's real name is actually spelled, 'Eyerusalem.' Jerusalem
means Possession Of Peace and is pretty much the coolest most
important city on the Planet :) Jerusalem
We didn't even buy a baby name book when we were expecting Jacob. We both loved the name and it was that simple. Jacob Michael ...done! (Michael is hubby's name:)
When Jacob was a baby I read a book that had the name Caleb in it. (The 'Blessed Child'- sooo good!)
I fell in love with that name and knew that if our next child was a boy- I'd want him named Caleb. Mike loved it too. Caleb Raymond...done! (Raymond is both Mike's middle name AND my father's middle name :)
While waiting for Sova to come home- every time I walked by the refrigerator and saw that cute little face in the photo I just saw the word 'GRACE.' I couldn't get past the name Grace. We already choose her middle name to be "Elliana" (the Lord has responded) and it seemed so appropriate! Mike thought the name, 'Sova-Grace Elliana Turner would be too long...I thought it was just too lovely and meaningful Not to have! (plus I loved those southern style hyphenated names!)
Christmas morning (the one where we promised no gifts because of the adoption...) Mike gave me a gift 'from Sova' and the tag read: Love, Sova-Grace Elliana Turner :)
Done! (ya, I know he's awesome)
We found out in
that 'Sova,' is in fact an uncommon Indian name but
it means beautiful... India
Now the twins:
When we thought we were going to adopt a baby we were going to name her: 'Talia-Faith' and give her Ethiopian name as her middle name. The kids especially loved that name and these past 2 years they would even pray specifically for, 'our sister, Talia-Faith.'
The girls birth-mother's name is Azmera. The name means 'Harvest' both our favorite season and well- our life's desire...when we hear 'harvest' we think of people coming to know who God truly is...what's not to love about this powerful name! Defintly a name worth carrying on- it will be a special way for the girls to keep their birth mother with them.
So in keeping with the tradition of long yet meaningful names:
Helen-Talia Azmera Turner
Helen means 'sun ray- shinning light' (Love it! 'you are my sunshine' is my theme song to the kids)
and Talia means "dew from God"
Jerusalem-Faith Azmera Turner
It is common in
to spell it that way- but it is the same name as ' Ethiopia .' Jerusalem
We are not 100% on this but we are thinking it may save her alot of trouble/confusion in the future if we changed the spelling.
In each picture we have of
she is wearing her cross
necklace...so 'Faith' it is for her!