Isabella Promise – pronounced eesabella (long ‘e’), not izabella).
Her name carries a lot of meaning to us and we thought it deserved it’s own post.
Isabella means God is my vow. Bella, which is probably what she will be called means beautiful. (Nick (2) already calls her ‘BabyBella”)
Bella is one of our family’s favorite movies. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
The message of the movie is the beauty and the preciousness of life. We pray that our little Isabella, being a 10th child, will convey the beauty of life simply by the fact of her existence. That she will demonstrate love of life in the midst of a world that values it lightly. That we will realize and remember that life is a gift from God and one of His greatest blessings to us. We pray that we, as a nation, will learn to value and protect it.
Bella, the movie, holds more significance to our family. It portrays a lovely glimpse into the Hispanic culture and heritage that our children inherit from their father. Each time we see it Mark comments on the wonderful memories of family gathering around a laden table, laughing and loving together.
Promise – This reminds us of all the promises that God gives to us, His people, promises of amazing blessings and faithfulness that we don’t deserve.
The promise that we most remember as we name our child is the promise that God will be a God to us and to our children after us. We pray this EVERY day for each of our children and as we name little Isabella Promise, we pray it for her. We pray that she will never remember a day when she did not love her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So as we name our sweet baby we think of the privilege with which God has blessed us, ten of His precious children to raise for His glory. We think of the beauty and blessing of each life that He has given. We rejoice in our rich heritage and we thank God for His promises to His people.
I intend to write and tell the story of Isabella’s birth. It was blessedly uneventful and God answered your prayers and demonstrated His kindness to us in many, many unexpected details. (i.e. Our next door neighbor here in the hospital is a friend of ours who had her baby just hours before Bella was born and across the hall another friend had her baby just hours after Bella.) From laughter to tears and back we are grateful for God’s faithfulness to us even in the details and rejoice in a healthy baby and safe birth.
However, right now I can hardly take my eyes off of our beautiful daughter and am trying to soak up every single moment.
I’ve scheduled some posts for the upcoming days and have several fun stories that I hope to share, so things won’t be too quiet around here, but primarily I am on maternity leave. 🙂
You can make Amber’s (13) day by thanking her for posting the stats and picture of Isabella otherwise I would have left you in suspense until now.
Thank you again for your prayers (keep them coming) and for taking the time to leave comments (love them) and let us know that you are rejoicing with us. You have truly blessed our family.