Such sweet beautiful names, aren't they?
I so love the names that we chose for our girls.
"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."
As I sit here and fully ponder this, I am just now realizing how powerful her name and life verse really are. Perhaps, in her very short 4+ years of life, Vienne fully understood and experienced the love of Christ and was, therefore, already made complete here on earth. Her life verse may have even given insight to what her life was going to be, you know? She gained the fullness of life, here on this earth, and she completed what God had intended her for, in just 4 years. And, now it seems, as much as it pains me to admit this, that God is going to use her more in her death than He might have been able to in her life. More people know her, now, than ever did before. It's an undeniable fact. This blog, her story, our grief has been spread and shared with soooo many people. I hear, over and over again, how much she has touched your lives. I am humbled by that. Of course, I would not choose this...but this is the path of my life that I am slowly having to learn to resign to.
I named my daughter with a name that means "youthful" - perhaps, because she will always remain young and vibrant and full of life in our memories of her. She was not allowed to grow old...she will remain a young precious one, in our eyes, forever. And, my hope and prayer is that her life and her death will help to touch others with the "love of Christ"...that, they (you) too, will come to understand His love fully...that they (you) will grow to be "made complete with all the fullness of life that comes from God". I guess this is going to have to be my life mission.
(Vienne Juliet - so full of life)
Thank you for letting her touch your lives.
And, I also want to touch on Ivy's name, as well. Just because it is also interesting. ;)
(my rosebud beauty - no, she is not wearing lipstick. It's just the filter I used.)
Ivy Lynnae. Another name with a "v". We have a "theme". The name Ivy was not inspired from anything we read or saw. I just found it and immediately fell in love with it's sweet simplicity. And, it has a V in it! Lynnae is inspired from Mark's mom's name, which is Lynn. It took me a while to find the meaning of "Ivy" that I liked. I am big into meanings. If I couldn't find an acceptable meaning then I wouldn't have chosen this name. When you search for "Ivy" as a name, all that typically comes up is "a green vine". Ummmm....boring. But, then I eventually stumbled upon a page that gave a beautiful celtic meaning to the name and I knew, then, that this was it. Here is what I found:
"The name, Ivy, represents: Growth, renewal, connection, friendship, and opportunity.
It is also a symbol of vibrancy due to its bright green hue.
The ivy gets its symbolism of connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth. Ever furrowing and intertwining, the ivy is an example of the twists and turns our friendships take but also a testimony to the long-lasting connections and bonds we form with our friends that last over the years.
Another tribute to friendship as well as the test of time is the ivy's ability to grow in challenging environments. The ivy is incredibly durable and can withstand harsh conditions. This is symbolic of our ability to stick by our friends no matter what.
The ivy is also a symbol of survival and determination for the same reasons. It seems to be virtually indestructible and will often return after it has suffered damage or has been severely cut back. This is an example of the human spirit and the strength we all have to carry on regardless of how harrowing our setbacks may have been."
Please note that I am, in no way into "celtic" ways but I found the symbolism and meaning that was derived from the way that the ivy vine grows to be exactly the kind of character that I would want for my daughter. It is interesting for me to read back over this and see how applicable it is to her, now. The way that the ivy vine is "incredibly durable and can withstand harsh conditions"...."survival"..."strength to carry on". Ivy is a survivor. She has survived her sister's death. She has survived a horrific tragedy that will affect her life, always. And, I also love the picture of "connection" and "sticking by her friends no matter what". Even more than her sister, I see Ivy being immediately drawn to people. Not in an unabashed aggressive outgoing way...not in a way that she will run up to any stranger and say "hi". That is not the way of either of my girls. But, in a way that she is sweetly friendly and curious and gentle with people and new friends. She will quietly crawl up to a new child and just sit next to them. She will cautiously watch a new friend of mine and then eventually crawl over to her and sit in her lap. She is not aggressive, but she is calmly sweet and friendly. I love it so. I just know she will be a loyal and committed friend.
Ivy's life verse appropriately comes from John 15: 1-8 which says:
“'I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
Interesting and insightful, isn't it? If she, Ivy - a strong survivor of a vine, remains in the True Vine (which is Christ) her life will be pruned (hardships will come) but the harsh prunings will serve to make her life full and fruitful. Her strength is going to come from the trials that have already hit her young life and Christ will use that so that her walk here on earth will bear much fruit.
(Ivy Lynnae - she wants to be your friend!)
I would never have been able to foretell these things. I am not saying I would have chosen these ways either...but this is what we have been dealt. I had no idea what we were really "naming" our girls.
It is so intriguing, though....what is in a name.
(my vibrant, youthful, and full of life Girl who lives in Heaven & my vibrant loyal survivor Girl who lives on this earth)