like all of a sudden they weren’t going to work.
{Most of them are pretty popular these days AND John informed me he doesn’t want to name a baby after him.}

Here are the two things we look for in a name for the littlest:
Unique & meaningful.

Words are powerful.
{Says the hopeful writer.}
And in modern American/western cultures we incredibly undervalue words & their meanings.
I love words. I love the meanings of words & understanding their roots & origins.

I want baby girl’s name to have significance in that way.
And, we don’t want her to be 1 of 10 kids in her class with the same name.
{John said that was never fun.}

So, our name Journey has been an interesting one since we found out she’s a girl.
Here we go:

  1. Juliette = French, “Youthful”
    Fun fact: for the first 3 months of being pregnant, I had a song stuck in my head about Romeo & Juliet.
    & I do SO love that song.
    And I do so value being young at heart.
    Jesus taught us to be like the little children, and there’s so much to be said for having childlike faith – being youthful is a beautiful thing.
  2. Anaya = Indian, “Completely Free”
    Mhmm. Love that Indian culture.
    Freedom is something I hold dear to my heart. It’s something I’ve been told I had ALL my life, but only began to understand when I met Jesus.
    And it’s something I know to run deeper than anything my country could ever define.
    And I hope to share that with our little ones.
  3. Davina = English, “Beloved”
    Beloved. Ahhh.  That’s the truth.
  4. Verona = Italian, “Truth”
    After I thought of this name {& then researched its meaning} I sat down at my typewriter with tears in my eyes and wrote a really long letter to our baby girl about the importance of Truth. How powerful & precious & valuable it is.
    Needless to say, this is my favourite meaning.
    I really, really like the name “Verona Juliette” but I also think it seems like way too much Shakespeare for one name.
  5. Harmony = English, Multiple meanings:
    “Agreement, accord, unity.”
    Musically,”The simultaneous combination of tones, esp. when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.”
    And, Biblically: “An arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism, mutual relations, & differences.I thought about this name last week & it was stuck on my heart for 2 or 3 days straight. So beautiful.
    I thought of it in combination with so many other middle names: Harmony Skye, Harmony Dawn, Harmony Grace.

John’s favourite? Well, he likes Noxolo. Pronounced, {Noh-(click your tongue)-oh-lho.}
It’s an African word that means “peace.” I met a little girl in Swaziland with this name who changed my life forever.
{But, we don’t live in Africa. And no one would be able to pronounce her name. I keep trying to tell him.}

He also really, really likes Verona (and now Harmony).

I think Anaya & Davina are out at this point, but this has just been our journey of favourites.
I have also liked other random ones:
Ada: Great grandmother’s name, German, “Happy”
Naomi: Hebrew, “Beautiful, Gentle”
Kiva: Gaelic, “Caomh” = “Beautiful”
Allegra: Latin, “Joy”

John’s sister, Dana, really really wants us to use the name Adelaide.
Which happens to be in my spreadsheet of baby names.
Oh, am I only now mentioning that I have a spreadsheet of baby names?
Ya know, just in case she’s born & we haven’t decided.
I want to have several that I already know I like with their meanings & origins & popularity, easily accessible.
Also, I found myself looking up the same name meanings again & again.
Anyway, there are about 30 names in that spreadsheet.

I’d love to have your feedback on names.
{As long as you’re okay that we might reject it completely. I’m realizing it’s impossible to find a name everyone will like.}

How did you decide what to name your little one{s}?
Did you decide before they were born for sure?
Any fun naming stories?

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Okay, so there’s really only been sweat & tears so far. It’s been a CRAZY month.

July meant about 20 hangouts with the family in Orlando squeezing in all the last minute precious moments possible before they {most of them} move to Tennessee.
It’s been put off a bit, so there are still a few trips to Orlando in store for the next 10 days or so, before the brothers & Roquemore parents move.

July’s ended, which means another busy month, August:
My friends Caryn & Jen come visit me from Texas & Pennsylvania. For a week.
Then, John & I go to Atlanta to bid my sister farewell. She’s off to California.
John’s birthday happens somewhere in there.


Between all the family hangouts, Nomsa happenings, & baby stuff…
One might wonder what ELSE we’ve been doing. Well….

Productivity wise:

I’ve completely reorganized all of Nomsa’s files. {For the last 3 years.}
I’m about halfway done re-organizing {& emptying} 2 closets.
I’ve finished reading Real Food for Mother & Baby.
I’ve started reading Make an Informed Vaccine Decision AND Shepherding a Child’s Heart.
I’ve almost finished with the next post in the vaccine series.
I completely rearranged our room {because our dresser broke}.
{I didn’t move furniture on my own, John was here & did most of it.}
I’ve considered {& taken measurements for} every possible option for a new dresser & room setup.
I’ve found a new dresser for us within our budget.
I’ve figured out that we’re less than 3 years from being completely debt-free {student loans, car payments, etc}.
I launched {last week} a website that I built.
I started on a new web project.
I finished {& ACED, I might add!} my Biology of Human Sexuality course.

{Only a few credits from being DONE!}
I took every book off of our bookshelves & reorganized them by category/genre.
I’ve posted 15 books to to sell.


We’ve watched several movies together during these last several weeks.
We’ve taken plenty of time to talk through our options about Baby Roque’s delivery, names for her, finances, nutrition, & all sorts of other things.
We’ve had quite a bit {although seemingly never enough} snuggle time.
I haven’t made any new meals in more than a week.
{In fact, I haven’t made much food lately. John’s been helping a ton with food.}
I yelled at John. For something really, really stupid. So stupid I don’t even remember.
& In the middle of yelling at him, started crying, because I realized I was yelling at him.
About something really stupid.
I’ve totally slacked off on posting to the blog.


We’ve made time to talk & pray, do Bible reading together, & enjoy family worship time often.
I’m learning about humility. {Blog post coming soon on that one.}
We heard our baby girl’s heartbeat again. 144 beats per minute. She’s been wiggling A LOT.

Posts coming soon:

  • Passion & Pain
  • Humility
  • Vaccines: Part 2