"The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures."
These words from "Amazing Grace" were often in my thoughts last summer, as I waited to find out if I was pregnant. I hoped it would be true but knew that either way it would be the good that God had planned for my life. Now here I am today, on my little girl's due date, and she is 17 days old. Truly, the Lord is good.
Elowen is a Cornish name, which means "elm tree." Alternatively, it could be connected to the Cornish male name, Alvin, of which a related feminine form is Elvina, my grandmother's name. The name Elvina means "elf friend." You can read more about Elowen here. For Elowen's middle name, we wanted to name her after Jeremiah's grandmother, Velma Estelle. Estelle means "star." We call her Elowen or Elowen Star. No nicknames. Elowen's name verse is Daniel 12:3: "Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever." Truly, these are things I do hope for my little girl as she grows up: that she will be wise, turn many to righteousness, and let her light shine as the stars for Jesus.