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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What's in a name?

Hello all!

I'm sorry I've been MIA as of late. Taking care of sweet Selah is keeping me on my toes! She is six weeks old today and I can hardly believe it! She is already growing up so fast. I'm trying to just soak in and cherish these precious newborn days because I know in just a few months I will miss her being this size.


I first heard Selah used as a name probably a little over a year ago and honestly I wasn't too fond of it. I definitely LOVED the meaning and how it was from the psalms but I just didn't like the way it sounded in my head. I remember the first time I saw it I kept trying to figure out how it was pronounced.
 "See-luh. Sell-uh. How are you supposed to say this name?" I thought.
A quick google search answered my question because well, I google everything! and I was pleasantly surprised. Say-luh. It actually had a nice ring to it!
That night I went home and asked Louie what he thought of it. He LOVED it! While I, myself was still on the fence.

When Louie and I first found out I was pregnant we had a girl name that we had always planned on using. Cora. I had loved the name since high school and Louie liked it to so we were pretty settled on it. But Selah was always kind of in the back of our minds.

Fast forward about two months. We still had no idea if the little babe in my belly was a lad or lassie. My pastor came over to me and asked me to lay my hand on my belly. He then put his hand on top of mine and began to prophesy over Selah. He said a lot of things but I can't quite remember everything that was said. The part that stuck out to me the most, though was that he said that the baby would be a psalmist and would be very gifted in music. Immediately tears began to flow. I was so astounded and amazed at God because Louie and I had always prayed that our baby would be musical. Our pastor had no idea!
I was also amazed that he said she would be a psalmist because my husband and I had prayed continuously that this baby would be after God's own heart-like David. David just so happens to be the one who wrote most of the psalms! I knew then fully and completely that this word was from The Lord. There was no way it couldn't have been!

After the prophesy the name Selah immediately popped into my mind. I was thinking then that maybe the baby would be a girl! Louie still had me convinced that she would be a boy, though.

By the time I was 20 weeks and ready for the gender ultrasound Louie and I were both sure that we would have a boy! To both of our surprise we found out we would be having a little princess!

And so Selah she was! :)

We chose the middle name Abigail after much back and forth. We didn't actually decide on her middle name until we saw her for the first time. Once we saw her we knew Abigail was right for her!

Selah- "Pause and Reflect"
Abigail-"The Father's Joy"

And she certainly is such a joy!


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love the meanings behind names, and I'm always googling things too. Such a beautiful name for a beautiful girl!

  2. Beautiful name! A coworker was talking about Selah, but she ended up having a boy. I have always wanted Hailey, but since getting preggo, I can't get Cora out of my head (it's way back in DH's family history). It's been growing on DH, but we'll see what we're having and what it looks like!

  3. Oh my gosh love this!! I think it's so awesome how both of our girls have a calling on their lives to be musical! She is such a bundle of joy! And such a powerful name!
    Love u!

  4. What a beautiful name!! I love the pronunciation, but I love the meaning even more! And that photo-- clearly, she's already overflowing with joy. So precious.

    I just got around to posting about the meaning of my 4 year olds name a couple of weeks ago. You're clearly much more on top of things. :) And ours isn't nearly as spiritual to say the least.