When deciding on a name for baby girl, we didn't have many in mind to start with. We honestly thought we were having a boy at first, so we leaned more towards boy names in the beginning. However, there had been a few names that crossed my mind before we were even pregnant, but Steve never seemed too crazy about them so I just kind of set them aside. I wanted both of us to love the name we chose.
We had some criteria when it came to choosing a name. First off, we wanted the name to have a significant meaning or at least a story behind it. We also wanted to pick something unique that could give her a sense of individuality as she grew up. We even considered what it would be like for her as an adult with the name. And lastly, we decided we wanted to meet her before making a final decision.
Eden was one of those names we heard that just stuck. We liked the reference to the Garden of Eden in Genesis because it was a perfect place that offered both beauty and nourishment to the first of mankind before the fall. Eden also means "delight" which we thought was sweet. So when we thought of our future daughter with these attributes (perfect/ beautiful/ delight), we wanted to think of a fun middle name to go with it.
Sparrow was used in some of Jesus' parables in the New Testament. In Matthew 10, Jesus talks about how "not one of them(sparrows) will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care" and that we shouldn't be afraid because we are even more valuable than birds. Matthew 6 talks about the same idea with a reference to birds and says," Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them." Personally, I have always found myself coming back to these passages because of my tendency to worry and forget God's promises. A sparrow has kind of become a symbol or reminder to me of God's promises and that we are even more valuable to him than the "birds of the air" or the "flowers of the fields".
Therefore, Eden Sparrow came to mean- delight in God's promises. So every time we looked at our beautiful little girl, we would be reminded of God's promises rather than worry about tomorrow.
On the day that we finally got to meet sweet baby girl, we knew Eden was the name. She was perfect, beautiful and brought us SO MUCH delight. She took our hearts and shattered them into a million pieces and we will never be the same. We feel so amazed at how God has provided for us as we have come into this new stage of life. God is faithful and we are so thankful!
Below are some photos I took our first week home: