This time was the same. Except there was no fighting over names. We had names for both genders picked out. And there will be no surprises (hopefully!) for us this time.
Anders will be getting a brother on or around July 5 and his name will be Cade Joseph.
And here he is (profile shot)! You can see a blob right in the middle above his nose--that's his hand. Doesn't he look just like Anders? :)
How we picked Cade is a great story.
Caedmon (pronounced CAD-(rhymes with bad)-mun) is the earliest English poet (of Celtic decent) whose name is known. He lived in the 6th century and began his life as a herder outside of a monastery in northern England. He was unable to sing or write and avoided performing any type of music in front of his peers. One night he received a vision from God and was told to sing and then write down his song. In the morning when he woke up, he remembered the song and brought it to the head of the monastery. From there he became a monk and went on to write and sing. Not much else is known about him and only one of his text's still survives--the song he received in his vision from God, called Caedmon's Hymn. He is known as the Father of English poetry because he made religious poetry accessible to ordinary people.
Here are the words to that Hymn (as translated from the original language):
- Now [we] must honour
- the guardian of heaven,
- the might of the architect,
- and his purpose,
- the work of the father of glory
- — as he, the eternal lord,
- the beginning of wonders.
- He, the holy creator,
- first created heaven as a roof
- for the children of men.
- Then the guardian of mankind
- the eternal lord,
- the lord almighty
- afterwards appointed
- the middle earth,
- the lands, for men.
But what really made both of us fall in love with Cade was when Joel came across this poem about Caedmon:
Joseph is a special name to me personally--as I love the story of Joseph in Genesis. I also love that there are other wonderful men in the Bible named Joseph--I have a particular fondness for Joseph of Arimathea who donated his own tomb for Jesus.
But Joseph also has a special meaning for us as "Joe" was Joel's dad's middle name. A tribute to a man I never met, but a wonderful dad and husband nonetheless.
So now we will have 2 boys, with what I think are great names (I'm a bit biased), both paying tribute to their grandfathers--Anders for my dad, Andrew and Joseph for Joel's dad, Jimmy Joe.
As for the girl's name--we would have kept in the great Swedish tradition--Linnea and either gone with Marie (a family name on my side) or Elaine (Joel's mom's middle name)...