Thursday, June 7, 2012

And her name is..............

First I have to give you some background...
(no skipping to the bottom!)

We have been going in circles trying to choose a name.  We had narrowed it down to about 3 (which kept changing) and were split even on those.  We received our Letter of Intent (aka Letter Seeking Confirmation) this week which has put me in a tizzy filling out another round of paperwork.  Several of the pieces in the pile ask for your child's English name, so we were really down to the wire.  I have SCOURED name lists over and over.  I am dizzy from the constant scrolling of the screen.  I'd like some.  Troy'd like some.  The kids would like some.  BUT they were never the same some!   The family is so tired of me saying "Hey, how about this one?" They are totally over being polled on their favorite.

I have been praying for God to make her name known to me.  None of the names on the list were bad.  I liked most of them just fine, but none jumped out at me as belonging to our Tinging.  I've been getting a sense for a certain name, but was afraid to tell Troy because I was sure he would say "No way, no how!"  So when he'd asked me, I kept saying I didn't have one that stood out, but that wasn't true.  There was one...  

So tonight, I mustered up all the courage I could find and told him the name and the meaning.  Imagine my surprise, no...utter shock, when he said yes!  I asked him over and over and over if he was sure and he still said yes.  I asked if he was ok saying this name for years.  (Yes)  I asked if he was just trying to get me to stop drilling him on names.  (He says no...LOL).

Immediately after he walked away, I noticed my inbox had a number of notices about a FB post I was tagged in.  I went over to read it and about fell over.  It was from someone who is with our daughter in China.  She said she thinks the kids think she can find them families on the computer.  This morning TingTing asked her if she had found one for her.  I can't even type that without bursting into tears.

Did you get that?  At the same time that I was telling Troy the meaning of the name He had  given me for our little girl, on the other side of the world, that little girl was asking my friend if she had found a family for her!

Baby girl, my God answers our prayers!  He has answered 3 1/2 years of prayers and tears.   He has answered the prayers of a little girl.  And what does the name that I was given mean?

"God has answered me."

Introducing:
Eliana TingTing Martin!!

9 comments:

Sharon said...

Such a sweet sweet story! I love the name and the meaning!! I can't wait to see Eliana in your arms forever!!

M. said...

What an amazing God moment in her / your story! How wonderful! I pray the rest of your journey is lightening quick.

Dawn said...

I LOVE it!!! I can't believe I forgot to mention that one. That was one of our top names too and it almost won out.... how could I have forgotten that one!!! So beautiful!! SO HAPPY you found one!

Lynnea said...

It is PERFECT!!!!!!
HE has answered....what a great God Story.
Blessings on your travels and so thankful that Eliana has a family!
Lynnea :)
www.hamelothjourney.blogspot.com

Two from China said...

Eliana is so beautiful...I did not realize you were adopting her, just recently I was wondering if she had a family...awesome! God Bless you! Now if we could, through God's help, settle on a name for our daughter too! I keep staring at her picture and asking God"What is her name?" We will be filing the 800 soon too...

Troy and Keyanna said...

I love it! Beautiful Joy will have a beautiful name Eliana! It sounds like my name Keyanna!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and sweet love letter from God.

Wolfe's Home said...

Just perfect, and just like Him. I love the name, it's beautiful.

Blessed Mom of Four AND More said...

Followed a link from a friend's blog.
Love the story of her name and what a legacy it will be for her as you continue to share how her story and HIS story are linked together.

I understand the pain of waiting as written in an earlier post. I just shared with a friend yesterday that God apparently thinks I have yet to learn the lesson of His timing...for we hit BIG snags in every one of our adoptions....and waited far beyond our expectations.

But, His timing is perfect...and your Miracle of the Moment can be the Miracle of More than you can ask or think.

Blessings!

Erin Martin said...

We brought our Eliana Peace Martin home from Shanghai in January. We loved the name and the meaning! Your daughter is so precious!