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Hi! My husband and I are pregnant with our firstborn, and while we have had an easy time deciding on a name for a boy (right down to names for our first, second, third, fourth, etc.!), we're having difficulty with a girl name. We seem to have very different taste in girl names. While Baby doesn't arrive until July and we just may wait to see her to decide on the right name for her, we currently have Penelope Raphaela. I absolutely love the name Raphaela, but DH doesn't care for this for the first name. Also, we're both in total agreement about Penelope.
It is important to us that our children have Christian names, and to me, it's important that they have a saint in particular to protect them. I've not been able to find much on "Penelope" in the Christian world other than that it was the pagan name given to her by her parents, and the name that she later renounced upon her conversion to Christianity. Does anyone else have insight into the name?
Also, thoughts on Penelope Raphaela?
Whenever I hear someone talk about naming a child I think of this essay:
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite. What do your get for your $160,140?
Naming rights . . . First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God everyday; Giggles under the covers every night; More love than your heart can hold; Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs; Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies; A hand to hold usually covered with jam; A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk
Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day; For $160,140, you never have to grow up
You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and believing in Santa; You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh and wishing on stars
You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets; You get to collect noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's & Father’s Day for $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck
You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, and taking training wheels off the bike; You get to be a hero for removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, and coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs; You get to be a hero for coaching a baseball team that never wins but gets treated to ice cream regardless
You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel. You get to be immortal You get another branch added to your family tree. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God
You have all the power to heal a booboo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost
Sorry it is so long, but I just love it, especially the part about naming rights.