Along the way, we've decided we would keep our daughter's Chinese name "Lu Lu" as her first name and call her Lulu. Although we don't yet know the meaning of the Chinese characters, which we hope to get in China, the meaning of her name from the baby-naming sources is "Precious Pearl" which is also, interestingly, her birthstone for June. She's used to it, and we love it. So why change? But choosing her middle name seemed a bit more difficult...
On New Year's Eve (yes, we've been unintentionally withholding for a while, lol), we'd gone to bed early, and I had a dream that night about her middle name. I woke up the next morning and remembered it distinctly...Jane.
Out of curiosity, I powered up my laptop and began searching all the popular name sites. And I found this...
"The name Jane is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Jane is: Gift from God."
Wow. I mean, who doesn't love that? Lulu certainly is a gift from God.
Then I went on to seek interpretations from other sites. And I found this Hebrew meaning:
"Yehweh (God) is gracious, Yehweh (God) is merciful."
Oh yes, He is.
I signed off the computer to shower and get dressed for Mass on that first day of the new year--Madi was altar serving that morning. Jimmy had decided to stay back with the boys, so I was able to really pay close attention (those of you with young ones understand that the struggle is real).
And when Father Jay delivered the homily that morning, I heard these words flow from his mouth...
"God is gracious and merciful."
My ears perked up like a new puppy. Did he just say that? Yep, he did. And I knew it was a sign.