And His Name Is....

***Updated after Israel is home!****

I'm very proud to share our son's new name!

We have been very secretive about our name options thus far because:
1. we didn't want input
2. I hate name claiming
3. we couldn't really decide between a few of them, so we didn't want to say it was one thing and then change our minds
4. we wanted to avoid having too many monogrammed items.

So, with that said, you have been very patient in waiting to hear the name we have chosen!

Our son will be Israel Biruk McGee!

Israel, as in God's adopted, chosen people in the Old Testament. Israel, who made mistakes and often forgot of God's faithfulness YET God remained faithful to them. The name Israel represents more than just that we chose our son, but the fact that we have a constant unchanging love that is not contingent on how our son behaves or responds to us, but based on the love that the Father gives us. We're not naive to think that our son may never reject or rebel against us, but in those days we will remain faithful as God has to us.

Biruk is his birth name, a part of his heritage and meaning "Blessed" in Amharic and Hebrew. We were told this is a very popular Ethiopian name. When we think of how he was named Blessed, we only smile because WE, his parents, are the blessed ones to receive such a gift of our son. We are keeping Biruk as his middle name, but if he ever decides to be called Biruk as his given name, then we will be proud to call him that.

"O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption." Psalm 130:7


  1. Such a meaningful, beautiful name!

  2. great name, love the verse that goes with it

  3. SO precious! Love his name; your time is now! Will be in prayer for the rest of your journey to bring him home!

  4. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!


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