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and we FINALLY have a name to announce!

No, I'm not leading you on.  Yes, I do mean we've named the new baby.  No, I will not pull shenanigans like I did last time and tell you we'll be naming her Kevin, or Brian, or Kyle.  Her very real and actual name will be...


Callista Janelle.

I would go into tons of wordy wordiness explaining why and how we came to the decision, but Todd wrote this beautiful email to her with all of that, so I'm just going to copy and paste that, since it's way better written than anything I could muster.

"Subject: the story behind your name

Team Van Voorst is proud to present…

Callista Janelle Van Voorst

Callista means "most beautiful" or "lovely." It is not a generic beauty like the type that people aspire to selfishly obtain or possess, it is of the highest, most honorable, and unique kind that inspires a person to aspire to live in a way that rises to match its splendor. It is a beauty that inspires gratitude rather than greed. It compels the onlooker to be grateful for the privilege of partaking. It is a sunset, an ocean view, a waterfall, a grand canyon, or any other of the things which photographers attempt to capture. The joy of setting your eyes upon it is enough. It makes you feel safe and scared all at the same time. It connects you to the depths of who we are and disconnects you from the mundane in which we often swim. It is a beauty that calls one to rise within oneself, to be honorable in response to observing honor, to be noble in reaction to seeing nobility, to be grander because there exists in actuality grandeur. This is the essence of the name Callista and God has granted women the unique opportunity to be the muses of a fallen world. There is a cheap beauty that men clamor to click on and then there is a beauty that causes men to pause and consider their ways, a beauty that arrests their attentions and calls them to be more than for what they have settled. Callista, may you remind people that there is a God and in such a way that inspires people to godliness by grace through faith in Christ alone, who is the very image of the invisible God, the beauty, the grandeur, the majesty that rallies souls to drink deeply the draughts of divine reality. 
Janelle means "Yahweh is gracious." Many will say it means, "God is gracious," which is true, but it refers to a particular God, not just generically to any being one might choose to call "god." It refers to the one true, Triune god, Yahweh. He is gracious. It not only states this as an emphatic fact of reality, but also, in a way, makes it clear that He ALONE is gracious. Grace is unforced and undeserved and only the one, true, uncreated God is in a position to give it as He alone is forced by no one. The god made by the hands of men owes its life to his creator. All that to say, the only God Who is, is gracious because He wants to be. The one, true, unforced, uncaused cause of all forces is the God who gave His one and only Son to save sinners because He wanted to. Janelle also happens to be the middle name of Paige's sister, Lauren, who is an exemplary woman of God who relies entirely on the mercy and grace of God provided in Jesus Christ alone and is in her own right, the kind of woman who inspires those around her to rise up and be more like Jesus.

Callista, you were not named casually or by mere cutesiness. It was with full intention and contemplation that your mom and I strived to find a name that would reflect a glimpse of what we believe with all our hearts, "our greatest joy is found in giving our entire lives to make much of Christ" Your name reinforces that reality. There is no greater aim than to know, love and obey Jesus by being known, loved and blessed by Him."

So that is how she came to be named.  We are so excited to meet her, and so happy we were able to find yet another perfect name.  

3 comments :

todd said...

I'm excited to meet our lovely daughter

Psalm 144:12
May our sons in their youth
be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace

Jessica said...

I want you to keep having kids in the hopes that you will give one of them the middle name of "jessica" after me, just so that todd will write inspiring, kind, life-giving words about me.

#lifegoals :)

...this is such a beautiful post. You Van Voorsts are life-giving people; glad to know you!

Maren Fleer said...

I absolutely love all the thought and time you've put in to naming all of your children! They are not only unique and cool but they have a great meaning behind all of them!