@KGRIEPS on Instagram asks: Your kids have such unique names, how did you choose their names? Did your adopted babies keep names they’d already been given before they came home?

Great question. Just recently I was talking to a girlfriend who can not for the life of her come with a name for her son that will be born any day now. I told her I wasn't good at picking unique names and she laughed and told me I had very unique names for my kids. I guess I forget that they are unique, because, well to me they are just my kids names.

None of my kids first names really mean anything. Yet each of them have middle names that are special and important to us, and therefore we hope are special and important to them.

Our first child, Cayden, in my opinion has the least fun name of the kids. We had no idea what we were doing when we became parents in lots of ways and one of them was naming our kid. Now don't get me wrong, I love his name, but it seems to be the “normal” name in the mix of unusual names for the rest of the bunch, if that makes sense. We literally found Cayden's name in a baby book and at the time knew no one with any form of –aden name. Now you have Jayden, Hayden, Aiden, Cayden … I feel like we see some form of his name all the time. His middle name is named after my grandfather, whom I'm also named after.

Then came our next son, Deacon, and if I remember right, I saw the name Deacon in a magazine that was talking about Reese Witherspoon because she has a son named Deacon. I had never heard of anyone named that and loved it. His middle name is after his daddy, because although he didn't have any of his DNA we wanted him to know he was still his Father's son. We had no idea at the time that we would then go on to adopt two more kids.

Next was Amos and his name from his mom in Haiti is Dowensky. We knew that although Dowensky wasn't a name we would necessarily choose for our son, we wanted to honor his momma for what she had chosen for him, and so we kept that as his middle name and decided to name him Amos. We loved the name and also love the prophet Amos in the OT and it has always seemed like the perfect name for him. The only other name I loved was Theo and Aaron vetoed that early on. You are probably thinking exactly what he knew everyone would think which is why he said no. “you mean Theo, like Theo Huxtable” You were thinking it, I know it.

Then our sweet baby girl arrived and her momma named her Magda, which at the time was not a name I loved, but I have come to love it so much now. It is also her middle name. I honestly have no idea where we got the name Story. I wish I had a great story to tell you, and if there was a big moment when we thought of it, I have forgotten the moment. Although I can't remember where it comes from, I love how much it sums up her world. She indeed has a story to tell, and it's fun to watch God write a story on her life.

So, that's where the kids names came from. Thanks for asking!


Do you have questions for me? Leave your question in the comments. Also if you have an awesome boy name for my friend she'd love to know it!