Everyone has different reasons for picking names. Sometimes those reasons change with each child. John was a family name that we wanted to continue the tradition of using. Stirling, also a family name, I really liked! There is significance to our first child's name because of the family members that hold the names before him. I was named after my grandmother Phyllis Curry and have always loved that connection. My grandmother did too making sure whenever she introduced me to say that I was named for her!
With baby #2 on the way I struggled with naming her. Can we pick a random name just because we like it? Where is the significance if we do that? Is that even important? Should we use another family name? Will my family be hurt if it isn't a family name from their side? It felt like a lot of pressure and stress to name this second baby. But, after much thought and many names that we disliked we found one we loved...Lucie Coen.
Michael's grandmother is named Lucene but goes by Lucie and he has always liked the idea of using this name. But we think the middle name is just as important as the first and we were having a very hard time coming up with one.
I was thinking about names and their significance which led me to think about the significance in this pregnancy versus my last 2 pregnancies. Before John was born we had a miscarriage that was heartbreaking and earth shattering to our reality. It was not something I ever thought we would deal with, which was just foolishness. When we were pregnant with John I was fearful, anxious, scared, and worried every moment of the 9 months. It was a constant battle to trust God and believe that he is sovereign over the life of our children. It is a battle that I believe God has given me some victory in!
"Coen" means confidant trust in the Lord. The definition is what I believe God has given me through our pregnancies and parenting journey. I am thankful to have learned how God can change us, I am thankful to have a God that is in control and trustworthy. I am very thankful for this little girl and that her name will not just remind us of God's grace but will allow us to teach her what a great God we serve!