Couple fun things

I don’t know about you all, but I can’t stop crying about all the Planned Parenthood stuff — all those sweet babies — and on the one hand, I feel like it’s sort of disrespectful to think of fun, light things, like the only things we should be doing are everything we can to make it stop, but on the other, I personally don’t function well at all when I’m approaching the depths of despair, and I have a lot of people to take care of, so focusing on fun, light things is helpful. And I have a couple of them!

(1) I was sure I’d have some good name chats on my vacation, and I was right. My sisters-in-law know all sorts of people having babies, and some of the most interesting names I heard were:

Benya (that spelling) (boy), said ben-EYE-ah. I’d seen Benia recently online for a couple (!) girls, which I’d thought was said BEN-yah, but then read that it was said ben-EYE-ah, so when my SIL told me about Benya I assumed it was for a girl, but no. I looked it up, and found this:

“Given Name BENAIAH

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: בְּנָיָהוּ (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: bi-NIE-ə (English), bi-NAY-ə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name בְּנָיָהוּ (Benayahu) meaning “YAHWEH has built”. This was the name of numerous Old Testament characters.
OTHER LANGUAGES: Benayahu (Biblical Hebrew)
Do any of you know any more about this name, or know anyone (boy or girl) so named?

Traigh (boy), said TRAY. I feel like I’m pretty up on Irish names, but I’d never heard this one! There wasn’t much to find on it, but I did find this:

“The name Traigh is a baby boy name.

Irish Meaning:
The name Traigh is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Traigh is: Strand.

I don’t even know what’s meant by “strand”? Like strand of hair? Like to strand on the side of the road? I do love the sound and spelling. Do you know any Traighs?

Olive (all the rage right now!), Walter (on a tiny baby! sooo cute!), Lennon (so hipster!), Joy (as a middle name, I love it!)

(2) I posted about my consultation for Marci and her husband back in May — her baby has arrived! Go take a look at that beautifully named baby girl! It’s an awesome post — lots of birth story info and lots of name info, since they didn’t decide on her name until the next day, and Marci said she was surprised by what they ended up with. (It’s lovely!)

(3) The feast of Sts. Anne and Joachim was the Sunday I was away, July 26. My mom took this picture for me in one of the churches she visited:


and I saw this and this online on the feast day also (from here and here, respectively). Beautiful! And I’ve heard from a few different readers that St. Anne has been powerfully interceding in their lives. What a blessing to have her as a patron saint!!

My boys have let me know that my time on the computer is up and they are “staaarving” so I’m off to make lunch — we’ll chat more tomorrow! 🙂 ❤


9 thoughts on “Couple fun things

  1. I haven’t been crying but I also haven’t been able to think about much else since the latest one. I have so many friends (and a few family members) on the opposite side of this issue from me and my mind is boggled about how they are still not seeing what’s happening. I’ve been so stressed and upset. I ended up taking a three-hour nap yesterday, I think my body just shut down.

    In other thoughts (like you, I’m thinking, HOW can there be “other thoughts”?!), I’m thinking Traigh could mean like a sea strand?

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  2. I absolutely LOVE Walter!!!!!!! For years now, we have kidded with each pregnancy (because we never peek) that if we have a boy he will be named Walter Martin and if it is a girl she will be named Holly Dae (Wal Mart Shopper, Holiday Shopper) haha 😉 But, in all seriousness, Walter is most beloved but I am sure that my husband would rather have our other five boys names used before settling for a real Walter.

    And, as for PP…. I watched the most recent and threw up in my mouth a bit. How casual those WOMEN are who work in those dreadful places! I come back to the same question always: What kind of little boy/girl says ‘When I grow up, I want to destroy babies’?! After I threw up in my mouth, my body shook. I made my husband hold me for a solid ten minutes before I could even explain why. He wanted to know why I watched. I told him I wasn’t sure, but in a sick way I was glad that I did because we NEED to know so we are motivated to fight back even harder.

    I love the idea about naming all the babies that have been aborted so that they could be named off in court some day. I want to participate in that.

    Lord, forgive us our trespasses!

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    • Ahahaha!! Figures you’d like Walter!! It is really adorable to picture it on a tiny boy!

      I know re: PP, I can’t even. I was trying to talk to my hubs about it a little last night but it’s too devastating!


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