Monday, April 16, 2012

his name.




We're excited to share our little guy's name with you today. It's almost nerve-wracking because it's something that we've spent a long time pondering and praying about and we hold it so close to our hearts. But you, my readers, friends and family, are such a big part of our lives and we want to share it with you! 

His name is Silas Kai and we can't wait to hold him in our arms. 

We knew when we cut through that blue cake that it might be a tough struggle to decide on a name. Boy names are tough! What a sacred thing a name is! He'll have it his whole life and in many ways, it will define him. We love the name we chose and here's why. 

Silas is a name that we not only love the sound and feel of, but the Biblical and literal meaning are precious too.

 Silas was a man in the New Testament who was dedicated to spreading the Good News of the Gospel along side Paul and the other apostles. In one particular account in Acts, Paul and Silas were put in prison, after being beaten and treated poorly. Despite being exhausted, injured and discouraged, they began singing praises to God in the middle of the night. God used their praises as a means of rescue and testimony to those imprisoned around them and even their guard. 

(You can read more about that in Acts 16:16-40)

We hope that our Silas will be the kind of boy, and eventually man, who will continue to praise and follow God through the really hard times he is sure to face. God doesn't promise us smooth sailing if we follow Him, but He promises to never leave us and I pray that He will use our Silas as a witness to others. 

The name Silas also means "man of the forest" and I love that it reflects Chris' own love of the forest and all the adventures he's had there. 

The name Kai reflects another love of Chris'. Kai means "ocean" in Hawaiian. The forest and the ocean are two of Chris' loves and I think it's beautiful that both are including in Silas' name. I've said it before, but I sure hope that our son will develop an adventurous spirit like his dad and will grow to love the forest and the ocean too. 

We don't have Hawaiian blood, but it has most certainly settled itself in our hearts and hopefully Silas will have a chance to live here and discover it for himself one day. 

Now that we are sharing his name, I find that I love it more and more each time I write it or say it. I can't wait to put a face to that name! 



   lindsay




61 comments:

  1. eeek! i love it - and i love the meaning behind it! congrats on finally deciding over a name. love you, friend! <3

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  2. LOVE!!!

    A beautiful name and it is beautiful how Kai is his middle name. A piece of Hawaii will always be with him and you both even though you won't be there. So sweet!

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  3. I LOVE it Lindsay and I love the meaning behind the names. Amazing choice!

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  4. So, so perfect. I can't wait to meet little Silas! Ahhh!

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  5. Love the name!! Both my boys have Japanese middle names since they were born there. It's so special! :)

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  6. Love it! I've been pondering names for our little one today, and I hope I can come up with something as meaningful as you did!

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  7. How perfect! Thank you for sharing with us!!

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  8. wooohooo!!!! i am so excited you guys picked a name! it really WAS stressful, lol. wait til you hear our middle name, you will love it ;)

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  9. i love it!! what a beautiful meaning behind the name! can't wait to meet him!!!

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  10. What a wonderful name with such a great meaning, love it! Thank you for sharing it with all of us! :)

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  11. Love the name! Can't wait to meet the little guy!! :)

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  12. Great name! Love the meaning behind it!

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  13. Kai is also Japanese which means: rejoice.. A friend named her newly adopted son Kai.Silas Kai is a beautiful name!

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    1. Yes, it means so many things in lots of other languages, which is another reason I love it! :) I also love that (according to Wikipedia, ha!) it means "strong or unbreakable" in Burmese and "continual" in Chinese. It's also a common Finnish name. Pretty fun! :)

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    2. I love that its unisex... If u were having a girl it would fit beautifully as well!... Your son is so blessed.

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  14. once you have a name doesnt it make it feel that much more real? how exciting!

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  15. AHHHHHHHH I had wanted to name my boy Silas since I was a teen but when Mason came along the husband said no. I love it! And I love that he has a bit of Hawaii in his name.

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  16. Boy names are tough, although we haven't had a boy yet. I love the name you picked. A friend of ours just named their little boy Silas too! Love his Hawaiian middle name too!

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  17. Aw, what a beautiful name! I love how much thought you've put into it.. Most people just choose a name based on how it sounds. But yours is so meaniNgful!

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  18. Great name! I love how strong it sounds without being a plain ol' name. The meaning behind both names is so beautiful. I'm sure he will appreciate how much time and planning you put into it:)
    ~Jennifer

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  19. We almost named our son Kai but since his middle name was going to be John we thought Kai John sounded funny. Like a karate move or something. We went with Eli John and I love it. More than anything though I love that little boy! Great choice, I am sure you will find the same, that you will love the name because you love him so much!

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  20. That is such a wonderful name!
    I really like how much thought and prayer you both put into choosing it.
    Thanks for sharing the special meaning behind his name.

    =)

    Hugs to you!
    Rejoicing for the little precious life that is growing inside of you.

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  21. I love the name, and love even more the meanings behind each one.

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  22. Silas. I love it! Here's a little Bible knowledge for ya... In some versions Silas is referred to as Silvanus (the Greek form of Silas) by Paul. It always make me chuckle because Paul was like Silas' spiritual Father--they were even imprisoned together in Phillipi. Remember that whole singing and earthquake thing? That was Silas with Paul. Maybe your Silas will be a singer/earthquaker!

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  23. What a wonderful name! I love it! The meaning is precious as well!!!! Well done!

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  24. Silas Kai...wow, I absolutely love the name and that you shared the meaning behind why you chose it!!! How unique and beautiful it is! I feel so blessed that you shared it with all of us! Lots of love to you and your little family!! XO

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  25. that is an amazing name! great choices!

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  26. I love it... Not only the meanings (which are amazing) but the way it flows together perfectly too!

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  27. Love it! I especially love the meaning of the middle name for your two ;)

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  28. Beautiful name. My son's name is Kai, named after our love of the ocean. He loves the water just the same.

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  29. You have chosen a really beautiful name!

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  30. You chose a really beautiful name! It flows so well :)

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  31. What a beautiful name Lindsay!

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  32. beautifully written! what a wonderful thing to have such meaning and thought put into his name. you two are going to be great parents!

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  33. Oh my gosh what a sweet name! I really like both of them and their meanings. How perfect. Can't wait to see what Silas Kai looks like!
    xoxo

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  34. Beautiful name! Our son is due July 16 and we think we'll name him Kai Nathaniel. I was listening to the baptism service at church on Sunday and almost burst into tears when I thought about the significance of water - as taken from the Book of Common Prayer p305
    " We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water.
    Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.
    Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage
    in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus
    received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy
    Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death
    and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

    We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are
    buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his
    resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit."

    We're not Hawaiian either, but living there for our first year of marriage seemed to stir something in us. My husband's name is a type of fish, he's in the Coast Guard, and he loves to surf. I love the ocean too and grew up in Michigan by the Great Lakes. Our daughter's name is part family name and part Hawaiian (Makana).

    All that to say, great name!

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  35. Love the name! I would hope you'd frame the picture with his name written in the sand for he nursery too...I think it would be super cute. :)

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  36. I love his name! Thanks for sharing, Lindsay! :)

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  37. I LOVE the name!! And I love the picture! God bless you guys!! :)

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  38. Congratulations! I love both names. I also have a Silas and we spell our little guy's Sylas. I found you recently on Instagram and wanted to stop by to share the love of such a beautiful name.

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  39. Congratulations! I love both names. I also have a Silas and we spell our little guy's Sylas. I found you recently on Instagram and wanted to stop by to share the love of such a beautiful name.

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  40. I love the names!
    there is a lori wick (awesome Christian author) book called a song for silas- it is beautiful!

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  41. I love it!!! What a perfect name.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  42. What a precious, loving name! With parents like you and Chris I can only imagine Silas will grow to be the type of man you have described. While I have never met either of you, I feel I know a tiny glimpse of your life through reading your blog and you never cease to inspire me and share God's love with others. Silas will for sure learn amazing things from his mom and dad, and do wonderous work! I love how you are including a little Hawaii in his life!

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  43. such a sweet name Lindsay (and Chris)... i just LOVE it :)

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  44. I love it and the meaning behind it.

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  45. What a great name! And love the meaning behind it

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  46. aw someday hope our sweet babies get to meet!!!!! love it, love you!

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  47. What a beautiful name! It's absolutely perfect and the meaning behind it makes it ten times more amazing. I hope I can name my kids something that beautiful someday.

    <3Hima

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  48. Such a beautiful name and even more so, meaning. We also pray that our sweet Silas would grow up to love and follow Jesus all the days of his life. Silas is definitely a perfect name for a son! :)

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  49. I love it! What a wonderful name!! Love the sound, love the look, and LOVE the meanings. :)

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  50. Oh Lindsay, I looove the name Silas. One of my friends named her baby Silas, & he is one of my very favorite babies. :) Good choice!

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  51. It's beautiful! What great meaning in his name! :)

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  52. LOVE the name! I adore how you incorporated so many important things to you into your sons name. I'm trying to talk my husband into Ko'Olina if we ever have a baby girl :)

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