Thank you all so much for the love for baby Ford this week. It has been a whirlwind couple of days but we are home and soaking up every moment with this precious little boy. We are going to take things slow around here but can't wait to share pictures and stories with you. We are so humbled to see how many people already love our Ford.
Even though he wasn't named after the car company, how could we not incorporate it into his life :)
Before finding out we were even pregnant, Jon and I talked about baby names. We had a girl name picked out (which still stands today) and a few boy names. We found out we were pregnant and a few months later confirmed that we'd be welcoming a son into our family. The thing about names is that they are INCREDIBLY hard to choose. We had our list narrowed down to 2 names (as you can guess, we were both on different teams!) and we couldn't decide. This baby will have this name the rest of his life and I felt like it was our duty, especially since it was a boy, to ensure his name was strong and would help him succeed in life. We knew that if we couldn't decide on it together, we'd need to turn to prayer. We prayed that God would lead us to a name for our son that would honor Him and be the start of the wonderful story being written. We had tossed around the name Ford a few times but never were too serious about it, it wasn't in our top 2. Ford is my dad's dad's middle name, my papa, James Ford Fanning. And his papa is Oscar Ford Fanning.
So we were at a loss for first names and knew that if a first name was this hard, a middle name would be nearly impossible. We weren't set on Ford but continued to pray for God to lead us to a name. One day Jon came home and suggested the name Nehemiah which I wasn't too keen on. It was too biblical and I'd never read a single word in the book before. He hadn't either, but felt the Lord nudging him towards the name. No lie, a few days after Jon suggested the name, The Village Church started a series on Nehemiah (The Village is Matt Chandler's church in Dallas and Jon and I are regular podcasters). If you aren't familiar with the book, we highly recommend you read about Nehemiah's quest to save his people while standing loyal to the commands of God. I am in pure awe and admiration Nehemiah's steadfastness and pure trust in God's plan for his life and the lives of his people. The book of Nehemiah is a call to action for us now to join God's work of rebuilding and reconciliation in our homes, communities, and cities to bring forth the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and dying world around us. Nehemiah had strong faith in the Lord and held fast to the covenant promises He made. He never gave up hope and the name means comfort in the Lord. Nehemiah was an ordinary man who with the love and strength of God, accomplished extraordinary things. We pray that our Ford will be even half the committed, trustworthy believer that Nehemiah was. The Village Church Nehemiah series can be found here.
A few weeks after choosing his name, SheReadsTruth did a 10 day bible study on the book of Nehemiah, yet another concrete affirmation of our son's name. How good is our God?! If you've never read the book, I encourage you to use the SheReadsTruth plan.
People often ask how prayers are answered and I wish there was an easy answer. I wish God emailed us a Yes or No or sent a text message reminder of His love for us, but seeing prayers answered isn't always black and white. You just know. And God KEPT revealing our son's name to us.
I never got a chance to meet Oscar Ford but if our Ford can be half the man my papa is, he will be one heck of a guy. We are so honored for him to share his name with one of the most honest, fun loving, compassionate, caring men we know. And the cool thing is, Ford has so many more meanings in our family. Jon's ancestors helped establish Hartford, Connecticut which is pretty darn cool if you ask me! And if you've read my blog for long enough, you'd know Jon has a sentimental love for Ford mustangs. He is currently restoring his late father's, Ford's grandpa Hart, Mustang. I love the way Jon loves cars and I wish I would have gotten the chance to see him and his dad share that love together but I know in just a few years, Jon will have Ford out there in our garage with dirty hands inside the Mustang.
As you know, Ford was born at 41 weeks so the week after my due date was quite emotional. I counted more than 5 women who were due after me that gave birth before me and I wasn't making any progress. Yes we waited 9 months for this day but the last few days were the hardest. I think it was the night before my due date and I was experiencing some major pregnancy insomnia (ugh!) and got out the bible on my phone and went through some of the Nehemiah material from SheReadsTruth. I remember sobbing at 4am while reading the excerpt below. Lord not my will, but yours. This helped calm my anxious and weary heart and rest in knowing Ford Nehemiah's birthday was the Lord's will alone and it was coming soon.
And to make your Friday, Ford's stink face...