One of the greatest joys we can share with you right now is the name of our son, who is coming some time late February or early March. There is a bit of a story behind this. Going back 32 years, it started when my mom was pregnant with me... My grandfather was in a meeting at Lamb's Chapel and stood up in front of a group of people to prophesy that my mom (who already had 3 girls) was going to have a boy, and his name would be Benjamin. As you can see, instead, she had a girl named Amy Rebecca. I know my grandfather hears the voice of the Lord, and is not afraid to speak out when he senses God is saying something. I am sure that did a little number on his pride for a moment, but it never stopped him from boldly proclaiming the word of the Lord. We are thankful for that, because it brings us to the name of our son, which will be Benjamin! We have been dreaming of his name since we found out I was pregnant, and even more so since we found out he was a boy. We found several names we really liked, and they just didn't stick. We weren't ready to commit. Until a few weeks ago, the morning that we had gone to the doctor and discovered that Chris' cancer had progressed...it was that morning that the Lord breathed the name in my heart...Benjamin. We talked about it in between all of the waiting rooms, CT scans, and news from the doctor. When I shared the name with Chris, he reminded me that he had a dream (before we knew I was pregnant) about himself walking with his 3rd child. He was older and looked like my cousin Benjamin. When I asked him about the name Benjamin, he thought about this dream. This is how we both decided that the name will be Benjamin!
We had already decided what the middle name would be...Promise. This too, has a story. Early on in my pregnancy, Chris heard the Lord speak to him, "this baby is a promise." At the time, we thought, that is true, but not knowing the deep significance that those words would carry. Daily, we hold those words in our heart. This baby is a promise. God always provides life, He is a giver of life, dreams, hope, love, healing...the list is endless. His promises and his word is true. So, with that, we give you the name of our son, Benjamin Promise. He is the apple of our eye already, and how much more his heavenly Father's!
We love you all, and continue to be overwhelmed and overjoyed at all of your prayers and support.
With so much love,
Chris and Amy