|Laura Jane - 1 year photos|
Naming our babies is important to us. We try to name our children after family members or give them names that have special meaning. We want their names to be something to which they aspire. And more importantly, they just have to "feel" right to us.
Laura Jane Beverly is our little one with lots of names. A handful of family and friends teased us when we told them our chosen name. Asked us if we were from the South. Or if were of another ethnic origin who gives multiple names to their children. It doesn't bother me though, especially considering who she is named after.
|Kristi Amundson and Laura Virki-Kosonen|
Jane - As a Jane Austen lover, Jane has always been one of my favorites. We have an Elisabeth. Why not a Jane? Plus I have two friends who named their daughters with two first names - Emma Jane and Sally Jane. I'm not sure why but these little girls with two names seemed so charming to me. What convinced Lance, who was resistant to the baby having two names at first, was the meaning of the name Jane. Jane means "God is gracious." Laura Jane was our first "surprise" miracle baby and is a testament that God is indeed gracious and kind.
|Laura Jane meeting Grandma Bev for the first time.|
Some day Laura may shorten her name. In the meantime, please don't call her Laura. It doesn't sound right to us because that isn't her name. We sometimes call her Laura Janie. And much of the time "Baby." But never just Laura. Laura Jane continues to be such a happy blessing in our lives and is adored by every family member.
NOTE: You can see the meaning behind Elisabeth's name here. I was surprised to see I never did one for Carsten. Oops. I better get working on that entry as well!!!