years ago, when we began talking and praying about adopting, we were very sure it would be a girl, and very soon after that (long before this little gem was born) we named her elaia. it comes from the greek word for olive tree, which transliterated into english is elaia. i wish i knew how to put greek letters into wordpress, but alas.
there is a great psalm :
Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in his ways.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
who fears the Lord.
all the days of your life;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,
and from this chapter (128) her name’s greatness comes. many meanings, and beautiful.
tigist is an amharic girl’s name, meaning patience. it is the name elaia’s mother gave her as a very small infant, and we want her to keep it.
there is now a very old water-stained sun-faded magnet on our fridge with elaia’s name on it, and in less than a month, we will get to take it off and have the real girl.