Saturday, June 07, 2008

Her Name

I have recently been given the huge responsibility of updating the blog when Julie and Noah cannot. Although I am not reporting any new news today, I thought I would "test" the blog before August. So, while I am here, I thought it would be a good time for me to make a public confession - and yes, I have already discussed this with Julie. When Julie was anxiously awaiting the time to find out if the baby was a boy or a girl, all she talked about was having a girl. She wanted a girl more than anything. She wanted a girl so much, she and Noah already had a name picked out. Magdalena Grace. She was so excited about the name. Me? I couldn't believe that was the name they picked out! How was this little girl going to grow up in Mississippi with that name? Would she ever learn how to spell her name? I had to look at an email everytime I wanted to spell it. Now, as everything has progressed, I continually am reminded of Jeremiah 1:4-5. "The word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart." God gave Julie and Noah the most beautiful name for my precious niece. In most of our lives, at some time or another, we have known several Marys, Katies, and Amys. But, we will all probably know only one Magdalena Grace. And, she has already left a huge imprint on your heart, as she has mine.


  1. Thank you so much, Lori! You are awesome.

  2. I am so glad God gave Julie's oldest sister the right words to always say. I, julie's "older" sister, always seem to stumble on my words and make julie cry... I don't mean to do this but i guess you can say my words aren't chosen carefully... I am just grateful julie knows that i am just being a big sis that wants to help but doesn't always have the right words to say... Love you julie

  3. Awww, Jenn. First of all, I am so glad that you clarified to everyone that I am the oldest. Second, I am so glad to see you found the blog :)

  4. Yvette8:37 AM


    Good morning. Just wanted you to know that I am praying for you today. Your sister sent me a sweet email last night regarding how Tristan's blog had touched your family. I cannot tell you how much that means to me, knowing my little boy's 56 days is touching others.

    I know this journey can be difficult at times but the Lord is there carrying you every step of the way and so will your friends. All of my Internet friends(who have lost babies) have this new saying, "we are carrying each other's mat" basically meaning we're all here for each other,lifting each other up spiritually in prayer and emotionally in support via phone calls/email.

    Seven of us are meeting in Atlanta for the Deeper Still conf (Beth Moore) on the 26-29th of this month. We are all so excited to finally meet face-to-face. I say all of this to say that it will be a time to laugh, cry and share. I will certainly ask them to be praying for you, your husband and the precious life of your little girl, Magdalena Grace.

    I put your blog link on my site so that others can check in on you and be praying for your family.

    I am here if you ever need to talk (

    Love, Yvette Hostetter

  5. just wanted to let you know that we're praying for you and your family here in jacksonville, florida

  6. Becky5:39 PM

    What a precious blog. It is so nice to see that both of Julie's older sisters have so much love and concern for her. You all are in my prayers daily!!!

    Becky DeWett


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