Sunday, December 9, 2012

What's In a Name?

The first year Mike and I were married we made a list of names that we liked and wrote them in a journal of mine. Every couple Sundays we would look at it and sometimes add a name or take one off. At the bottom of the page we made a list of the middle names we wanted to use. We decided that we wanted to use family names for middle names. Both Mike and I have family middle names and we thought it was important to do the same for our children. We believe that our children should honor their name and want to live up to the expectations that it holds. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted our first girl to have my mom's name as her middle name. Oh gosh I'm already starting to cry. Anyone who knows my mom will tell you she is one of the most generous, selfless and classy people you will ever meet. I think to most everyone she fits the category of super mom. She is not only this way to her children, but to so many others. She is a loyal friend and one of the hardest workers I have ever known. Her qualities are everything I hope to be as a mother and everything I hope that Violet will want to be.
My mom has never been a huge fan of her name. We hoped that by giving Violet this name that my mom would finally see how beautiful it is. There is no one else I would rather have as my mother. She is a perfect grandma and she loves her grandkids probably more then even her own kids. I know that Violet will love her grandma as much as I do and I hope that they will always be able to share a special bond because they share a name. 
I just wanted to express my love and gratitude for my mom. I am leaving for Utah in 2 days to spend a month with her and my family. I can't wait to see them and let Violet get to know them better. These are some pictures of my mom getting to meet Violet for the first time and a few pictures of me and my mom when I was a baby. I love you mom. Thank you for your example and everything that you are.


Carolyn said...

Amen and Amen....Violet is lucky to have grandma Monette both as an example, a cheerleader and a namesake!

Dayna said...

I can't believe how much those baby pictures of you look like Violet! Such a sweet post. Your mom is seriously one of a kind. Very special that her first daughter names her first daughter after her mom. Love it. What a sweet tribute.... even got me a little teary eyed reading it! Your mom is the best!

Sydney said...

Love this! And it was definitely all true! And I agree with Dayna! You and Violet are twiners.